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The calorie in calorie out fallacy

The calorie in calorie out fallacy

The calorie in calorie out fallacy: Obesity in numbers: Obesity is one of the biggest issues we are facing, and it is only increasing with numbers above 650 million obese adults(data by the World Health Organization). The biggest problem is that obessity never comes alone and increases the chance of many conditions such as cardiovascular diseases  and diabetes Type II. If you thought that those were already a lot of problems, then when I tell you that it also comes…

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The problem with fructose

The problem with fructose

                                     Processed carbohydrates Among the many diets that are starting to have more weight nowadays many of them emphasize a decrease in the total number of processed sugars we eat. To understand why this is important let us explain what we refer to with sugar.                                                    Sugar We understand, in most cases, sugar as sucrose. Sucrose is the name of the white powder we add to our drinks to make them sweeter and it is  a molecule formed by…

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Ketogenic misconceptions (I)

Ketogenic misconceptions (I)

Ketosis vs Ketoacidosis Understanding the risks Photo by Brooke Lark on Unsplash Many people have proposed that ketogenic diets are dangerous, and although we won’t enter in this argument, we would like to explain the difference between ketosis and ketoacidosis. To accomplish this goal we will start by explaining what each of this terms means and why they could have been linked to give rise to this misconception. Ketosis As we saw with the tactician metaphor, ketosis is the state…

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Getting fat? Here is a possible explanation

Getting fat? Here is a possible explanation

Insulin  The science of fat (I) You might be asking yourself ”What is insulin and why should we care about it?” Insulin is a hormone mainly known for its role in fat uptake. The levels of this hormone when we aren’t eating are low, and it is only when we eat something that the levels of this hormone increase. The increase in the levels of insulin isn’t the same for all kinds of food, this is due to the fact…

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Modern epidemics (I) : Diabetes

Modern epidemics (I) : Diabetes

Nowadays diabetes is one of the epidemics with most affected people, with around 346 million people affected (data from 2012)1 around the world  and it is though that the high quantity of foods that present added sugars is one of the principal reasons for the spread of this disease. To understand how this fact promotes the spread of diabetes we have to start by understanding what is diabetes. What is diabetes? Diabetes is defined as a ”metabolic disease characterized by…

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