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In Episode #243, cardiologist Dr Mohammed Alo joins me to talk about cardiovascular disease myths, many of which he has been brilliantly covering on Tik Tok over the past year. Is it perfectly ok to eat a lot of saturated fat and red meat if your triglycerides and HDL are normal? Does a coronary artery scan of zero mean we won’t have a heart attack? What’s better - a coronary artery scan or a CT angiogram for measuring plaque in our coronary arteries. Are statins beneficial? Is too low cholesterol a problem? Does this affect brain health and hormone production? Eggs, fish and fish oil, cooking oils - the list goes on. Specifically, we discuss: 00:00 Intro 03:49 Fighting Misinformation on Cardiovascular Disease and Nutrition 18:30 TikTok and Cardiology: Reaching Diverse Audiences and Navigating Challenges 26:50 The Risks of the Carnivore Diet and False Claims on LDL Cholesterol 36:30 Atherosclerosis, Familial Hypercholesterolemia, and Treatment Options 43:41 The Importance of Non-HDL Cholesterol as a Predictor of CVD 49:39 Optimizing LDL Cholesterol Levels and Avoiding Unnecessary Medications 55:21 Assessing Cardiovascular Risk in Prediabetes 57:24 Cardiac Imaging and Detecting Heart Attack and Stroke Risk 1:08:48 Artery Calcification in Endurance Athletes: Understanding Imaging Tests 1:20:02 Debunking Myths on Coconut Oil and Fish Oil 1:30:00 Oils of choice and Dr. Alo's stand on canola oil 1:32:40 Eggs and Cholesterol: How much is too much? 1:36:39 Can Unprocessed Red Meat Raise Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease? 1:46:39 Grass-Fed vs. Grain-Fed Beef: Examining the Debate 1:57:25 Salt, Salt Substitutes, and Hypertension 2:00:04 Outro We covered a lot. To explore more of Dr Mohammed Alo’s work, check out his website or connect with him on YouTube and TikTok. Discover more insights and supporting studies in the full show notes. The best way to support the show is to use the products and services offered by our sponsors. To check them out, and enjoy great savings, visit theproof.com/friends. Enjoy, friends. Simon Want to support the show? The best way to support the show is to use the products and services offered by our sponsors. To check them out, and enjoy great savings, visit theproof.com/friends. You can also show your support by leaving a review on the Apple Podcast app and/or sharing your favourite episodes with your friends and family. Simon Hill, MSc, BSc (Hons) Creator of theproof.com and host of The Proof with Simon Hill Author of The Proof is in the Plants Watch the episodes on YouTube or listen on Apple/Spotify Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook Nourish your gut with my Plant-Based Ferments Guide Download my complimentary two-week meal plan and high protein Plant Performance recipe book
Episode #243. It’s time to face the facts on saturated fat. Dr Gil Carvalho returns to examine a bold new study on this controversial topic, breaking down whether you need to reconsider your food choices in the wake of this study’s release. We discuss: Intro (00:00) Saturated fat misunderstandings: Is saturated fat bad? (17:20) Principle 1: Dose matters? — How much saturated fat is too much? (22:07) Is no saturated fat the goal? (30:12) Principle 2: Replacement nutrient matters (31:54) Principle 3: Source matters (45:53) Mechanisms: Saturated fat and heart disease (50:48) Saturated fats and genetics (55:47) Target ApoB level (59:40) Importance of lifetime exposure (1:03:02) Statins and heart disease risk: Are statins bad for you? (1:08:53) Mendelian randomization studies (1:10:52) The totality of evidence (1:15:59) Saturated fats and total mortality (1:17:46) Saturated fat and liver health (1:19:51) Gaps in the research (1:20:43) Common arguments against lowering saturated fat (1:23:52) Outro (1:38:36) To explore more of Dr Gil Carvalho’s work, you can find him on YouTube. You can also connect with him on Twitter and Facebook, and listen to our previous conversation in Episode #207. Discover more insights and supporting studies in the full show notes. Enjoy, friends. Simon Want to support the show? The best way to support the show is to use the products and services offered by our sponsors. To check them out, and enjoy great savings, visit theproof.com/friends. You can also show your support by leaving a review on the Apple Podcast app and/or sharing your favourite episodes with your friends and family. Simon Hill, MSc, BSc (Hons) Creator of theproof.com and host of The Proof with Simon Hill Author of The Proof is in the Plants Watch the episodes on YouTube or listen on Apple/Spotify Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook Nourish your gut with my Plant-Based Ferments Guide Download my complimentary two-week meal plan and high protein Plant Performance recipe book
Last week we featured Part 1 of the best moments from The Proof in 2022, and this week we bring you part 2. Episode #242 is a compilation that mostly focuses on sleep, exercise and planetary health featuring a range of guests from across the year. Guests featured include Drs Dean and Ayesha Sherzai, Dr Alan Flanagan, Dr Andrew Huberman, Dr David Jenkins, Dr Kieron Rooney, Paul Taylor, Fritz Horstmann, Drew Harrisberg and Nicholas Carter. Specifically, we cover: Intro (00:00) Sleep and weight gain with Drew Harrisberg (01:28) Tips for better sleep with Dr. Andrew Huberman (13:00) Manage Craving with Fritz Horstman (15:49) Carnivore Crazy with Drew Harrisberg (39:42) Big Pharma and Big Food with Dr. Alan Flanagan and Drew Harrisberg (49:32) Good stress with Dr. Paul Taylor (59:48) Mitochondria and Longevity with Dr. Kieron Rooney and Drew Harrisberg (1:12:14) Mitochondria and Longevity with Dr. Paul Taylor (1:17:46) Fermented foods (1:24:27) Developing an exercise program with Drew Harrisberg (1:25:18) Improving brain function with Drs. Ayesha and Dean Sherzai (1:41:57) Resistance starch and cancer with Drew Harrisberg (1:55:32) What's causing climate change with Nicolas Carter (2:06:11) Should we eat fish with Dr. David Jenkins (2:11:01) Building new habits with Fritz Horstman (2:12:51) Outro (2:26:46) Episodes featured: Episode #206 with Drew Harrisberg Episode #205 with Dr Andrew Huberman Episode #239 with Fritz Horstmann Episode #203 with Drew Harrisberg Episode #229 with Paul Taylor Episode #226 with Drs Dean and Ayesha Sherzai Episode #223 with Drew Harrisberg Episode #222 with Dr