Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

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

Preservatives are making you fat

It looks like the chemical BHT (often added to keep foods tasting fresher) interferes with your body’s signals of fullness after eating.  And then there is PFOA and TBT…

Study Shows How Food Preservatives May Disrupt Human Hormones and Promote Obesity

Innovative Stem Cell Testing System Demonstrates Potential for Evaluating Health Effects of Chemicals Used in Everyday Life

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September 26, 2017 Posted by | diet, health | , | Leave a comment

Counting calories? Don’t bother

More and more evidence that it is not the number of calories we eat that is important to keep us healthy, but the kind of foods we eat.  Read the article on Time’s site in order to watch the corresponding video.

You Asked: Should I Count Calories?

Markham Heid | Oct. 14, 2015 | Time Magazine

Even if you could do it accurately—and you really can’t—counting calories is unhelpful for weight loss and disease prevention.

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October 20, 2015 Posted by | diet, health | , , | Leave a comment


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