No more coffee studies for a while

Here at InsightCity we’ve tossed around the idea of including a semi-regular section called Coffee, Alcohol or Chocolate. It essentially would just cover whatever substance of those three is the latest to blame for cancer, early death, superpowers, etc. Well, we’re calling for a moratorium on the coffee studies at least, because we want this one to be the last one. A study of half a million UK citizens has found that drinking coffee is good for you, hands-down. The study looked at a wide range of coffee factors like amount consumed, sub-types (e.g. decaf, instant,) and participants’ caffeine metabolisms. Essentially, even if you’re drinking 8+ cups of coffee a day, you’re still getting the health benefits of the world’s favorite bean soup in the form of decreased mortality. Cheers.

I’m just big-boned

Results from a study published in the journal Obesity indicate that overweight and obese people in the UK are getting worse at estimating their actual weight. Men, lower income, and lower education folks are particularly bad at it. The authors posit that it may have something to do with the cultural push to normalize larger body types and lower the stigma associated with culturally less attractive body types. But the decreased stigma, they suggest, is having an unintended consequence. Those who underestimate their weight are 85% less likely to try to lose weight than those who correctly estimate their weight. This begs a difficult question: Can people simultaneously not feel bad about being overweight and also be motivated to attain a healthier body? Here are 24 other Deep Thoughts by Jack Handey. You’re welcome.

Crap food linked to pregnancy delays

In men, too much fast food means lower fertility because they get fat and nobody wants to, you know, get with ‘em. But there’s a downside for women, too. A study published in the Journal of Human Reproduction identified a link between women’s pre-pregnancy diets and the length of time it took them to conceive. Among the over 5,000 women surveyed, those who ate fast food 4 or more times per week (holy cow!) took about a month longer to conceive than those who rarely or never ate it. Similarly, women who ate fruit fewer than 1 to 3 times a month (what the…?) took longer to conceive than those who reported eating fruit 3 or more times per day. Many other foods were examined for effect, but fast food and fruits showed the largest impacts. Can we all just agree that McDonalds is terrible and move on? Also, here’s a recipe for the best burger ever. Mixed messages much?

The difference between you and Tom Brady

No, not money. InsightCity readers are unbelievably wealthy. And not the attractiveness of your spouse. Surveys show you’re partnered with the most beautiful [man, woman, non-binary] person on the planet. It’s diet. According to Tom Brady, his diet makes him what he is today. Here are the basics: Largely plant-based. Avoids dairy (even though he and Gisele B. both had milk mustaches 15 years ago.) Avoids acidic foods such as tomatoes and peppers because—he believes—they promote inflammation. And drinks an UNBELIEVABLE amount of water. In his book, Brady reportedly recommends that you “drink at least one-half of your body weight in ounces of water every day.” You weigh 200 pounds, you drink 100 ounces of water per day. That seems excessive. Just sayin’.

Cure for Type II diabetes

A study by researchers in The U.K. and published in The Lancet have cracked the code for Type II diabetes. Spoiler alert: it’s weight loss. *cue collective groan* Participants in the intervention arm of the study were taken off anti-diabetic and anti-hypertensive drugs and placed on a total diet replacement regimen that amounted to about 825 calories per day. Sounds more like breakfast, amirite? Among the participants who lost at least 15 kg (about 33 lbs.), 86% achieved remission from the disease. In addition, quality of life measures showed improvements in the intervention group and declines among the controls. Let me get this straight… QoL improved in people whose diets were severely messed with? Well, I’m confused.

Big Sugar’s not-so-sweet research practices

Cristin Kearns, assistant professor at the UCSF School of Dentistry, stumbled across a decades-old research paper that shows a link between high-sugar diets and both high triglyceride levels and cancer in rats. But she had to stumble across the study because it was never published in a scientific journal. Oh, I almost forgot…the study was sponsored by the sugar industry. The implication, of course, is that the organization, now called The Sugar Association, buried the findings to avoid likely negative commercial implications. In response, The Sugar Association has stated that the study was never published, in part, because it was significantly delayed and over budget. In other words, they probably wouldn’t have published the study even if a high-sugar diet showed health benefits. As King George once said, “If you buy that I’ll throw the Golden Gate in free.”