Desire for Junk Food is in Your Genes

Because it's been programmed into our genes, people prefer calorie-dense foods (Am J Clin Nutr, 2016 Aug; 104(2): 446–453), such as: • pastries and desserts that are loaded with sugar, starch and fats, • fried foods full of ca ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | October 28th, 2017
Processed Meats and Cancer Risk

The World Cancer Research Fund International Continuous Update Project has released its recent findings from their review of about 400 studies. They found that the risk for colorectal cancer increases by 12 percent for every 100 grams per day of pr ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | October 7th, 2017
Fried vs Unfried Potatoes

A study of 4400 North American men and women, ages 45 to 79, followed for eight years, showed that those who ate fried potatoes two or more times a week were at increased risk for dying during the study period, compared to those who ate fried potat ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 28th, 2017
Obesity Epidemic Now Worldwide

The rate of obesity worldwide has doubled in 73 countries since 1980. Today 30 percent of North Americans and 10 percent of the world's population are obese, an estimated 604 million obese adults and 108 million obese children. A recent article ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 24th, 2017
High Dose Vitamins Associated with Increased Risk for Lung Cancer

Vitamins B6 and B12 have been promoted by the supplement industry for many years, touting benefits such as increased energy and higher metabolism. A new study suggests that these high-dose vitamin supplements are associated with increased risk for ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | September 9th, 2017
How Soluble Fiber Promotes Good Gut Bacteria

New research from the University of California-Davis shows how soluble fiber promotes the growth of healthful bacteria in your colon and discourages the growth of harmful bacteria, to improve your immunity and reduce your chances of suffering heart ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | August 20th, 2017
New Studies on Artificial Sweeteners

Several recent papers raise new concerns about the long-term health effects of artificial sweeteners. In one study, researchers showed that a sweeter-tasting, lower-calorie drink caused people to eat more food, to have higher blood sugar levels and ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | August 20th, 2017
Added Sugars: Labels Can Deceive

Researchers at the George Institute for Global Health in Australia have just presented a review of 34,000 packaged foods to the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation. They found that seventy percent of these packaged foods ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | August 13th, 2017
Weight Gain with Sugar Plus Meat

If you take a sugared drink while eating meat, the animal protein reduces your ability to burn off the calories from sugar by more than a third (BMC Nutrition, July 20, 2017). In this elegant new study, 27 healthy-weight adults spent two full days ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 30th, 2017
Grass-fed vs Corn-fed Meat

Nobody has presented good evidence that eating meat from grass-fed animals is more healthful than the meat from corn-fed animals. The main health arguments for eating grass-fed meat are its lower fat content and higher content of omega-3 fatty acid ...

By Gabe Mirkin, MD | July 30th, 2017
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