Kieron Rooney Episode #230 with Nicholas Carter Episode #216 with Dr David Jenkins I hope you find this episode helpful for consolidating some of the key learnings from 2022. To make sure you never miss an episode be sure to follow/subscribe on Apple, Spotify and/or YouTube. Whichever platform you prefer to receive notifications from when new episodes of The Proof are released. To check out our sponsors who make this show possible, and enjoy great savings, visit theproof.com/friends. Another way to show your support is to leave a review on the Apple podcast app, or a comment on YouTube - I read all of these. And don’t forget to grab a copy of my new Plant-Based Ferments recipe book - a great way to improve your overall health by encouraging greater microbiome diversity. Enjoy, friends. Simon Want to support the show? The best way to support the show is to use the products and services offered by our sponsors. To check them out, and enjoy great savings, visit theproof.com/friends. You can also show your support by leaving a review on the Apple Podcast app and/or sharing your favourite episodes with your friends and family. Simon Hill, MSc, BSc (Hons) Creator of theproof.com and host of The Proof with Simon Hill Author of The Proof is in the Plants Watch the episodes on YouTube or listen on Apple/Spotify Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook Nourish your gut with my Plant-Based Ferments Guide Download my complimentary two-week meal plan and high protein Plant Performance recipe book
To bring in the new year I thought it would be good to take a moment and consolidate some of the memorable moments, and key takeaways, from 2022.  In Episode #241, part 1 of a 2 part year in review, we traverse how to think about nutrition, so we can better make sense of claims online, diet, and cardiometabolic health, how you can flip the switch on your microbiome so the trillions of gut bugs in your large intestine reward you with better health, and the benefits up for grabs through consuming our food over less hours - otherwise known as time restricted eating or fasting. Guests featured include Dr Gil Carvhalo, Dr Richard Johnson, Dr Alan Flanagan, Danny Lennon, Dr David Jenkins, Dr Justin Sonnenburg, Dr Erica Sonnenburg, Dr Christopher Gardner, Dr Tim Spector, Dr Don Layman, Dr Valter Longo, Dr Stuart Phillips, Dr Satchin Panda and Dr Courtney Peterson. Specifically, we cover: Intro (00:00) Circadian Disruption is a Problem with Dr. Satchin Panda (01:59) Fasting & weight loss with Dr. Courtney Peterson (08:26) Optimal fasting window with Dr. Satchin Panda (15:49) Nutrition science claims with Dr Gil Carvalho (36:49) Diet & metabolic health with Dr. Richard Johnson (51:32) Cholesterol & CVD with Dr Alan Flanagan and Danny Lennon (57:22) Lowering cholesterol with Dr. David Jenkins (1:14:06) Gut microbiome with Drs. Erica and Justin Sonnenburg (1:24:44) Fibre & inflammation with Dr. Sonnenburg and Dr. Gardner (1:32:43) Fermented foods (1:49:35) Building microbiome diversity with Drs. Erica and Justin Sonnenburg (1:50:26) Simple dietary advice with Dr Tim Spector (1:55:57) Muscle & metabolic health with Dr. Donald Layman (1:58:34) Aging pathways with Dr. Valter Longo (2:07:24) Muscle & aging with Drs. Stuart Phillips and Christopher Gardner (2:14:48) Outro (2:20:11) Episodes featured: Episode #221 with Dr Satchin Panda Episode #232 with Dr Courtney Peterson Episode #207 with Dr Gil Carvhalo Episode #233 with Dr Richard Johhson Episode #231 with Dr Alan Flanagan & Danny Lennon Episode #216 with Dr David Jenkins Episode #202 with Dr Erica Sonnenburg & Dr Justin Sonnenburg Episode #191 with Dr Justin Sonnenburg & Dr Christopher Gardner Episode #224 with Dr Tim Spector Episode #236 with Dr Don Layman Episode #237 with Dr Valter Longo Episode #228 with Dr Stuart Phillips & Dr Christopher Gardner I hope you find this episode helpful for consolidating some of the key learnings from 2022. Part 2 of the year in review will be released next week with a focus on exercise, planetary health and more. Happy new year. Enjoy, friends. Simon Want to support the show? The best way to support the show is to use the products and services offered by our sponsors. To check them out, and enjoy great savings, visit theproof.com/friends. You can also show your support by leaving a review on the Apple Podcast app and/or sharing your favourite episodes with your friends and family. Simon Hill, MSc, BSc (Hons) Creator of theproof.com and host of The Proof with Simon Hill Author of The Proof is in the Plants Watch the episodes on YouTube or listen on Apple/Spotify Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook Nourish your gut with my Plant-Based Ferments Guide Download my complimentary two-week meal plan and high protein Plant Performance recipe book
Episode #240. There’s a lot of noise about cardiometabolic health: claims that certain diets will work miracles, and hype that specific foods must be avoided at all costs. Research dietitian Dr Andrea Glenn joins me today to get to the core of which dietary patterns will actually improve your cardiometabolic health outcomes. We discuss: Intro (00:00) Andrea Glenn on dietary patterns (07:31) Which country has the best dietary guidelines today? (11:35) What is cardiometabolic health? (13:15) Similarities and differences between the DASH, Nordic, Mediterranean, and Portfolio Diets (16:31) Can the Portfolio diet lower your risk of having a heart attack or stroke? (21:29) The compositions of plant predominant diets and the demonization of carbohydrates (37:05) Are DASH, Nordic, Mediterranean, and Portfolio diets good for preventing and managing diabetes? (44:32) The worst and the best sources of fat (50:27) Is the pro-metabolic diet legitimate? (54:19) Is canola oil healthy? And is it better than olive oil? (01:03:39) The effects of protein according to studies (1:11:05) What are plant sterols? (1:17:20) Plant predominant versus plant exclusive (1:22:36) To stay in the loop with Dr Andrea Glenn, you can connect with her on Twitter. Learn more about Dr Glenn and read her research papers here. Discover more insights and dozens of supporting studies in the full show notes. Enjoy, friends. Simon Want to support the show? The best way to support the show is to use the products and services offered by our sponsors. To check them out, and enjoy great savings, visit theproof.com/friends. You can also show your support by leaving a review on the Apple Podcast app and/or sharing your favourite episodes with your friends and family. Simon Hill, MSc, BSc (Hons) Creator of theproof.com and host of The Proof with Simon Hill Author of The Proof is in the Plants Watch the episodes on YouTube or listen on Apple/Spotify Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook Nourish your gut with my Plant-Based Ferments Guide Download my complimentary two-week meal plan and high protein Plant Performance recipe book
