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Nutrition

TMAO and heart disease: what we know (and what we don’t)

In a previous post (and several others) John covered the ongoing debate about dietary cholesterol, with a particular focus on eggs. As part of that post he introduces the molecule called trimethylamine-N-oxide, or “TMAO” for short. TMAO is of great interest in the health community as a New England Journal of Medicine study linked elevated… Read More

Do plant based diets help us live longer? Separating fact from fiction

Updated November 19th, 2017  A big part of the reason I became involved with Gene Food was to help people understand that nutrition advice isn’t one size fits all. What works for some, won’t work for others. And yet, every food guru out there believes their diet is the best. The Vegan camp, in documentaries… Read More

Magnesium Health Benefits Supplement Gene Food

Does magnesium have health benefits? My experience after 3 weeks

A few weeks ago, I wrote about my caffeine problem. I love coffee but sometimes I feel like I reach for another cup too often. My energy levels feel like I need it. How do I remedy this? John smartly suggested some magnesium supplements because they help regulate energy. Many of our bodies also don’t… Read More

Caffeine Content in Popular Beverages

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 Superfood

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 Leaky Gut

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 Overgrowth

Candida controversy: is yeast overgrowth overblown or blowing up?

Updated November 8th, 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 evidence to suggest… Read More

Most fish oil is garbage. 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?

Last updated October 20th, 2017. 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… Read More

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