Nutrition

Ask Kamal and Stabby: “Is My Vegan Diet Killing Me?”

  Every Friday, I answer a question or two from readers. Starting today, a special guest will be joining me. His name is Stabby, and he’s a raccoon. Stabby is the pen name of an unnamed nutrition science expert (who’s apparently also a raccoon). Stabby’s written a lot about the science of binge drinking and the science of preventing hangovers. Confused? Me too. But trust me,...

The Top 5 Bloggers who are “No Longer Paleo”

  First there were plants, animals, and fungi. For thousands of years, people went out in search of these things, and ate stuff that was either energy-dense, safe, tasty, nutritious, or all of the above. — they worked hard but were denied the tastiest and most nutritious morsels. Fast forward a few thousand years, and a movement called “paleo” starts. Contrasted with food th...

Ask Kamal: “When is Bread good and when are MRIs bad?”

  Every Friday, I’ll answer the best questions I received during the week. And since I got a grand total of two questions this week, they’re both getting answered.   “What do you think about bread? Udi’s bread, other gluten-free paleo breads, and regular bread?”   Disclaimer: I am not a gluten researcher, and only have a barely unique viewpoint on this ...

Omega 3s make “resolvins”…resolvins make pain disappear

  Fish oil is the darling of the nutrition world. Bodybuilders take fish oil, your grandma takes fish oil. But does it actually help pain? And how exactly does it do its thing? Let’s explore this issue, and take a peek into the world of a newly-discovered class of compounds called “resolvins”.   A little primer on inflammation and pain When you sprain your ankle, you ex...

Dear chronic pain: meet your enemy, the slow cooker!

  You’ve got chronic pain, and you don’t feel like doing anything, let alone cooking. Since chronic pain is more common in women, you may be (unfairly?) expected to cook for a significant other and maybe children as well. But getting very specific nutrients in extremely important in chronic pain patients. What’s a gal to do? (or a guy) Let me propose using a slow cooker as m...

Red meat causes pain? Not likely.

  Might red meat be linked to pain issues? You’ll often hear “I’m trying to eat less meat” or “I eat chicken and fish…but not red meat”. These statements are rarely evidence-based. The latest well-conducted evidence show that red meat is not linked to heart disease.  If you are vegetarian or vegan, I totally respect that, and have been vegetarian in t...