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

Red Meat Dilemma – Hormonal Obesity XXVI

Our dilemma here is that there are really two opposing effects of meat and other animal proteins.  One is to raise insulin which tends to cause weight gain,  The other is to slow gastric emptying, increase satiety and tends to … Continued

Is Dairy Fattening? – Hormonal Obesity XXIV

Dairy proteins stimulate high levels on insulin due partially to the incretin effect.  Glucose, though does not seem to increase much.  If insulin increases, does this mean that dairy is fattening?  Here the answer is far more difficult. As we … Continued

Insulin Index – Hormonal Obesity XXIII

Insulin levels had always been assumed to go up or down with the blood glucose levels which led to the glycemic index which had always been assumed to be a surrogate measure of insulin levels.  The glycemic index did not … Continued

The Role of Fibre II – Hormonal Obesity XVII

The main role of fibre is that of an anti-nutrient.  By various mechanisms such as bulking and viscosity the absorption of nutrient may be slowed in the GI tract.  This is especially beneficial in the absorption of glucose which tends … Continued

The Role of Fibre I – Hormonal Obesity XVI

Fibre is the non digestible part of food, usually a carbohydrate that our bodies cannot break down and absorb.  They pass through our system largely unchanged.  There are 2 types of fiber – soluble and insoluble based on whether it … Continued