The soybean has been at the centre of controversy within the nutrition and fitness world. Some people see the soybean as a superfood whilst others see it as a poison.
PART 2- OPTIMAL FOR ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE?
[Note – this article refers to vegetarians as lacto-ovo-vegetarians (those that eat dairy and eggs but avoid eating meat, fish and poultry) as this is the most commonly adopted vegetarian diet in UK]
A study published earlier this month found an association between individuals eating foods considered “acidic” and the risk of them developing Type 2 Diabetes (T2D).
A study published this week in the British Journal of Nutrition found that a diet high in bread and potatoes is contributing to general and central obesity in British Adults.
Over the course of last week, two studies have been published once again showing the effectiveness of high-protein, low-carb diets.
Hospital food has a bad reputation, and is constantly under the scrutiny of the media – who regularly report on hospitals providing junk food to patients under their care, or the poor quality of hospital food.
Every day new studies receive media coverage showing that diets based upon eating items found on the NHS approved ‘EatWell Plate’ can lower the risk of Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) and of developing Cardiovascular Disease (CVD).
In a two part special for the Natural Ketosis Company blog, guest blogger Richard Chessor, the lead nutritionist for Scottish Rugby, discusses the implications and considerations of vegetarian diets as a way to improve athletic training and performance.
PART 1- THE PRIMARY CONSIDERATIONS
Following the American Diabetes Association’s change of position on the effectiveness of low-carb treatments to manage diabetes, research published this week in Neurology further supports the importance of lowering blood sugar levels overall, and has suggested that a lower blood sugar level may improve brain function.
One of our Natural Ketosis members has just shared some good news. In just 3 days she has managed to significantly lower and stabilise her blood sugar levels!
As early as next year certain fizzy drinks will be able to advertise themselves as being “good for your health” even if they are not calorie free; so long as the only sugar is ‘fructose’. The reason for this change is the new ruling from the European Food Safety Authority, the European version of the Food Standards Agency.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) has recently published its revised guidelines concerning the nutrition therapy recommendations for the management of diabetes.
A study looking at the diets of Chinese women consuming a calorie-restricted diet versus a low-carbohydrate diet has shown that those women following the low carbohydrate diet had beneficial effects on blood lipid profiles, as well as weight loss.
When people hear the term low-carb, they instantly think “Atkins diet!” - This confusion can be excused however, because the media rarely differentiate between low-carb diets and no-carb diets, such as Atkins.
A report published last month by the Swedish Council on Health Technology Assessment (SBU), the Swedish equivalent of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) here in the UK, has endorsed Low-Carbohydrate diets as being the most effective treatment for obesity and its related diseases, including Diabetes.
A review paper looking at the effectiveness of low-carbohydrate diets versus low-fat diets has recently been published in the British Journal of Nutrition. This paper is one of the first challenges to the long held belief that low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets are the most efficient method of losing weight, which are currently recommended by the Government and other Health agencies.
Any keen follower of health and nutrition will have received their notification of the next SACN meeting, due to take place on 9th October 2013. We at Natural ketosis have taken keen interest in this year’s SACN agenda.
Earlier this month yet another article was published in the Guardian highlighting the downside of drinking fruit juices and smoothies. The basic principal is that these drinks are full of fructose, and this has the same effect on our bodies as high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in soft drinks.
Loren Cordain’s vision of us all eating grass fed cattle and collecting our organic berries while avoiding all dairy is pretty cool… if you live near a Wholefoods and don’t enjoy the odd French soft cheese. However, for many of us, it is hard even when we agree with the principals.
Knowing that protein is good for you is now widely understood by men in gyms, who have long been guzzling protein shakes at every opportunity. Weight Watchers have also kindly introduced ‘pro-points’ to reflect the importance of protein.
Having been founded by a lawyer, we at Natural Ketosis are used to reading long boring documents in search of hidden gems. In the last few years we have been carefully following the activities of the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN). This was set up to provide robust scientific support for the health guidelines given out by the Food Standards Authority and others on what we should or should not be eating.
Apart from the message that we are fat because we ‘eat too much and don’t exercise enough’, we have also been told that we must follow a balanced diet which is best represented as the Eat Well Plate. Is this right?
On the BBC Breakfast Show this morning (22/05/2013) Dr Aseem Malhotra was invited on to discuss the effect added sugar has on us. He also has an article in the BMJ. If you are a follower of this blog you will know all about the issues at the heart of the sugar debate. It seems the debate may be escalating.
Diabetes has consistently been news in recent weeks. Research published into the effect of fizzy drinks on diabetes has been highlighted by a number of newspapers, stating that as little as 1 can per day will increase your chances of developing the condition. A recent article in the Express has stated that there may be something else to worry about, and that is the people that don’t know they have Type 2 Diabetes.
A recent article in the Daily Mail has stated that the latest dieting craze of fasting is dangerous and unhealthy. Despite this, fasting diets have received endorsements from various celebrities. Obviously it wouldn’t be the first time a celeb has put their name to an unhealthy fad diet, nor will it be the last.