This spring, I lived in California, and I had the opportunity to attend a very interesting two-month nutrition course at Stanford University. The program was called Food Facts and Fads (“Food: Facts and Myths”) and, as the name implies, was supposed to teach students to understand a huge stream of scientific and pseudo-scientific information about nutrition.
I want to tell you about some of the topics that we discussed.
This article deals with the problem of oxidation, which our teacher, Dr. Clyde Wilson, raised literally in every lesson. What is oxidation? From a chemical point of view, this is a process during which a donor Continue reading
Which fats are harmful and which are beneficial?
Let’s see what fats are good for the body. Fats are one of the key components of a healthy diet. Many people still mistakenly believe that fat is evil, because it is the most high-calorie, and reduce it in their diet. However, fats are different: harmful or beneficial. And some of them are vital for us.
For example, without omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, our existence is impossible, and fat-soluble vitamins will not be absorbed at all unless you eat fatty foods.
Can I use fat while losing weight?
In the past, the need to reduce fat intake for weight loss was based on the fact that fats contain about two times more calories per gram than carbohydrates or proteins. In fact, foods such as avocados, vegetable Continue reading
For a long time, scientists believed that any starch is digested by digestive enzymes in the small intestine. Until 1982, resistant starch was discovered. It turned out that this type of starch is resistant to digestion: it lingers in the large intestine and serves there as food for friendly microflora along with fiber. As a result, resistant starch:
softens and “fills” the chair,
reduces the risk of colon cancer,
enhances the production of short chain fatty acids and creates a more alkaline environment in the Continue reading