Episode #239. Looking for simple, practical ways to improve your exercise regime and eat for better health? Coach Fritz Horstmann understands the difficulties of balancing health with a busy life, and joins me today to offer guidance on how you can do just that. We discuss: Intro (0:00) Fritz’s Vegan Fitness Transformation (12:48) Combining Intuitive & Educated Eating (30:52) Fritz’s Coaching with Calorie Counting (42:04) Plant-Based Protein Sources (46:55) Bloating (55:32) Results in Fritz’s Program (57:43) Getting your steps in (1:09:08) Develop Habits for Success (1:11:01) How to get Motivated (1:19:18) Fritz’s Training Structure (1:24:38) Principles for Progress (1:30:04) Is Your Gym Program Working? (1:35:48) Protein Powder (1:38:03) Heart Disease & Animal Protein (1:52:30) IGF1 & Lactate Testing (1:58:21) Fritz’s Vegan Hat (2:07:50) Nutrient Supplements (2:11:44) Is Juicing Good for You? (2:17:37) Manage Cravings (2:21:46) Meal Prep vs Eating Out (2:30:59) Overrated / Underrated Claims (2:52:05) Outro (3:13:41) To connect with Fritz Horstmann, join his community on Instagram. You can also visit his website to learn more about his coaching, and listen to his podcast, Plant Based Fitness Secrets. Discover supporting studies and more insights in the full show notes. Enjoy, friends. Simon Want to support the show? The best way to support the show is to use the products and services offered by our sponsors. To check them out, and enjoy great savings, visit theproof.com/friends. You can also show your support by leaving a review on the Apple Podcast app and/or sharing your favourite episodes with your friends and family. Simon Hill, MSc, BSc (Hons) Creator of theproof.com and host of The Proof with Simon Hill Author of The Proof is in the Plants Watch the episodes on YouTube or listen on Apple/Spotify Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook Nourish your gut with my Plant-Based Ferments Guide Download my complimentary two-week meal plan and high protein Plant Performance recipe book
Episode #238. Left with questions after last week’s conversation with Dr Valter Longo? You’re not alone. In this episode, Dr Longo returns to answer some of the queries I had in the wake of our last episode, tying off some loose ends and clarifying his stance on protein consumption and longevity. Specifically, we discuss: Intro (0:00) Reduce Cancer Risk with IGF1 (1:47) Biological Age Test (4:11) Laron Syndrome & Longevity (6:24) Does Everyone with High IGF1 get cancer? (13:06) Pressure for Longevity (20:30) Does Exercise Reduce Risk? (22:15) Average IGF1 (26:19) Conclusion (31:03) Make sure to listen to the last episode of The Proof, where Dr Valter Longo and I examine protein consumption in detail. To connect with Dr Valter Longo, you can find him on Instagram and Facebook. Learn more about Dr Longo’s research on his website, https://www.valterlongo.com/, where you will also be able to view and purchase his book, The Longevity Diet. Dr Longo first appeared on The Proof in Episode #106, which you can listen to here. Discover supporting studies and more insights in the full show notes. Enjoy, friends. Simon Want to support the show? The best way to support the show is to use the products and services offered by our sponsors. To check them out, and enjoy great savings, visit theproof.com/friends. You can also show your support by leaving a review on the Apple Podcast app and/or sharing your favourite episodes with your friends and family. Simon Hill, MSc, BSc (Hons) Creator of theproof.com and host of The Proof with Simon Hill Author of The Proof is in the Plants Watch the episodes on YouTube or listen on Apple/Spotify Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook Nourish your gut with my Plant-Based Ferments Guide Download my complimentary two-week meal plan and high protein Plant Performance recipe book
Episode #237. Dr Valter Longo introduces intriguing questions to the show: could protein consumption actually be harmful to our health? How important is muscle tissue? Can fasting be used as an adjunct cancer treatment? We investigate these questions and many more, diving into the research on IGF-1, mTOR, and the fasting-mimicking diet. Specifically, we discuss: Intro (0:00) Ideal diets for longevity (2:58) Important Pathways for aging (9:15) IGF1 Elevation (16:24) Actue vs Chronic elevation of IGF1 (19:46) Danger of Protein Over Consumption (25:11) Impact of exercise on IGF1 (32:52) Muscle Mass and Longevity (38:35) Study on High Protein Later in Life (41:59) How to get IGF1 tested (48:03) Low IGF1 & Cognitive Decline (49:54) Resistance to IGF1 (53:00) Mendelian Randomization Studies (54:38) Fasting Mimicking Diet (59:21) Fasting and Cancer (1:16:03) Ketogenic Diet & Cancer (1:27:51) Outro (1:32:15) To connect with Dr Valter Longo, you can find him on Instagram and Facebook. Learn more about Dr Longo’s research on his website, https://www.valterlongo.com/, where you will also be able to view and purchase his book, The Longevity Diet. Make sure to listen to Dr Longo’s previous appearance on The Proof, Episode #106. Discover supporting studies and more insights in the full show notes. Enjoy, friends. Simon Want to support the show? The best way to support the show is to use the products and services offered by our sponsors. To check them out, and enjoy great savings, visit theproof.com/friends. You can also show your support by leaving a review on the Apple Podcast app and/or sharing your favourite episodes with your friends and family. Simon Hill, MSc, BSc (Hons) Creator of theproof.com and host of The Proof with Simon Hill Author of The Proof is in the Plants Watch the episodes on YouTube or listen on Apple/Spotify Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook Download my complimentary two-week meal plan and high protein Plant Performance recipe book
