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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Saturday, 2 October 2010

High fat diets give protection from metabolic syndrome

This post includes a summary of a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition Vol 64, 850-855 and a recipe for steak pizzaiola.

Study title and authors:
Effects of dietary fat and fiber on plasma and urine androgens and estrogens in men: a controlled feeding study
Cuisine for Whole Health: Recipes for a Sustainable Life
JF Dorgan, JT Judd, C Longcope, C Brown, A Schatzkin, BA Clevidence, WS Campbell, PP Nair, C Franz, L Kahle and PR Taylor
Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD 20892-7326, USA.

This paper can be accessed at:

The study evaluated the effects of fat and fiber consumption on sex hormones in men.

Men were assigned into 2 groups eating (a) Low fat, high fibre diet (b) High fat, low fibre diet.

The men on the high fat, low fibre diet had higher total and sex-hormone-binding-globulin (SHBG)-bound testosterone levels by 13% and 15% respectively.

Higher testosterone and SHBG levels are associated with a reduced risk of metabolic syndrome.

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Recipe of the day

Steak Pizzaiola

Organic Grass Fed NY Strip Steak
Food Mall: Strip Steak
4 beef strip steaks, cut 1/2 inch thick, 6-8 oz. each
3 Tbsp olive oil
1/4 tsp pepper
1 small onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tsp chopped fresh oregano or 1/2 tsp dried
pinch of hot pepper flakes
1 14 oz can Italian peeled tomatoes, drained and chopped

Pound steaks between 2 pieces of wax paper or plastic wrap until flattened to 1/4 inch thickness.

Brush with 1 Tbsp oil. Season with pepper In a nonreactive medium saucepan, heat the remaining 2 Tbsp oil over medium heat.

Add onion and cook 2-3 minutes, or until softened. Add tomatoes, oregano, garlic, and hot pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and cook 7-8 minutes to blend flavors. Cover and keep warm.

Light a hot fire in grill, or preheat broiler. Grill or broil steaks 3 inches from heat for 2 minutes. Turn and cook 1-2 minutes ore, be careful not to overcook.

Serve with sauce spooned over the meat.