Think Outside the Cereal Box

It’s time for a shameless plug for one of my side projects.

For the past several months, I’ve been actively pursuing a major career change. In the flurry of excitement, I sprouted the idea of starting a nutrition newsletter in which I would compile nutrition research around a given topic and supplement it with original and cooking ideas. The newsletter is a great way for me to stay engaged with writing, learn more about food, and educate people about nutrition and health. I have been publishing a newsletter every 2 or 3 weeks, picking up a few new subscribers each month.

If you would like to see what I’ve been up to, check out the archive. Even better, sign up to receive the newsletter via email. The next topic is “What’s for Breakfast?” and it will be coming out next Tuesday.

Here’s a snippet from a recent issue:

Fats in the News
What’s the latest research say about fat? It seems like the experts can’t make up their minds. As of today, this is what we know to be true in the world of nutrition science.

  • Contrary to previous belief, diets high in saturated fats are not necessarily linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease. A recent meta-analysis of prospective, epidemiological studies shows no conclusive evidence that points to saturated fats as the culprit. What replaces the saturated fats in a low-fat diet may be to blame, but more research must be done to confirm this.
  • A Dutch study found a link between consumption of trans fats and increased risk of ovarian cancer.
  • A study in rats suggests that a internal cell signaling mechanism (endocannabanoid) is stimulated by the consumption of fat, and leads us to consume more fat as it communicates with the brain’s “pleasure center.” While this may be an interesting FYI now, it may lead to the development of anti-obesity drugs in the future.
  • Ladies, take heed: women who have high-fat diets while pregnant tend to have children with greater fat mass, propensity for obesity, and smaller livers than women who consume a lower-fat diet while pregnant.

Previous themes included: The Gluten-Free Craze, Probiotics, and Eating on the Go.

Enjoy, and spread the word!

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