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

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

Trans Fat and Coronary Disease – Hormonal Obesity XXXVI

Doesn’t dietary fat ‘clog up’ the arteries and cause coronary disease?  It would seem from popular press that this has been proven beyond a shadow of a shadow of a doubt.   Perhaps we had better take a closer look. … Continued

Fat Phobia – Hormonal Obesity XXXIV

“It is now increasingly recognized that the low-fat campaign has been based on little scientific evidence and may have caused unintended health consequences” It has been over a decade since the influential Harvard researchers Drs. Frank Hu and Walter Willett … Continued

The Atkins Onslaught – Hormonal Obesity XVIII

The low carbohydrate diet long preceded the infamous Dr. Atkins.  Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755 -1826) wrote the influential textbook “The Physiology of Taste” in 1825. Sometimes considered the father of the low carbohydrate diet, he wrote: “The second of the … 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

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