Studies A Go-Go

The No Carbs After 6pm Rule! Now Featuring Science!

When it comes to nutrition, I tends to side with science—or at least common sense and strong anecdotal evidence. Usually, this serves me well, but sometimes, I end up looking like a dork when cutting-edge clinical research accidentally validates some made up crap that I’ve spent years debating. Case in point, I’ve never been a huge …

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Big Sugar and Big Corn Syrup sue each other over who sucks less

In a battle best likened to Godzilla versus Mechagodzilla, the sugar industry took corn refiners to court last Wednesday, suing for 1.1 billion dollars over a 2011 ad campaign that described high fructose corn syrup as “corn sugar.” Their issue? Um, like, HFCS isn’t sugar (meaning the stuff that comes from sugar cane and beets) and …

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New Research Shows Black Coffee Makes You Evil and then Kills You

I prefer my morning java unadulterated, therefore I’m a Machiavellian psycho with sadistic tendencies. These findings (not pertaining solely to me, for the record) come from new research out of the University of Innsbruck in Austria. In two studies, Americans were asked to fill out questionnaires about taste preferences and personality traits related to “Machiavellianism, psychopathy, narcissism, everyday …

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The benefits of going on the juice

Astute Nerd Herders may notice that I’m having a major romance with the new Beachbody Performance (BBP) line of supplements, mostly because the nutty professor lookalikes Beachbody’s R&D team allowed me to play lab rat with their formulations for months leading up the launch, causing my cycling performance to explode. But I’ve never been one to simply “drink the …

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Junk food shaming not as effective as hoped. Nutrition Nerd needs new shtick.

I admit it. I’m a junk food shamer. While I’d never trash a person for what they look like, I’m the first to let loose a pithy comment about what they put in their mouth. If you’ve asked me for help with your diet and I catch you plowing through a bag of Cheetos or gulping down a Big Gulp, …

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Science shows extract makes you lose weight, but not really

The latest chapter in humankind’s never-ending Quest to Lose Weight Without Trying Too Hard showed up on the pages of the journal Cell last month. Harvard researchers used an extract Celastrol from a Chinese plant called Tripterygium Wilfordi, or “thunder god vine,” to induce up to a 45% weight loss in obese mice.  You’d think …

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No, Fast Food is not as Effective as Supplements for Recovery. Duh.

A couple Nerd Herders (high-fives to Ben and Kevin) directed me to a bit o’ click bait floating around the interwebs lately claiming to bitch slap the “true behemoth” supplement industry via a study showing “when it comes to exercise recovery — supplements are no better than fast food.” Unfortunately, there are flaws with this statement, the primary one …

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