This week, we summarize the top five news articles and studies in the real food realm. Plus, some success stories...
News and Emerging Science
Dr. Georgia Ede pens a thought provoking piece for Psychology Today entitled "Obesity: Stop shaming, start understanding." In it, she fingers insulin resistance as a root cause of obesity, and encourages readers to be curious enough to take a second look at the not-so-plausible mainstream assumptions about overweight and obese patients. Ede includes a companion piece for doctors where she asserts that a better understanding of insulin resistance is critical for improved patient care.
A new review published in Molecular Psychology analyzed 41 observational studies, and finds that subjects eating a Mediterranean-style diet experienced lower rates of depression. The study also finds that those eating other diets (characterized as either anti-inflammatory by the Dietary Inflammation Index or conforming with the Healthy Eating Index) also experienced lower rates of depression. Observational, of course, but interesting.
Both The Atlantic and The New York Times cover the latest scandal in nutrition research. High-profile and prolific Cornell Food Lab scientist Brian Wansink resigned after serious questions emerged about the scientific integrity of his work. Journals retracted over 13 of his papers. How many other researchers might also fail the careful scrutiny that Wansink received? How do we know which nutrition research should be believed?
The New York Times ran a piece entitled "Which kinds of food make us fat?" Gary Taubes points out that a more accurate title would be "Which kinds of food make MICE fat?" The piece summarizes a well-designed mouse study, published a couple of months ago in Cell Metabolism. What do the results mean for humans? Let's take a look and see.
In an interesting new study out of the University of Michigan, researchers proposed a scale to measure processed food addiction, and then measured withdrawal symptoms in 230 participants, identifying patterns of withdrawal — from foods like pizza, pastries and fries — that parallel some drugs.
Which is the best ketone meter? What do zookeepers understand about the perils of fruit that doctors don't? Are low-calorie shakes the answer to the obesity epidemic? What does the future of food look like? Why do micro biome experts call for a return to whole foods? Can you put a town on a sugar-free diet? (Cardiologist Aseem Malhotra decided to find out in Tameside, England.) Have you heard about the acne positivity movement?
Australian orthopedic surgeon Dr. Gary Fettke can give life-saving, low-carb dietary advice to his patients once again. He was exonerated on all counts, ending his official 'silencing,' and received an apology from regulators!
Love it! 200 pounds lost by "Keto Krew" of five coworkers at a grocery store in greater Houston. Weight is down, but mood and energy are up! (In spite of fab results, dietician delivers perfunctory cautions at end 🙄.)
Is your favorite movie star fasting for 16-18 hours each day? Intermittent fasting (IF) is reportedly now the rage in Hollywood. Some do it for weight control, others for longevity.
Non-Hollywood types like intermittent fasting, too. The Philadelphia Inquirer explores the topic, with a few success stories and explanations of the different forms of IF that work for different people.
Another keto couple! Jason down 91 pounds, while his wife Amanda loses 50 pounds by trying keto and sticking with it. They have added IF and running, too. Impressive transformation for both!
Down 142 pounds in a year. Wayne reads Jason Fung's The Obesity Code and the rest is history.
Want to ditch that prediabetes diagnosis on your chart? Erica lost some weight and got her blood sugar level back to normal with help from a keto diet and Virta Health. No more worries about progressing to diabetes!
The keto diet, itself, is a success! And as more and more people try it, industry responds with keto-friendly products. This means more options and more temptation.