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?”

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: n-3 fatty acids and cognitive decline study

Purpose of study: Observe how plasma n-3 fatty acids affect risk of cognitive decline in older adults. Research methodology: Prospective human observational cohort study Description: Beydoun et al (1) analyzed plasma fatty acids in cholesteryl esters and phospholipids in 2,251 white women and men ages 50-65 from 1987 to 1989 in a community in Minneapolis,Continue reading “Assessment: n-3 fatty acids and cognitive decline study”

Iodine and The Origins of Human Diet and Brain

In his thorough review of the Paleolithic origins of the human diet, Cordain et al may have missed iodine and its role, according to Stephen Cunnane (1;2). Cunnane writes that “1 of the 2 nutrients (the other is iron)” that modern humans most often find themselves deficient in is iodine. Human brain development, Cunnane explains,Continue reading “Iodine and The Origins of Human Diet and Brain”

Evolutionary Discordance

There is a surging interest in perspectives of evolution to shed light on solutions for health—not at all discounted by this year’s Charles Darwin’s 200th birth anniversary. Many health-care professionals have even called for a return to a more primitive pattern of diet, environment and exercise that first made our ancient genome thrive (1-8). CordainContinue reading “Evolutionary Discordance”