40 minutes | May 27th 2018

GenYChron Ep. 0007 – Epigenetics, fasting and outdated food guides

Show summary Warning: listening to this week’s podcast episode may change the way you think about food and your genes. Did you know what you eat today can affect your great-grandchildren’s genes? Can fasting actually make you live longer? Did you know that the recommended limits on alcohol consumption significantly differ from country to country? Is eating eight servings of grain-based foods per day still a relevant recommendation? Show notes 0:18 - Learning about epigentics on SciShow in 2012 (YouTube link) 0:48 - What does epigenetics mean? (Wikipedia article) 2:32 - How starvation affects epigentics and future generations 3:24 - Study on roundworms passing on their epigenetic information to their offspring (Research article link) 5:27 - Reduced caloric intake in rodents has shown to increase overall lifespan (Research article link) 5:50 - Fasting in cultural and religious traditions 6:58 - How dietary practices outlined in the Old Testament (or Hebrew Bible/Torah) helped ancient people live safer lives 8:25 - “A 24-hour fast restructured the gut microbiome in diabetic mice which beneficially impacted the shape and number of colon cells”... (Dr. Rhonda Patrick on Twitter) 10:51 - “Everything I do in my life, will affect my future children and their children”. 12:40 - Did you know that Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory was filmed in Munich? 15:48 - The processed food revolution in the 1950s and 60s (Check out some actual 1950s recipes being prepared) 17:11 - Is it too expensive to buy fresh whole foods? 19:56 - Tips on how to eat healthy in Canada when you’re living on a tight budget 21:36 - Getting some good deals on local fruits and vegetables at the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market (Home page) 22:42 - The national guidelines for alcohol consumption from country to country differ drastically (Research article) (UK’s guidelines vs. Germany’s guidelines vs. Canada’s guidelines) 24:20 - Beer used to be consumed as a substitute for water (Wikipedia article) 25:10 - Learn more about the latest research on the risks of alcohol consumption (BBC documentary - The Truth About Alcohol) 26:46 - The confusing and outdated Canada’s Food Guide (Link to the Guide) 29:31 - Eggs are good for you (yes, even the yolk) (Harvard Health Letter) 31:13 - “Europeans in general, don’t stay away from the fatty stuff”. 31:41 - Why do Canadians usually tend to drink milk that only has one to two percent fat content? 34:29 - In Europe they don’t refrigerate eggs in stores, but in North America you’ll always find them refrigerated (YouTube link) 37:42 - Egg vending machines are a thing in Germany (Image)
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