Sweetener vs Sugar

Sugar is sweet and so are you: just how safe are low-calorie sweeteners?

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Dr Robert Lustig, who is probably the sugar industry’s public enemy #1, says that about 80% of the processed foods and beverages that fill most of the shelves in the food aisles in US supermarkets contain added sugars in some form or another http://www.uctv.tv/shows/The-Skinny-on-Obesity-Ep-1-An-Epidemic-for-Every-Body-23305 This focus by industry on sugar sweetened foods and beverages is […]

New Year Resolutions

Where did my New Year resolutions go?

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The short answer to the question is that much like the New Year resolutions of so many others it’s in the trashcan. This short answer is, of course,  a copout because it is a conclusion empty of any reason. The question is, in essence, not really about the ‘where’ but the ‘why’, and why demands […]

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Low Libido and Erectile Dysfunction: the ‘under the covers’ effects of lifestyle-related disease

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How bad is the problem and what causes it? The Massachusetts Aging Study reveals that by age 40, a significant percentage of men (about 40%) will experience low libido (sex drive) and erectile dysfunction or ED ( difficulty achieving or sustaining an erection). These are  two of the least discussed effects of the Metabolic Syndrome. […]

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Smoking – the ‘forgotten’ risk factor

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‘Diet and health – I get it – but what else is there? Most of the posts I write are focused on the dietary aspects of metabolic health. I pay particular attention to sugar in our diets, debunking the myths around fat and cholesterol and so on. Add to this I have written about insulin […]

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I know what to do… but don’t do it!

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It can’t just be about knowledge ‘I know what I ought to do but don’t do it’,  is a statement that most overweight people can probably lay claim to, whether it comes to losing weight, exercising, getting enough sleep – and so on. What stops me from doing what I ought to do when I […]

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Remembering Whatshisname

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In my previous blog, I touched on some of the important issues coming out of the ‘Awakening from Alzheimer’s Disease’ series, presented by Peggy Sarlin and her panel of Alzheimer’s experts.  What we saw was that while no effective cure currently exists for this devastating disease, about 70% of the incidence can be prevented.   In […]

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Is Coffee Bad For you?

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Last year a large study was published in Circulation, a prestigious medical journal, in which researchers reported on their investigation into whether drinking coffee – decaf or caffeinated – may be good or bad for us. The study, Association of Coffee Consumption with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality in Three Large Prospective Cohorts,  took the research data […]

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Are You Addicted To Food?

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The term ‘food addiction’ has found its way into common nutritional parlance, especially since the advent of the low-fat mania that has gripped the attention and grocery shopping habits of the public over the past 50 years or so. But what is food addiction? Does it really exist or is it simply a myth? It […]