Many of us are careful readers of the Nutrition Facts label on the back of food packaging, and some even read the ingredient list. There is useful information to be found on both, but there is also a lot that’s missing or concealed.
In an attempt to make their products appear healthier, food manufacturers jump through hoops to hide undesirable ingredients from us, while still following the letter of the law. And, unfortunately, the FDA has bent to industry pressures to make
After last week’s article on TMAO, I found a new study recently published in the Journal of the American Heart Association (JAHA) regarding carnitine, an amino acid found exclusively in meats of all kinds (including fish and chicken). It turns out, that carnitine gets linked to certain fats in the blood after you eat meats. This carnitine is then called acylated carnitine (fatty acids are called acyl groups). The fats that link to carnitine are the saturated fats found in che
When you eat foods high in carnitine, choline or phosphatidylcholine (eggs, cheese, red meat, fish and chicken), and you have gut bacteria adapted to dealing with them, the bacteria turn them into TMA (trimethylamine). This chemical, TMA, makes you smell like rotting fish if it hangs around, so your liver gets rid of the smelly substance by turning it into TMAO (trimethylamine oxide). Unfortunately, TMAO is seriously bad news. It promotes the development of plaques in the hea
Injury to the brain is bad. Chronic repeated injuries to the brain are worse. Junior Seau, after a career with the San Diego Chargers and New England Patriots, began to see severe declines in his health, depression and problems with the law. He shot himself in the chest so that his brain could be studied, and when it was studied it showed the chronic effects of repeated brain injuries. The problem was first investigated when boxing was a very popular sport. People loved the b