Interesting new umbrella review (review of meta-analyses on coffee) in the Annual Review of Nutrition titled “Coffee, Caffeine, and Health Outcomes: An Umbrella Review“. They authors went through 91 meta-analyses of observational studies on coffee consumption.

In the review that found that coffee was associated with a probable:

  • Decreased risk in breast cancer,
  • Decreased risk in colorectal and colon cancer,
  • Decreased risk in endometrial cancer,
  • Decreased risk in prostate cancer
  • Decreased risk in CVD-related outcomes
  • Decreased risk in Parkinson’s disease
  • Decreased risk in type-2 diabetes.
  • Highly probably decrease in liver cancer.


So drink up!


This is an interesting study showing the effect of high protein vs. high carbohydrate diets on pre-diabetes remission.

The study had pre-diabetes women and men either on a High Protein (30% protein, 30% fat, 40% carbohydrate) or a High Carbohydrate (15% protein, 30% fat, 55% carbohydrate) diet for six months.

The high protein diet had 100% remission of their pre-diabetes vs. 33.3% of the high-carbohydrate group. 

Although a small sample size, fascinating stuff.


New Study on the Gut-Brain Axis (Im Back?)

April 18, 2016

So there is a new study about Gut Bacteria. I still think gut-bacteria is the next frontier of medicine, and the more studies that come out like this one, make me believe it even more. The Guardian has the right up.Interesting throughout, but some key parts, emphasis mine.Far from being silent partners that merely help to […]

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Veggie diet blamed for China Olympic Volleyball team losses

July 29, 2012

Ahh the Olympics, were capitalism, politics and nationalism unite… oh also there is some sports apparently. But seriously, this was an interesting article… “Veggie” diet blamed for poor performance of China’s women volleyball team Fearing tainted meat, China’s women’s volleyball team has stuck to a strict vegetarian diet for the last three weeks, which the […]

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Australia’s Obese Future

July 1, 2012

Here is a cool graphic from the Australian Science Media Centre. Don’t know too much about the organisation, but the infographic is quite informative.   Australian Science Media Centre The sad part is that throughout the period shown on the graphic, we have been pushed the low-fat, high seed oil mantra, and its obviously not working. […]

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Around the Health Web

June 30, 2012

New Study: Is a Calorie a Calorie? via Whole Health Source A new study in JAMA led by Dr. Cara B. Ebbeling and colleagues purports to challenge the idea that all calories are equally fattening (1).  Let’s have a look. Dietary Fiber Alters Gut Bacteria, Supports Gastrointestinal Health via ScienceDaily  A University of Illinois study […]

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Vegetables – Just add fat!

June 29, 2012

I like vegetables. I don’t hold them to the great esteem that most others hold them to, but I like them. To me they add a mix of flavour, texture and colour to a meal, and of course, they have some pretty decent nutritional properties. Your vegetables are a good source of vitamins and minerals, […]

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The Leangains FAQ

June 27, 2012

I am a huge fan of the Leangains program by Martin Berkhan. I really think it is one of the simplest yet most effective plans for gaining serious muscle mass, whilst lowering body fat. It is a perfect synergy of intermittent fasting, heavy lifting and good diet. Best of all, its very managable, and can […]

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From around the health web…

June 23, 2012

Low-carbohydrate diet proven to be very effective in type 1 diabetics (just as you’d expect) via Dr Briffas Blog A fundamental problem with diabetes is the usually-elevated levels of blood sugar (glucose) that go with it. These glucose molecules can react with proteins in the body, damaging them. This process – known as ‘glycation’ – […]

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Doc’s that go QUACK in the night.

April 10, 2012

As most office workers understand, there is no limit to the ridiculous health claims that are throne about around the coffee machine. Second maybe only to your local bro-gym (but a pretty dam close second), I have concluded there is no limit as to what people will do as a shortcut to get healthier (except […]

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