Dr. Barry Sears Dr. Sears Comments:

You will get far better cardiovascular and general health benefits by forgetting the ancient grain breads and eating more non-starchy vegetables.  It’s the polyphenols and fermentable fiber that is doing all the work, and non-starchy vegetables are better sources of both factors while also providing a much lower glycemic load in the diet.

Why You Should Eat Bread

Bread gets a really bad rap. In fact, carbs, in general, are often considered the enemy of anyone who is trying to eat healthy or lose weight. Aside from the fact that there are many kinds of carbohydrates that are great for your body and necessary in a balanced diet (hello, fruit!), we know that cutting out an entire food group from your diet isn’t usually the most sensible choice.

Dr. Barry Sears Dr. Sears Comments:

The role of polyphenols in reducing inflammation was the central theme of my most recent book, The Mediterranean Zone. But you have to take a therapeutic dose of polyphenols and they also have to be bioavailable to have benefits. This is why refined polyphenol extracts are ideal dietary supplements. Of all the polyphenols, the most bioavailable because of its water-solubility are the refined polyphenol extracts from the maqui berry.

Put An End To Chronic Inflammation With These Foods

Inflammation is the body’s natural response to an injury or infection. Unfortunately, too much of an inflammatory response, also known as chronic inflammation, can damage our health and result in life-threatening conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and different types of cancer by attacking our body’s greatest defense: white blood cells.


Dr. Barry Sears Dr. Sears Comments:

Algae has great distance to go in taste before it makes any impact on the American diet.  Furthermore without constant exposure to algae, the gut will not have the bacterial diversity to breakdown its carbohydrate polymers into metabolites that can enter the blood to have their full benefits.

Everything’s Coming Up Algae | Healthy Eats – Food Network Healthy Living Blog

Certain kinds of algae are already commonplace in our diets. For example, your sushi rolls and musubi are wrapped in seaweed (a marine algae), the food additive carrageenan is derived from seaweed, and algae-derived Omega-3s are used in supplements for those who shun fish oil.

Dr. Barry Sears Dr. Sears Comments:

The article missed the point that it is the development of the gut microbiome in the first 3 years after birth that is important for their future health.  This requires a consistent intake of fermentable fiber primarily from non-starchy vegetables, berries, and apples as well as omega-3 fatty acids to make sure the appropriate bacteria are established in the gut for future metabolic and neurological health.  Potatoes are rich in starch that is easily broken down in the small intestine and never reach the colon where the gut microbe colony is primarily located.

Sadly, This Is The Top Vegetable 1-Year-Olds In America Eat

Nutrition during the 1,000 days between a child’s conception and their second birthday is critical to their future success, dictating both brain and physical development. And yet the vegetable American toddlers are most likely to eat is a french fry.


Dr. Barry Sears Dr. Sears Comments:

It is a very short step from a chewable tablet to a candy bar.

This Chewable ADHD Medication Is Causing Major Concern Among Psychiatrists

There’s a new ADHD medication that looks and tastes like candy, and doctors are pretty concerned. The drug, called Adzenys, has the strength of Adderall paired with a fruity flavor. It’s intended to make taking medication kid-friendly, though psychiatrists are worried it could lead to drug abuse.

Dr. Barry Sears Dr. Sears Comments:

Here is a way to get the maximum polyphenol absorption of almonds.  Simply eat them plain.

Food affects almond skin polyphenol release: Study

Milk may significantly lower the release of polyphenols from almond skins during digestion, while consuming almond skins with food also has a significant effect on their release, according to a study. Researchers from Italy and the UK analysed the behaviour of both natural (NS) and blanched (BS) almond skins in various ‘food matrices’ – including crisp bread, homemade biscuits, full-fat milk and water – during simulated digestion.

Dr. Barry Sears Dr. Sears Comments:

Too bad they didn’t read The Mediterranean Zone to explain the biochemistry of the Mediterranean diet and how by applying Zone dietary principles you can achieve even greater health benefits.  At least, they used the word “polyphenols” in the article, but without explaining that they work primarily as gene activators of anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging genes.  Maybe next time they will mention “inflammation”.  One can only dream.


Dr. Barry Sears Dr. Sears Comments:

I am wondering why people are shocked about this.  It is the standard practice of drug companies to give far greater sums of money to promote their newest products under the guise of breaking research.  It is just that the Sugar Association did a much better job of covering their tracks for 50 years.


Sugar Industry Quashed Link Between Sugar And Heart Disease Over 50 Years Ago, Says Report

In the 1960’s, the sugar industry paid for and influenced research that shifted blame for heart disease away from sugar and onto dietary cholesterol and saturated fat, says a new paper in JAMA Internal Medicine.

Dr. Barry Sears Dr. Sears Comments:

I agree that a vegan diet is difficult to follow to get necessary nutrients such as Vitamin B12 and long-chain omega-3 fatty acids such as EPA and DHA thus requiring constant supplementation.  It can be done as I wrote an entire book (The Soy Zone) on the subject.  I feel it is far easier to follow a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet to get more consistent results.

Can A Vegan Diet Give You All You Need? German Nutritionists Say ‘Nein’

Enlarge this image For some, there’s a a glam factor attached to the vegan lifestyle. And these days, there seems to be a growing chorus singing the praises of the environmental and health benefits of a plant-centric diet.