Science-y bits

Reading articles/ research/ other blogs/ anything which discusses the science behind health and nutrition. I think it's important to take responsibility and understand what I'm eating, why I eat it, mostly in terms of how it affects my health.


Article pulished in the Daily Mail on the 1st November 2010.
The article dispels certain myths that have become common practice in our everyday life, turning the finger of blame away from fats and onto carbohydrates.
The British Nutrition Foundation, founded in 1967 to ‘deliver authoritative, evidence-based information on food and nutrition in the context of health and lifestyle’, has among its ‘sustaining members’ British Sugar plc, Cadbury, Coca-Cola, J Sainsbury PLC and Kraft Foods.”
 ‘When the food and drink industry is so actively embracing public health advice, isn’t it time to wonder how healthy that advice can be?’ says Harcombe.

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A lengthy article but bursting with info and most definitely worth a read!

This article was published in Scientific American.
The article dispels the idea that it is fats that are the cause of the increase of diseases including metabolic disorders, obesity, cardio/heart disease.
One study shows that participants either given a low fat diet or an unlimited calorie low carb diet plan had healthier cholesterol level ratios when on a low carb diet, despite this diet having the highest fat content.
Showing the effects of high GI foods; lowering insulin sensitivity, increasing the chance of type 2 diabetes, stimulating fat production and inflammation. And how this could be prevented by decreasing carbohydrate intake.
The article ends with the line, “The next time you eat a piece of buttered toast, he says, consider that “butter is actually the more healthful component.”
In the Daily Mail recently on the 26th October 2006.
Explaining carbohydrates effect on certain genes.

Research papers on PubMed;

This paper investigates into the effect of low GI foods on health and maintenance and disease management.
Insulin sensitivity was improved by the low GI diet and body weight was reduced with a lower glycemic load.

This research paper looks at the effects of a low carbohydrate/ketogenic diet in order to treat type 2 diabetes.
“In summary, the LCKD had positive effects on body weight, waist measurement, serum triglycerides, and glycemic control in a cohort of 21 participants with type 2 diabetes. Most impressive is that improvement in hemoglobin A1c was observed despite a small sample size and short duration of follow-up, and this improvement in glycemic control occurred while diabetes medications were reduced substantially in many participants.”

This research paper looks at the effect of a low carbohydrate diet vs a low fat diet on severely obese individuals.
Participants with metabolic syndrome or prevalent diabetes were shown to lose more weight over 6 months on a low carb diet than on a calorie controlled low fat diet.
Insulin sensitivity and triglyceride levels also improved on the low carb diet.

Serum factors relating to the aging process including; Body weight, fasting serum glucose, insulin, leptin, lipids, and thyroid hormone serum levels were measured and found to improve when participants consumed a high fat, adequate protein, low carb diet.

Low carb diet vs the more conventional low fat diet.
Results showed that at 1 year participants had more favourable effects on atherogenic dyslipidemia and glycemic control.

These are just a few I've been stock piling for a while. I'll continually post/update any articles which I think are interesting or relavent or more up-to-date :)

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