Is This Common Sweetener to Blame for Our Health Problems?

sfFructose has been the target of a deep well of negative health news over the past decade or so. Its most glaring presence, in terms of our collective nutrition, is in high-fructose corn syrup. This is a classic ingredient in many unhealthy foods, notably soft drinks. But a new study suggests that maybe we have it wrong with fructose. Continue reading

The Hidden Reason You Get Flabby (Not Calories or Lack of Exercise)

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  • One dogma that has contributed to the ever-worsening health of the Western world is the belief that “a calorie is a calorie.” This simply isn’t true. The idea that obesity is the end result of eating too much and exercising too little; i.e. consuming more calories than you’re expending, is also false.
  • Fructose is ‘isocaloric but not isometabolic.” This means you can have the same amount of calories from fructose or glucose, Continue reading

Why the Fuss Over Resveratrol?

There is a substance floating about in red wine called “resveratrol.” As time has passed, the collective book of health news has revealed amazing result after amazing result. You can thank resveratrol for the health advice of a glass a day being good for you. Well, it’s at it again and you are going to love this one.

A new study shows that taking resveratrol might be as good as entering some big calorie-restricting diet. It found that when obese men take a relatively small dose of resveratrol in purified form every day for a month, their metabolisms change for the better. Just like an intense diet.

Granted, the effects weren’t huge, but there were a lot of them; and combined they point to improved metabolic health. That is a first in medical science.

Researchers gave 11 obese but otherwise healthy men a supplement containing 150 milligrams of 99% pure resveratrol for 30 days. Meanwhile, they measured the amount of energy the men expended and the amount of fat they were storing and burning.

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