The nutritional biology of human skin color

The amount of melanin found within our skin has long been a source of division for humans culturally, but anthropologist Nina Jablonski of Penn State tells the story of how human skin color unites us all biologically. It’s become one of my favorite stories to share as it relates to nutritional biology: More pigment was naturallyContinue reading “The nutritional biology of human skin color”

What a Komodo dragon can teach us about energy balance

Credit: San Diego Zoo Try telling a Komodo dragon that physical activity doesn’t matter and that all one needs to do to lose weight is eat a diet lower in carbohydrates. Meet Sunny, the obese Komodo dragon. Her San Diego Zoo keepers have put her on a strict diet based on her animal energy and metabolicContinue reading “What a Komodo dragon can teach us about energy balance”

What journalists should know before writing about fructophobia

In his new book, Fat Chance, Dr. Robert Lustig argues that “sugar is more toxin than it ever was nutrient.” He writes that sugar is as addictive as cocaine, that it should be regulated like tobacco, and that children should be carded before having a soda. He compares the fructose component of sugar to ethanol. “Pick your poison,” he writes, arguingContinue reading “What journalists should know before writing about fructophobia”