Food for Thought (articles)

This is where you’ll find my easy to understand articles that explain the science of health, nutrition and diet in terms that people without a science background can understand. As of the end of December 2020, there were ~190 articles in total, with a few key articles organized by topic below.

If you are looking for a sequential list of all articles, please scroll down to the bottom of the page and look for Article Archives.

If you are looking for an article about something in particular, the search bar is at the very bottom of the page.

Latest Articles

05/11 – Use of a Therapeutic Ketogenic Diet in Mental Health (article) – new
04/30 – Thyroid Medication can Worsen Blood Sugar Control in People with Diabetes – new
02/20 – Hypothyroidism Update – six months of treatment since diagnosis
01/23 – Alopecia Universalis – a clinician’s personal story of complete hair loss
12/29 – The Androgen Paradox of Hair Growth and Hair Loss

12/28 – Nutritional Supplements With Evidence to Restore Hair Loss 
11/17 – Hair Loss in Hypothyroidism (Part 2) – Nutrients of Importance 
11/01  Hypothyroidism 101- about the thyroid, its hormones and diagnosis
10/14 – Hypothyroidism Signs and Symptoms – a downloadable checklist
09/04 – Hair Loss – root causes (Part 1) 
08/26 – More Than Skin Deep – skin symptoms associated with hypothyroidism 
08/12 – Beyond Diet – the role of hormones in metabolic health 
08/07 Symptoms of Hypothyroidism Mistakenly Blamed on Aging 
07/14 – Thyroid Function Assumed to be Normal When Only TSH is Tested 
23/11 Chronic Constipation — do we really just need more fiber and water?
10/11 Could Protein be the Appetite’s Control — the Protein Leverage Hypothesis
10/01 Do You Identify as a Food Addict?
09/01  Time to Stop Calling Type Two Diabetes a Chronic Progressive Disease
08/30  Type 2 Diabetes Remission — proposed definition from international experts
08/23 – High Protein Matcha Drink — role in abdominal fat loss
06/23 –  Risk of Dehydration in Older Adults During Heatwaves 
06/21 – Staying Hydrated Without a Caffeine or Carbonated Drink — Limonana 
06/15 – The Three Ways to Balance Carbohydrate and Fat as Fuel
04/25 – LDL Cholesterol is Not the Best Assessor of Cardiovascular Risk
04/23 – What is a Low-FODMAP Diet and How Can it Improve Symptoms of IBS? 
04/16 – Why Drinking a Smoothie isn’t the Same as Eating the Food Contained in it  
04/13 – A Therapeutic Ketogenic Diet — treatment and adjunct treatment
04/12 – A Simple Guide to Different Types of Diet and Macros  
03/26 – Why Is Type 2 Diabetes Still Called ”a Progressive, Lifelong Disease”?
03/22 – Assessing Insulin Resistance — Homeostasis Model Assessment (HOMA)

Gastrointestinal Health

23/11 Chronic Constipation — do we really just need more fiber and water?
04/23 – What is a Low-FODMAP Diet and How Can it Improve Symptoms of IBS?
03/14 – What is a Hiatal Hernia and How Can Dietary Changes Help?
01/14 – Negative Effect of Dietary Carbohydrate on the Gut Microbiome in IBD
09/08 – Treating Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
09/04 – Diagnosing Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
09/01 – What is Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)?
07/14 – Trouble-shooting Ongoing Constipation on a Low Carb Diet
07/12 – What is IBS and Why Do Symptoms Improve on a Low Carb Diet?
07/11 – Have You Been Diagnosed with Diverticulosis?