Episode #236. Dr Donald Layman is an expert in protein synthesis and metabolism. With endless online dialogue on protein, Dr Layman offers clarity and answers pressing questions in this episode: how does protein interact with skeletal and metabolic health? Is aging dependent on our DNA? How much protein should I consume, and when? These questions, and many more, are answered in this week’s episode. We cover: Intro (0:00) Muscle & Metabolic Health (5:00) Moderate vs HIIT Training (14:00) Are Aging Outcomes Genetic? (16:29) Longevity vs Vitality (19:15) Muscle Protein Synthesis (24:40) Is the Protein RDA Sufficient? (43:03) Protein Intake for Aging (56:05) Why Leucine (59:48) Longevity and Protein (1:03:33) Cardiovascular Disease (1:16:08) Protein Distribution (1:25:30) Questionable Industry Funding (1:29:17) Meal Timing (1:34:09) Protein Threshold (1:39:33) Danger of Cold Therapy (1:43:26) Important Supplements (1:46:20) Chronic Kidney Disease (1:49:20) Outro (1:52:41) To connect with Donald Layman, PhD, you can find him on Twitter. Check out his website, https://metabolictransformation.com/, to learn more about metabolic health. Discover additional resources, supporting studies, and more insights in the full show notes. Enjoy, friends. Simon Want to support the show? The best way to support the show is to use the products and services offered by our sponsors. To check them out, and enjoy great savings, visit theproof.com/friends. Simon Hill, Msc, Bsc (Hons) Creator of TheProof.com and host of The Proof with Simon Hill Author of The Proof is in the Plants Watch the episodes on YouTube, or Listen on Apple/Spotify Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook Download my complimentary two week meal plan and high protein plant performance recipe book
Episode #235. Cosmetic chemist Michelle Wong shares a different approach to skincare – one you're probably not used to seeing on your Instagram feed. In an age of extensive skincare routines and misleading marketing, how do we navigate our skin’s natural state and optimise its appearance and wellness? We cover this question and many more in this week’s episode. Specifically, we discuss: Intro (0:00) Defining ‘Clean Beauty’ (2:17) ‘Natural’ vs synthetic (7:14) EWG’s Skin Deep Database (8:26) What to Avoid (10:17) Is the Risk worth the Reward? (15:32) PFAs (20:25) “Free From” Claims (22:59) Risk During Pregnancy (30:08) Effective Ingredients (32:56) Addressing the Root Cause of skin issues (35:05) Skin’s ability to Heal (36:11) Danger in Combining Ingredients (38:06) Aging & Collagen (40:21) Combining Multiple Products (52:02) Does Price Indicate Effectiveness? (54:16) Participants in Studies (59:31) Preventative Aging (collagen vs retinol) (1:01:57) Hyaluronic Acid (1:07:49) Exfoliation (1:09:57) Skin Microbiome (1:15:14) Pigmentation (1:17:24) Overrated Ingredients (1:19:27) Natural Plant Compounds (1:21:27) Acne (1:24:36) Hair Care (1:32:47) Shampoo/ Conditioner (1:37:34) Hair Loss (1:40:41) What to Avoid (1:42:01) Deodorants (1:44:49) Society’s Beauty Standards (1:51:12) Outro (1:55:29) To connect with Michelle Wong, PhD, you can find her via the Lab Muffin Beauty Science social accounts on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and YouTube. For a comprehensive guide on skincare basics, Dr Wong has an eBook available for purchase here. Listen to Dr Wong’s previous appearance on The Proof, focusing on sunscreen, at Episode #234. Discover additional resources, supporting studies, and more insights in the full show notes. Enjoy, friends. Simon Want to support the show? The best way to support the show is to use the products and services offered by our sponsors. To check them out, and enjoy great savings, visit theproof.com/friends. Simon Hill, Msc, Bsc (Hons) Creator of TheProof.com and host of The Proof with Simon Hill Author of The Proof is in the Plants Watch the episodes on YouTube, or Listen on Apple/Spotify Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook Download my complimentary two week meal plan and high protein plant performance recipe book Enjoy, friends. Simon
Episode #234. We all know that sunscreen is important, but what are the consequences of using (or not using) certain products? Cosmetic chemist Dr Michelle Wong joins me to examine sun damage and aging, chemical vs mineral sunscreens, “reef safe” sunscreens, and scary-sounding ingredients. Learn all you need to know about choosing and applying a sunscreen to offer you the best protection of your largest organ. We discuss: Intro (0:00) Michelle's Story (2:20) Defining Cosmetics (4:56) Understanding the Skin’s Physiology (7:44) Misinformation with Products (11:20) What to Look For (19:00) Sunscreen & Skin cancer (22:50) “Reef-safe” Sunscreen (41:45) Regulation & Absorption (50:41) “Contains SPF” vs Sunscreen (1:04:35) Lotion vs Aerosol (1:06:04) How to Apply (1:07:07) How high of SPF? (1:13:01) Kids Sunscreens (1:16:04) Seed Oils & Sunburn (1:17:11) Benzene (1:19:15) Bringing it all together (1:21:18) Outro (1:24:45) Dr Michelle Wong’s online presence offers a wealth of information on skin care and cosmetic chemistry. You can connect with her on socials via Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, and YouTube. Head to Dr Wong’s website, https://labmuffin.com/, to learn more. Discover additional resources, supporting studies, and more insights in the full show notes. Enjoy, friends. Simon Want to support the show? The best way to support the show is to use the products and services offered by our sponsors. To check them out, and enjoy great savings, visit theproof.com/friends. Simon Hill, Msc, Bsc (Hons) Creator of TheProof.com and host of The Proof with Simon Hill Author of The Proof is in the Plants Watch the episodes on YouTube, or Listen on Apple/Spotify Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook Download my complimentary two week meal plan and high protein plant performance recipe book
