Byte Sized Summary: Consuming 5.1 g of a psyllium husk product (a common fiber powder) twice daily had favorable effects on blood sugar and lipid values in diagnosed Type 2 Diabetic men. (A dated, but nonetheless useful data point.) Updated by request: we added the test articles and some links at the end of the blog entry. … Continue reading Clinical Study: Effects of psyllium on glucose and serum lipid responses in men with type 2 diabetes and hypercholesterolemia
Little Byte Summary: Male athletes on a ketogenic diet observed body composition and testosterone changes compared to a control group on a different diet. Altering dietary carbohydrate intake seems to have a profound impact on mass and blood profiles in this group. Background: We recently mentioned Prof. Jeff Volek and some ketogenic products in a … Continue reading The Effects of Ketogenic Dieting on Body Composition, Strength, Power
Ketosis and ketogenic diets have a real scientific basis that we will continue to write about. It's a complex topic, but there are well-documented athletic and health benefits. Prof. Jeff Volek is a lead researcher in this field, and his book The Art and Science of Low Carbohydrate Living will open your eyes to unexpected benefits … Continue reading Ketogenic Products & Favorites
Yes, that's right, it has been done. More than once. Actually, some of us at Little Byte have received a lot of slack consuming protein this way, especially for recipes adding Diet Coke(R). Full disclosure: these recipes do not bring the boys (or girls) to the yard. Turns out, we are not the only ones doing this … Continue reading The Tuna Fish Milkshake does not bring anyone to the “Yard”, but it’s still whole protein
A common question is: "How are amino acids related to peptides and proteins"? Simple answer: amino acids are like train cars, peptides are short trains, and proteins are long trains. So, is the nutritive value of a protein (train) greater than the sum of its amino acid (train car) parts? The short answer is yes, … Continue reading Does Whey Protein make you feel more full than the simple amino acids?
The research question at hand is the degree of impact of a dietary protein source and type (e.g. animal vs plant) and amount on selected physiological and health outcomes. Here is what a randomized study recently found (emphasis added): ...[D]iets varying in protein quantity with either beef/pork or soy/legume as the predominant source have minimal effects … Continue reading Does animal vs plant protein impact appetite control or energy expenditure?
Regular readers know we love chocolate (and its molecules) for many reasons. What surprised us in the uncertainty of the psychological effects: Our findings raise questions about the psychoactivity of theobromine in the psychological effects of chocolate. One possibility is that the combined effects of caffeine and theobromine, typically found in chocolate, have interactive effects....Another possibility … Continue reading Chocolate Cravings: Brain Pharma of Theobromine
Readers frequently ask about the effects of a fad- and low carbohydrate diets.