Torching Ten

In an homage to the Zen Runner’s Burning Twenty podcast and a real need to lose ten pounds, I am launching the blog series Torching Ten. The main purpose is to be accountable here for my weight loss, but also to serve as a collection of weight loss research, conversations, and inspiration. Feel free to Torch Ten with me here and on twitter, where I am @musingrunner.

Photo Credit: Alan Cleaver Used with permission under Creative Commons
Photo Credit: Alan Cleaver
Used with permission under Creative Commons

For the first bit of weight loss research, this was in my blog reader this morning via Science Daily: Soybean oil causes more obesity than coconut oil, fructose.  To summarize this article, mice given a diet rich in soybean oil gained 25% more fat than mice fed a coconut oil rich diet and 9% more than mice on a high fructose diet. The high fructose mice gained 12% more than the coconut oil mice.

Now, a mouse model is not a human model and no one is saying to go coconut oil crazy. Also, correlation does not prove causation, or just because two events are linked does not mean that one caused the other. Further, one research paper is not enough data to prove anything scientifically, so we should be careful about drawing conclusions from them. However, common sense will tell us that snack foods, where high concentrations of soybean oil can be found, are NOT good for us, especially if we are trying to control our weight. Didn’t we know that already? Yes, but sometimes it is nice to be reminded, even if it is by mice.

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