Well, this is disturbing. A new investigation from Consumer Reports finds that all our pork is tainted. Or rather, 148 samples of pork chops and 50 samples of ground pork tested in 6 US cities is tainted with Yersinia enterocolitica. Yersinia what? Yersinia enterocolitica is a food contaminant that sickens about 100,000 Americans a year with symptoms including watery or bloody diarrhea and fever, liver abscesses, spleen abscesses, and other lovely things.
Alright, every once in a while someone will ask me, “Is there a study proving low carb diets are safe for your kidneys? I’ve heard that they make your kidneys explode…”
Usually, my response is, “That’s why you have two of them.” After that, we usually enter into a discussion about what research can and cannot do, etc… and ultimately, discuss the fact that there’s no research that proves a low carb diet won’t make your kidneys explode after 10 years. There’s also no research that proves it won’t give you brain warts, spider legs, or a unibrow.
So it turns out that fructose-induced metabolic syndrome makes you stupid. …at least it does if you’re a rat, or presumably, are rat-brained.
In a new paper published in the May 2012 issue of The Journal of Physiology with the catchy title, “Metabolic syndrome’ in the brain: deficiency in omega-3 fatty acid exacerbates dysfunctions in insulin receptor signalling and cognition”, UCLA biologists Rahul Agrawal and Fernando Gomez-Pinilla posit that cognitive impairment resulting from metabolic syndrome can be corrected by supplementing with Omega 3 fatty acids. This is the real news behind the headline, and the authors endeavor to describe it clearly:
In his recent article, writing for Discover, Gary Taubes takes Harvard School of Public Health and UC San Diego researchers to task for impersonating actual scientists and making dietary recommendations.
…every time that these Harvard researchers had claimed that an association observed in their observational trials was a causal relationship—that food or drug X caused disease or health benefit Y—and that this supposed causal relationship had then been tested in experiment, the experiment had failed to confirm the causal interpretation—i.e., the folks from Harvard got it wrong. Not most times, but every time.
According to the press release, researchers at Johns Hopkins will announce details of an interesting new study on June 3, at the American College of Sports Medicine.
At this time, they aren’t releasing the full research…but the teasers in the press release are already quite interesting. Among them is the following, which compares vascular health and weight loss for groups following a low carb and low fat diet, respectively:
New research out of Israel and published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition compares low-carb, high protein diets to low fat and Mediterranean diets and reports that low-carb diets beat others for weight loss at 6 months and 2 years. Additionally, the research notes that the low-carb diet appears to increase good cholesterol.