PerspectivePhysiology

Food as a Hormone

Science  22 Feb 2013:
Vol. 339, Issue 6122, pp. 918-919
DOI: 10.1126/science.1234062

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Summary

Diet has an enormous impact on many aspects of our health, yet scientific consensus about how what we eat affects our biology remains elusive. This is especially true with respect to the ongoing debate about obesity. While many in the scientific community focus on how high-fat diets can lead to increased body weight (1), others assert that we should blame processed carbohydrates (2). Is it possible that this focus on macronutrients (i.e., fats, proteins, and sugars) is misplaced?