By Dr. Barry Sears:
Dr. Sears comments on the latest health stories in the news.
Study: You Eat Twice As Much Sugar As You Should (Time Magazine)
It’s not the sugar as much as the excess glucose. Excess glucose is potentially addictive (Gearhardt N et al Current Drug Abuse Reviews(2011 4:140) as it can hijack the dopamine reward pathways in the brain. The largest sources of glucose in the diet are grain and starches. Cut back on those as much as you cut back on sugar, and your brain and your body will be thankful.
Vitamins and Nutrition Information (Health Day)
The real trouble is that all fish are contaminated. There is no fish that is not contaminated by pollutants that we have thrown into the environment for the past two generations. The best choice for obtaining the levels of omega-3 fatty acids you need is highly refined fish oils rich in both EPA and DHA and low in PCBs and other toxins.
You’ll Never Guess What Veggie Just Beat Kale (Food Matters)
Eating clean means getting as many polyphenols into your body as possible. The polyphenol content of vegetables is about 0.1% and about 0.2% in fruits. Since you need at least 1 gram of polyphenols per day, I would stick with the food that has the highest levels of polyphenols — unsweetened bakers chocolate that contains about 4% of its total weight as polyphenols.