387: How Much Alcohol Makes You Fat, The Best Exercises For Getting Smarter, Good Vs. Bad MSG & More!

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July 12, 2018, Q&A Episode 387: How Much Alcohol Makes You Fat, Is MSG Natural Or Not, and Is Smoked Salmon Healthy?

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Listener Q&A

As compiled, deciphered, edited and sometimes read by Brock Armstrong, the Podcast Sidekick.

How Much Alcohol Makes You Fat? [00:41:13]

Margie says:  I listened to the podcast about alcohol twice but I still have three questions:
1- Does alcohol really slow or halt your body's ability to metabolize fat enough to cause weight gain?
2- If it does, would anything that has a sedative effect (calms the nervous system) do the same thing?
3- Is a daily dose of alcohol safe for the liver to detoxify every day?

Is MSG Natural Or Not? [01:01:30]

Meg says:  I am wondering if you could take a deep dive into MSG. My son and I have a disagreement as to whether or not we should partake. I've heard for so long that it should be avoided but my son says that it is safe and that it is a naturally occurring compound in vegetables. He sprinkles extra MSG on his food but I avoid it like that plague. What gives?


Is Smoked Salmon Healthy? [01:07:24]

Alex says:  Obviously, we all know about the dangers of smoked meat (classified as a strong carcinogen) but it is very difficult to find info on smoked salmon. Salmon is a touted as a superfood but I am keen to find out your thoughts on whether smoked salmon has the same benefits or if it is more like smoked meats, that we should be avoiding?

In my response, I recommend:
Smoked Salmon from Thrive Market
My interview with Dr. Ben Lynch (including the part about Stratagene for evaluating histamine intolerance)

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4 thoughts on “387: How Much Alcohol Makes You Fat, The Best Exercises For Getting Smarter, Good Vs. Bad MSG & More!

  1. Blockhead says:

    Are there COPIOUS green zones ON THE FACE OF THE PLANET??? WTF???? The level of misspoken bullshit on this podcast is AMAZING. DELVE into some actual knowledge before someone starts a podcast just outlining the COPIOUS mistakes presented by the salesman Greenjeans. BTW, my LOOMBAR spine aches from laughing at you two clowns.

  2. Russell Hay says:

    There is a Gainswave clinic in Calgary, Alberta. Just saying…

    1. Brock says:

      Ha ha! Of course Calgary would have one ;)

  3. Shonnetta Gronvold says:

    Hi Ben,
    I love your perspective of having a tasty adult beverage before dinner. I tend not to imbibe Mon-Thurs, but on Fridays I like to crush a workout and then enjoy a craft beer such as hoppy IPA before my dinner. If I have 2 beers this often makes me less hungry for dinner so I may snack on almond butter with crackers or the like later on, maybe even with super dark chocolate. Sometimes even a big saladAm I doing myself a disservice not having a large protein intake after a workout (like 30 min HIIT or 1 hour weight training)? I have also heard it was best to have carbs after a workout, not that gluten beer or dry red wine would be optimal carbs, but this is my reward for the end of a long week.

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