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How ‘Atkins Gene’ can keep you slim: Enzyme found in saliva begins breakdown of starchy food

Published on April 2, 2014,

Interesting reports in the media that scientists have found a small piece of genetic code that seems to have a strong effect on how well we break down carbohydrates and starch — and whether or not we are fat…

How ‘Atkins Gene’ can keep you slimAMY1 gene makes a carb-busting compound and can influence weight Gene makes enzyme in saliva that begins the breakdown of starchy food It has been nicknamed the Atkins Gene after the popular diet Study finds that those with more copies of the gene are likely to be slim By Fiona Macrae Science Correspondent The secret to staying slim could be in saliva. Researchers have found that a gene that makes a carb-busting compound has a large influence on weight. Nicknamed the Atkins Gene in some quarters after the popular diet, its official scientific nickname is AMY1. The gene makes an enzyme that is found in saliva and begins the breakdown and digestion of starchy foods like chips, crisps and rice.

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I’ve Backed ‘Cereal Killers – The Movie’ – What About You?

Published on June 18, 2013,

A new film is being put together following 41 year old Irish man on his quest to avoid the heart disease and diabetes that has afflicted his family. The film features some noted personalities who have appeared on this site including Professor Tim Noakes and Dr John Briffa. It sets out to show that everything we have been taught about nutrition is the wrong way round and looks into the vested interests behind the myths that suggest carbohydrates are good and fats are bad. The film has been made and now there is a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the final touches and launch. I’ve backed the project – have a look at this and see if you fancy ‘starting a storm’ too…

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See more about the project at the Kickstarter page - you can help by pledging less than the cost of your morning coffee!

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Cream and a Glass of Wine, or ONE Apple? New Diet Claims a Ration of 100 Sugar Calories Per Day is the Secret to Weight Loss

Published on June 4, 2013,

There seems to be a lot of confusion in the media about a new diet by Jorge Cruise called “The 100″ which was described on ABC News as the diet for ‘carb-lovers’ when in reality it seems to be exactly the opposite as the whole point is to restrict sugars and sugar calories hidden in carbs which in turn means restricting carbs (to 25 grammes a day). This is how it is described in the Daily Mail…

The 100 by Jorge Cruise

The 100 by Jorge Cruise

A new diet limits people to 100 ‘sugar calories’ a day – meaning that just two apples exceed the recommended allowance.

Fitness expert and New York Times bestseller Jorge Cruise, who masterminded The 100 method, says that foods contain ‘hidden sugars’ which boost belly fat. He claims those who have followed his four-week plan lost an average of 18lbs in two weeks. Explaining how to deduce the number of ‘sugar calories’ in meals or snacks, he told Today: ‘Bottom line: [It's] total carbs times four. Say it’s 20 total carbs in an apple. Times it by four, you’re looking at 80 sugar calories.’

As well as being bad for the waistline, Mr Cruise notes that ‘sugar calories’ can contribute to heart disease, cancer, and type II diabetes. He highlights that many foods dieters assume are safe, such as apples and brown rice, are actually harmful to progress.

In a bid to show people how to reshape their diet his book titled The 100 includes shopping lists, food guides and recipes. It also shows people how to best read nutritional labels.

Mr Cruise is also behind the popular weight-loss book series The Belly Fat Cure, Body at Home, The 12-Second Sequence, The 3-Hour Diet, and 8 Minutes in the Morning.

Talking about his most recent work, which shifts focus on sugar, he adds: ‘It’s all about the insulin. Everyone thinks weight loss is all about eat less, exercise more . . . a calorie is a calorie. ‘[But] as much as I love equality, I’m not abiding equality when it comes to calories. Not all calories are the same.’ Some surprising treats such as whipped cream, half and half and red wine – which has only 14 ‘sugar calories’ per glass – don’t pose a problem on the 100 diet.

More at:  Cream and a glass of wine, or ONE apple? New diet claims a ration of just 100 calories of sugar per day is the secret to weight loss

Here’s the ABC report including video: ‘The 100′ Diet Claims Weight Loss by Restricting Calories From Sugar

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