Issue 6 | Volume 1 | November 2019 In this issue: This month, we have a massive review of the evidence-backed complementary treatments for candida overgrowth. Find out what candida is, how it can progress to candidiasis, and what natural treatments have shown evidence for its treatment. We also have some great articles on protein and sugar cravings, high-fat diets and the brain, and the effects of omega-3 fats on gut-health. Feature article All You Need to Know About Treating Candida, Naturally Candida is poorly understood and candida overgrowth can be over-diagnosed in alternative health circles…on the other hand, it can be a major problem, especially for people with immune dysfunction and can result in symptoms ranging from annoying to life-threatening. In this article, Cliff Harvey PhD delves into the research to find the evidence for various natural treatment strategies for candida, from diet through to herbal medicine, and supplementation. Read the article here Articles Does Protein Reduce Sugar Cravings It’s commonly suggested that increased protein in the diet reduces cravings. But does this claim stack up? So, does increasing protein intake reduce cravings, especially for sugar? Find out in this month’s article. Read the article here Can Omega-3 Fats Treat Dysbiosis? What does the evidence say about the use of omega-3 fats, particularly those from fish oil, for gut-health? Do omega-3 fats improve gut-health by, in turn, improving the gut microbiome? Read the article here In the Literature Do High-Fat Diets Increase Inflammation in the Brain? There is debate…
Issue 5 | Volume 1 | October 2019 In this issue: This month we have a special ‘Food Fight’ issue that focusses on the low-carb vs high-carb debate! Feature article Should you choose high or low-carb? There is a seemingly endless debate between advocates of high and low-carb diets. In this article, Cliff Harvey PhD delves into the research, including that if he and his team, to show you what the science says about who is best suited to higher- or lower-carb diets. Read the article here In the literature What is ‘benevolent pseudo-diabetes’? There has been some suggestion that low-carb and keto diets can cause insulin resistance and this is supported by some animal studies and human clinical findings. However, low-carb also treats metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance. So, what’s going on here? Could the insulin resistance observed in studies actually be of benefit to people following a low-carb diet? Read the article here Another nail in the saturated fat & heart disease hypothesis? The idea that total fat intake and saturated fat in the diet are linked to heart disease persists. Many studies and reviews of the literature have refuted this hypothesis and in this review of a recent meta-analysis, Cliff examines the faltering evidence for the link between saturated fat and heart disease. Read the article here The ‘big fat debate’ over low-carb or low-fat diets and diabetes Recent media articles have highlighted the debate between low-carb and low-fat diets for treating diabetes. In this article, Cliff…
Recent media articles have highlighted the debate between low-carb and low-fat diets for treating diabetes. In this article, Cliff examines recent media reporting and the evidence for diet and the treatment of diabetes.
The idea that total and saturated fat intake is a risk factor for heart disease still persists. In this review, Cliff examines a recent meta-analysis that casts further doubt on this.
Some animal studies have suggested that a keto diet can result in insulin resistance and this is supported by some glucose tolerance challenges in humans. But is this phenomenon all that it seems, or could this actually be a healthy adaptation to a low-carb diet?
There is an endless debate between proponents of high-carb vs low-carb diets. So, how can you decide which is best for you? In this article, Cliff Harvey PhD summarises the research to show how you can determine what’s best for your body.
The latest Carb-Appropriate Research Review is all about dairy! Find out the latest research on the health effects of dairy, whether it is pro- or anti-inflammatory, PLUS the low- vs full-fat debate, and all about A1 vs A2 protein.
Recent calls for the reduction of meat and dairy in hospital meals are misguided and could put people’s health further at risk.
There is concern about the insulin stimulating effects of dairy. In this study, the effect on insulin and blood glucose homeostasis of increased dairy intake was explored.
A1 protein from milk has been suggested as a risk factor for health, while A2 is promoted as a health food that avoids these risks. Find out what the research tells us about A1 vs A2.
Dairy is commonly considered inflammation causing. But is this justified? For whom is dairy inflammatory…and for whom is it not?
Low-fat dairy is recommended in dietary guidelines over natural, full-fat diary, but is this recommendation actually justified by evidence? Or is it simply outdated?
Milk and dairy are commonly avoided by people seeking health but is the recommendation to eliminate dairy justified?
Issue 3 | Volume 1 | August 2019 In this issue: Articles Is the Ketogenic Diet Really a Cure for Cancer? The ketogenic diet is touted as a ‘cure’ for cancer with claims that it effectively starves cancer cells of fuel. But do these claims stack up? Can the Ketogenic Diet and Ketones Improve Brain Health? The ketogenic diet shows promise for improving brain health and reducing neurodegeneration. Find out what the science says in this special report. Research reviews and commentary Does Increased Fat in the Diet Cause ‘Keto-Crotch’? This study is often used to support the idea that a ketogenic diet results in less-than-pleasant odours on a keto diet! But does this study really show that?… Or something else entirely? Are Low-Carb Diets Deficient in Essential Nutrients? It’s commonly claimed that low-carb and keto diets are lacking in essential micronutrients. In this study by Caryn Zinn and colleagues of AUT University, they compare a healthy low-carb diet to a standard western-style diet. Can Ketogenic Diets Improve the Structure of Key Brain Cells Emering reserach is shwoing that ketogenic diets can aid supportive ‘glial cells’ of the brain. Find out what this means in this short review of a recent study that has hit the headlines. World Health Organisation’s Recommendations on Saturated Fat Are Out of Date… Recent expert reports have again challenged the outdated idea that saturated fat is a significant, independent impactor of mortality. Download the full review below:
ABC News https://www.abc.net.au/news/health/2019-07-04/who-saturated-fat-recommendations-out-of-date-expert-team-says/11274136 Article Summary In a new study published in the British Medical Journal,1 18 well-known researchers have disputed the World Health Organisations dietary guideline to reduce saturated fat to less than 10% of daily calories, and have stated that this dietary guideline is not backed by evidence. The authors summarised the key points of the paper as: 2018 WHO draft guidelines on dietary saturated fatty acids and trans-fatty acids recommend reducing the total intake of saturated fat and replacing it with polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acidsThe recommendations fail to take into account considerable evidence that the health effects of saturated fat vary depending on the specific fatty acid and on the specific food sourceMaintaining general advice to reduce total saturated fatty acids will work against the intentions of the guidelines and weaken their effect on chronic disease incidence and mortalityA food-based translation of the recommendations for saturated fat intake would avoid unnecessary reduction or exclusion of foods that are key sources of important nutrients Comment The evidence ‘against’ saturated fat has been lacking for the entirety of the advisement against it. Of the systematic reviews and meta-analyses published, only the Hooper analysis showed detrimental effects from increasing saturated fats at the expense of other fats and even this finding has been disputed as the statistics used gave greater weight to smaller, more biased studies (as covered in a previous CARR). It is completely baffling that a dietary guideline based on such weak evidence (at best) continues to be…
Ketogenic diets might help to improve the function of important supportive brain cells.
A common criticism of low-carb and keto diets is that they do not supply adequate amounts of essential nutrients, but is this justified?
Recent articles have suggested that higher fat intakes are responsible for ‘keto-crotch’. Does this study support that contention?
Ketogenic diets and ketones themselves offer a promising treatment option for neurodegenerative disorders and cognitive decline.
The ketogenic diet is often touted as a ‘cure’ for cancer. But is this justified? Could there be risk from using a keto-diet for cancer?