Keto Lie #6: Food quality is not important. It’s all about reducing insulin and avoiding carbs

nutrient density vs satiety graph of foods

People in Ketoland like to point out that ‘there is no such thing as an essential carbohydrate‘.   However, while this is technically true, it’s irrelevant when you understand that the amount of essential dietary fats that you require is tiny (i.e. 1.6 g of omega-3 and 4.6 g of omega 6 PUFAs or less than …

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Did you see the LATEST animal-based keto vs low-fat, plant-based diet study from Kevin Hall?

It may feel like you’re in a time warp or a bad diet-wars nightmare, but Kevin Hall just published YET ANOTHER study pitting the high-fat keto diet against a very low fat plant-based diet.   Social media is enraged again – it seems we’re living in a world where only controversy gets clicks.   I shared a …

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Is a Vegan Diet Healthy? Why chasing nutrients might be more important.

Will the debate around eating plants vs animals ever end?  Ever since Cain and Abel, people have been zealous about their chosen way of eating.  But when religious beliefs, ethical conviction, environmental sustainability and big business align around food, they are a force to be reckoned with.  Most people agree that we should avoid highly …

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Cheap nutrient dense foods on a budget… optimised for YOUR goal

With both a viral pandemic and an international financial crisis unfolding, identifying nutrient-dense foods to support healthy immune function with limited funds is a hot topic.   While we received lots of interest and positive feedback on our recent article looking at cost-effective nutrient-dense foods, several people asked, “what about keto/low carb?”, “what about fat loss?”, …

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What is Nutritional Optimisation?

Nutritional Optimisation is the process of optimising your food choices to align with your goals and by giving your body what it needs. Unfortunately, most “nutritional advice” revolves around avoiding “bad foods” and other “bad things” in the food we eat (e.g. calories, fat, saturated fat, carbs, cholesterol, plants, animal, etc.).   Even in the …

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What the most popular COVID-19 pandemic prep foods are doing to our immune system

COVID-19 is generating so much data!  While fascinating, it can also be depressing and stressful. With many of us in lockdown, we feel helpless watching the numbers of confirmed cases and deaths mounting every day.    But rather than trying to predict the future and debate things we can’t control, I thought it might be interesting …

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COVID-19: What we do and don’t (yet) know and how to reduce your risk

The COVID-19 pandemic is a monumental example of the limitations of sound-bite driven media.   Although there is a constant stream of hype, paranoia, political positioning and finger-pointing over the past weeks, there has not been a lot of discussion about what we can do to move forward in a balanced manner.   We all have a …

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Analysis of Optimising Nutrition Recipe Series (22 books!)

After working intensely over the last six months working with Saskia Lesser to create a series of twenty-two recipe books tailored for different goals, I thought it would be interesting to see how they compare in terms of various parameters, including: nutrient density, protein,   fat, carbohydrates, energy density, and  the protein: energy ratio. Why did …

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