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Is a Mediterranean diet best for preventing heart disease?

Is a Mediterranean diet best for preventing heart disease?

This week an article titled Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet was featured in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study received a considerable amount of attention, including an article in the NY Times.

Study design

The objective of this study, as its name suggests, was to study the impact of a Mediterranean Diet on the primary prevention of CVD.  Primary prevention of X implies looking at patients (ideally those susceptible to ...

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Is a low fat diet best for weight loss?

Is a low fat diet best for weight loss?

I know many of you are awaiting Part II of the mini-series on ketosis, but I’d like to digress briefly to comment on a study published last week, which a number of you have asked about.

In this study, by Hooper et al., titled Effect of reducing total fat intake on bodyweight: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials and cohort studies, the authors take aim at addressing one of the most important questions underpinning our current ...

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Good science, bad interpretation

Good science, bad interpretation

This week the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a study entitled Effects of Dietary Composition on Energy Expenditure During Weight-Loss Maintenance.  While I’m guessing most readers have not read this study, I’m pretty sure most of you have heard about the results as it was all over the news this week.

People who know me well know that as sure as Tuesday follows Monday there are few things I can resist less than homemade whipped ...

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How much control should the government have over our health?

How much control should the government have over our health?

At the risk of interrupting my series on cholesterol and delaying my launch of The Eating Academy, I couldn’t resist using the events of this week to make a few points about (my views on) the role of government in our health.  If you were reading the news last week, you likely came across two (seemingly) unrelated stories:

  1. New York mayor Michael Bloomberg announced a proposal to ban the sale of sugary drinks larger than 16 ounces in New York City.
  2. The ...
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Is red meat killing us?

Is red meat killing us?

“For the greatest enemy of truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived and dishonest — but the myth — persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.

- John F. Kennedy, Yale University commencement address (June 11, 1962)

This is one of my favorite quotes.  Unfortunately, ...

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Why Weight Watchers is actually a low carb diet

Why Weight Watchers is actually a low carb diet

Invariably I get asked the question, “If carbohydrates are so bad, why did [so-and-so] lose weight on the [such-and-such] diet?”, where “such-and-such” diet is not a “low-carb” diet. Obviously, this is an important question and a pretty complex one.

There are several layers to this and, frankly, there are some things we can’t fully explain – I’ll always acknowledge this. That said, many of the successes (at least weight-wise, though hopefully by now you realize there is much more to health ...

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