We are constantly being told that items such as bread, pasta, rice, potatoes and cereals are required for a healthy diet as they are full of nutrients. However, does their nutrient density outweigh their impact on our blood sugar levels and in turn on our health?
A paper published this week showed that substituting your teaspoon of sugar for an artificial sweetener may not be the healthier way forward. In fact, the consequence of consuming artificial sweeteners was found to negatively affect the beneficial bacteria in our gut which directly affected the glucose metabolism.
Over the past few days there have been 2 studies which have shown dairy fats do play a role in health. One looked at the association of dairy intake and the risk of developing certain conditions whilst the other was a poster presentation of a study that dairy intake and it's effect on type 2 diabetes. Both came to the conclusion that full fat dairy is positively associated with health. In this blog we explore why full fat dairy options contribute to health.
With the weather getting colder and the day getting shorter, let’s face it, we all look forward to a hearty meal to warm ourselves up. However, if you are thinking of embarking on a weight loss journey, you may be thinking that in order to achieve your goals you need to deprive yourself of good hearty food. But what if I were to tell you that losing weight may be a great way to actually enjoy good food?
The nation’s diet is a constant topic of debate within the media. The current obesity epidemic has been linked to a higher risk of cancer occurrence within the population. So what has diet got to do with it all?
We all love to eat food that we know is bad for our health and waistlines. So whether it’s ice cream, a slice of chocolate cake or a scone or all the items on a high tea menu we all know these are not the best choices for health. However we tend to prefer to eat these items over a bowl of salad leaves. Let’s face it, we’ve all experienced this! So, losing weight can feel like you’re depriving yourself, albeit for a good cause, but what happens when you are allowed to eat these items once again? If cravings are the issue, then why not address this by changing your palate?
With the summer holidays over (or nearly over for some), getting back into the routine of old can be a bit tough. Regaining and maintaining high concentration levels can also prove daunting, especially after lunch time - or siesta time as it was a couple of days ago. So how can your diet help to increase not only your concentration levels, but also help to improve your overall health?
Last week there has been a call from Public Health England to take the tape measure around our waist and use it to keep track of our health, especially for type 2 diabetes. So what does our waist measurement tell us about our health?
Taking the decision to actively lose weight is a big one. The trigger for this decision may have come either from not being able to fit into a favourite pair of jeans or dress, or looking at a recent picture of yourself and being shocked. We are all human and living in a food environment that seems intent on making us heavier does not help the situation in cases where for one reason or another we have been a bit complacent about our food choices.
The debate around what we should eat in order to maintain a healthy life and ward off disease is a constant topic of conversation both in the media but also within your social group. Even if you have not officially followed a ‘diet’, you may have certainly adapted your eating habits and choices slightly over the years to mirror the common public health messages. At the moment, there is a lot of debate over the potential uses of dietary ketogenic diets, yet there is still a lot of myths surrounding what it actually is and how it works.
Last week a paper was presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Experimental Biology in Manchester. The conclusion from this piece of research stated that the most effective weight loss dietary approach was one that was high in protein and low in carbohydrates.
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (or PCOS for short) is a condition that affects millions of women in the UK. The cause of this syndrome is unknown. The condition is associated with abnormal hormone levels, especially insulin. In this blog we discuss why following a low carbohydrate lifestyle helps manage the condition and why.
The amount of animal protein we should eat seems to be constantly under scrutiny. One day it’s a report stating that animal protein is bad for health, whilst the next day it’s the reverse advise - eat animal protein as a recent study has been shown it helps prevent chronic diseases X, Y and Z. Behind the catchy headlines however, what does the science actually say about the role of animal protein in our diet and health?
Over the weekend, an interesting article featured in the Daily Mail investigating what ingredients went into “sugar-free” food items. Much to the surprise of the author, some recipes called for a whopping 550g of honey!
Whilst a rigorous face cream regimen and facials as well as other body treatments will certainly help alleviate the effect of time on our skin, what you eat can have a deep impact on how youthful your skin looks. The effect of sugars on the aging skin sometimes goes unnoticed, especially when it is drowned out by a multitude of products all promising younger more glowing skin.
Trying to lose weight is not always a smooth road. There will always be bumps and potholes that unfortunately may force you to deviate from your original plan. So what happens? Does one meal (or two) going to undo all your hard work up till then?
Not a day goes by without a news piece covering the UK diabetes epidemic or coverage regarding new and exciting research that focuses on new interventions to either prevent or manage diabetes. Yet what is diabetes, and can dietary interventions make a difference?
With the recent media attention on the population’s sugar consumption, studies that have previously been neglected for their claims on the psychological effects of sugar consumption are now gaining more recognition.
Earlier this month a paper was published in Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health reporting favourable improvements in markers of CVD and decreased total cause of mortality with increased consumption of fruit and vegetables. We covered the article in a blog earlier this month here and assessed the strength of the research behind the original ‘5-a-day’ message.
Following on from the success of his best-selling book The China Study, Dr Campbell turns his hand at debunking the science behind a low carbohydrate diet. Here is our take on his new book, The Low-Carb Fraud.
With recent research suggesting that we increase our fruit and vegetable consumption to 7-a-day from the current 5-a-day guidelines, does the initial science that brought us the 5-a-day message solid enough to withstand this new research of increasing this to 7 portions a day?
A food item’s Glycaemic Index (GI) score reflects the amount of carbohydrates present and the overall effect this item has on blood sugar levels. A low GI score means that the food item takes longer to be absorbed/digested thereby releasing energy in the form of glucose slowly into the body. In terms of feeling full, what this does it that it keeps you fuller for longer due to the way such items are digested.
Welcome to The Natural Ketosis Company’s blog. We are fed up with the abundance of weight loss myths and miracle solutions that constantly appear in the press. Therefore, we have decided to expose the ridiculous claims that are prevalent in the diet industry and, hopefully in a humorous way, give you our honest opinion about them. We love to hear your opinions so please do not be afraid to comment!