THINGS ARE HAPPENING FAST

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A spate of articles have come out about changes in the attitude toward low-fat verses low-carb diets and their impact on health. This one http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/03/02/AR2010030202091.html from the Washington Post, titled, Atkins diet’s return reflects idea that saturated fat shouldn’t be demonized by Jennifer LaRue Huget, cites two recent studies reported in the March issue of The Journal of Clinical Nutrition, from the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. The first found no evidence that saturated fat intake was associated with a greater risk for…

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Two articles

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Check this out: http://www.free-press-release.com/news-merger-of-metabolism-society-and-american-diabetes-association-surprise-union-to-promote-low-carb-diets-1270129599.html (The author is given as O Wells but I’m thinking Tom Naughton.) Seriously, there is a great article on Slate by Melinda Wenner Moyer titled End the War on Fat here: www.slate,com/toolbar.aspx?action=print&id=2248754. (C) 2010, Judy Barnes Baker

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SUPPORTING TRUTH IN SCIENCE

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Laurie Cagnassola, director of the Metabolism Society (AKA the Nutrition and Metabolism Society), publishes a fantastic newsletter. The November 3rd issue features articles by Dr. John Briffa, Laura Dolson (low-carb guide for about.com), and Dr. Uff Ravnskov. Laurie’s newsletters regularly include updates on the latest research, a column by Jimmy Moore, and a question and answer column by yours truly! An archive button will be added over the coming weekend so you can access the newsletters in addition to the wealth of resources on the…

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FAT IMPROVES PERFORMANCE FOR PILOTS

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A military-funded study conducted by researchers at the University of North Dakota discovered that pilots who ate the most fatty foods, such as butter or gravy, had the quickest response times in mental tests and made fewer mistakes when flying in tricky conditions. Forty-five student pilots were tracked to test their performance on flight simulators while eating four different diets: high-fat, high-carbohydrate, high-protein, and a control diet. Psychology professor Tom Petros, who conducted and reviewed the tests, said, “We wound up analyzing the data every…

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DIET AND HEALTH SURVEY

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Megan, from Megan’s Jottings, contacted me and asked me help publicize a Diet and Health Survey on which she has collaborated with Amanda from The Cake and Biscuit Diet (a low-carb website with a most unlikely name). Megan is from the UK and Amanda (who has a PhD in Theoretical Physics and is married to a PhD in Microbiology) lives in Italy. Both these terrific ladies host great sites, chock full of useful information; I’m thrilled to have found them—better late than never! Megan says,…

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CINNAMON WARNING: UPDATE

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< Cassia cinnamon, True cinnamon > (c) 2012, Judy Barnes Baker Dr. Richard Anderson, of the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center in Beltsville, Maryland, and his colleagues were looking into the effects of chromium on insulin action. While testing various foods, they found something that had a much greater influence on blood sugar, cholesterol, and triglycerides: it was apple pie. It turned out to be the cinnamon in the pie that produced what Anderson called the “most significant nutritional discovery he’s seen in 25 years.” He…

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BLOG FODDER: Fat Saves the World and Other News

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I’ve collected quite a bit of blog fodder over the summer. Here’s a start at catching up. FAT SAVES THE WORLD A dairy nutrition expert from Australia claims to have found a way to reduce the methane output from one source of greenhouse gasses—cows. The secret is to feed them a higher-fat diet. Chris Grainger, of the Department of Primary Industries, said that he and scientists from Canada and New Zealand discovered that they could reduce the greenhouse gas flatulence from cows by feeding them…

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BARIATRIC SURGERY: LOW CARB THE HARD WAY

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Another article about the miraculous effects of bariatric surgery appeared in the news this morning. The procedure has already been proclaimed the “cure” for diabetes and now Canadian researchers have reported that it reduces colon and breast cancer rates by 80% over five years. (“Gastric bypass surgery may stave off cancer,” Thomas H. Maugh II and Denise Gellene, Los Angeles Times, June 19, 2008. You can read the story here: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/text/2008005564_obesity19.html.) The authors state that two studies from last August have shown a decrease in…

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N’AWLINS FOOD, PRALINES AND RED BEANS, AND GOOD NEWS ABOUT SUGAR SUBSTITUTES

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So much to blog about, so little time! I got back from New Orleans late Monday, full of enthusiasm and eager to get started on all the projects that the trip inspired. On Tuesday I was off looking for fresh, raw, head-on shrimp to try to duplicate the fabulous New Orleans BBQ shrimp that I had at Jacques-imos. Much to my delight, I found the shrimp at my local Central Market and the dish turned out messy, buttery, spicy, and absolutely glorious on the first…

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Huh?

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There was a two-page ad in this morning’s Seattle Times for Vytorin® (ezetimibe/simvastatin), which is a combination of two older drugs (Zocor and Zetia) for lowering cholesterol. The headline said, “Do you have high LDL cholesterol? It’s important to talk to your doctor about ways to lower it.” After a few sentences about how the drug works to lower cholesterol, it says in bold type, “Vytorin has not been shown to reduce heart attacks or strokes more than Zocor alone.” I did a double take…

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Do artificial sweeteners cause weight gain?

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This is interesting. Several recent studies have linked artificial sweeteners with weight gain, which I find baffling and counter to my own experience. The rationale used to explain the phenomenon is that just the sensation of a sweet taste provokes an insulin surge in anticipation of sugar just as a ringing bell associated with feeding caused Pavlov’s dogs to salivate. The insulin then promotes fat storage. A new study from Purdue University seems to confirm that using artificial sweeteners makes it harder, not easier to…

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