Blurbs are quick less than 2 minute reads under 300 words based on some interesting find here at Ketogeek and would share with you guys! These are short and quick practical takeaways from some of the studies we read. Science is always growing and piling on so one study or write-up doesn't equate to something set in stone. Lets continue to learn!
At Ketogeek, we use a bottom-up approach using science to ingredients to recipe when it comes to manufacturing a product. In the world of food processing, many dietary studies have too many variables which can cloud the effect of ingredients and the synergy between them so our focus is on an approach with more concrete science.
TWO RODENT STUDIES
Recently we came across these two rodent studies(1)(2). In the first study, a diet supplemented with 8% cocoa was able to reduce weight gain by 15.8% while lipid excretion was increased by 55.2%. In the cocoa group, insulin resistance and inflammation markers were also improved along with downregulation of pro-inflammatory gene expression. In the second study, a diet rich in Medium Chain Triglycerides(MCTs) compared to lard suppressed body fat accumulation, insulin resistance, and inflammatory response.
PRACTICAL ANALYSIS OF THE STUDY
Here are some of the salient takeaways:
- The study was in rodents so there are limitations here and may not translate completely into humans
- However, the dose of cocoa in humans turns out to be 54g per day. We can expect this to be a dose-dependent response.
- A combination of both MCTs and Cocoa powder can have a cumulative benefit in suppressing or reducing body weight while improving markers of inflammation, fatty liver, and insulin resistance.
Our Energy Pods contain both MCT oil and high quality Cocoa powder which could be potentially helpful in reducing obesity related inflammation and insulin resistance while inhibiting fat gain. Though every batch is different in the Energy Pods and the dose changes depending on our needs and new science, currently our Chocolate Fudge Energy Pod has 7g of MCTs and 8g of cocoa per Pod. Adding this to anyone's diet may be a great way to improve one's health markers considering a majority of our population is now pre-diabetic or diabetic.
Fahad is the founder of Ketogeek and hosts the Ketogeek Podcast, a world class health show about food, nutrition and health. He is into resistance training, Ashtanga yoga, calisthenics and various forms of training styles. Armed with a idealistic goals distilled in a world of realism, his goal is to help the world make a better place. He leads a life of extreme generalism or as he describes it, 'The Renaissance Lifestyle'.
“It never ceases to amaze me how prosaic, pedestrian, unimaginative people can persistently pontificate about classical grammatical structure as though it's fucking rocket science. These must be the same people who hate Picasso, because he couldn't keep the paint inside the lines and the colors never matched the numbers.”
― Abbe Diaz