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A Devil of a Time

Are you confused by the “official” statements about what you should do to improve your health? If you say yes to this, you will not be alone. Seems every week we get told something different. Well, some of this is because healthcare is dynamic, so, what we knew to be true before, may no longer be true, based on what we have recently learned. Let’s face it our bodies are incredibly complex.

But, how to do weed through all the conflicting information out there, about your health and nutrition? Today I thought I would give you a bit of a down and dirty on how to decide if the health article you are reading is a reliable source of information.

The very first things I look at is:

Who is doing the study, do they have an agenda (example: well-known cardiologist says Keto not healthy, happens to be Vegan and promote that as the healthiest lifestyle)?

Who funded this study? Now, every article from a reputable journal will have a declaration at the bottom about the authors, that typically states that the researchers had no vested interest in the outcome of the study. These are just words to me. Instead, I look for information that discloses funding sources (harder to find, but usually if you are determined you can find it).

If its a nutritional study that was funded by a pharmaceutical company, or one of the major food industries, well, I am now skeptical of the studies conclusions.

If it is an independent study, I am much more likely to accept the conclusions.

Either way, in every study, take the time to read through the confusing parts about what they did, how many people were part of the study, or was it a study of other published studies? Was there a mix of people, was it a double blind study (meaning one group gets something the other doesn’t, but they don’t know which group is which)? If the study is restricting a particular food, how long and how much was it restricted, before the researchers drew conclusions?

A really big point to consider when looking at these studies, is: Does the results of the study, demonstrate an actual cause and effect relationship (this means no matter who repeats the study in the same way, they will get the same result), or is it really only a possible correlation, with other contributing factors (this means, you can not apply the results as a general rule to the majority of similar situations). Example: A study results in 90% of the people in the study having a specific result, but when you look at the study you see that all of the participants in the study were of one gender, or race. This calls is a correlation, because you don’t know if what you were restricting was the cause of the study results, or if it was the restricting it for that gender or race.

If you choose to skip all the confusing specifics used in a study and just jump to the researcher’s conclusion statements (I know many who do this to save time), reflect on the first considerations of who is funding. Because, even conscientious researchers can unintentionally “soften” the results, to maintain funding for their research projects.

The reality is that marketing (even articles about health) allows misleading verbiage. It’s no different that reading a food label. You simply can’t take things at face value.

I hope this helps.

I thought since this is such a devilishly complex subject, I would post a heavenly alternative, so Angel Food Cake it is!

I added some fresh raspberries between the layers, if you do this too, be sure to add the berries to your total macros.

Just wanted to add another idea update for this recipe. I made the cake into cupcakes, and piped a bit of the lemon filling into each one, then topped with a bit of meringue, which I toasted lightly under the broiler on low, for these little lovelies-Lemon Meringue Cupcakes:

Keto Angel Food Cake
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
2 hrs
Total Time
1 hr 5 mins

The one pictured is a double recipe as I wanted to layer it. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Keto
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 67 kcal
  • 6 egg whites (save yolks for filling if using)
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/8 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup keto friendly sweetener
  • 1/2 cup egg white protein may substitute whey protein isolate
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  1. Preheat oven to 325° F. Grease springform pan

  2. Separate egg whites and yolks, adding white to mixer bowl with whisk attachment. Add cream of tartar and beat on high until stiff peaks form, add vanilla

  3. Sift together dry ingredients and fold into egg whites. You can also gradually add to whites with mixer on lowest speed. Important! if you mix in make sure to only add a little at a time, into whites; or you will flatten your batter

  4. Add batter to prepared springform pan

  5. Bake 40-50 mins. Cake should be golden and spring back when top is touched, and should not be "jiggly". knife to center will come out clean.

    If slicing to add layers and filling, allow to cool

Recipe Notes

The macros are per slice without toppings or berries, based on 12 servings.

total fat 1 g

net carbs 0.5 g

protein 9.4 g


Keto Lemon Filling
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
30 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Course: Dessert, Sauce
Cuisine: Keto
Servings: 12 Servings
Calories: 99 kcal
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 4 oz cream cheese-softened for dairy free substitute with non-dairy cream cheese spread such as Kite Hill brand
  • 3/4 cup keto friendly sweetener
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream for dairy free substitute coconut cream
  • 1 tbsp gelatin
  1. Mix all ingredients except gelatin well, then add to a saucepan over medium low heat, stirring constantly

  2. Once mixture becomes hot, sprinkle gelatin over the top

  3. Continue stirring over low heat until mixture begins to thicken, then remove from heat and allow to cool to room temperature before spreading between cake layers, or using as donut filling. Mixture will continue to thicken as it cools.

    If using as a pie filling, increase gelatin to 1 1/2 tbsp and fill the pie shell immediately while mixture is still hot.

Recipe Notes

If adding berries be sure to increase the macros accordingly. Based on 12 servings

total fat 9.6 g

net carbs 0.8 g

protein 2.7 g



4 thoughts on “A Devil of a Time”

  1. Darla, Excellent article re reading studies. They can be misleading and can’t always be taken at face value. Most of the time the researcher has a statement, or thesis, he wants to prove so the study may be skewed. And if it’s done by a drug company I generally question the results. I have to admit, though, that a lot of times I’m one who skips to the bottom due to lack or time or interest! Not good.

    1. I have been guilty of this in the past also. I no longer can afford to make that mistake. I have been involved in nutrition education as part of my career past, it never dawned on me to question all the free “support materials” and “continuing education” we received from food and drug industry giants.
      I was sincere in my desire to help others then as I am now. I was also living what I taught, as I do now also. Even as I could clearly see it wasn’t working for me or my husband, I questioned patient compliance, instead of quality of information.
      You become programmed into a mind-set and it’s not always an easy thing to break.
      Sorry about mini blog comment. This is an area where I feel a lot of passion-so tend to get a bit long winded 😉

  2. Thank you for explaining this. I’m new to realizing that the studies are not all, well, very honest. You have to pick and choose and the ones funded by big food or big pharma are ones I will ignore in the future.

    1. Not all the information in those articles are bad. I tend to just read the how and statistics on those (I know the boring parts) then decide if they skewed the set up, and if not, what the numbers actually indicate.

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