Evolving Health

Monthly Archives: April 2010

I recently read what is entitled the “Protein Debate” between Loren Cordain, a paleo diet proponent, and Colin Campbell, a plant-based diet proponent. Given that I’m simply a graduate student without any specific adherence to either diet philosophy, i found the debate to be fascinating. Both had strong points to defend their positioning. In short, this is how it goes: Loren Cordain argues that because nutritional science is a young, evolving science… Read More

Any connection between autism and childhood vaccines? I don’t really “believe” in much unless backed by science. I realize that the connection of vaccines and autism is a touchy subject and that there are opposing viewpoints. Eventually, however, reason must come into the picture and, despite what our opinions are, we need to rely on evidence to guide decision making. Just last February, The Lancet retracted the study by Dr. Andrew Wakefield that had… Read More

There are some really wacked people on the Internet who try to blame the whole obesity epidemic on HFCS, fructose or agave and are misguiding everyone. I liken it to the same misguidance that occurred in 1980s when everyone was scared of fat. You shouldn’t just cut out HCFS and replace it regular sugar or another caloric sweetener. It’s really overeating, the overabundance of calories much of it from sugar, that in… Read More

Sucralose has been on the market for about two decades now and has been touted as a quite the wonderful artificial sweetener. The safety profile of sucralose has been excellent in adults and it has already helped many with type 2 diabetes to manage blood sugar without having to give up on many of their favorite foods and beverages. Because of increased use of Sucralose over the years, however, high concentrations of… Read More

Men who drink a few too many Diet Coke or some other cola-like beverages daily may have fewer sperm, according to a new study. The study, published in the April 15, 2010 issue of American Journal of Epidemiology (1), had examined the semen quality of more than 2,500 young Danish men who had been recruited upon was evaluated for fitness and military service. They found that those subjects who reported on a… Read More

Louo han guo is a fruit that has been recently hyped up and marketed as a natural sweetener. What is it really? It’s really just a source of xylitol. Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol, which is not digested as easily by the body lending fewer calories per gram than regular sugar. The polyol also has a slight cooling effect, which you would recognize while eating sugarless gum like Trident. Xylitol was… Read More

Low-carbohydrate diets may do wonders for quick weight loss (mostly from water loss) and to improve glucose and insulin levels, but they are not without their adverse effects (1-2). The body needs carbs for energy. Without sufficient amounts, muscle catabolism and protein will result, the break down of fat stores for fuel will result in incomplete fat oxidation, and an excess of acidic ketones will be produced. Diets too low in carbs… Read More

This post came out of a question from someone who asked a question related to whether or not eating a very low calorie diet would lead to a “yo yo” effect caused by lowered metabolism, stoping weight loss and causing weight gain upon eating normally again. There is no evidence suggesting that a “yo yo” effect would occur from low-calorie dieting, nor would lowering calories too far “stop” weight loss altogether. Truth… Read More

When you have undigested meat proteins in your colon, they will basically do what they do when thery are outside the colon: they rot. The rotting, or decay, is characterized by a release of foul-smelling chemicals. One such chemical is cadaverine–the same that gave “cadavers” their name because of the smell they emit–which is the result of protein hydrolysis or the decarboxylation product of lysine. It’s similar in structure to putrescine, putrescine… Read More

Several studies have reported that green tea improves weight loss, which has largely been attributed to its content of caffeine. A pilot study, however, reports that green tea’s main antioxidant catechin, epgallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), may also have thermogenic potential. Thielecke et al of Germany report in the April issue of European Journal of Clinical Nutrition that consumption of EGCG at low doses taken after meals may contribute to increased fat oxidation similarly to… Read More