I care about my health. And one important consideration when discussing health is death; dying really puts a damper on good health. So when I go to the grocery store and see a bottle of vegetable oil proudly stamped with a sticker about how healthy it is I wonder “Is that true?”. And when I read in a magazine about evil saturated fats I sometimes ask myself “Would replacing my butter and beef fat with corn and soybean oil reduce my chances of dying?”
Of course, extensive personal experience tells me that I would feel much crappier consuming the vegetable oils, but hey, maybe I would live longer?
I decided to examine long term controlled trials who’s only variable was pitting saturated fat against polyunsaturated fat (primarily the omega-6 variety found in vegetable oils). Let’s see what happened to mortality rates, shall we? Continue reading
Chris Masterjohn, one of my favorite nutrition bloggers had a post a while back where he discussed a rat study that showed honey crushing a fructose containing sugar on various measurements of health. I decided to evaluate more evidence on sugar versus honey and see which one comes out the winner. Continue reading
I’ve already examined the ideas of The Alkaline Diet on this blog before, noting that the evidence suggests there is some merit to the role of acid forming foods and bone loss (1). However, just because a food is acid forming does not mean it is therefore bad for your bones. I believe meat is such an exception. Continue reading
(This post was originally a response to someone asking whether cooking non organic potatoes reduced the amount of pesticide residue. I decided to post my answer here)
Okay, so we’d all probably prefer to buy organic all the time, but it’s certainly not the cheaper option. So let’s say you decide to buy some conventionally grown potatoes, with all the potential lovely chemicals. You of course have to cook the potato to eat it (if anyone out there actually eats raw potatoes, let me know, because that’s weird), so does cooking it make the whole pesticide residue issue less of an issue? Let’s take a look. Continue reading
Oats have long been considered a simple, respectable health food for the masses. But are they really such a wonderful food, or is their status as a humble superfood a myth that needs to be smashed? Let’s take a look. Continue reading