Episode #233. Dive deeper into how saturated fats and sugar affect metabolism and the liver in this conversation with Dr Richard Johnson. The Proof community had many questions after Dr Johnson’s appearance on Episode #215, and we return today to answer them: What does human outcome data say? What are the risks of the keto diet and high blood sugar? Do our opinions align? We answer these questions and more, addressing: Intro (0:00) Dr. Johnson’s Thesis on Fructose (3:27) Gaps in Current Studies (11:28) Saturated Fat Versus Sugar (20:20) Long-term risk of Keto Diet (33:09) Fructose Effect on Saturated Fat (36:28) Survival Mechanisms (40:40) Type of Fat (46:37) Metabolic Health & Fructose (53:00) Role of the Liver (1:02:20) Problem with High Blood Sugar (1:09:15) Triglycerides & Uric Acid (1:17:22) When Fatty Liver Happens (1:27:52) Ceramides (1:31:45) Outro (1:33:30) To connect with Dr Richard Johnson, you can find him on Instagram and Twitter, or learn more on his website. For a more comprehensive picture of Dr Johnson’s stance, make sure to check out his book, Nature Wants Us To Be Fat. Discover additional resources, supporting studies, and more insights in the full show notes. Enjoy, friends. Simon Want to support the show? The best way to support the show is to use the products and services offered by our sponsors. To check them out, and enjoy great savings, visit theproof.com/friends. Simon Hill, Msc, Bsc (Hons) Creator of TheProof.com and host of The Proof with Simon Hill Author of The Proof is in the Plants Watch the episodes on YouTube, or Listen on Apple/Spotify Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook Download my complimentary two week meal plan and high protein plant performance recipe book
Episode #232. Time-restricted eating seems like a holy grail for those looking to lose weight and improve their health. Dr Peterson joins me in this episode to answer some pressing questions on TRE: does it help you lose weight and shred fat? Will it curb my appetite? What times should shift workers eat? These questions and much more are covered in Episode #232. We discuss: Intro (0:00) New Study: TRE & Weight Loss (1:47) Subjects of study (6:35) Outcomes of Interest (10:06) Significant Results (13:56) Mindset (18:43) Early TRE (20:13) Appetite (27:27) Blood Pressure (29:44) Adverse effects (34:30) Mental Health Effects (35:58) Making it Your Own (36:42) Night Shift Workers (43:41) Cancer (48:33) Rejuvenation & Longevity (56:46) Outro (58:53) You can learn more about Dr Courtney Peterson here. Dr Peterson is currently recruiting for a new study on intermittent fasting and aging, which you can check out here. Make sure to listen to Episode #204 of The Proof, where Dr Peterson is joined by Dr Emily Manoogian to discuss fasting controversies. Discover additional resources, supporting studies, and more insights in the full show notes. Enjoy, friends. Simon Want to support the show? The best way to support the show is to use the products and services offered by our sponsors. To check them out, and enjoy great savings, visit theproof.com/friends. Simon Hill, Msc, Bsc (Hons) Creator of TheProof.com and host of The Proof with Simon Hill Author of The Proof is in the Plants Watch the episodes on YouTube, or Listen on Apple/Spotify Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook Download my complimentary two week meal plan and high protein plant performance recipe book
In Episode #231, I sit down with Dr Alan Flanagan and Danny Lennon to examine cholesterol, statins, the ketogenic diet, and longevity. Dr Alan Flanagan and Danny Lennon address whether cholesterol matters if you’re metabolically healthy, why our veins don’t get atherosclerosis, and why our body makes cholesterol if it’s “bad for us”. They also offer advice on dietary adjustments you can make regardless of your dietary pattern, claims by social media “health gurus”, and much more. LDL cholesterol has been making waves on social media in recent years. With some diet camps making bold claims about its relevance and the apparently open-ended nature of the evidence, many folks are no doubt left unsure of how important cholesterol levels really are. In this episode, I’m joined by Danny Lennon and Dr Alan Flanagan to consider the role and importance of LDL cholesterol as we recap what the literature says. Specifically, we discuss: Intro (0:00) Basics of Cardiovascular Health (4:29) ApoB for Predicting Disease (12:18) Heart Disease: Where things go wrong (23:23) What Causes Artery Damage? (38:47) Paul Saladino Claims (50:36) Is low cholesterol a problem? (1:04:07) Future of Gene Editing (1:27:12) Veins vs Arteries (1:32:28) Diet Claims (1:41:08) Healthy Keto Diet (1:54:08) MCT Oil (2:00:02) Healthy Fats (2:03:28) Final Thoughts (2:09:54) Outro (2:19:05) You can find Dr Alan Flanagan on Instagram, and learn more about Alinea Nutrition at https://www.alineanutrition.com/. Listen to his previous appearances on the show in Episode #159, Episode #225, and Episode #227. To connect with Danny Lennon, head to his on Instagram and Twitter. Make sure to check out the Sigma Nutrition website and podcast. Danny previously appeared on The Proof in Episode #173. Discover additional resources, supporting studies, and more insights in the full show notes. Enjoy, friends. Simon Want to support the show? The best way to support the show is to use the products and services offered by our sponsors. To check them out, and enjoy great savings, visit theproof.com/friends. Simon Hill, Msc, Bsc (Hons) Creator of TheProof.com and host of The Proof with Simon Hill Author of The Proof is in the Plants Watch the episodes on YouTube, or Listen on Apple/Spotify Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook Download my complimentary two week meal plan and high protein plant performance recipe book
In Episode #230, I’m joined by ecologist Nicholas Carter to examine the role of dairy and other animal foods on the environment. We discuss the implications of our food choices, detailing the impact of dairy specifically. Nicholas Carter breaks down the ways we measure environmental impact, and the strengths and shortfalls of these systems. We also cover “carbon neutral” dairy, regenerative grazing, biodiversity loss, and much more. Over the course of recent episodes, we’ve worked towards building a more comprehensive picture of the topics covered. Alongside some incredible guests, we’ve covered the theory, mechanisms, and implementation of exercise, and this episode we continue building out this broader view with dairy. In Episode #225, Dr Alan Flanagan honed in on the health implications of dairy. Today, I sit down with Nicholas Carter to examine the planetary effects of dairy production and consumption, helping you make more informed decisions in support of sustainability. Specifically, we discuss: Intro (0:00) What Causes Climate Change (2:22) Agriculture Today vs in the Past (7:06) Biodiversity Loss (11:28) Incentives for Sustainability (17:26) Cattle Grazing & Wildfires (25:15) Red Meat & Dairy (28:40) Global