The Talking Gene, Fewer Calories but Still Overweight and Fake Food Ingredients

Hi Everybody,

GENE FOR TALKING IDENTIFIED- According to researchers at the University of Maryland, FOXP2, a protein found in the brain, is linked with talking, and is 30% higher in females than in males.

The studies found this was not just true with humans, but with other animal species as well. It seems females are simply wired for more talking, and males are wired for less.

FEWER CALORIES BUT STILL OVERWEIGHT- It has long been taught that a calorie is a calorie. This is especially true in the mainstream nutritional circles. I remember being taught in a college nutrition course that there was no difference in eating a twinkie or a pot of vegetables if the calorie count was the same. This never made sense to me, and I never believed it.

Recently, two new federal studies showed that we as Americans are eating less calories than we did a decade ago, but we are still overweight. It turns out that counting calories isn’t the only thing that matters. Even if you are cutting calories, if the calories you are consuming are coming from fast food or processed food, it is still hard to lose weight.

33% of American adults and 17% of American children are still considered obese.

FAKE FOOD INGREDIENTS- When we as consumers buy a product, we expect to get what we pay for. However, the US Pharmacopeial Convention (USP), a non-profit food fraud detective group, say that fake ingredients are common, and are on the rise. In fact, fake ingredients were up 60% this year in the USP’s ongoing studies.

Among the most popular foods for cutting corners by adding cheaper ingredients, at the top of the list is pomegranate juice, which is often diluted with grape or pear juice, sugar and water (without your knowledge). Pomegranate juice is costly, so by diluting with other ingredients manufacturers are able to increase profit. There were also many reports of completely synthetic pomegranate juice, which didn’t contain any real pomegranate whatsoever.

In general, the most tampered with products include olive oil, lemon juice, tea (which was actually diluted with lawn grass and fern leaves!), spices, milk, honey, syrup and seafood (where you are often given a cheaper version of fish than you are paying for).

Hope this helps,

Dr Matt and Dr Robin (email)

This week’s bit of Useless Information:  Sweden recycles so well that it has run out of garbage and now must import garbage from Norway to fuel its energy programs. 

This email is courtesy of Matthew Barnes, D.C. and Robin Barnes, D.C.  Neither this nor any of our emails are intended to be medical advice and should not be taken as such.  They are opinion and are for informational purposes only.  None of the nutrients discussed here are meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

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