Trying out a new idea for a series on the podcast this week! Between school and just my nerdy interests, I read and synthesize a lot of scientific papers. So, if I find a paper that I find particularly interesting or of value and relevance to the podcast audience, I will dissect it on the show. One of the goals of this podcast is to create a more scientifically literate community so that we may wade through the murky and confusing waters of nutrition science.
First up is a review published in the journal Science written by renowned sports scientist Louise Burke. The paper, titled Swifter, higher, stronger: What’s on the menu? is a deep dive into the latest research as it relates to fueling the endurance athlete. She and her co-author John Hawley discuss carbohydrates vs. fat as fuel, supplements, relative energy deficiency in sport, and more. So I talk about it. Let me know what you think!
Iron, an essential micronutrient in human nutrition, is often discussed at length when talking about the differences between diets. Many argue that iron from animal based foods like red meat is far superior to that in plant-based foods, like beans. In some ways, that’s correct. But there’s more to the story.
In today’s podcast, I deliver a short primer on iron that sort of recaps the What’s The Deal With Iron episode we did almost exactly 2 years ago. I keep it pretty digestible and general, without diving into too much specifics. We recommend you go back and listen to What’s The Deal to get a more in depth look, and take a look at the resources I’ve linked below to learn more. At the very least, eat your lentils and molasses.
It’s been a little (long) while since we’ve recorded a Q&A podcast for the public show. Typically, it’s an exclusive reward for our Patreon community, but I felt compelled to include some of the folks in our private Facebook group. Another solo round, Aaron is off in Indianapolis at the Lifestyle Medicine Conference about to take his board exam. Charge up your crystals and align your chakras, he’ll need all the help he can get!
In today’s Q&A, I answer questions ranging from my experience with overtraining and sickness, plant-based nutrition and autoimmune disease, are avocados vegan, and plenty more. Big thanks to everyone who sent in questions — it means a lot! Enjoy your week!
Jackson monologues his way through discussions of social media abstinence, thoughts on the Joe Rogan Kresser vs. Kahn podcast, the greatest nutrition book he’s reading, updates on his Master’s thesis, and why he’s strengthening his booty.