Dairy Production (30:55) Myths about Regenerative Agriculture (36:03) Comparing Sheep/Cow Milk (45:46) ‘Carbon Neutral’ Dairy (47:35) Milk Substitutions (58:50) Precision Fermentation (1:06:36) Diet for Planetary Health (1:10:22) Future of Food (1:16:23) Outro (1:22:12) To connect with or reach out to Nicholas Carter, you can find him on Twitter and Instagram. For more information on environmental welfare, find an abundance of resources and summaries of the most reputable research on Nicholas’ website, https://www.plantbaseddata.org/. Listen to Episode #225 with Alan Flanagan to learn about the human health aspect of dairy consumption. There are dozens of studies and additional resources to support this episode. Find them in the full show notes, at https://theproof.com/podcast/. Enjoy, friends. Simon Want to support the show? The best way to support the show is to use the products and services offered by our sponsors. To check them out, and enjoy great savings, visit theproof.com/friends. Simon Hill, Msc, Bsc (Hons) Creator of TheProof.com and host of The Proof with Simon Hill Author of The Proof is in the Plants Watch the episodes on YouTube, or Listen on Apple/Spotify Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook Download my complimentary two week meal plan and high protein plant performance recipe book
In Episode #229, I’m joined by Paul Taylor to discuss how to exercise to live better for longer. We cover the importance of intermittent stressors, the relative impact of nutrition and exercise, and the significance of biological evolution in health. Paul also breaks down exactly how to build an exercise regimen, with considerations for age and gender. Over the past month, The Proof has increasingly explored the role of exercise in relation to long-term health outcomes. In today’s episode, we build on previous conversations with an overarching goal: to consolidate our learning so far, giving you practical and tangible information to implement into your own lifestyle. Paul Taylor offers his advice on how to better your personal exercise routine through realistic recommendations, setting you up for a long health span. Specifically, we discuss: Intro (0:00) Paul’s Navy Experience (4:32) Good Stress (9:28) Paul’s Boxing (21:22) Exercise vs Nutrition - What Matters More? (25:56) Cardiovascular Fitness (34:58) Myokines and Longevity (40:03) How Much Exercise? (49:25) Referencing Biological Evolution (54:10) A Multi-Modal Exercise Plan (59:56) Age & Gender Training (1:13:18) Death by Comfort (1:24:46) Outro (1:27:38) To connect with Paul Taylor, you can find him on Instagram or LinkedIn. Listen to his podcast, The MindBodyBrain Project, and learn more on his website. Paul’s new book, Death by Comfort, is now available for preorder. Head to theproof.com/podcast for the full show notes – there are plenty of studies, reflections, and additional resources for this episode, so don’t miss it. Enjoy, friends. Simon Want to support the show? The best way to support the show is to use the products and services offered by our sponsors. To check them out, and enjoy great savings, visit theproof.com/friends. Simon Hill, Msc, Bsc (Hons) Creator of TheProof.com and host of The Proof with Simon Hill Author of The Proof is in the Plants Watch the episodes on YouTube, or Listen on Apple/Spotify Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook Download my complimentary two week meal plan and high protein plant performance recipe book
In Episode #228, I sit down with Dr Stuart Phillips and Dr Christopher Gardner for a discourse on how much protein we really need. We discuss nitrogen balance, lack of protein vs lack of exercise, and protein restriction. We also cover protein quality, satiety, and environmental considerations. Recommended daily intake (RDA) is a key factor in this conversation, with discussion points including its definition, the studies used to inform it, and whether you should eat above it. There is ongoing conversation about protein requirements across all eating patterns, with this contentious topic often sparking debate on social media. With protein regularly used as a marketing tool or to push an agenda, many online sources are diluted and separated from the evidence. Dr Gardner and Dr Phillips – both from different fields – have recently taken varying stances on protein, engaging in a Twitter dialogue. In this episode, we bring both of their informed perspectives to the table, and ask: how much do their opinions really differ? Specifically, we discuss: Intro (0:00) Analyzing the RDA for Protein (3:13) What is Optimal? (17:36) Dr. Gardner’s Approach to Protein (22:25) Aging & Muscle Preservation (33:38) How much is TOO much? (38:32) Plant Protein (44:21) Environmental Concerns (56:54) Satiety (1:01:52) Outro (1:07:24) You can connect with Dr Christopher Gardner on Twitter. Learn more about Dr Stuart Phillips on his faculty page, and connect with him on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. Head to theproof.com/podcast for the full show notes. Enjoy, friends. Simon Want to support the show? The best way to support the show is to use the products and services offered by our sponsors. To check them out, and enjoy great savings, visit theproof.com/friends. Simon Hill, Msc, Bsc (Hons) Creator of Theproof.com and host of The Proof with Simon Hill Author of The Proof is in the Plants Watch the episodes on YouTube, or Listen on Apple/Spotify Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook Download my complimentary two week meal plan and high protein plant performance recipe book
