Whenever you go grocery shopping, its inevitable that you will find food products advertising being ”LOW FAT”. Companies often advertise their products in this way because it is a common conception that eating fat makes you fat. By doing this, they are able to attract consumers that are trying to lose weight. However, is it actually true that dietary fat is ”unhealthy” and should be avoided for weight loss?
Intermittent fasting sounds like an attractive dieting scheme. A quick visit to bodybuilding forums reveals no shortage of people who will attest to its effectiveness. Yet as someone well versed in human physiology, I am suspicious of what less noticeable effects it may have on the human body. For one, the brain runs entirely on glucose and absorbs it via facilitated diffusion, so low blood glucose means low fuel for the brain. I decided to investigate further.
Part of the feedback system for appetite include volume sensory neurons lining the stomach. Such receptors are activated by higher stomach occupancy and signal the brain to feel less hunger. WiseGeek put together a nice visual indicator of how calorie-dense some common food items are. By eating less calorie-rich foods, you can activate volume sensing receptors more quickly to feel less hungry after eating fewer calories. Here are some examples:
I went Costco shopping last week, and picked up a bag of Hemp Hearts. The sample-provider was eager to tout hemp’s nutritional value and tell me just how much protein and macros I get from just sprinkling some in my yogurt. I thought I’d give them a try.
For those who don’t know, hemp hearts are derived from seeds from the Cannabis plant. Besides making weed and health food supplements, hemp is also refined into hemp oil, wax, resin, rope, cloth, pulp, and fuel.
We run on hormones; they make us hungry, they make us tall, and they make us fat. It’s no surprise that chemicals that mess with our endocrine systems (hormone modulation and release) also mess us up.
Recent research indicates that tributyltin, a chemical found in boat paint and plastic tubing, is one such hormone. They exposed pregnant mice to tributyltin and found that newborn mice had increased body fat, liver fat, and fat-specific genes activated more so than control groups. Interestingly, grandchildren mice also suffered the fat-fate.
Note: this is not a guide to surviving. This is probability. Statistics is king. You find a gray mushroom and eat it. If it turns out 99% of gray mushrooms in that area are poisonous, your chances at living are pretty low.
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