Diet & Nutrition

Does Coffee Break an Intermittent Fast?

Does Coffee Break an Intermittent Fast?

This has got to be one of the most frequent questions I see: “Does coffee break a fast?” Let’s answer. To begin with, I’ll make the case that you shouldn’t worry too much about this stuff. That you’re even willing and able to go without a meal or snack for 12-24 hours places you in rarefied company. That’s 95th percentile stuff. ...

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Dear Mark: PUFA Confusion, Mushroom Coffee, Swiss Water Process, and Timing the Fast

Dear Mark: Coffee and Cancer, Beef Cheeks, Paleo Pancakes

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering four questions from readers. First, should someone homozygous for the FADS variant that increases PUFA conversion eat less or more PUFA? Next, what’s the deal with all the mushroom coffees out on the market? Are they actually beneficial? Third, when looking for a healthy decaf coffee, what should you watch for? And ...

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14 Ways to Make Coffee Healthier

14 Ways to Make Coffee Healthier

According to the stats, more than 80% of American adults use coffee to get going in the morning. Increasingly, we’re getting collectively pickier about what we drink, too. A report released this year by the National Coffee Association found that, for the first time in 67 years, more than half of all coffee consumed daily was classified as “gourmet.”  But let’s be ...

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How Ancestry Might Inform Your Fat Choices

How Ancestry Might Inform Your Fat Choices

One of the more exciting developments over the past few years has been the explosion in population genetics research. People are a diverse lot, and even though we’re all people who essentially want the same things out of life (and we’re working with the same basic machinery), there’s a lot of wiggle room. It’s not just information for curiosity’s sake. The ...

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Dear Mark: Power Yoga, Pelvic Floor, Keto Reset and Osteoporosis

Dear Mark: Coffee and Cancer, Beef Cheeks, Paleo Pancakes

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering three questions. First, is power yoga—a more “intense” version of yoga that includes strength exercises—a suitable alternative to strength training for aging women? Probably not, but that doesn’t make it bad or wrong to do. Second, what’s the deal with pelvic floor dysfunction after menopause? What’s the best way to improve that ...

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What Happens “After Keto”?

What Happens “After Keto”?

Google searches for this question have shot up in recent weeks. I’m not surprised. An unprecedented number of people went keto in January purely as a quick weight loss hack, and now they’re looking to transition off of “this weird diet.” Tortillas and bagels beckon, after all. This is the wrong way to approach keto—obviously. It’s not a quick hack. ...

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Dear Mark: Coffee and Cancer, Beef Cheeks, Paleo Pancakes

Dear Mark: Coffee and Cancer, Beef Cheeks, Paleo Pancakes

For today’s edition of Dear Mark, I’m answering a few questions from readers. First, what do I make of the news that coffee sellers in California are going to start putting “may cause cancer” warnings on their labels? Is there anything to the cancer and coffee claims? Next, why didn’t we include beef cheeks in the “cheap cuts” post last ...

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5 Studies I’d Like to See

5 Studies I’d Like to See

Imagine money is no object. Imagine you wield absolute control over the scientific community and can direct it to run whichever study you desire. If you can dream it up, they’ll get the subjects, produce the money, and make it happen. All you need to come up with is the overarching design. What would you choose? What do you wonder? ...

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Submit a Comment on the USDA Dietary Guidelines

Change is in the air. As the rest of the country engages in the same old partisan bickering about how best to rearrange the Titanic’s deck chairs, we have a chance to redirect course and avoid the iceberg. The USDA is considering some major changes to its dietary recommendations, and they’ve put out a call for comments from the public—an unprecedented ...

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