Here is The Roundup, Edition 23, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks!
Blast from the Past
Recent research has found that there is no reason to replace fructose with glucose when portion sizes and calories are the same. While the two types of sweeteners have different effects on blood sugar, lipid production, and insulin release, the net effect of both sweeteners is the same. One of the study’s lead researchers, Dr. John Sievenpiper, suggested that “in calorie-matched conditions, we found that fructose may actually be better at promoting healthy body weight, blood pressure and glycemic control than glucose.”
This may come as a bit of a shock to folks who are convinced that fructose is the root of obesity and diabetes, but when caloric intake is kept under control, the type of sweetener plays little role in the metabolic effects of the diet. I discussed my thoughts on fructose in a post called “Ask Chris: Is Fructose Really That Bad?” In this post, I explained how fructose found in fruit and other natural, whole foods sources is perfectly healthy, especially when part of a calorically appropriate diet. While many Paleo “gurus” consider fructose a toxin, I personally feel that there’s nothing uniquely fattening or toxic about fructose when it isn’t consumed in excess.
Ultimately, a few servings of fructose-rich fruit is a healthy addition to most people’s diet, barring certain conditions like FODMAP intolerance or severe insulin resistance. So feel free to have a handful of grapes or a crunchy apple as a snack, without fear of developing diabetes or cancer!
- A new study shows that as sugar intake increases so does mortality from heart disease.
- Coffee, when consumed in moderation, provides similar hydrating qualities to water.
- Research shows that eating at least two servings of seafood per week during pregnancy has beneficial effects on child development, including higher IQ in children.
- A study shows that skipping or eating a crappy breakfast during childhood correlated with obesity later in life.
- People exposed to sunlight during day have better cognitive function than those exposed to artificial light. Go outside!
- There are beneficial effects of pet ownership on some aspects of human health and behavior.
- Coffee consumption—both regular and decaf—is associated with lower risk of death. (But individual tolerance matters).
Worth a Look
- Gluten Free Girl wrote an inspiring, heartfelt and insightful post about our farm-to-table Vashon event.
- Indigenous diets worldwide – from forest foods such as roots and tubers in regions of eastern India to coldwater fish, caribou and seals in northern Canada – are varied, suited to local environments, and can counter malnutrition and disease.
- A CDC infographic shows that the average restaurant meal is 4 times larger than in the ’50’s.
- The war against butter is over… and butter won.
- The growing risk of antibiotic resistance in CAFO meat may be the most important reason eat pasture-raised/organic.
- The New York Times explains why it’s never too late to exercise and move more.
For the Foodies
- GI 365: Saucy Italian Baked Eggs
- Gutsy by Nature: Garlic and Ginger Glazed Baby Bok Choy (Soy Free)
- Cavegirl Cuisine: Stuffed Grape Leaves
- The Domestic Man: Santa Maria Tri-Tip Steak
- My Heart Beets: Indian Ground Lamb Curry
- Zest and Zeal: Roasted Buffalo Cauliflower and Homemade Dairy-Free Ranch
- A Calculated Whisk: Moroccan Beef with Apricots & Dates
- The Healthy Foodie: Crusted Strip Steak over Warm Shaved Brussels Sprouts
- This Is So Good: Chunky Monkey Muffins
- So Let’s Hang Out: Grain-Free Chocolate & Orange Scones