Food Allergies and Intolerances

03/09 – Allergies to Trees or Grasses can Result in Reactions to Food
11/20 – The Difference Between Food Sensitivity Tests and Food Allergy Tests
08/07 – Tyramine Intolerance — underlying cause of migraine headaches?
07/23 – Histamine Intolerance, MCAD / MCAS and How Dietary Changes Help 
07/21 – Milk Intolerance May be Caused by A1 Beta-Casein

Metabolic Health

12/13 – No Underlying Health Conditions — likely assumed not assessed
04/29 – Too Much and Too Little is Killing Us — reducing comorbidities
08/28 – An Accurate New Estimator of Whole Body Fat Percentage
05/22 – Why Waist Circumference and Waist to Height Ratio is so Important

Cardiovascular Disease

06/23 – Lowering LDL and Saturated Fat to Lower Risk of Cardiovascular Disease

06/20 – High Cholesterol and Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
04/07 – New Study: Dietary Saturated Fat is Not Associated with Increased Risk of CVD
03/01 – American Heart Association: Some Kids & Teens at Risk for Premature CVD
07/13 – Consuming Dairy Fat Doesn’t Increase the Risk of Cardiovascular Disease — may protect
05/24 – Two More Good Indicators of Cardiovascular Risk
05/22 – Why Waist Circumference and Waist to Height Ratio is so Important


09/01  Time to Stop Calling Type 2 Diabetes a “chronic, progressive disease”
08/30  Type 2 Diabetes Remission — proposed definition from international experts
3/26 – Why Is Type 2 Diabetes Still Called ”a Progressive, Lifelong Disease”?
03/22 – Assessing Insulin Resistance — Homeostasis Model Assessment (HOMA)
02/16 – Standard Treatment for Diabetes Prior to the Discovery of Insulin
02/03 – A Choice: Living With Diabetes, Seeking Remission From Diabetes(article)
02/02 – Diabetes Canada’s 7-day Low Carb Meal Plan — includes bread, pasta, rice
05/14 – Diabetes Canada Deems Low Carb and Very Low Carb Diet Safe and Effective
12/20 – New ADA Standards of Medical Care Includes Low Carbohydrate Diet
07/17 – Three Ways to Put Type 2 Diabetes into Remission
06/24 – Only Half of People Have Newer Gene that Controls High Blood Sugar
05/14 – Is the Glycemic Index Reliable for Predicting Blood Sugar Response?
05/05 – ADA: Brain’s Need for Glucose can be Fulfilled by the Body
04/23 – ADA includes use of a Very Low Carb (Keto) Eating Pattern in New Report
04/09 – Complex Carbohydrates as Long Chains of Sugar Molecules
02/22 – Are You Pushing Your Pancreas Too Hard — estimating β-cell function
2/18 – Low Carb Diet in 2019 American Diabetes Association Standards of Care
12/14 – The Difference Between Reversal and Remission of Type 2 Diabetes
12/05 – Insulin Resistance, Hyperinsulinemia and Hyperglycemia
11/30 – There Are Now Two Stages BEFORE a Diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes
11/29 – The Three Stages of Carbohydrate Intolerance — before type 2 diabetes
11/26 – When Normal Fasting Blood Glucose Isn’t Necessarily ”Fine”
10/10 – American Diabetes Association & European Association Classify Low Carb Diets as Medical Nutrition Therapy
10/07 – American Diabetes Association & European Association Approve Low Carb Diets
08/22 – Low Carbohydrate Eating for People with Diabetes — important position statement
08/16 – The Tip of the Iceberg — what we can’t see puts us at risk
07/30 – Early Warning Signs that May Help Prevent Developing Type 2 Diabetes
07/28 – Stanford Blood Sugar Study Findings Known for More Than 45 Years
07/26 – American Diabetes Association (ADA) is Making Sense of Carbs
02/22 – Unreliability of Many Blood Glucose Monitors
02/07 – Significant Improvement in Type 2 Diabetes Symptoms Possible Long Term

Different Clinical Conditions

04/13 – A Therapeutic Ketogenic Diet — treatment and adjunct treatment
10/27 – 
Vitamin D Supplementation Can Help Protect Against the Flu 
07/19 – Arthritis is Not a Normal Part of Aging — it’s a degenerative joint disease
04/18 – Eating one slice of bacon per day does NOT increase your colon cancer risk
03/22 – The Connection Between Sugar and Cancer
08/09 – Alzheimer’s Disease as Glucose Dysfunction of the Brain

