Red Meat Dilemma 2 – Hormonal Obesity XXVII

Devotees of the low carb approach faced the red meat dilemma.  Meat was supposed to be non fattening because it was not a carbohydrate.  However, some large studies questioned this assumption.  The fascinating study “Changes in Diet and Lifestyle and … Continued

Is Protein Fattening? – Hormonal Obesity XXV

The weight gaining potential of protein is a complex question.  Let me reiterate here that this area of research is still very new and we certainly do not have all the answers.  While refined carbohydrates (white flour) and sugar are … 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 incretin effect – Hormonal Obesity XXII

What is the incretin effect?  With the Glycemic Index (GI), we had a physiologic scale for classifying carbohydrates.  Some raise blood sugars more than others.  When researchers looked at carbohydrate containing foods, there is a very close correlation between the … Continued