I started grad school about a month ago and my original plan was the M.S. -> RD route. Looking into it more and knowing what I know now, there's no way in hell I could ever work unpaid in a hospital telling really sick people to eat things I know are probably terrible for them. I've decided to go the PhD route instead which means I've been thinking a lot about what I want to do my research on. I'm most interested in:
Magnesium, the lack of it in our diets and why we need it
The O3:O6 balance and inflammation + disease
Gluten's effect on brain chemistry and the gut (fairly positive I have Celiac's)
The misguided fear of natural saturated fats and why they're good for us.
What kind of research would the paleo brains here like to feed on? Just trying to narrow down my focus a little bit and this site has been pretty damn helpful with a lot of other questions. My advisor seems pretty cool with me taking the non-conventional route, getting funding for paleo research from our government is a whole different story. Thanks in advance.
Are certain populations better genetically predisposed to tolerate a diet of specific macronutrient ratio?
ex) do certain populations fare better on low/high carb, protien, and/or fat
I actually don't know if this has been studied before. I guess I should get off my lazy bum and do a search...
ADHD and diet. Considering how many kids have it, how quick the results might be if diet is important, and how skeptical the mental health community is that diet matters, it could be a rich area for discovery and impact, both for the kids and indirectly for paleo itself. Emily Deans blogged on some minimal research being done, http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/evolutionary-psychiatry/201106/how-does-diet-affect-symptoms-adhd.
A controlled, >6 month long experiment with a paleo or perfect-health type diet (no vegetable oils, gluten, peanuts/soy, little sugar) on high-level athletes, compared to a traditionally prescribed low-fat diet and/or a Mediterranean diet. Measure health markers and performance. Maybe lightweight rowers or something to get similar body types.
I would like to see someone develop a Purina-type "People Chow". A tasty food that had everything in it a person could thrive on. No more need for supplements, grass-fed beef, offal--just a crunchy pellet I could eat a certain amount of and optimize myself. You would have to be mindful of reward theories, nutrient content, and palatability. You could even develop different types for different goals, weight-loss chow, weight-gain chow, old-age chow, baby-chow.
This food would have no neurotoxins (MSG/aspartate), the proper 03:06 ratio, and leave you satiated without triggering reward tracts in the brain.
You're in NC? There are a lot of labs at Duke working on low-carb type research. Check out the people in the bio/biochem departments. I'm sure you will be able to get some ideas there.
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