Nutrition

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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Diet Debate: Wheat, Gluten and Health

Is Gluten-Free a Fad? An article published last week in Scientific American made its position on the above very clear: Most People Shouldn’t Eat Gluten-Free. In the article it is argued that dieters attempting to avoid gluten may become nutrient deficient unless they plan their meals very carefully, and that most reported health benefits come

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What is Food? Part VI: Making Decisions

In the first instalment of this series, I argued that there is no such thing as food. Rather that there are only other living organisms, some of which we choose to label as food, but that these labels are often pretty arbitrary. In the subsequent posts, I looked at the four major criteria on which

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What is Food? Part V: A Potential Source of Pleasure

I love food. I love talking about food, I love cooking and preparing food, but most of all I love eating food. I certainly see foods as a source of energy and raw materials, and I am aware that certain foods can be potentially harmful to my health, however, I also view food as a

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What is Food? Part IV: A Potential Source of Toxins

Image: FreeDigitalPhotos.net In the previous posts we established that human beings survive by consuming other living organisms to provide energy and raw materials for growth, reproduction and survival, and that we call these organisms that we choose to eat “food”. What should also be considered, however, is that the consumption of other living organisms could

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What is Food? Part III: Too Much of a Good Thing?

What are you made of? It’s not an abstract question. I want you to think about what it is that you are actually made of. The answer? You are made out of food. Or rather, you are made out of the stuff that you eat. When you eat something, it is broken down in to

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What is Food? Part II: A Source of Energy

In the previous post I asked the question, “What is Food?” In short, the conclusion was that there is no such thing as food! Rather, the term “food” is a label we apply to living organisms that we choose to eat, and that all living organisms can be assessed as a potential food source based

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What is Food? Part I: There is no such thing as food

The past couple of posts have been looking at the problems with nutritional science in general, and issues with the paleo diet concept in particular. I think that it’s important when it comes to nutrition (or any aspect of life) to keep an open mind, and question your beliefs. I suppose the question is now

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Diet Debate: The Problems with Paleo Science, and Why it Matters…

The previous post was concerned with the problems with nutritional science in general. In this instalment, I plan to look at how these issues, and others, pertain to the science used to validate the concept of the paleo diet. The basic argument for eating a paleo diet goes something like this: “Our ancestors ate a

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