Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

How industry influences nutrition science

The best way to decide what to eat is to look at research. Unfortunately, not all research is reliable, as the article from Nutrition Action below points out.

How industry influences nutrition science

Make no mistake. Industry funding is about marketing, not science.

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March 18, 2017 Posted by | diet, nutrition | , | Leave a comment

Gut bacteria affect your brain

More and more evidence is showing up that your microbiota can affect your mental health.  In other words, eat you probiotic yogurt.

Is Your Gut Making You Depressed or Anxious?

Turns out “gut feeling” is more than just a fancy name for intuition. Our small and large intestine, and the trillions of bacteria that call it home, are more important than ever imagined for influencing our mood, our anxiety, our choices, and even our personalities. This week Savvy Psychologist Dr. Ellen Hendriksen goes straight for the gut with three surprising mind-gut connections.

Ellen Hendriksen, PhD | December 23, 2016 | Quickanddirtytips.com

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February 17, 2017 Posted by | brain, diet, health, nutrition, psychology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Soda Companies Fund Health Groups

Depressing.

Soda Companies Fund 96 Health Groups In the U.S.

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October 11, 2016 Posted by | diet, health, nutrition | , , , | Leave a comment

How the Sugar Lobby Skewed Health Research

If you followed the revelations of how the tobacco industry ruins people’s lives in the name of profit, you will not be surprised at what the sugar industry has been (and is) doing. Articles from Time Magazine and Scientific American explain — take your pick.

Sugar Industry Secretly Paid for Favorable Harvard Research

Melissa Bailey | September 13, 2016 | Scientific American

Newly uncovered documents reveal that a sugar industry trade group initiated and paid for the studies, examined drafts and laid out a clear objective to protect sugar’s public reputation 


How the Sugar Lobby Skewed Health Research

September 16, 2016 Posted by | health, nutrition | , , , | Leave a comment

9 Foods That Make You Feel Fuller

My last post, 9 Foods That Make You Hungrier, referred to an article listing snacks to avoid if you are trying to lose weight.  The following two articles point out what we should be snacking on instead and when.  Click on the titles to read the original story and watch the accompanying videos.

1) 9 Healthy Snacks That Prevent Overeating

Aug. 11, 2016 | Time Magazine

If you can’t wait for your next meal, these foods are adept at muffling your hunger

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September 16, 2016 Posted by | diet, health, nutrition | | Leave a comment

9 Foods That Make You Hungrier

I wish they had a list of snack foods that don’t make you hungrier.  I think I remember nuts being one those.

9 Foods That Make You Hungrier

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August 1, 2016 Posted by | diet, health, nutrition | , , , | 1 Comment

What Your Microbiome Wants for Dinner

Certainly changed how I viewed diets… another must-read.  Consider getting the authors’ book.

What Your Microbiome Wants for Dinner

You may think twice about your diet when you follow the metabolic fate of your food.

By David R. Montgomery & Anne Biklé | December 10, 2015 | Nautilus

(Excerpted from The Hidden Half of Nature: The Microbial Roots of Life and Health by David R. Montgomery and Anne Biklé. Copyright © 2016 by David R. Montgomery and Anne Biklé.)

January 3, 2016 Posted by | diet, health, nutrition | , , | Leave a comment

Junk food is addictive

“… extremely sweet or fatty foods captivate the brain’s reward circuit in much the same way that cocaine and gambling do…”

A must-read for the sake of your own health.

How Sugar and Fat Trick the Brain into Wanting More Food

Junk foods can muddle the brain’s satiety-control mechanism, sending our appetites into hyperdrive

Ferris Jabr | January 1, 2016 | Scientific American

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January 3, 2016 Posted by | behaviour, diet, health, nutrition | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hyperpalatable

They forgot Smarties.

Lingo: Hyperpalatable

Some foods are engineered to be so tasty they’re difficult to resist, says nutritional scientist Venket Rao

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October 13, 2015 Posted by | health, nutrition | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Your carb digestion genes (AMY1) affect your weight

I guess your heritage does influence how much carbs you can eat without gaining weight.

Genetic study supports link between carbohydrate digestion and obesity

by Francesca Davenport | 31 March 2014| Imperial College London

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September 17, 2015 Posted by | health, nutrition | , , , , , | Leave a comment