Category: Diets

Bring on the eggs

There’s a very famous Time magazine cover with a plate of bacon and eggs forming a sad face. Inside the magazine, there’s an article called “Hold the Eggs and Butter.” It speaks about the evils of cholesterol. The year of the article was 1984. Everywhere we demonized animal fats as we made way for healthier…
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The folivore’s brain

Diet is related to brain size. While navigating the food aisle in the supermarket is simpler than surviving in nature, humans still spend a lot of brainpower on food selection. Omnivores, like rats and humans, have significantly larger brains than folivores. That is the herbivores that specialize in eating leaves, like pandas and koalas. Contrary…
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My ketogenic shopping list

What can you eat on the ketogenic diet? From my point of view, it’s a lot. Others, like the bear, would say it’s very restrictive. After a week of ketogenic eating, he lost the will to live, and an endless stream of complaints followed. As he put it, the keto diet is great for weight…
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16:8 diet

I’m following the 16:8 diet (again), which means eating all your meals within an eight-hour window. While I’d love to take off a few kilos of my post-pandemic weight, I’m more interested in the fasting part. If there’s anything I’ve taken away from all the diet books I’ve read, it’s that fasting is good for…
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Diabetic death loaf

Yesterday my mum sent me a recipe from one of her women’s magazines. As she told me on the phone: “It looks delicious and must be perfect for your diabetic needs, darling.” The recipe was for a diabetic loaf. I stopped reading on the second ingredient, which was 700 ml of oats. When I pointed…
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Can coconuts cure everything?

I’ve been reading The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fyfe. The clue is in the title. Coconuts are great for everything. Not only do the medium chain fatty acids have antimicrobial properties, but they can also protect against western diseases and replace your commercial skin lotion. At least that’s what the author claims. Coconuts, together…
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382 days of fasting

The story of Scotsman Angus Barbieri is fascinating. As an obese 27-year-old, he started fasting and lived only on tea, coffee, soda water, electrolytes, and vitamin supplements. His fast, the longest to date, lasted for a mindblowing 382 days. During this time he lost 125 kg, after starting on 207 kg…
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Cheese, please!

Charles de Gaulle once asked how you can govern a country that has more than 246 varieties of cheese. He seemed to do alright. Cheese is not only a good source of protein, but it’s also excellent when you’re trying to keep blood glucose stable. Due to its high-fat content, it slows down the absorption…
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If every famous diet idea was honest

According to Roger, just in the United States alone 108 million people are on a diet. They try and fail several times a year. Amongst those who succeed, 95 percent will regain the weight they lost within three years. With the help of his celebrity spokesperson, Roger will convince you to pay him…
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Do we need carbohydrates to live?

The food we eat has three macronutrients – carbohydrates, fat, and protein – plus some micronutrients like vitamins and minerals. A lot of the energy goes to power our large mammalian brains. We estimate that the brain needs 130g of glucose, the end product of all carbohydrates, per day. We also draw the line for…
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