Today I want to cover another fundamental aspect of nutrition that is somewhat easy to confuse. That concept is referred to as energy density. Energy density integrates, in a fashion, the concepts of calories, nutrients and food intake (a topic discussed in detail in the article Calories, Nutrients or Food?).… Read More
Now that you know how to do the calculations from Diet Percentages: Part 1, in this article I want to talk about some of the problems inherent in setting up diets based on percentages.
Reviewing basic physiology
On a day to day basis, your body has certain nutrient requirements, a topic which is discussed in detail elsewhere in this book.… Read More
Commonly, when you see diet plans laid out, the intake of the various macronutrients (protein, carbohydrate, fat) is presented in terms of percentages of total caloric intake. So you might see a diet which was 60% carbohydrates, 30% protein and 10% fat or some other set of percentages. Or you’ll see recommendations that ‘…athletes only need 15% of their calories from protein.’ or ‘don’t eat more than 30% of your total calories from fat’, that sort of thing.… Read More
In Carbohydrate and Fat Controversies: Part 1, I begun an examination of the argument over carbohydrate and fat intakes in the human diet, explaining that, contrary to popular argument, most extremist stances in this debate are incorrect. In Part 2, I want to continue addressing the issue by looking at both sides of the debate.… Read More
Although there are still many Protein Controversies (usually regarding kidney health, bone health, etc.), nowhere in the dietary world is there quite as much controversy as over carbohydrate versus fat intakes.
In this article, I want to look at carbohydrate and fat intake in terms of the various arguments and debates that tend to surround them.… Read More