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Carnivore diet health risks

Why the carnivore diet is unhealthy and what to try instead

When it comes to food, no two people are alike. What works for one may not work well for the next person. For example, we’ve written previously about how certain genotypes are very poorly suited to the butter coffee “Bulletproof” style diets and how these people are likely to see very scary lipid numbers on… Read More

vegan protein powder with banana

Looking for more plant protein? We rate the best Vegan protein powders

Chances are that you’ve already heard about the latest study published in The Lancet medical journal which found a higher rate of death in folks eating a low-carbohydrate diet. As usual, this study is fodder for many a hyperbolic headline, with little attention paid to the facts of the research itself. What this study actually… Read More

Lectin and Dr. Gundry

In defense of lectin sensitivity and Dr. Gundry’s the Plant Paradox

In his book the Plant Paradox, Dr. Steven Gundry sounds the alarm on the danger of lectins as the source of a wide variety of ailments plaguing our modern world, but some aren’t buying it. What are lectins and why are some in the nutritional community so skeptical of Dr. Gundry’s theories? ContentsWhat are lectins?Altered… Read More

Genetic testing for kids

The ethics of genetic testing for children

Note: this is an opinion piece. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Gene Food editorial staff.  Genetic testing for kids is something of an ethical minefield. Most kids don’t want to know their risk of Alzheimer’s disease. There are, however, some standard genetic… Read More

Genetic testing for kids: which genes matter most?

In many countries, it is standard practice to test every newborn for numerous genetic disorders. Using blood samples from a heel prick taken in the first 48 hours of life, doctors look for genetic variants associated with conditions that might otherwise be missed. These are typically conditions that respond well to early treatment to prevent… Read More

Vegan bodybuilders? Is a plant based diet best for building muscle?

There has been quite a bit of buzz as of late about Vegan bodybuilders with Rich Roll’s recent interview of Vegan bodybuilder Nimai Delgado as a prime example. Nimai has had success as a plant based bodybuilder and has never in his life eaten meat. Highlighting plant based bodybuilders is part of a concerted marketing… Read More

MTHFR Supplements when pregnant

MTHFR and pregnancy: Is it OK to take folic acid?

Folate (vitamin B9) is an essential nutrient required for DNA replication, amino acid synthesis, and a range of enzymatic processes in the body. As such, it’s no surprise that we need more folate during times of rapid growth and development, such as in pregnancy. For most individuals, that means reaching for folic acid pills. In… Read More

Filtering your water? Don’t forget the shower!

A whole home water filtration system is an ideal way to filter all of the water you use at home. Whether it’s your drinking water, or the water you shower and bathe in, there are filter options available. Isn’t filtering your shower water a little overkill? Isn’t it enough to just filter your drinking water?… Read More

Is your sunscreen toxic? How to find natural sunscreen

It’s one of life’s unfortunate ironies that in slapping on sunscreen to protect our skin against cancer-causing rays, we may actually increase our exposure to carcinogenic chemicals. Thankfully, this is one situation where safe and effective alternatives are available. Generic sunscreens can contain all manner of nasties, including oxybenzone and octocrylene. Avoiding these need not… Read More

I ate an Impossible Burger – wish I hadn’t

A few days ago at a promotional event, I had the chance to sample an Impossible Burger, the popular Vegan “hamburger” whose mission is to make meat obsolete by 2035. Initially, I was impressed by the resemblance of a plant based burger to an actual burger, however, after I learned the ingredients they use to… Read More

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