Linking Thermostats, Diets & Adipose Tissue…

“Why diets don’t work: An internal “thermostat” may be the reason diets don’t work. A set of neurons in the brain stops mice from burning calories when they are not eating enough. This might prevent people from burning fat while on a diet (eLife, doi.org/b7gk).” (New Scientist, 2017, p.5). This headline sounds great, but one must be careful when… Read More

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Old Food, New Food & Lifespan: Any Link?

“YOU are what you eat – so does eating old food make you old? It sounds far-fetched, but experiments on mice, flies and yeast suggest that it might. The fundamental causes of ageing aren’t understood. One leading idea is that throughout life, our bodies accumulate cellular damage. Vadim Gladyshev at Harvard University wondered whether this damage can be acquired through food. Food… Read More

Total Fat Intake versus Healthy Wholefoods & Diet Patterns

The obsession with fat intake needs to end, say Dariush Mozaffarian and David Ludwig writing in the New Scientist. “For decades we have been fed official limits on the total fat in our diets. It’s time that ended, a position we have summarised in the journal JAMA (doi.org/ 6s2). Dietary policies have long emphasised limits. In 1980, the US recommended that no more than… Read More

ADF Educators Guide to Healthy Eating (ADF EDGE)

Research Paper Title ADF Educators Guide to Healthy Eating (ADF EDGE). Executive Summary In 2006, the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) updated the Nutrient Reference Values (NRVs) for Australia and New Zealand (NHMRC, 2006). Recommendations for Military NRVs (MNRVs) were subsequently developed in light of the new NRVs for Australia and New Zealand… Read More

Diet, Reductionism & Desire

I thought these two replies by Rosemary Sharples and Jan Horton, writing in the New Scientist, about diet and weight loss were interesting and quite apt: Rosemary writes: Once again, scientists working on ways to make it easier for people to lose weight are concentrating entirely on appetite (20 June, p.14) as though this and… Read More

Small Changes to Diet could bring Substantial Health & Environmental Benefits, Say Researchers

Making even relatively small changes to current UK diets could have a substantial effect on the environment and the population’s health, two research papers have claimed (Green et al., 2015; Milner et al., 2015). The United Kingdom has committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80% from their 1990 levels by 2050, and some say… Read More

Tax Processed Food to Subsidise Healthier Options & Tackle Obesity, Says Think Tank

The tendency for common processed foods such as crisps and biscuits to become cheaper over the past 30 years, while fruit and vegetables have become more expensive, is driving the obesity epidemic, a think tank has said. It recommends that governments consider introducing taxes on unhealthy foods and use these to subsidise other food groups.… Read More