Cordain vs Campbell

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,Continue reading “Cordain vs Campbell”

What causes Autism

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 toContinue reading “What causes Autism”

Thoughts on High Fructose Corn Syrup

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 orContinue reading “Thoughts on High Fructose Corn Syrup”

High cola intake may cut sperm count, reports Danish study

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 recruitedContinue reading “High cola intake may cut sperm count, reports Danish study”

Luo han guo – a source of xylitol

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 alsoContinue reading “Luo han guo – a source of xylitol”

Summing up Low-carb

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 inContinue reading “Summing up Low-carb”

Does low-calorie dieting cause you to "yo yo" because of lowered metabolism?

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”Continue reading “Does low-calorie dieting cause you to "yo yo" because of lowered metabolism?”

Undigested meat in the colon

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 theContinue reading “Undigested meat in the colon”

Green tea EGCG in low doses boosts fat oxidation by amounts comparable to caffeine

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 thatContinue reading “Green tea EGCG in low doses boosts fat oxidation by amounts comparable to caffeine”