The Roundup

Roundup

Here is The Roundup, Edition 33, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks! Blast from the Past Those of us who recommend alternative nutrition strategies are often fighting against the larger cultural viewpoint that certain foods are unhealthy at best, and dangerous at worst. Foods like egg yolks, bacon, butter, and red meat are constantly considered to be “artery clogging” foods that doctors and conventional nutritionists warn their patients… Read More

Is Gluten Sensitivity Real?

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You’ve probably seen the recent glut of sensational headlines in the media proclaiming that non-celiac gluten sensitivity is some kind of widespread collective delusion—simply a figment of the imagination of anyone who claims to experience it. These stories point to a new study which found that a group of patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) were not sensitive to gluten. (1) The researchers who performed this study had previously published a paper showing that IBS… Read More

The Roundup

Roundup

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

Does Dairy Cause Osteoporosis?

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I do a lot of myth-busting around here, and it’s usually conventional wisdom that crumbles in the face of scientific evidence. But this time I’m actually siding with conventional wisdom, and busting a myth that’s common in the alternative health community. I addressed this topic in-depth on a recent podcast, but it’s such a common question that I decided to write an article on it for easy reference. The myth in question is the idea… Read More

Choline and TMAO: Eggs Still Don’t Cause Heart Disease

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A recent study by published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has proposed a new link between eggs and coronary heart disease (CHD) that doesn’t involve cholesterol. A team of researchers, led by Dr. Stanley Hazen, showed that dietary choline—a nutrient found largely in eggs, beef liver and other animal foods—is metabolized by bacteria in our gut and then converted by the liver into TMAO. They demonstrated this with a “choline challenge”: feeding… Read More

The Nitrate and Nitrite Myth: Another Reason Not To Fear Bacon

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Beyond just being loaded with “artery-clogging saturated fat” and sodium, bacon has been long considered unhealthy due to the use of nitrates and nitrites in the curing process. Many conventional doctors, and well-meaning friends and relatives, will say you’re basically asking for a heart attack or cancer by eating the food many Paleo enthusiasts lovingly refer to as “meat candy”. The belief that nitrates and nitrates cause serious health problems has been entrenched in popular consciousness and media.… Read More