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Manifesto for Agnostic Nutrition

In days gone by, humans saw things that they didn’t understand as mysterious or magical.   We formed religions and worshipped deities (like the sun, earth, fire, thunder and rain) that gave us nourishment and sustained us. Today, we have moved on from many of these deities as we gained more knowledge about the sun, rain, […]

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Nutrient deficiency in YOUR diet  

I recently took a look at which nutrients might be missing from various popular dietary approaches in preparation for a recent on nutrient density.  At a population level, the chart below shows the proportion of the US population has a nutrient deficiency in various micronutrients.  Many people are not getting enough vitamin D, vitamin E, […]

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Want to live forever? Factors influencing longevity.

Living a long, vibrant, healthy life is a common goal.  But what can we do to extend our health span? Should we eat more fruit and veggies?  Less processed foods?  More protein?  Less protein?  Exercise more?  Lose weight?  Sleep more?  Get more sun?  Less blue light? Confused yet? The numerous facets of health and longevity […]

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Optimal foods for different goals

A number of attempts have been made to rank foods based on their nutrient density or some other measure. Useful parameters that can be used to optimal foods for different goals include: nutrient density / calorie, nutrient density / cost, nutrient density / weight, fibre / calorie, fibre / weight, calorie / weight, cost / […]

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Atkins versus the vegans

Dr Fung also noted that the Atkins approach often doesn’t work over the long term because things other than carbohydrates require insulin. The food insulin index data demonstrates that a number of high protein foods such as steak, cheddar cheese, white fish and tuna cause a significant insulin response even though they contain minimal carbohydrate. […]

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