Heart disease and cholesterol: a new hope

Heart disease and cholesterol- a new hope

Heart disease: the car, the driver & the crash Complex disease processes are best explained with analogies. Heart disease is no exception. To explain two competing theories of heart disease I’ll use an analogy consisting of a driver, a car and a crash. The anatomy of the heart and its more extended vascular system is the car. Some people have better genetics giving them stronger, more disease-proof hearts, just like some cars are more crash resistant. The driver of the

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A brief history of micronutrients

Nutrients: how much, how often, which ones? Most people can’t go more than a few minutes without air, about 3 days without water, approximately 9 to 11 days without sleep [1] and anywhere from weeks to over a year without food if they’re fat enough to start with [2] – but how long can you go without essential nutrients (vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids)? And how much do you need of each to be healthy? We’re still far

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Sweet and Rusty: the link between sugar, glycation and joint health

red meat with cooking plate

What do rusty cars and squeaky knees have in common? As embarrassing as it is to admit, I only have a passing knowledge of the inner workings of an automobile. I’m sad to say that my father will be the last generation of Bakers that can easily change the oil in his car. If my sons, or daughters learn, it won’t be from dear old dad. Likely they’ll be shuttled about by Uber-esque driverless cars whilst staring at their phones

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6 Common Fat Loss Mistakes

body scale with an apple

Mistake 1: losing fat is all about willpower Obesity was extremely rare before the concept of food calories [1] was ever invented. There’s no evidence to believe our ancestors used willpower to stay lean, even during times of abundant food. Truthfully, what our body does with the food we eat largely depends on its hormonal and metabolic states. Consciously trying to maintain ‘caloric balance’, the official advice given to the obese, fails miserably. This is undeniable in the face of

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Good fats vs bad fats Part 2: are saturated fats bad?

peanuts on a table

Fats, where they at? Fats (or fatty acids) are fascinating. Humans eat fat, make fat and outsource the production of fat to bacteria living inside them. Take saturated fatty acids for example and more specifically, butyric acid [1]. It’s the main SFA in butter as well as the saturated fatty acids produced by bacteria in your colon (like Faecalibacterium prausnitzii [2]). These critters make it by eating the fiber you ate. Butyric acid is also found in the fermented beverage Kombucha [3].

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Good fats vs bad fats Part 1: how much and which ones?

Salmon cocked in a plate

Whether on a low-fat high-carbohydrate diet (HCLF) or on a low-carbohydrate high-fat diet (LCHF)(see more: Kickstart your basic keto diet), you’re going to be eating fats (fatty acids). Some of these are essential, which is why we talk about essential fatty acids (EFAs). You don’t actually need that much of them, maybe less than 1% of total calories [1]. As these are essential fatty acids [2] they need to be balanced [3]. What are the essential fatty acids for humans? Here, essential

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Breaking nutrition myths and beyond

Ketogenic foods

At Break Nutrition we slay diet myths, resurrect time-tested principles and keep our views updated with the best that science has to offer. It’s a process. There’s a lot of material to cover because the world of nutrition is filled with contradictory advice. One day paleo is the hottest diet trend on Google and another it’s vegan or Zone. Soon it’ll be keto (mark my words). Not everyone can learn all the necessary medicine, biochemistry, paleoanthropology and statistics required to

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