“Dangerous Paleo Diet” Study is Ragged With Holes

There’s a deep sense of irony in adding to a never-ending series of headlines on a study that shouldn’t have had any attention paid to it at all. But the publication on the dangers of the “paleo” diet that’s spawned countless headlines is so flawed that it’s worth exploring why it got so much attention.

Source: “Dangerous paleo diet” study is ragged with holes

I hate how the popular press covers nutrition and health. Popular journalism on this is a garbage fire. Its terrible.

You get dubious results like this ampped up to full volume. You get an emphasis on in individual isolated studies instead of a focus on broad scientific evidence. You get idiots like Dr. Oz and Michael Pollan taken as credible experts on things, and even given TV shows to spew their garbage. You get blatant pseudoscience that contradicts the scientific consensus taken as a credible/sensible opinion.

A High-Protein Diet May Help Lower Blood Pressure

A new study has found that eating high-levels of certain proteins found in meat and plant-based foods can lower blood pressure and arterial stiffness leading to better heart health. According to researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA), eating foods rich in amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, could be good for your heart.

Source: Load Up! A High-Protein Diet May Help Lower Blood Pressure

The nice part is the next paragraph details that protein can be sourced from various places, not just meat.  There’s a very good reason to not source protein from red meat: Study: Large Red Meat Consumption Triggers Immune Response, Leading to Cancer.  Also, a good article on the 1 lb to 1 gram of protein myth with relation to exercise.

Your Mom Was Right: Being Friends With Boys in High School Lowers Your GPA

Dudes: Cramping your style since the dawn of time, and, now possibly cramping your career prospects. New research has found that being friends with the opposite gender in high school can lead to lowered GPAs—and that the effect is three times more significant for girls, especially in areas like math and science. Thanks, dudes! Stay cool this summer! Don’t go changin’!

Source: Your Mom Was Right: Being Friends With Boys in High School Lowers Your GPA

Maybe boys shouldn’t dress so distractingly?

It Turns Out That GMO Warning Labels Didn’t Work

A new study released just days after the U.S. House passed a bill that would prevent states from requiring labels on genetically modified foods reveals that GMO labeling would not act as warning labels and scare consumers away from buying products with GMO ingredients.

Source: New Study: Consumers Don’t View GMO Labels as Negative ‘Warnings’

Can’t say I’m surprised.  Most don’t know or care about additives

I don’t mind eating genetically modified foods but I was for the GMO labels because I think we have a right to know what our food is. Eat GMO foods if you want. But you should always know what your eating and whats in it. That goes for all food GMO or not.

Men Who are Bad at Video Games More Likely to Show Hostility to Women

If you’re a man who is crap at games, like me, then you are significantly more likely to be a dick to any women who rock up and start playing games alongside you. That’s according to a study published on PLOS ONE that sought to test the hypothesis that “female-initiated disruption of a male hierarchy incites hostile behaviour from poor performing males who stand to lose the most status.”

Source: The worse you are at games, the more likely you are to be hostile to women, says one study

I don’t think video games are intrinsic to this for the reason most would think.  Any online game, where people can be set against others, would illicit the response.  The likelihood is higher for games that support more than two players (chess, checkers, etc), but will happen all the same.  Online game play provides more random sampling, otherwise you’re playing people who are acquaintances or known by acquaintances.

I’m curious to see how low ranked/poor players deal with other known trigger groups – various minorities, etc.

Science Confirms That People Age at Dramatically Different Rates

Looking at your classmates in 20 years’ time, you might notice something odd about their appearances: Although you were probably all born within a year of one another, you also probably all look different ages. According to new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, internal markers show we really do age at different paces.

Source: Science Confirms That People Age at Dramatically Different Rates

Keith Richards has looked the way he is since he was 40… 😉

Study Claims 1 in 4 Cancer Research Papers Contains Faked Data

You could be forgiven for thinking there’s a bit of a crisis going on in biomedical science these days. Tenured academic positions are few and far between—and are often dependent upon the researcher’s success in obtaining scarce funding. The pressure to succeed, measured by publications, is sometimes blamed for leading less-scrupulous scientists to break the rules. A new paper by Morton Oskvold, a Norwegian scientist, will fan those flames, as it makes the bold claim that 25 percent of cancer biology papers contain duplicated data. Is something rotten in our research labs?

Source: Study claims 1 in 4 cancer research papers contains faked data

The claim is sensational, but still unsettling.  Unfortunately, this problem might not be only restricted to cancer research…  Ethics violations (with fake data being one of the most egregious) are common in all areas of science. There is a lot of money devoted to medical research, so it gets the most attention.

Bears remembering that cancer is hundreds of different diseases, some of which are now very curable.

Why Your Brain Is Obsessed With Food at Night

It happens to all of us: You’re at home at night when suddenly a craving hits. Never mind that you’re not actually famished — you need food now. And, unfortunately, you’re probably going to eat more than you should.

According to new research from Brigham Young University, there’s science behind this phenomenon. In a new study published in the journal Brain Imaging and Behavior, researchers discovered that some areas of the brain don’t get the same “food high” at night as they do during the day.

Source: Why Your Brain Is Obsessed With Food at Night

This is not something I’ve experienced.  I have woken to pain/discomfort from being hungry.  Not often, and I started to eat more.  I didn’t like the experience, but also was concerned about too much weight loss.

Study: This Type Of Sugar Will Make You Choose Food Over Money

A small new study out of the University of Southern California shows that people are more willing to choose high-calorie foods over money after ingesting a certain type of sugar.

…This isn’t the first research to show that fructose negatively affects our hunger response. A 2013 study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that fructose only weakly stimulates the body’s secretion of insulin, which works to increase feelings of fullness and blunt the reward value of food. A study from Harvard Medical School that was published last year in the journal Molecular Metabolism also found that fructose may promote obesity and diabetes by overstimulating a hormone that helps to regulate fat accumulation.

… fructose in processed foods like soda, packaged foods, prepackaged meals, junk food, and processed sauces is another story. That fructose is often highly concentrated and, after it’s metabolized by the liver, can end up as fat that collects around your midsection and organs.

Source: This Type Of Sugar Will Make You Choose Food Over Money

Agave nectar is something like 90% fructose.  Honey is around 40% fructose, so also about the same sugar makeup as high-fructose corn syrup.

  • High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is not common corn syrup.  Corn syrup is actually a family of ingredients made up only of glucose.  But HFCS and sucrose aren’t significantly different, and HFCS is not sweeter than sucrose.
  • HFCS is not uniquely obesity promoting

Study: There Are 6 Types Of Obesity — And Each Should Be Treated Differently

With most health conditions, there is variance in a  treatment plan based on the unique conditions of one’s illness. For example, we know there are 14 types of breast cancer, and each may have a very different course of treatment. But with obesity, it’s one size fits all: Eat less. Exercise more. Repeat.

Until now.

Researchers from The University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom have begun an important new discussion in the weight loss world. They’ve discovered that people who are categorized as being obese actually fall into one of six groups. And each type requires a unique treatment plan to accurately target its groups’ common characteristics and root causes of being overweight.

Source: There Are 6 Types Of Obesity — And Each Should Be Treated Differently

I’m a little surprised this has taken so long to come to light.  The study (and article) only lists the groups identified – the next study is for best practices to tackle the respective groups.  Everyone is different, I don’t know that you can apply a one-size-fits-all solution… 😉