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Bacon. (That’s all I need in this headline to make you read this.)

by Denis Faye | March 17, 2015

Few foods are as divisive as cured and processed meats. Although both were created for less-than-culinary reasons (the former to preserve meat, the latter to trick consumers into eat lips and assholes), the human race has develope

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Red wine for weight loss? You talkin’ to me?

by Denis Faye | February 10, 2015

There’s nothing more chilling than watching a bunch of public relations pimps go all Harvey Keitel on a sweet, innocent Jodie Foster of a scientific study. It seriously makes me want to shave myself a mohawk, pack some hea

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Protein strategies to build better muscles

by Denis Faye | December 23, 2014

“Skeletal muscle protein turns over at a rate of about 1-2% per day. The latter implies that skeletal muscle tissues is broken down and rebuilt approximately every 3 months.”  – Prof. Luc van Loon, “Dietar

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New Fasting Study Not So Fastinating

by Denis Faye | December 10, 2014

When people ask me about fasting–intermittent or other–I quote my friend Fred Nietzche who once said “Was mich nicht umbringt, macht mich stärker.” When they look at me like I’ve lost my marbles, I

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Is working out for weight loss a waste of time?

by Denis Faye | November 13, 2014

The New York Times took a swipe at exercise yesterday, claiming that it “may not” be effective in weight loss. The accusation, featured in the paper’s Well blog, stems from a recent study in The Journal of Str

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New GMO Potatoes Use Science to Make Junk Food “Safe”

by Denis Faye | November 11, 2014

Usually, I save my bile for ranting here on The Nerd, but today I decided to throw down a little over at the Beachboy Blog. Here’s the skinny: In what appears to be part of the government’s continued effort to make potato

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Study confirms Americans eat crap, yet probably have a hard time taking one

by Denis Faye | October 30, 2014

Americans consume too many calories. We all know that. But a new study out of the University of Illinois shows that our diets may also be dreadfully low in several key nutrients. In other words, we got quantity down, but quality?

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Do Crash Diets Get The Green Light?

by Denis Faye | October 17, 2014

If you’re willing to swallow a new study from Down Under, it looks like “crash diet” is no longer a dirty word. (Technically, it’s two words, but you get my point.) Researchers at the University of Melbour

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Artificial Sweetener Smackdown

by Denis Faye | September 26, 2014

Although I’m a man of science—or at least a sciency man-child—my dislike of artificial sweeteners has always defied logic. Sure, the government considers them “Generally Recognized as Safe”, but as saccharin’s

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The Lowdown on Diet and Depression

by Denis Faye | September 17, 2014

Let’s face it. Depression can be a bummer. Sure, it can lead to great works of literature, art, or comedy, but I’d bet my hat that if Ernest Hemingway, Vincent van Gogh, or Robin Williams–who all took their own

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