Food, glucose, science

The anatomy of a glucose curve: cupcake edition

I have a friend named Sam. She’s dope. She also likes cupcakes.

Now that you’ve met her, we’re going to get real intimate. She’s kindly allowed us to take a tour of her Friday afternoon glucose curve.

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Read on to understand how to interpret the glucose curves from your continuous glucose monitor. I promise you’ll also feel smarter because you’ll have learned a thing or two about metabolism.

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Food, Reviews, science

When you shouldn’t listen to nutritionists in the New York Times article

Maybe it was my love of pretty graphs, maybe it was the fact that 25% of “nutritionists” called pizza healthy, maybe butter needed to be defended. The itch was too strong: Must. Restore. Order.

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The New York Times recently published an article comparing the “healthiness” of 50 common foods, as rated both by a panel of nutritionists and a representative sample of the US population. The results demonstrate that the average American believes sugary foods (like granola bars) are healthier than nutritionists rate them to be. So far, so unsurprising.

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Food, science

Are Carbohydrates Necessary For Life? FAQs About Low-Carb Diets

After a tumultuous vegan era, much scientific research and self-experimentation, I have adopted a low-carbohydrate, low-sugar (apart from the occasional cookie) diet. I stay away from grains, rice, starches, fruit juices, sweets, and processed foods, but eat animal foods, veggies, fat, and not-too-sweet fruits galore.

I get questioned about my low-carb lifestyle by readers, friends, or people who barely know me but think it’s weird that I am melting butter into my coffee (especially waiters, it’s always the waiters).

The questions go something like this: “But where do you get your fiber?” “Doesn’t your brain need sugar for energy?” “Won’t you develop nutritional deficiencies?” “So you are saying the Food Pyramid is wrong?”
Or, summed up: “Aren’t carbohydrates necessary for life?”

And in case you were also wondering, here are my answers!

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Food, Reviews, science, Sugar

10 Reasons Sugar Is Bad For You

My first video series on Instagram explored 10 detrimental effects of sugar on our health. Here are the scientific references behind each of my 15-second videos (and my face, courtesy of yours truly). Enjoy!

 

NUMBER 1: It is absolutely unnecessary. Table sugar (white sugar) increases the caloric content and sweetness of foods, without giving your body anything it needs. As a counter example, consider raw honey. It is sweet but also contains vitamins and amino acids. It’s a better option!

 

Sugar is calories. That’s it. Adding to this fact, people who eat a high-sugar diet also reduce their intake of nutritious foods, making their overall diet even poorer in value. 

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Diseases, Food, Politics, science

Listen To Your Heart: Feed It Bacon

This morning, you might have had an egg white omelet cooked in canola oil with two pieces of whole wheat toast, lightly ‘buttered’ with margarine.

I had a lard-greased pan of bacon and eggs.

Who had the healthier breakfast? The answer might surprise you!
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Behold: a brief history of saturated fat, cholesterol, and heart disease (and how rabbits are not humans).
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Food, Politics, science

Correlation Is Not Causation: Let Them Eat Meat!

In the first pages of The China Study (aka the ‘vegan bible’ which blames the rise of chronic diseases on animal protein consumption), Dr. Colin Campbell presents the following graph:

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What do we see? An almost perfect correlation between daily meat consumption and colon cancer incidence in women. The countries in which people eat the most meat have the highest incidence of the disease. Therefore, if we want to avoid colon cancer, we should eat less meat.

Simple?

Not so fast.
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