Nutritionism’s Great Blunder

Dr. Ancel Keys has been accused of many great nutritional crimes, but his greatest blunder was the inadvertent triumph of nutritionism.  Dr. Keys was one of the great proponents of saturated fat as one of the main determinants of the … Continued

Fibre reduces Insulin – How To Lose Weight X

When we consider the nutritional benefits of food, we think about the vitamins, minerals and nutrients they contain.  We think about components in the food that nourish the body. Fibre is completely different. The key to understanding fibre’s effect is … Continued

Fibre – How To Lose Weight IX

Fibre is the non-digestible part of food, usually a carbohydrate. A more formal definition is the “dietary constituents that are not enzymatically degraded to absorbable subunits in the stomach and small intestine”. These are generally plant foods, but occasional animal … Continued

The Great Carbohydrate Debate – How to Lose Weight VIII

In the ongoing effort to lose weight, the uncontroversial first step is to reduce added sugars.  The next step is to reduce refined carbohydrates.  There are many diets that advocate increasing carbohydrate intake instead.  And some of them do indeed … Continued

The MultiFactorial Nature of Obesity – How to Lose Weight II

The multifactorial nature of obesity is the crucial missing link. There is no one single cause of obesity. Do calories cause obesity? Yes, partially. Do carbohydrates cause obesity? Yes, partially. Does fiber protect us from obesity? Yes, partially. Does insulin … Continued

Cardio-protective effect of Saturated Fats – Hormonal Obesity XXXIX

Saturated fats turned out to be not quite as toxic as we had believed once the trans fats were stripped out.  But many studies pointed out the fact that there is a chance that they may actually be protective against … Continued

Sugar Sweetened Beverages – Hormonal Obesity XXX

The epidemiological evidence linking sugar consumption and diabetes as well as obesity is overwhelming.  Very little controversy surrounds this fact.  Another demonized food – salt, by contrast is far more controversial.  Many people argue that salt is not as bad … Continued

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