In Episode #227, I sit down with Alan Flanagan, PhD and Drew Harrisberg to discuss the carnivore diet and veganism, assessing many of the popular claims made by health and nutrition “influencers”. We discuss Big Pharma, social media censorship, and vegan protein intake. We also zoom in on the ethics of veganism, spotting a legitimate academic, and why socioeconomic and environmental factors impact nutrition decisions. In the current social media climate, it is crucial that we develop the skills necessary to analyse the validity of nutritional claims. During this week’s episode, The Proof welcomes two fan favourites to the show to cover a broad scope of topics in a well-rounded discussion, uncovering the reasoning behind a number of these claims and informing listeners on how to assess them. Specifically, we cover: Intro (0:00) Training Injuries (7:40) Climate Change (14:44) Misinformation & Liver King (18:54) Should Platforms Censor? (30:25) Mark Zuckerberg on Rogan (35:30) Paul Saladino & Trusting Science (39:50) Big Pharma/ Big Food (50:14) How to Communicate with Transparency, Asking the Right Questions (57:35) Danger of Bodybuilding (1:09:13) Socioeconomic Barriers to Healthy Living (1:16:38) Identifying with Diet (1:32:39) Vegan Protein Intake (1:39:20) Well-Planned Veganism (1:57:53) Habits of Social Media Quacks (2:00:29) Alan’s Diet (2:16:00) Canola oil in a healthy diet? (2:28:17) Seed Oil Debate Episode (2:32:08) Veganism & Ethics (2:36:33) Red Meat & Carnivore Diets (3:00:22) Meal Timing & TRE (3:27:45) Supplement Recommendations (3:39:07) Conclusion (3:41:46) To connect with Drew, you can reach him via his Instagram or website, Drew’s Daily Dose. Listen to his previous appearances on the show on your favourite podcast app. To connect with Alan Flanagan, PhD you can do so via his Instagram. You can also learn more about Alinea Nutrition, an online nutritional education hub founded by Dr Flanagan, at https://www.alineanutrition.com/. Enjoy, friends. Simon Want to support the show? The best way to support the show is to use the products and services offered by our sponsors. To check them out, and enjoy great savings, visit theproof.com/friends. Simon Hill, Msc, Bsc (Hons) Creator of Theproof.com and host of The Proof with Simon Hill Author of The Proof is in the Plants Watch the episodes on YouTube, or Listen on Apple/Spotify Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook Download my complimentary two week meal plan and high protein plant performance recipe book
In Episode #226, I’m joined by Drs Ayesha and Dean Sherzai to examine how exercise impacts brain health. We focus on two main considerations: what we know about the relationship between exercise and cognition, and how we can explain this relationship from an evolutionary lens. We discuss how movement impacts cognition, engaging your brain while exercising, and aging and brain health. We also cover neurogenesis, brain trauma, exercise and mood disorders, and motivation versus discipline. Drs Dean and Ayesha Sherzai are no strangers to The Proof Podcast. As community favourites, we’ve previously covered topics focusing predominantly on the relationship between nutrition, neurodegenerative disease, aging, and other factors of brain health. In today’s episode, we step away from food to focus on the way exercise can impact our brain’s functioning and health. Specifically, we discuss: Intro (0:00) Defining Exercise & Cognition (7:51) Studies on Exercise/ Brain Power (13:16) Normal vs Pathological Aging (16:34) Aging: What’s Possible (22:30) Evolution of the Brain (27:31) Combining Thinking & Movement (42:23) Improving Brain Function (50:40) Mild Cognitive Impairment (58:27) Exercise for Brain Health (1:01:05) VO2 max & brain health (1:09:53) Danger of Exercise (1:12:36) Can you reverse pathology? (1:24:51) Mood Disorders (1:29:00) Motivation vs Discipline (1:31:06) Outro (1:37:35) To hear more from Drs Ayesha and Dean Sherzai, you can listen to their previous episodes #65, #78, #97, #117, #126, and #188. You can also head to their podcast, The Brain Health Revolution. Connect with them on Instagram @thebraindocs, and head to their website https://www.teamsherzai.com/ to discover their books and learn more. The best way to support the show is to use the products and services offered by our sponsors. To check them out, and enjoy great savings, visit theproof.com/friends, and make sure to head to theproof.com/podcast to for the full show notes. Enjoy, friends. Simon Want to support the show? The best way to support the show is to use the products and services offered by our sponsors. To check them out, and enjoy great savings, visit theproof.com/friends. Simon Hill, Msc, Bsc (Hons) Creator of Theproof.com and host of The Proof with Simon Hill Author of The Proof is in the Plants Watch the episodes on YouTube, or Listen on Apple/Spotify Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook Download my complimentary two week meal plan and high protein plant performance recipe book
In Episode #225 I sit down with Alan Flanagan, PhD to discuss the health implications of consuming dairy. We have a broader conversation about misinformation and public health before specifically examining the health outcomes of dairy consumption. We also cover whether you can trust industry-funded studies, the representation of dairy on social media, and how much information we actually have. Misinformation is an ongoing occurrence in online nutrition conversations. The capacity to spread misinformation to huge audiences is only a few clicks away, and many laypeople aren’t equipped to accurately evaluate these claims. Similarly, there are many instances where ideology may influence people to ignore the evidence. Dr Alan Flanagan joins me today to discuss this in the context of dairy. Specifically, we cover: Intro (0:00) Why we’re discussing Dairy (2:32) Social Media & Industry Funding (13:22) Cardiovascular Disease (23:40) Dairy Compared to What? (35:58) The PURE Study (52:48) Metabolic Health (1:02:33) Blood Glucose (1:10:32) Weight Gain (1:15:56) Inflammation (1:21:19) Cancer (1:29:24) Acne (1:38:23) Bone Health (1:43:45) Bringing it all Together (1:58:50) Outro (2:02:03) To connect with Dr Alan Flanagan, you can do so via his Instagram. You can also learn more about Alinea Nutrition at https://www.alineanutrition.com/. Listen to his past appearance on the podcast at Episode #159, where we discuss keeping your heart healthy through diet. The best way to support the show is to use the products and services offered by our sponsors. To check them out, and enjoy great savings, visit theproof.com/friends, and make sure to head to theproof.com/podcast to for the full show notes. Enjoy, friends. Simon Want to support the show? The best way to support the show is to use the products and services offered by our sponsors. To check them out, and enjoy great savings, visit theproof.com/friends. Simon Hill, Msc, Bsc (Hons) Creator of Theproof.com and host of The Proof with Simon Hill Author of The Proof is in the Plants Watch the episodes on YouTube, or Listen on Apple/Spotify Connect with me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook Download my complimentary two week meal plan and high protein plant performance recipe book
Comments (40)

