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  1. mccoy

    food compass

    Thanks Todd for underlining the glitches from the compass algorithm. Clearly, that's not an algorithm for keto or low carbers. Clearly, it doesn't work 100%. Maybe it penalizes saturated fats too much. Fruit and vegetables, nuts and seeds are in the suggested foods though and that means it's in the right direction. Meat tends to be discouraged and that's right on the whole. I don't know about dairy products. Of course that's not for specific categories of people. For example, not so young people who start to have glitches in their glucose homeostasis, like myself. I didn't find a site where I can look up the different, single foods though.
  2. The system sounds promising and, above all, the scores appropriate Food Compass is a nutrient profiling system using expanded characteristics for assessing healthfulness of foods Dariush Mozaffarian, Naglaa H. El-Abbadi, Meghan O’Hearn, Josh Erndt-Marino, William A. Masters, Paul Jacques, Peilin Shi, Jeffrey B. Blumberg & Renata Micha
  3. I agree that at the end, probably everything would turn out the same, but time factor governs. At the end, with natural herd immunity developed, the western society might have almost collapsed, or poverty and riots being common. In countries like Africa, this experiment is under way, but outthere SARSCOV2 is probably the lesser evil, unfortunately.
  4. Guys, I'm no more interested in data about vaccination. The evidence in my country, Italy, is in front of everyone's eyes. After vaccination has been made highly advisable or almost mandatory (or rigorously mandatory for many workers) all figures have drastically dropped. Very few covid19 deaths. Negligible hospitals occupancy. Economy booming back. Data speak for themselves. At least here. Now, I agree with the fact that the war has not been won yet. There is the real possibility of outbreaks of other more dangerous variants. But right now, the evidence presently existing, is undeniable. Vaccines work, in Italy. Have things improved everywhere else? Have things worsened in some places? I don't know. Should we throw away all worries? NO of course, but again, present evidence is manifestly visible.
  5. OK, now I saw all the video but I'm still dubious. Also, we discussed at length in previous threads epicatechin content of cacao powder, which is very variable according to processing and types (for example, I mentioned that El Ceibo cacao is probably the highest in polyphenols and probably epicatechin as well). I may agree with the studies based on 100 grams of chocolate per day, but those based on 2.5 grams per day seem to be a bit of a stretch, unless the epicatechin has been added. It should be possible to infer the optimal amount of epicatechins according to that study, I wonder if the data is there.
  6. MMMmmm, yes, conceptually speaking, it's hard to consider it plausible that 18/7= 2.5 grams average of chocolate per day can make a difference. Unless there is some powerful compound in it. I would be tempted to say it's epicatechins, but in chocolate, they are not so concentrated as in unprocessed cacao powder. Is it ccoca butter? 1000-1500 mg per day? As powerful as metformin gram per gram? Any hypotheses on the mechanistic causes provided by the sources?
  7. Alan, in terms of net carbs lactose was more often than not the prevailing carb last summer (I consumed lots of yogurt and fresh dairy products). Now it may not be so, it also depends upon the type of vegetables, I'm not eating often carrots or pumpkins. I should resume tracking with cronometer to be sure now. As you say, lactose does not give a significant glycemic peak, although the whey fraction in some dairy products (like milk and yogurt) does give rise to an insulin increase. In strained yogurts like Greek yogurt the casein fraction is prevalent and insulin secretion is less stimulated.
  8. I've been following this moderate-carbs regime for over 3 months now. I renounced to all simple sugars like honey and brown sugars, to all cereals and starchy vegetables, eating sometimes half a peach in a day, sometimes modest amounts of legumes. My main source of carbs is lactose from fresh dairy products, mainly lowfat or nonfat. I'm eating vast amounts of vegetables and conspicuous quantities of nuts and seeds. The result is that presently in the fasted state I'm hovering in the BG range of 90-100 mg/dL. Not as good as I was expecting, but other conditions have changed, like now I cannot practice aerobic exercise because of important commitments, also I must eat hurriedly and cannot devote time to cooking or preparing food. I've lost 3 kg from my latest report, having now a BMI of 23.8, whereas previously it was 24.9. Adiposity has decreased a little, lean mass is about the same. I believe the change to be significantly beneficial, considering the fact that this diet does not bring about spikes or transients in blood glucose. So, unless things change, the first step of the optimization seems to have been acceptably reached, now I'll have to worry about blood lipids. Next move will be to monitor the other variable, cholesterol and trigs. Didn't do that yet because I cannot do it that at home and need at least to go to the nearest pharmacy on an appointment, which is not easy presently. Of course, there are possibly suboptimal aspects in this regime, like the largish amount of protein ingested and the sweeteners. I'd like to be so much a stoic as to avoid completely to indulge in the taste for sweets, but I'm not.
  9. I'm sorry for Sineglazov. His splits-while-lifting were incredible.
  10. How can we be so sure about the negative outcome? Given the present state of knowledge (maximum entropy), we have 50% probability that it causes effects ranging in the bad, 50% of probabilities that it causes effects ranging in the good. It may even be neutral. For all we know, in the long term it may provide longevity. Not to mention the high probability of protection it offers and the low probability of serious harm it provides. If we reason according to optimization principles, according to present data, vaccination still seems to be the right choice. I totally respect an antivax choice, I myself am no fan of vaccines, but the motives usually provided in this pandemic context appear to be illogical. To be honest, people should underline that's just a personal choice, without trying to justify it with missing scientific evidence.
  11. mccoy

    David Sinclair -- using botox?

    Plausible explanation, although the intervention is yet an unproven hypothesis
  12. In Italy everyone still wears a mask in indoor public places, whereas in the outdoors it's not mandatory presently (depending upon the alert degree). I can wear a surgical mask without much inconvenience, whereas FPP2 and FPP3 tend to be bothersome.
  13. mccoy

    Healthiest Greens?

    This is a little OT, but peppers, they are very rich in vitamin C, which may be very useful if citrus fruit is not eaten regularly (they're a fundamental part of my present regime). A few other vegetables like broccoli contain vitamin C, but peppers are just replete with it.
  14. I just ordered the aktiia BP, but it will take at least one month for the delivery
  15. Blood Press Monit. 2021 Aug; 26(4): 305–311. Published online 2021 Mar 4. doi: 10.1097/MBP.0000000000000531 PMCID: PMC8248249 PMID: 33675592 Blood pressure from the optical Aktiia Bracelet: a 1-month validation study using an extended ISO81060-2 protocol adapted for a cuffless wrist device