Is Refined Sugar Really Toxic?

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So far in this series, I’ve covered a variety of ‘alternative’ sweeteners: natural sweeteners like honey and stevia; artificial sweeteners like aspartame; and sugar alcohols like xylitol. But what about plain old white sugar? And what about the increasingly common industrial sweetener, high fructose corn syrup? These two get a pretty bad rap, even from mainstream media, and although much of their reputation is deserved, there are some misconceptions that I’d like to straighten out.… Read More

The Roundup

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Here is The Roundup, Edition 32, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks! Blast from the Past Last week, The Economist reviewed the much buzzed about book,  by Nina Teicholz. In this book, Teicholz covers decades of nutrition research and government policy, and pokes holes in the major studies that have often been used to justify the American Heart Association’s policy on dietary fat intake. She points out that… Read More

The Roundup

Roundup

Here is The Roundup, Edition 30, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks! Blast from the Past The mainstream media is finally catching up to what the research has been telling us for years: saturated fat is not the cause of heart disease. The Wall Street Journal recently wrote an article (that went viral in the ancestral health community) explaining the history of the dietary guidelines recommending avoidance of… Read More

5 Reasons Why Concerns About Mercury in Fish Are Misguided

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In 2004 the EPA and FDA published new guidelines suggesting that pregnant women (and those who might become pregnant) limit their consumption of fish to 12 ounces (340 g) per week due to concerns about mercury exposure. These guidelines, which were only intended for pregnant women for the sake of their developing children, have quickly become an accepted fact among the mainstream media, the medical establishment, and the general public. They have also been indiscriminately… Read More

The Roundup

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Here is The Roundup, Edition 26, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks! Blast from the Past On Monday, The New York Times reviewed a large and exhaustive new analysis by a team of international scientists, which found no evidence that eating saturated fat increased heart attacks and other cardiac events. The lead researcher suggested that it is refined carbs, and not dietary fat, that is the heavy hitter… Read More

6 Ways To Lower Blood Pressure By Changing Your Diet

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This is a guest post by Laura Schoenfeld, a Registered Dietitian with a Master’s degree in Public Health, and staff nutritionist and content manager for ChrisKresser.com. You can learn more about Laura by checking out her blog or visiting her on Facebook. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a serious and common condition that can lead to life-threatening diseases such as heart attack, stroke, heart or kidney failure, and more. While 1 in 3 American adults have high blood pressure,… Read More