Cameron MacDonald

I'm actually quite happy to start hearing ads in your shows. You do so much for people's health and I'm glad your finally getting paid for it.

Aug 28th
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Bianca Jayne

Wow what an incredibly insightful and educational podcast thank you!

Oct 14th
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Gustaf

This podcast is amazing! Informative and easy to listen to!

Oct 5th
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Keith Galer

I have listened to your podcasts, been influenced and changed my diet. I lost 8% bodyweight as a consequence and am now at 14% bodyfat. thanks. it seems most of your output is on proplant compared to meat. I would love to know more about seafood,crab prawn and fish to Find data on risk of heavy metal and PCB. is there a recommended source / portion intake or is it just a gamble. many thanks

Jul 16th
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S N

What an amazing informative interview! thank you so much!

Jun 4th
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Keith Galer

best podcast I've heard in ages. hope she comes back soon. as a reducing meat eater the more science over morality I hear on this subject,the more compelled I am to try( yet again) to change.........if only I had a chef.

Apr 2nd
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Rich Frissen

Awesome podcast! If you are diabetic or pre-diabetic this is the episode for you. If you are non diabetic - ignore this podcast at your peril. P.s this is a two parter. Second episode discusses Keto Plant Based...and the issues that causes down the road... For more visit B2B101 (Back to Basics Health) Facebook group:- https://m.facebook.com/groups/553235201434948/

Mar 16th
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Catherine Sulewski

Babies get their teeth at a certain age.. when this happens the enzymes to break down food are there.. This is when they should start to eat food. not before. True? Sounds like a no brainer

Mar 10th
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Joe Campbell

I can't believe the opportunity to explain the significance of global average temperature rise was missed and instead related to a rise in body temperature 🙈

Feb 28th
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Keith Galer

bring on the science of food. I like your stance on non preachy vegetarian values and education. one of the few non meat podcasts I can listen to and learn/enjoy. thanks.

Feb 17th
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Catherine Roos

Excellent infornation. Highly recommend for everyone to listen to.

Dec 28th
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Cameron MacDonald

This is usually a great podcast but this episode missed the mark. The guest for the most part is on point but the non fact based gluten "information" should have been called out. Calling out science was also quite a dumb thing to say. There are "studies" backed by corporations that have agendas. But saying science shouldn't be taken as gospel made almost the whole podcast not worth listening to. Sorry Simon. Your podcast is amazing, I absolutely love it, but this guest was a non fact based , very opinionated, hysterical anti gluten, anti science conspiracy theorist. Other than this episode all the others have been absolutely amazing.

Oct 5th
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Aiste Dervinyte

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Sep 4th
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Sofia Nylander

thanks Simon. love the work you're doing with these podcasts. Can I ask which table you were looking at for Ldl and %risk you mentioned in this episode I.e. 150 ldl is around 60% probability for artery plaques? There are hundreds of pages in these links and I've not yet found it. Thank you!

Feb 18th
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mikayla brophy

loved this podcast. been vegan for over 3 years and this brought about a whole new way of thought

Jan 23rd
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Lourdes Reyes

Podcast is awesome! I am learning so much about healthy eating.

Jan 21st
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Hope Nelson

Fantastic show and a thoroughly interesting and enlightening episode.

Dec 25th
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Michael Klosterman

this is a great podcast detailing the benefits of meat based diets instead of mainstream pop culture veganism and the nutrient deficiencies of only plant based diets

Dec 13th
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Erin Vater

I really appreciate these solo eposodes. I learn so much. thank you for being so thorough in your explanations. I just love your work!

Sep 30th
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Suzana Lovesnikalina

Love it! However a tip from a listenr, the introduction was way too long! You can make the ending long but if you make the intro long, loads of first time listenr might leave.... Hope it's gonna help

Sep 13th
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