A large portion of the health and nutrition information online consists of anecdotes, personal accounts of health benefits experienced in response to a change in diet. In this blog post, we are discussing five reasons why such anecdotes should be considered very low-level evidence.
In a recent blog post about the Global Nutrition Transition, we discussed that the transition towards ultra-processed foods is strongly and consistently associated with increased rates of obesity in populations all around the world. We are expanding on this discussion in this post by sharing evidence that ultra-processed foods are not just associated with higher calorie intake and body weight, but may actually cause overeating and weight gain. We are also discussing concrete steps – based on this research – that may prevent overeating and weight gain.
A new randomized controlled clinical trial has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine that describes the impact of 8-hour time-restricted eating on weight loss in the context of a calorie-restricted diet. This blog post summarizes what time-restricted eating is, outlines the animal experiments that initially suggested that time-restricted eating could be a valuable tool for weight loss, and reviews the data from the new as well as older trials.
Can we prevent or even reverse chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes or heart disease by changing our diet? In this blog post, we will take a look at a few studies that have put that question to the test.
In this blog post, we will take a close look at the emergence of what is often called the twin epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes. This twin epidemic has been taking place all over the world over the last 30-40 years, and it is still getting worse. We will examine the changes in diet that have occurred during this same time frame in several different affected populations. We will see some patterns emerge of specific changes in the diets of these populations that have almost certainly played a major role in the massive changes in body weights and metabolic health.
In this blog post, we’ll be looking at an issue that – in my opinion – should be taking much more a center stage in the discussion of nutrition and health: micronutrient deficiencies!