Search for Diabetic Snacks Means “High in Fiber”

Who wouldn’t want a biscuit? Not a diabetic or anyone else fearing a high-glycemic response. Not more than one or two at least. But will a patented, highly viscous fiber blend change how we enjoy starchy-tasting snacks? Croatian food scientists who have been studying the fiber blend reported that, when included as an ingredient inContinue reading “Search for Diabetic Snacks Means “High in Fiber””

My Glycemic Load for the Day

My goal is to keep my glycemic load (GL) under 100 daily so let’s see how I did today (all data from NutritionData.com): Highest GL foods 2tbsp Honey (in my oatmeal) GL=20 1 Starbucks Caramel Mocha Frappuccino® Light Blended Creme GL=161 Plain Bagel GL=17 1 cup White Rice (with sushi) GL=181 packet Instant Oatmeal GL=10Continue reading “My Glycemic Load for the Day”

Are glycemic index and glycemic load tools useful?

Strong evidence exists that low-glycemic and low-glycemic-load diets reduce risk of diabetes mellitus, obesity, insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease and cancer (1-4). However, glycemic index and glycemic load are subject of controversy among nutritionists because they are inconsistent in their findings due to high variability, are poorly standardized and their results are difficult to reproduce (1;2).Continue reading “Are glycemic index and glycemic load tools useful?”

Dyshemoglobinemia Dealings

Overview Dyshemoglobinemias are mainly caused by exposure to exogenous xenobiotics although it can be hereditary (1). The occurrence is result of altered hemoglobin (Hb) preventing its normal function of carrying oxygen (1). The anemia, hypoxia, cyanosis and associated problems can be life-threatening (2). Causes Acquired methemoglobinimeas occur when dysfunctional hemoglobin form methemoglobin, whereas mutated aminoContinue reading “Dyshemoglobinemia Dealings”

Iron Man

Iron is abundant in the world and needed by every living organism. For this reason early in evolution multi-cellular organisms evolved antimicrobial peptides(1). Without them we just wouldn’t be able to survive the onslaught of microbial growth (1). In addition, free iron in plasma has redox capabilities that can also be toxic. The toxicity isContinue reading “Iron Man”

Hominin diets could reveal a lot about our own

Just in case anyone’s interested, I had the great opportunity to discuss nutrition science today with none other than Lucy discoverer Donald Johanson. What luck! After explaining to Johanson of studying “evolutionary discordance” of diet post-agricultural revolution, he pointed me in the direction of a book related to hominin diets based on studies of homininContinue reading “Hominin diets could reveal a lot about our own”

Assessment: First-ever quality clinical on n-3 fatty acids for treatment of AD

Purpose of study: To evaluate potential treatment with use of n-3 fatty acids for those with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Research methodology: Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial Description: Researchers treated 204 patients with mild to moderate AD (ages 74 +- 9) with n-3 fatty acids or placebo for 6 months. All patients thenContinue reading “Assessment: First-ever quality clinical on n-3 fatty acids for treatment of AD”

Assessment: Fish Consumption and Incidence of Stroke Meta-Analysis

Purpose of review: Further research was necessary into relationship between fish consumption and risk of stroke because observational studies were inadequate for determining relationship. Review strategy: Meta-analysis on cohort studies relating to fish consumption and risk of stroke. Description: Researchers searched Medline and Embase databases with relative keywords (e.g. “fish) to identify 9 total relevantContinue reading “Assessment: Fish Consumption and Incidence of Stroke Meta-Analysis”