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Diet Debate: #JERF vs The Appeal to Nature Fallacy

[est_time] estimated total reading time Are we being JERFed Around? JERF, for the uninitiated, stands for Just Eat Real Food. This is a very popular concept within the nutrition world. Paleo, Vegan, Weston Price, Mediterranean Diet, Mayo Clinic, Registered dietitians, the WHO, the one thing they can all agree on is that the more unprocessed, …

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Diet Debate: Coffee – Dangerous Addiction, or Beneficial Predilection?

[est_time] estimated total reading time Disclaimer: I love coffee, and am no doubt addicted to it, at least to some degree. I am therefore probably subject to a high degree of confirmation bias when weighing up its pros and cons. As always, check all references thoroughly, do your own research, and draw your own conclusions! …

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Diet Debate: GMO Foods, Food Security and Scientific Progress

It’s been on my list to write a post on genetically Modified Foods for quite some time, so when I watched the recent Intelligence Squared US Debate on the topic, I thought it was about time I put fingertips to keyboard. If you’ve not yet seen the debate, it’s available on YouTube. It’s a little …

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What is Food? 21Convention Nutrition Talk Video Released

In 2012, I was very pleased to be invited to speak at the inaugural UK edition of the 21Convention. Previous speakers have included the likes of Doug McGuff, Drew Bay and Mark Sisson, so I certainly felt in esteemed company! In retrospect, I think I tried to fit too much content into the allocated 45 …

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Diet Debate: Raw Milk Revisited – Risk v Reward: Why Drinking Raw Milk is Like Riding A Bicycle!

I’ve been meaning to write an update to my original post on dairy, raw or otherwise, and its place in a healthy diet since I watched the youtube video below. In the video, shot at the Harvard Law School Society, Sally Fallon from the Weston Price Foundation and Dr David Gumpert, author of “The Raw …

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Diet Debate: Supplements II – Double Blinded by Science?

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a post on Nutritional Supplements, and why I think they’re a waste of time and money. Sol Orwell from Examine.com, a website dedicated to reviewing supplements, posted some of his thoughts in the comments section, you can see his points and my responses here. Draw your own conclusions, …

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Diet Debate: Nutritional Supplements – Why I won’t be Plugging Examine.com

It seems every blogger I follow is currently promoting Examine.com’s Supplement Goals Reference Guide, even those that generally don’t promote supplements. Credit where credit is due, Seth Orwell and the team have certainly put the work in, both in the production of their website and the book, and their efforts to promote it. My little …

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Why Eat Grass Fed Beef?

I’ve written before about the nutritional benefits of grass fed beef – In short, it’s higher in vitamins, minerals and omega 3s, lower in potentially inflammatory omega 6 oils, and has more protein per kcal than grain fed beef. Grass Fed Beef is a hot product at the moment – it is the “Paleo Superfood …

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Diet Debate: Not So Fast? Intermittent Fasting Update

It has been three years since I wrote my last post on Intermittent Fasting, so I thought it was about time for an update. In this follow up post I want to address: Dr Michael Mosley’s Horizon Documentary and book “The Fast Diet” Controversy over research on women and fasting An update on my experiences …

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Diet Debate: Are Porridge Oats Healthy?

But what about porridge? This is a question that I get asked all the time, so I thought it was about time I wrote a quick post on it. Although the conventional wisdom holds all wholegrains in high esteem, most people seem to acknowledge that wheat might not be the health food it’s cracked up …

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