The Arnold Foundation, which previously granted NuSi $5-million in seed money, has donated an additional $40-million to conduct three experiments examining the relationship between nutrition and disease. According to a press release not (yet?) available on the NuSi site, these experiments will be run across six universities/research institutions over the next three years.
Yesterday I posted a video from a Robert Lustig presentation where a woman who claimed to be a former brand manager for Fruity Pebbles spoke, in tears, about how parents in the focus groups she attended felt good about feeding their children Fruity Pebbles because they liked the idea of giving their kids fruit in the morning.
There’s no doubt that Robert Lustig has a powerful (though not new) message, and he’s gaining an increasingly broad audience for his message. More and more people are making the connection between excess sugar (carbohydrate) consumption and obesity, disease and ill health.
Still, what happens at this event is striking. Lustig takes a question from a woman who claims to be a former brand manager for Kraft1 who worked on Fruity Pebbles cereal. She breaks down in tears as she confesses to sitting in focus groups and hearing parents of children report that they feed their kids Fruity Pebbles in the morning because they feel good about giving their children fruit first thing in the morning.
This is just going to be a quickie, but I need to get to it before I lose it: New research out of the Harvard School of Public Health finds that,
Older adults who have higher blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids—found almost exclusively in fatty fish and seafood—may be able to lower their overall mortality risk by as much as 27% and their mortality risk from heart disease by about 35%, according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and the University of Washington. (HSPH News)
It’s hard for me to hear about Omega-3’s (EPA and DHA) and not think of Alice and Fred Ottoboni’s work in this domain. They’ve done more to help me understand the importance of these substances than anyone else, and it’s hard to consider their book, Modern Nutritional Diseases as anything less than brilliant.
In the course of research into the biochemistry and physiology of the endpoints of essential fatty acid metabolism known as eicosanoids, the mechanism by which aspirin exerts its analgesic effect was revealed. It is now known that aspirin does not prevent the COX enzyme from converting arachidonic acid to pain-producing proinflammatory eicosanoids as had long been assumed, but rather it modifies the COX enzyme by acetylating it thereby making it convert arachidonic acid to antiinflammatory eicosanoids. During these same research activities, hitherto unknown classes of naturally occurring, anti-inflammatory, pro-healing eicosanoids known as lipoxins, resolvins, protectins, neuroprotectins, and maresins were discovered. Aspirin was found to multiply many times the healing power of these natural lipid mediators by creating aspirin-triggered counterparts to all.
Noticed this while looking at the site analytics… Do they eat Keto on the International Space Station?
Yeah, I’m guessing Google is having fun with us on April 1st…. But it made me laugh, so I’m sharing…
There was a commenter on this page that mentioned the lack of articles on epilepsy and keto on this site. This is a good point! The ketogenic diet has been used for many many years for epilepsy- it is extremely well documented and known. Why have I avoided talking about it?
Let’s round out the week with a little levity, shall we? Robert Lustig sure does make the rounds, and last night he was the guest on The Colbert Report to report his new book, Fat Chance.
There’s really not much new here. It’s entertaining, but most of all, it warms my heart to see Lustig make such inroads into popular culture. Something good may come of this…
Let’s start with a few givens (i.e. things that are well documented and known):
- Cortisol is the “stress” hormone. It is good in small amounts (getting you up in the morning, running away from lions) and bad in the chronic long term (immune suppression, abdominal “beer belly” obesity).
- Serotonin is the regulator of the six F’s: Fight, Flight, Food, Falling asleep, Feeling good, and… Sex. Too much is bad too little is bad. The same story as cortisol.
- Serotonin is involved in regulating cortisol secretion by the 5-HT(2a/2c) receptors (more serotonin, less cortisol)