New Diet Study Matches Genesis | The Institute for Creation Research
New Diet Study Matches Genesis

Dr. Christopher Gardner, director of nutrition studies at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, and his colleagues conducted a study on 609 overweight and obese adults living in San Francisco’s Bay Area. Nutritionists coached the adults not to bother with counting calories. They should eat until they felt full, but eat plenty of vegetables and whole foods. The study results held a few surprises.

First, the study participants lost weight without counting calories. According to the New York Times, Gardner said that the ones who lost the most weight “changed their relationship with food.”1 They shifted from processed foods like white bread, sugar-filled snacks, and syrupy sweet drinks consumed at odd hours to whole foods eaten during more traditional meal times. The nutritionists coached them to prepare at home nutrient-packed foods with minimal processing.

The Journal of the American Medical Association published the results, which contained a second surprise.2 Although the study participants were encouraged to exercise, they generally did not—but they still lost weight. They also improved in other health measures, including blood pressure.

After one year of focusing on food quality, not quantity, the adults lost over ten pounds on average. Several shed dozens. Quality foods included brown rice instead of white rice, lean meat instead of fat meat, fresh fruit instead of fruit juice, olive oil, nuts, and plenty of vegetables.

The final surprise came when researchers tested the hypothesis that certain genotypes would respond differently to specific diets. This notion has spawned an industry focused on personalized diets. These study results showed the same kinds of improvements in people with different genotypes. All they did was eat better quality foods.

Why would so many different human bodies show the same positive response to this single diet shift? If mankind was originally designed to absorb nutritious whole foods and vegetables, then no wonder a return to that setup buoys health.

Genesis specifically names “every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed” as God’s original dietary design. Tweet: Genesis specifically names “every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed” as God’s original dietary design.

New Diet Study Matches Genesis: http://www.icr.org/article/10501/

@icrscience @icrbthomas

Genesis specifically names “every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed” as God’s original dietary design.3 This study adds to a long line of similar results that reveal a Genesis-friendly connection between human health and a diet rich in vegetables, fruits, nuts, and whole foods.

References

  1. O'Connor, A. The Key to Weight Loss Is Diet Quality, Not Quantity, a New Study Finds. New York Times. Posted on nytimes.com February 20, 2018, accessed February 21, 2018.
  2. Gardner, C. D. et al. 2018. Effect of Low-Fat vs Low-Carbohydrate Diet on 12-Month Weight Loss in Overweight Adults and the Association With Genotype Pattern or Insulin Secretion. Journal of the American Medical Association. 319(7): 667-679.
  3. Genesis 1:29.

*Brian Thomas is Research Associate at the Institute for Creation Research and earned his Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas at Dallas.

The Latest
NEWS
Nose-Horned Lizard: Extinct, or Hiding for 129 Years?
Did Modigliani’s striking lizard—a variety of Agamidae “dragon lizard”—go extinct, or has it just been hiding in Indonesia...

NEWS
Perseid Meteor Shower Peaks Next Week
Both amateur and professional stargazers have an opportunity to see a little more of God’s glory revealed in the heavens1 next week. The...

NEWS
Great American Outdoors Act, Signed into Law by President
In a bipartisan legislative achievement to promote better stewardship of American public lands, U.S. Senators and Representatives finalized their bill...

NEWS
Grandmothers, Eat Fish to Protect Your Brains!
This month the American Academy of Neurology published a medical science study showing that senior women can fight air pollution hazards, including brain...

NEWS
Embarrassment Continues over Evolutionary Blunder about “Junk...
Recent research from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) continues to highlight how evolutionary theory influenced...

NEWS
God’s Plan Is Best: Salmon Need Saltwater Acclimation
Once again, results are better when aquaculture imitates the natural life cycle of Atlantic salmon.1,2 In other words, the closer fish farmers...

NEWS
Inside August 2020 Acts & Facts
Have you heard about ICR’s new President and Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Randy Guliuzza? What can we learn from an old prayer? Is creation evidence...

NEWS
After 30 Years, Red Kites Soar in British Skies
Good news is always welcome. So, it’s good to learn of another conservation comeback. This time it’s the red kite happily soaring in Great...

CREATION PODCAST
Meet Dr. G
Hear the history and heart of ICR’s newly appointed President and Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Randy Guliuzza. He has served as ICR’s National...

ACTS & FACTS
'Doing Business' in Good Times and Bad
No doubt many of you, like me, have been earnestly looking for the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. He called all believers to be godly “salt”...