Today’s post on The Quantified Self shows a correlation (for the author) between butter (vs pork fat) intake and reduced time to perform simple mathematical calculation. He speculates that a temporary downward trend in his performance during the butter period corresponded to an unrelated decrease of omega-3 intake.
I’ve finished reading Gary Taubes’ Good Calories, Bad Calories, which I found to be an excellent guide to what the science actually indicates about nutrition. Taubes is an award-winning correspondent for Science magazine, and spent five years accumulating the research for this book.
Criticisms I’ve seen on the web seem to focus on two themes:
- Taubes supports the Atkins diet and other low-carb diets, and since we all know that Dr. Atkins was a quack, Taubes must be too (or at least he must have some hidden agenda).
- Taubes sees Ketosis as a valid physiological condition, whereas many others question whether this causes strain on the liver, brain, or other systems.
With that, here is a chapter-by-chapter summary. If you find it intriguing, I suggest reading the book as there is a lot of evidence and information bundled in there that couldn’t make it out into my short summary.
I caught a cold this weekend. Sort of. Friday, I got really tired in the afternoon and that scratchy back-of-the-sinus feeling that means I am going to get sick. It always means that I am going to be laid out with a cold for the next week. I never get cute little cases of the sniffles; I get nailed with a debilitating disease and it takes me a week to kick the major symptoms every single time.
But not this time. Read the rest of this entry »
In the 1900′s fat was the evil in our diet, and everything “healthy” was low-fat. Now, more nutrition experts are saying that fats (in general) are ok and carbs are to be avoided like the Bubonic. That’s an interesting area to explore, and one with a lot of depth and subtlety, but I’m not going to do that now.
I am going to share my personal results from the last month, and let you draw your own anecdotal conclusions. Read the rest of this entry »