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Nutrition

Caffeine consumption: what you need to know for tomorrow morning

Updated October 8th, 2017 Do you ever worry about your caffeine consumption? Asking for a friend. Truth be told, I drink about 3-5 cups (how “cup” is actually defined on a coffeemaker, not physical mugs) of coffee a day. I tell myself that I need to be better about switching to green tea in the… Read More

Natto taste test: How does this super-funky superfood stack up?

It’s nattō time at Gene Food, folks. Why am I eating smelly fermented soybeans for breakfast, you might ask? OK, well maybe you aren’t asking that right off the bat. But you will. “It looks like glue with bugs in it,” my best friend said when I told her that John had assigned me to eat… Read More

Zonulin and leaky gut: what you need to know

In a previous post I talked about the genetics of celiac disease, and I’m going to return to the gut to talk about a protein of growing interest in gut health, and in particular autoimmune health: zonulin. If you do a lot of reading about nutrition and genetic health you’ve likely come across the term… Read More

Candida controversy: is yeast overgrowth overblown or blowing up?

Updated September 26th, 2017 Our verdict: it’s blowing up, but there are caveats, so read on.  Yes, Candida is over baked as a health theory, and yes, some who blame Candida for their digestive issues do not, in fact, have Candida overgrowth. It is a difficult condition to diagnose. However, there is strong supporting scientific… Read More

Most fish oil is poison. Here’s what to do about it

The supplement world can be a tricky place to navigate. You want to do the right thing for your health, but who can you trust? The fact is that many supplements don’t contain the ingredients they say they do, and nowhere is the playing field more murky than with fish oil. Fish oil is one… Read More

Vegan eggs: what’s good about ’em? What’s bad about ’em?

Updated October 17th, 2017 For people looking to switch to a plant-based diet, reducing the amount of animal protein we eat every day can be challenging. Even more difficult may be letting go of some of our favorite products, like milk, eggs, and cheese. It seems like we’ve always had almond and coconut milk as… Read More

Dairy dangers? Is sheep and goat dairy healthier than cow dairy?

Ahh, dairy. Delicious, but controversial. I eat it, but should I stop? Are certain types of dairy better than others? Let’s find out, shall we? Top-level summary: Although they contain casein, a protein found in all dairy, sheep and goat dairy are often considered healthier alternatives to cow dairy because they contain far less A1… Read More

Coconut oil: good for some, bad for others?

Updated July 27th, 2017 Must the Coconut Oil discussion be one size fits all? Intro by John. Hello everyone. Aaron and I decided to write this post in response to the renewed debate over the health merits of coconut oil after the American Heart Association warned against the dangers of its saturated fat content. The… Read More

10 things I learned going Vegan for a Week

Ok, I know what you’re thinking. In fact, I can see your eyes rolling from here (Austin). Here we go again with another veganism changed my life post. Just what the internet needs. And I am sympathetic, believe me. The Vegan camp was the last nutritional outpost I had yet to visit. I’d simply listened… Read More

Do pollen allergies cause anxiety?

Updated October 15th, 2017 Feeling anxious? You’re not alone. The NY Times ran a story a few weeks back titled “Prozac nation is now the United States of Xanax.” Why is everyone anxious? If you believe, as I do, that anxiety is a symptom, not an identity, there are lots of potential reasons, many of… Read More

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