Appetizers

By Sandy Todd Webster
Dec 11, 2015

Here’s a taste of what’s cooking in the nutrition world:

The makers of BulletproofTM coffee, with its special blend of XCTTM oil and grass-fed, unsalted butter, have
now added FATwater to their product line. Purified water is blended with XCT oil, a medium-chain triglyceride found in coconuts, and with xylitol plus either orange, berry or lemon extract to sweeten the deal. “This [under-30-calorie], sugar-free packet of FATwater contains the same XCT energy found in 120 calories of coconut oil, without adding the weight gain,” says the website. Available premixed, for $3.95 per bottle, or in gel packs you mix yourself. Water as we know it will never quite be the same.

Another interesting development on the beverage front is Brewtein, a beer that claims to close the gap between your workout and your weekend. Developed by Supplemental Brewing, the beer
“is loaded with protein, tastes amazing
and won’t destroy your fitness goals,”
according to the company press
kit. The concept was rolled out
on Kickstarter and at press time
had garnered almost $30,000
of its $40,000 fundraising goal.
Brewtein is an American wheat
ale that’s packed with 7 grams of whey pro-
tein per serving. Carb conscious? You might
opt for the company’s other label, NutriBeer,
a low-calorie lager that doesn’t sacrifice taste.

According to the National Eating Disorders Association, diabulimia is a dual-diagnosis disorder that involves people with type 1 diabetes purposely reducing their insulin intake in order to lose weight.
While diabulimia is generally associated with the insulin use, people with diabetes
can also suffer from the better-known eating disorders.

In another example of unfortunate wordplay, though coined in the early 1970s the word diabesity,
used to describe the correlation between type 2 diabetes and obesity,
seems to have found regular use in mainstream vernacular these days. In her
book Diabesity: The Obesity-Diabetes Epidemic That Threatens America—And What We Must Do to Stop It, Francine Kaufman, MD, a past president of the American Diabetes Association and past chairperson of the National Diabetes Education Program, explains the roots of diabesity: “Our ancient genes and our modern environment have collided. Our bodies store excess calories as fat. In ancient times calories were hard to come by. Today, fast food and junk food are everywhere. [When these are] coupled with our increasingly inactive lifestyle, the result is obesity.”

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Sandy Todd Webster

Sandy Todd Webster is the editor in chief of IDEA’s award-winning publications. She is Precision Nutrition Level 1 certified and is a Rouxbe Certified Plant-Based Professional cook.

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