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Nutritional Concepts Mid-Week Brief
September 10, 2014
Dear Valued Subscriber,

Did you know that Dunkin' Donuts is adding almond milk as a non-dairy alternative. Vanilla-Flavored Blue Diamond Almond Breeze will be an option for hot or iced coffee and lattes.

Steve: We know there are a lot of you who like Dunkin' Donuts coffee. Please, please, please limit your purchase to just coffee! 


Have a happy, healthy week. Bonnie and Steve Minsky

Does Our Gut Drive Eating Behavior?

Steve: To some degree, yes. A study published last week in Bioessayssuggests our microbiota, the trillions of organisms that live inside our gut, all compete for nutritional resources. A conflict between the host and microbiota may lead to cravings and cognitive conflict when it comes to food choice.


A few years ago, this hypothesis would be laughed out of the lab, but with the dramatic improvements seen by altering pathogenic bacteria overload in humans, researchers have taken notice.


The idea of having to exert self-control over eating choice entails suppressing the needs of certain classes of bacteria in our guts. The fact that acquired tastes may be due to the overabundance of certain classes of microbes is startling. What is encouraging is that we know microbes can be managed with non-invasive interventions such as dietary changes, antibiotics, fecal transplants, and probiotics supplements.


Until more is known how individual classes of bacteria compete for nutrients, as well as how they work together, focus on what you can control: eating style and supplementing with beneficial bacteria.


Low Carb Versus Low Fat Follow-Up

If last week's Annals of Internal Medicine study did not quite convince you that low carb eating beats low fat, feast on this. 

  1. A study from this month'sBritish Journal of Nutritionfound that diets lower in carbohydrate and higher in protein and fat are significantly associated with lower cardiovascular disease and total mortality in a large cohort of Japanese women.
  2. A study from the July issue of Nutrition conducted by a consortium of 26 physicians and nutrition researchers, suggests the need for a reappraisal of dietary guidelines due to the inability of current recommendations to control the epidemic of diabetes. The authors point to the specific failure of the prevailing low-fat diets to improve obesity, cardiovascular risk or general health, and to the persistent reports of serious side effects of commonly prescribed diabetes medications.

    By comparison, the authors refer to the continued success of low-carbohydrate diets in the treatment of diabetes and metabolic syndrome without significant side effects. The lead author stated that, "Diabetes is a disease of carbohydrate intolerance. Reducing carbohydrates is the obvious treatment. It was the standard approach before insulin was discovered and is, in fact, practiced with good results in many institutions. The resistance of government and private health agencies is very hard to understand."

The 12 points of evidence from the study backed by clinical studies are:the following can be accessed by Well Connect subscribers.