Diet Science is a fun 7 to 8 minute weekly program with insights and straight scoops on today's health and diet issues from Dee McCaffrey, CDC. Dee is an Organic Chemist who lost 100 pounds, nearly half her body weight, and has kept it off for 20 years by staying away from processed foods. She's the author of The Science of Skinny, released by Perseus June 2012, and The Science of Skinny Cookbook, which was released December 2014.
Top Foods to Boost Testosterone Levels
Testosterone is a key hormone needed by both men and women for optimal bone density, blood sugar control, muscle mass, energy levels, and libido. Testosterone production in the body may decrease due to a number of diet and lifestyle factors. Listen in this week as Dee discusses how to naturally boost testosterone levels, and why you need to keep your levels up.Link to Reed's Zero Sugar Extra Ginger Ale, co-host Michael's new favorite beverage that, according to Dee, can help to naturally increase testosterone: https://amzn.to/3OoLbUN (https://amzn.to/3OoLbUN)Dee appeared on the cover of the June 27th, 2022 issue of Woman's World Magazine. To get a copy of that edition, click here: https://www.zinio.com/woman-s-world/june-27-2022-i550366 (https://www.zinio.com/woman-s-world/june-27-2022-i550366)
The 2022 Shopper's Guide to Pesticides in Produce is Here!
Every year the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit advocacy group, publishes a list of common produce items and ranks them according to how contaminated they are with pesticide residues that you may potentially be eating! Listen in this week as Dee discusses what's new this year and which foods you should always eat organically grown, and which are safe to eat non-organic. Download a pocket size copy of the 2022 Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 List at https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/ (https://www.ewg.org/foodnews/)
Fermented Olives, A Traditional Food
Table olives are one of the oldest fermented foods hailing from the Mediterranean area. Fermentation gives them probiotic properties in addition to their many other health benefits. Listen in this week as Dee discusses how olives are fermented, and the difference between black olives vs fermented olives.
Why Resistance Training is More Powerful for Weight Loss than Cardio Exercise
Two studies published within the last year found that cells in muscles being used to lift weights sends instructions to fat cells in other parts of the body to prompt the fat burning process. Listen in this week as Dee discusses the results of these two studies and why weight training burns more fat than aerobic exercise.References:Lopez, P., Taaffe, D. R., Galvão, D. A., Newton, R. U., Nonemacher, E. R., Wendt, V. M., Bassanesi, R. N., Turella, D. J., & Rech, A. (2022). Resistance training effectiveness on body composition and body weight outcomes in individuals with overweight and obesity across the lifespan: A systematic review and meta‐analysis. Obesity Reviews, 23(5), 1–25. https://doi.org/10.1111/obr.13428 (https://doi.org/10.1111/obr.13428)Vechetti, I. J., Peck, B. D., Wen, Y., Walton, R. G., Valentino, T. R., Alimov, A. P., Dungan, C. M., Van Pelt, D. W., Walden, F., Alkner, B., Peterson, C. A., & McCarthy, J. J. (2021). Mechanical overload‐induced muscle‐derived extracellular vesicles promote adipose tissue lipolysis. The FASEB Journal, 35(6), e21644. https://doi.org/10.1096/fj.202100242r (https://doi.org/10.1096/fj.202100242r)
Health Benefits of Beet Kvass
Kvass is a fermented probiotics beverage that hails from northeastern Europe and is traditionally made from bread, malt, and water. When kvass is made from beets instead of bread, it puts the beverage into a whole other league, owing to the many health benefits of deeply hued vegetable. Listen in this week as Dee talks about the superfood status of beet kvass, and the many reasons why it's better than kombucha or traditional bread kvass.Link to Beet Kvass, single 8-oz. bottle: https://amzn.to/3md3DU1Link to Beet Kvass, 3-pack of 16-oz. bottles: https://amzn.to/3GCEmMk
Fonio: The Most Nutritious Super-Grain You've Probably Never Heard Of
Fonio, also known as Hungry Rice, is an ancient super-grain from the millet family that hails from west Africa. It cooks as quickly as couscous, is gluten-free, and highly nutritious. Listen in this week as Dee discusses the amazing health benefits of this tiny grain, and how to add it to your culinary repertoire.Link to Fonio: https://amzn.to/3PCU7qs (https://amzn.to/3PCU7qs)Link to Fantastic Fluffy Fonio recipe: https://processedfreeamerica.org/fantastic-fried-fonio-like-fried-rice-only-better/ (https://processedfreeamerica.org/fantastic-fried-fonio-like-fried-rice-only-better/)
Great Addition to Her Book!
I’ve read Dee’s book (Science if Skinny) and absolutely loved it! I’m extremely excited to be able to listen to more food topics, as well as current updates for topics covered in her book. Perfect to listen to for any occasion.
Thank you for this production. Lots of people are interested in diet, herbology, and the specific benefits of plants and herbs. However, I would like to request two things: that you cite the studies that you quote, where they were published, how many people were studied, and the methodology and results.
Second: there is a lot of basic plant biology lacking here such as in the elderberry podcast you said that elderberries grow on vines (which is not true). They grow on a shrub. There are both edible and inedible varieties of elderberry. They are both American and European varieties of the same genus.
Next, on the saffron podcast you cite that the stigma of the crocus is harvested. Again this is not accurate, as there is only one stigma and multiple anthers in a flower and is the anthers that are used.
I just think that accurate information allows for more credibility and science rather than quasi-science.
I look forward to listening to more.
Love Dee and Diet Science!
Dee is so clear, not speaking way over my head, even though nutrition is a complicated topic.