Articles About Macros

A Simple Guide to Different Types of Diet and Macros


11/03 – Is a Diet High in Carbohydrate Appropriate for Humans?
01/27 – Carbohydrates are Not Evil
08/24 – Is Coconut Oil Pure Poison?
06/26 – Refined Carbohydrate with Vegetable Oil Was Known to Cause Weight Gain
06/21 – Some Carbs Are Better Than Others — Part 4 — the Insulin Index
04/26 – Some Carbs are Better than Others (for Diabetics) — Part 3
4/20 – 
Are Some Carbs Better Than Others — Part 2
04/17 – Are Some Carbs Better Than Others — Part 1


02/24 – How Much Protein is Best Depends on Different People’s Needs
03/01 – The Role of Protein in the Diet of Older Adults


06/30 – American College of Cardiology: No Benefit to Lower Saturated Fat Intake
04/05 – Concerns with Polyunsaturated Vegetable Oils — Part 2
04/05 – Concerns with Polyunsaturated Vegetable Oils — Part 1
03/21 – Do Saturated Fats Cause Heart Disease?
03/15 – The Marketing of Polyunsaturated Vegetable Oils
03/12 – Researchers that Blamed Saturated Fat as Cause of Heart Disease — paid by sugar industry

Low Carb and Keto Diets

01/04 – A Keto Diet is Only About How Much Carbohydrate it Contains
08/30 – Another Therapeutic Ketogenic Diet and How it Differs from ”the Keto Diet”
08/23 – The Stereotypical High Fat Keto Diet is Only ONE Type
08/16 – The Keto Diet — a potentially dangerous and an unhealthy diet
02/15 – McGill Professor: Risks and Benefits of Low-Carb Keto Diets
08/29 – Are Low Carbohydrate Diets Linked to Risk of Premature Death?
08/23 – Do Low Carb Diets Shorten Lifespan — a closer look
05/08 – Don’t Try This at Home — when medical supervision is needed (article)

Assorted Articles

04/16 – Why Drinking a Smoothie isn’t the Same as Eating the Food Contained in it
03/07 – Why Grazing Can Look Like a Scene From Hoarders
11/06 – Stages of Change and Why Most People Regain Weight Loss
04/22 – My Three Year Health Recovery Anniversary — a Dietitian’s Journey
01/27 – Five Pounds or Fifty Pounds of Fat — in very real terms
11/22 – When to Eat and Not Eat, How Many Meals and Snacks
09/10 – Why Eating Less and Exercising More DOES Matter As We Age
08/19 – When Real Food is Deemed Offensive and Disturbing, not Processed Food
08/04 – Why So Many Post Menopausal Women and Older Men Have Low Iron 06/18 – Distinguishing Food from Food-like Products
06/16 – A Little Black Dress — a personal health and weight loss update (personal story)
04/11 – New Study: Vitamin and Mineral Supplements Won’t Help You Live Longer
02/01 – Reflections of a Nutritional Centrist
10/16 – The Effect of Cannabis on Appetite, Blood Sugar and Insulin Levels

Canada Food Guide

06/02 – The Three Things that Canada’s Food Guide Got (Mostly) Right
07/09 – Experts: WHO Draft Guidelines Excludes Key Facts and Studies
07/02 – Focus on Limiting Ultra Processed Food Not Saturated Fat & Sodium 06/28 – CFG Snapshot — conflating Ultra-Processed Food and Whole, Real Foods?
01/24 – New Canada Food Guide — carbohydrate estimate of the sample plate
01/22 – The New Canada Food Guide at a Glance
01/10 – Background to the New Canada Food Guide Draft
01/09 – New Canada Food Guide Drops Meat and Milk Groups

Other Eating Patterns

01/20 – EAT-Lancet Diet — inadequate protein for older adults
01/18 – The New EAT Lancet Diet — healthy & sustainable for whom?
01/07 – The Mediterranean Diet


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Best regards,

Joy Y. Kiddie, MSc RD


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