The Fallacy of Personalized Nutrition

Personalized nutrition is a fancy term that’s being thrown around a lot lately. If you go on Google and search around for new diet trends, then chances are you’ll come across articles on this dietary concept. Some of these articles will likely tell you that personalized nutrition will soon be a well-known and dominant concept […]

Is Farmed Salmon Toxic?

Salmon is one of the healthiest foods you can possibly consume, right? Yes, it is. There’s one condition though. The salmon must be wild-caught. Farmed salmon is certainly not among the healthiest foods in existence. Not only does it have a very high omega-6/omega-3 ratio (when compared to wild varieties), but it also contains residues […]

Why You Should Think Twice Before Using Probiotics

I’ve talked a lot about probiotics here on the site in the past. In my earlier articles on this topic (e.g., here, here), I’ve made the case that many probiotic products likely do more harm than good. In today’s article, I’m not going to take another in-depth look at the pros and cons of probiotic […]

Intermittent Fasting: The Default Eating Pattern for Homo Sapiens?

Intermittent Fasting (IF), a nutritional strategy that involves fasting for intermittent periods of time, is all the rage these days. Over the past decade, more and more people have jumped on the IF bandwagon, and an ever-growing number of websites, books, and articles devoted to this time-restricted way of eating has appeared. IF has certainly […]

Milk is for Babies

When Arnold Schwarzenegger was asked if he drinks milk, he famously answered that «milk is for babies», implying that it’s not good for adults to consume this white liquid. To most people, this statement probably seems highly controversial, and based on their knowledge, incorrect. They may have been consuming cow’s milk their whole life and […]

Is Your Low-Carb Diet Really a Low-Carb Diet?

Would you call a diet that contains 75-150 grams of carbohydrate a low-carb diet? If so, then you’re not alone. I think most people, including the vast majority of nutritionists and dietitians, would answer yes to that question. We humans tend to base our understanding of what is natural and normal on what we can […]

Always Hungry? Your Gut Bacteria Are Probably to Blame

Conventional health & fitness wisdom says that the three main ingredients that are needed to produce weight loss are self-discipline (“Resist your cravings!”), willpower (“Get off your butt and start moving!”), and calorie counting (“Just eat less!”). The fat loss advice that has grown out of this belief system is “eat less, move more”, which […]

The Problem With Functional Foods

A disturbing trend has been allowed to spread like cancer within the health and fitness community over the most recent decades. The metastatic process of this malignant tumor is fueled by the belief that it’s not sufficient to just eat real, whole foods. To really be able to achieve good health and peak athletic performance, […]

Ask Eirik: How Many Bacteria Are There in Sauerkraut?

A few months back, I was contacted by a British TV production company called Ricochet. They were in the process of planning the third season of a show called Superfoods: The Real Story and were looking for a scientific project about sauerkraut – one of the foods they focus on in season 3 – that […]

The Evolution of the Human Diet: From Wild Meat, Fruits, and Tubers to Candy, Donuts, and Pizza

How has the human diet changed over the past millennia? What’s so great about the Paleolithic diet (the default hominin diet)? What should you eat to enhance your protection against diet-related disease? If you’re a regular reader of Darwinian-Medicine.com, you probably know the answers to these questions. However, if you’re not, then chances are you […]

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