User vmuse asked a pretty important question in /r/theketodiet the other day. I thought it was such a good question to think about that I asked him if it was OK for me to repost it (along with my explanation).
I’d like to get some issues off my chest and take you along the journey I have been traveling recently.
Someone made mention of this new high-MCT coconut oil today in one of the forums or another, and it seemed topical to an N=1 experiment that my friends April and John over at LivingKeto.info are doing in regards to supplementing with MCT oil. (They haven’t written about it yet, so I hope I’m not giving anything away by making reference to it.) At any rate, they are using one of the standard MCT Oils available. I’ve heard negative feedback regarding the taste with the standard oils, so this new Nature’s Way product might be an appealing alternative to those pursuing MCT oil supplementation.
If you aren’t familiar with MCT oil and why people use it, Phinney and Volek offer the following explanation of what it does in The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Performance:
I’m rushing out this morning so I don’t have time to share a lot of thoughts on this, but on first glance it seems like quite an inconvenient truth to the old guard: “missing” data from the Sydney Heart Study (1966-1973) has been found, and when analyzed, shows that current American Heart Association guidance on linoleic acid intake may be wrong.
If you don’t remember, the Sydney Heart Study is an intervention study in which the one group of men (30-59years) were asked to reduce animal fats to 10% of energy intake and to increase linoleic acid (“healthy” safflower oil, sunflower oil margarines). The control group
Gary Taubes has a great article in today’s Columbia Journalism Review. He covers a few topics related to the coverage of obesity, and writing about health and nutrition…most notably, he takes on the central question of how multiple writers covering the same topic (obesity), and using the same research, can come to such different interpretations.
The world is becoming a sweeter place… At least in a very literal sense. In The Sweetening of the World’s Diet, Popkin and Nielsen explore the upward trend of caloric sweeteners in our lives.
Ashton Kutcher has been in the news a lot recently. Normally this is something well worth ignoring, but in this instance it’s interesting: He’s been promoting the new Steve Jobs movie (in which he plays Steve Jobs) by explaining how he was hospitalized after following Steve Jobs’ diet for some time. Steve Jobs apparently ate nothing but fruit.
So what happened to poor Ashton? Well, the details are quite thin: “I was doubled over in pain […] my pancreas levels were completely out of wack.” Media reports that he spent time in the hospital. The exact nature of his affliction and the treatment for it remain undisclosed.
In this BBC show, Brian Cox takes us on a tour of the history of sugar…how it is produced, how it is marketed, how it is consumed, and ultimately, how it affects us. If you’ve been paying attention to sugar in your diet, you won’t find any health news in this documentary, but it’s a great show for giving a more or less comprehensive history of how it came to be such a mainstay in our diets.
So after my rather harsh take on the last review paper you might beg the question: What does a good review article look like?
Well, I have to say that this article is an amazingly well written comprehensive review of the many various research aspects people are undertaking on lipases. Lipases are the catabolic enzymes that mediate lipolysis – the hydrolysis of fatty acids. In other words, lipases take the inert fat we store and break it up into fatty acids for our body to use as energy (and for other things like signaling, membrane lipids, etc).
Just wanted to drop a quick note here to publicly thank Wiley for sending me a review copy of Seyfried’s book, Cancer As Metabolic Disease. It showed up on my doorstep quite unexpectedly, and of course has prompted a complete revision of my reading schedule.
I’ve only had time to thumb through it so far and, well, it’s gorgeous. Quality paper, some full color illustrations, nice binding…they certainly didn’t go cheap on this book.
So thanks again to Wiley for being so generous. I can’t wait to dig in!