The Croissant Diet

Native Americans Removed Acorn Oil and Replaced It With Bear Fat

Introduction In a previous article, I argued that a recent drop in the body temperatures of the Tsimane people of Bolivia was caused by the introduction of vegetable oil to a mostly starch diet. Native Americans used acorns as a staple starch, but they removed the oil form them before eating. However, they often added …

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Speed Your Metabolism With Oxidative Stress! Slow It With Antioxidants!

It’s rare to find a scientific paper whose RESULTS are hilarious. Sometimes the authors conclusions are hilarious. If you’ve lived through the last 30 years of articles about the best sources of antioxidants and how to avoid oxidative stress, though, the actual findings of this study​1​ will certainly seem ironic, if not hilarious. I’ve written …

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This is Your Body Temperature on Vegetable Oil

Introduction This article suggests that the reason the Tsimane people of Bolivia experienced a significant, well-documented drop in their body temperature and metabolic rate over the past 15 years is that their fat became less saturated due to newly available “store bought foods”, most of which are loaded with polyunsaturated fat (PUFA).  This drop in …

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Pu’erh Tea is a potent Suppressor of SCD1

Katie sent me this paper.​1​ It actually adds an interesting twist to her story that I already published. She reached out to me last week with her Desaturase Index test results. The test is here. Her score was around a 1.6, which is relatively good and significantly better than where I started out at 2.1. …

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Brad’s Inflammation Blood Test Numbers – Don’t Conflate Inflammation and ROS!

So I do everything wrong, kind of on purpose. I eat white flour and dairy. I combine starch, protein and saturated fat. I drink black coffee and/or red wine all day long. MANY/MOST OF MY MEALS ARE DEEP FRIED. My sleep habits are haphazard at best. This is the time of year when they are …

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Butter May Lower LPS Mediated Inflammation Compared to Olive Oil

While recording a podcast with Ben Greenfield, I was discussing how the French, Tibetan yak herders and early American farmers all had a diet combining saturated fat (butter) with starch yet appeared to stay lean and healthy. Ben then suggested that there were studies showing that combining saturated fat with starch increases LPS. LPS is …

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Fat Bomb Fries

It’s not by chance that I’m publishing this on July 23rd, 2020, 30 years to the day after McDonald’s announced they were switching from beef tallow to vegetable oil for their french fries. Here’s the thing though: I found a way to double the beef fat content of french fries! I suspect that most readers …

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The Feasting Mimicking Diet

When I initially published The Croissant Diet (TCD) some said that it wasn’t “very scientific”. Some suggested I should “provide more data”. There were many questions about the “best way to us the information I had provided to help someone ‘lose weight’”. Possibly I was just “some kind of freak”. Maybe I was actually just …

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Stearic Acid Macro-Dosing – TCD Redux, Part 1

Many people have tried The Croissant Diet, or variations of it, since I published the original article 3 months ago with a full range of outcomes – most experienced increased satiation and food pleasure, some experienced quick weight loss and waistline reduction, but others had quick weight gain and a waistline increase. Some reported reacting …

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Grassfed Beef Suet is an Excellent Source of Stearic Acid

Last summer when I first started experimenting with The Croissant Diet I had breakfast at a friend’s place. He was on The Carnivore diet and had been inspired by Paul Saladino to eat fried beef suet with his eggs. I had a plate of eggs and beef suet and the suet was… waxy. Much more …

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Early Anecdotes – Lowered Blood Glucose and the First-Phase Insulin Response

An oversimplified version of the idea behind The ROS Theory of Obesity is that a diet high in saturated fat will cause “physiological insulin resistance” in your fat cells and they will fail to store fat. This will make you lean in time. When I first posted The Croissant Diet, my assumption was that trying …

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