A personal history of ill health from a young age, suffering from ME/CFS, lead me to develop a fascination with all things nutrition and health related. Although I never found a cure through food I did learn a lot along the way. Eventually able to return to education in the 20’s I completed a degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Edinburgh, followed by a Masters degree in Molecular Nutrition at the Rowett Institute and the University of Aberdeen. This lead to a PhD at the Rowett Institute investigating the interactions between diet, the intestinal microbiota, and body weight regulation. Having just finished my PhD I am now searching for the new step to take in life…
This blog contains a selection of writing on subjects that I find interesting, including the science of nutrition, traditional food and food history, and occasionally some recipes.
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I love your articles, they are so interesting and so well written. You make complex matters easy to understand. So happy I found your blog! Thanks for all the effort!
I noticed a tweet of yours concerning the Whole 30 plan causing lactose intolerance. I thought you might be interested that I experienced the same effect but discovered a solution that seems counterintuitive. My experiments with lactase enzyme convinced me that intestinal secretion of lactase is not in response to lactose for people with the lactase-persistence gene, but rather in response to galactose, the latter being the actual signal to one’s physiology that one is supposedly a child who is nursing. So the secret is to add lactase to milk so that one is drinking galactose, and after a few weeks, endogenous lactase production resumes, and one can skip the exogenous lactase.