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.
'Tis the Season for the Health Benefits of Cranberries
Cranberries have been used in folk medicine for generations, and there is now sound science to back-up their benefits. Listen in this week as Dee discusses the best ways to consume cranberries and how their nutrients fight cancer, lower inflammation, and more.Link to recipe for sugar-free cranberry sauce: https://processedfreeamerica.org/sugar-free-blood-orange-cranberry-sauce/ (https://processedfreeamerica.org/sugar-free-blood-orange-cranberry-sauce/)
Newly Discovered Bacteria in Microbiome May be the Cause of Rheumatoid Arthritis
Researchers have discovered a previously unknown species of bacteria present in the intestines of people diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, but not in people without the condition. Listen in this week as Dee discusses the research and the future treatment and prevention of rheumatoid arthritis.Reference:Chriswell, M. E., Lefferts, A. R., Clay, M. R., Hsu, A. R., Seifert, J., Feser, M. L., Rims, C., Bloom, M. S., Bemis, E. A., Liu, S., Maerz, M. D., Frank, D. N., Demoruelle, M. K., Deane, K. D., James, E. A., Buckner, J. H., Robinson, W. H., Holers, V. M., & Kuhn, K. A. (2022). Clonal Iga and IGG autoantibodies from individuals at risk for rheumatoid arthritis identify an arthritogenic strain of subdoligranulum. Science Translational Medicine, 14(668). https://doi.org/10.1126/scitranslmed.abn5166 (https://doi.org/10.1126/scitranslmed.abn5166%C2%A0)
Big Health Benefits of Tartary Buckwheat
Fagopyrum tataricum, also known as Tartary Buckwheat, is a gluten-free psuedo-grain sibling to common buckwheat, but with a more powerful nutrient profile. Listen in this week as Dee discusses why tartary buckwheat is being dubbed a "powerhouse for nutrition", shown to prevent the effects of several chronic metabolic diseases, including high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.Link to Purchase Tartary Buckwheat Flour: https://amzn.to/3V8De9a (https://amzn.to/3V8De9a)Reference:Luthar, Z., Golob, A., Germ, M., Vombergar, B., & Kreft, I. (2021). Tartary buckwheat in human nutrition. Plants (Basel, Switzerland), 10(4), 700. https://doi.org/10.3390/plants10040700 (https://doi.org/10.3390/plants10040700)
Does a Probiotic from Raw Cheese Improve Weight Loss?
That is the question French researchers sought to answer in their 3-month study on overweight adults. Listen in this week as Dee deciphers the results of this study and how a unique probiotic that provides the typical “French” cheese taste and smell works in the body to reduce appetite and increase metabolism.Link to Purchase H. Alvei Probiotic: https://www.soin-et-nature.com/en/19758-enterosatys-hafnia-alvei-4597-zn-cr-targedys-60-capsules.html (https://www.soin-et-nature.com/en/19758-enterosatys-hafnia-alvei-4597-zn-cr-targedys-60-capsules.html)(Dee McCaffrey and Processed-Free America have no affiliation with Soin et Nature, and do not receive any compensation from the sale of this product)Reference:Déchelotte, P., Breton, J., Trotin-Picolo, C., Grube, B., Erlenbeck, C., Bothe, G., Fetissov, S. O., & Lambert, G. (2021). The probiotic strain H. Alvei HA4597® improves weight loss in overweight subjects under moderate hypocaloric diet: A proof-of-concept, multicenter randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled study. Nutrients, 13(6), 1902. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8227740/ (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8227740/)
Pumped Up Benefits of Pumpkin Vinegar
If you're a fan of raw apple cider vinegar, you'll be surprised to learn that pumpkins can be fermented into a similarly nutritious vinegar too. Listen in this week as Dee discusses how pumpkin vinegar is made, and how it can pump up your health!Link to purchase Trader Joe's Pumpkin Vinegar:https://amzn.to/3fEiUNP (https://amzn.to/3fEiUNP)Link to Pumpkin Spiced Maple Vinaigrette Recipe: https://processedfreeamerica.org/pumpkin-spice-maple-vinaigrette/ (https://processedfreeamerica.org/pumpkin-spice-maple-vinaigrette/)
What is Retrograded Resistant Starch?
When foods like potatoes and rice are cooked and then cooled, their starch molecules undergo rearrangement to become less "starchy". Listen in this week as Dee explains the concept of "retrograded resistant starch" and how cooling starchy foods lowers their impact on blood sugar levels.Reference:Harris K. F. (2019). An introductory review of resistant starch type 2 from high-amylose cereal grains and its effect on glucose and insulin homeostasis. Nutrition Reviews, 77(11), 748–764. https://doi.org/10.1093/nutrit/nuz040 (https://doi.org/10.1093/nutrit/nuz040)
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.