Fructose can only be processed by the liver. In small amounts and along with fibre (eg, in a handful of fruit that is not very sweet, like autumn berries) fructose does not cause a problem… It is, however, also found along with glucose in table sugar and high fructose corn syrup. In large amounts (especially …
Do you have diabetes? Search the internet, including many health sites (even the NHS’s) and you’ll see them advising carbohydrate-based meals for you. This is the worst possible thing you can do for your condition, even if you eat the oft-touted ‘healthy whole grains’. Why?
You’ll be well aware if you have type 1 diabetes, but may not know if you have/are developing type 2, especially as pre-diabetes can creep up un-noticed.
When we talk about nitrate in terms of food, it’s the salt potassium nitrate (saltpetre or saltpeter) we are referring to; potassium nitrate is commonly used to cure ham, bacon, sausages and salami. This stops the highly toxic Clostridium botulinum (the bacterium that can cause the rare but deadly botulism) and other nasties from developing.
I was just having a conversation with a friend who is soon to have his cataracts treated*. Given a diet high in sugars has all sorts of consequences, including AGE formation, I got to wondering if a high glycaemic increased the likelihood/speed of cataract formation. (Cateracts are where the lenses in your eyes become clouded/opaque, so …
The speed of motility can be affected by a number of factors; for example, highly fatty food, because it takes longer to digest than foods lower in fat, can slow down motility and foods higher in magnesium and insoluble fibre can increase motility. Disruption to the speed of motility (ie, going too fast or too …
Love it or loathe it, caffeine pops up all over the place; some swear by it and others don’t touch caffeine if they can help it. This review paper looks at studies on caffeine – you’ll see a summary of the findings and a link to the full paper.
We are often told, and believe, that eating too much meat protein causes blood to become acidic, meaning calcium is leached from the bones in order to return the blood to a more alkaline state. Is this true, or can you eat plenty of meat without worrying?
This interesting video from John Bergman looks at the relationship between throid and adrenal glands, what causes them to go wrong, the effects of that, and how to sort them out.
What are the two forms of vitamin K, where are they found in food, and what dietary factors can lead to deficiency?
This study looked at the effect of nutrients (or lack thereof) on inflammation, insulin resistance and obesity in pre-pubescent and pubescent children. Here’s a summary of the findings.
Fluorquinolones are broad-spectrum antibiotics, meaning they can be used to treat a variety of illness such as UTIs (urinary tract infections) and respiratory infections. However, there is increasing evidence that this class of antibiotics is harming health.