McDonald’s recent announcement to replace High Fructose Corn Syrup (HCFS) with Sugar in its buns is yet another example of corporate health-jacking: making inconsequential changes to give the appearance of a meaningful pivot to healthy nutrition.
There’s some good news on the horizon, and many thanks to Alice and Fred Ottoboni for alerting me to it.
Ellen Davis, friend of Ketopia and prolific low carb writer, has had her book picked up by a publisher. “Fight Cancer With A Ketogenic Diet” should be available in print by late Summer or early Fall, 2016.
Not a new topic by my favorite science and nutrition writer, but this recent video by Gary Taubes is worth a look by anyone interested in health and nutrition. In it he speaks on some familiar topics, and reveals a new book in the works.
And so it comes as no surprise that I keep my eyes open to new research and data from this domain. Today’s news comes from Durrington Walls, a late neolithic site of peoples though to be the builders of Stonehenge. Of interest (to me, and presumably the archeologists) is the following:
You may be familiar with John Oliver from his previous contributions to The Daily Show. He’s since moved on to host his weekly news and commentary show on HBO: “Last Week Tonight.” In time for Halloween, he covered the subject of sugar.
From a science perspective, there’s nothing new in his coverage. But the fact that he’s bringing to the public eye the gross over-consumption of sugar in our diet and the concomitant health issues…well this suggests a growing cultural awareness of the problem we’re all facing. That this is now the subject of public discourse and not just the domain of research science and health practitioners…well that’s a sweet development indeed.
Are artificial sweeteners to blame for the obesity epidemic? From ScienceDaily:
Artificial sweeteners — promoted as aids to weight loss and diabetes prevention — could actually hasten the development of glucose intolerance and metabolic disease, and they do so in a surprising way: by changing the composition and function of the gut microbiota — the substantial population of bacteria residing in our intestines. (source)
We’ve been providing a fair bit of coverage on cancer recently, and today will be no exception.
Unfortunately, right now I can offer little more than a pointer to the research article (published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation). I’m still working my way through it and may not have the time to return. So if you’re interested in sharing your thoughts on it, please add to the comments below!
NPR’s Morning Edition aired a delightful segment on full fait dairy foods and the (to some) unexpected consequence: “people who eat higher fat dairy tend to be leaner than people who eat skim (low fat) products.” It turns out that this “high fat paradox” is present in children as well.
For such a talented writer and thinker as Taubes, it’s a shame that we don’t get to read more of his work more often. Thankfully, however, he published recently in the New York Times Sunday Review. His article, Why Nutrition Is So Confusing, explores familiar territory while maintaining a sense of profound urgency.
In January of 2012 I started Ketopia with a stock theme, an image across the top that spoke of my journey, and the intention to push the Content First philosophy to the extreme. A couple years and a few hundred posts later (by multiple contributors!), we have a true community, a unique visual identity and a new design for the website.