The following are studies performed on orange juice and oranges. Despite the claims of some nutritionists lately, orange juice is clearly not as bad as soda despite both being high in sugar. I left appropriate quotes or findings underneath the bolded studies.
Orange juice appears to have a number of interesting benefits, though it may have adverse effects on body fat and tooth enamel. Continue reading
In my previous post I looked at studies showing sucrose to have similar health effects as glucose and starch (not entirely the same effects granted, but close). Yet hundreds of studies exist demonstrating the negative effects of fructose compared to glucose. If sucrose contains fructose, one might think sucrose should look worse compared to glucose.
So why then is sucrose not as unhealthy as the sum of its parts? I’ll be presenting a hypothesis on why I think this occurs. Continue reading
Fructose is not a friend of many nutrition minded people these days. With videos by Robert Lustig and dozens of studies on rats, fructose is being cast in a much worse light than its monosaccharide cousin glucose. There are even human studies supporting the idea that eating fructose instead of glucose will give you belly fat, diabetes, high triglycerides, and other health maladies:
However, someone recently pointed something out to me: almost every fructose bashing study used fructose alone, or free fructose. Yet hardly anyone consumes very much free fructose unless they’re using agave syrup. Most fructose we consume comes with glucose, often in the form of sucrose. Well, what if the negative effects of fructose were largely removed when looking at sucrose, or fructose + glucose? 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
Cortisol is probably the most well known of the hormones associated with stress. It’s been said that when cortisol is elevated you are by definition experiencing stress. Like all hormones, it can be good or bad depending on the context. Without getting into that context let’s look at how what you eat affects cortisol: Continue reading
In comparison to the other sciences, it’s only relatively recently that nutrition has gained some of the prominence it holds today. It’s a field of study that finds itself maturing and I believe the future will see many more people recognizing just how important a healthy diet is. We are, however, far from having one consensus on what exactly constitutes a “healthy diet”. Things can seem divisive among people to say the least, with plenty of disagreement, misinformation, and the occasional ridiculous bullshit being spewed onto anyone who’ll believe it. Because of this it can be hard to differentiate a scientifically sound argument from a fallacious concept. There are numerous theories on nutrition out there and it can be tough figuring out which ones are accurate.
One theory that has been around for awhile is the basis for an eating plan known as the alkaline diet. Continue reading