Coconut Confusion- Interpreting the Science to see if Coconut Fat is for You

By Neel Duggal Feb 20, 2015

Executive Summary:  Coconut products are growing in popularity and we see a vast amount of food and beverage options touting the power of this tropical drupe (stone fruit). Paleo enthusiasts and fitness buffs are touting the benefits, but does the research support the claims? Looking at the science can be perplexing, due to the mixed results of coconut fat in the research. Coconut fats, in the form of cream, oil, and milk are very unique and may interact with one’s body differently depending on an array of factors. We have done some investigation for you and report key findings from scientific literature below- but the only way to be sure if coconut fats are a healthy choice for you is to monitor your biomarkers using InsideTracker.

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Tapping Into Ancestral Hunger: Your Personal Roadmap to Fat Loss Success

By Emily Wei Feb 16, 2015

In part one of a four-part blog series, I will present the basics on Intermittent Fasting (IF), what its merits are, and provide a summary of three practical IF methods. In parts two, three and four, I will detail the pros and cons of each method and document our top hacks for IF in the real world, and show how InsideTracker can be a valuable tool in monitoring your progress.

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Fish oil: can it keep your brain sharp and your heart fit?

By Perrin Braun Jan 08, 2014

 

Fish oil has become increasingly popular in the last couple of years, as more people have started to understand the importance of omega-3 fatty acids in growth and development. Thanks to extensive amounts of scientific research and reporting by the media, fish oil is one of the most popular and widely-accepted supplements in the country. Americans spend nearly $1 billion per year on over-the-counter fish oil supplements.  Should fish oil become a part of your nutrition regimen?

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Canned versus homemade soup: What are the pros and cons?

By Perrin Braun May 08, 2013

 

Whether you enjoy a hot bowl of soup in the winter or a cool soup on a summer night, many people open a can of soup for a quick meal when they’re in a hurry. But how nutritious is that canned soup? 

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Is granola a healthy food?

By Perrin Braun Dec 05, 2012

 

Many people associate granola with health foods, but is it really good for you? Unfortunately, the answer is not a simple yes or no. Some types of granola can make a healthy breakfast or snack, but many varieties contain as much calories and sugar as a candy bar! Read on to find out what to look for in your granola.

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Diet digest: regular yogurt vs. Greek yogurt

By Perrin Braun Nov 21, 2012

 

As an athlete, you want to put the highest-quality fuel into your body to get the best results from your training and competition.  Yogurt is a great food to add to your diet. The active bacteria cultures can strengthen your immune system, and yogurt provides both calcium and protein.

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Diet Digest: Paleo or Atkins?

By Perrin Braun Oct 17, 2012

 

Are you shopping around for the best diet to suit your unique nutrient and physical needs? There’s so much information available that it can be overwhelming to choose which eating regimen is best for you. If you’re having difficulty figuring out what you should be eating to optimize your health and physical performance, the InsideTracker blood analysis can provide you with some important information about nutrients that your body needs.

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Tips for Triathletes: Eat to Win

By Perrin Braun Sep 05, 2012

 

Most athletes know that nutrition can make or break a race, but the eating habits of triathletes are especially important to achieving optimal results. Because triathlons are an intense multi-sport activity, successful participants need endurance, and strength—characteristics that are highly dependent on what you eat and drink! If you are triathlete, InsideTracker can provide you with great advice on your unique nutrition needs, but here are a few insider tips for successful fueling to get you started.

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Triglycerides: the Key to a Healthy Heart

By Perrin Braun May 29, 2012

 

Whether you are an athlete or someone who is just concerned about your diet, the foods that you eat affect your heart. Blood pressure and cholesterol levels are common indicators of cardiovascular health, but you should keep an eye on your triglyceride levels too! Triglycerides are a type of fat found in your blood thatcan increase your risk of heart disease if your levels are too high.

The good news is that diet and exercise can help lower your triglyceride levels. InsideTracker blood analysis will let you know if your triglyceride levels are optimal, and will also provide you with ways to keep your heart healthy.

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The Skinny on Dietary Fat

By Perrin Braun Apr 11, 2012

 

Fat may no longer be a dieter’s worst enemy, but misconceptions about this important macronutrient still run rampant. In the 1990s, the low-fat diet was thought to be a straightforward route to preventing heart disease, some cancers, and obesity. The USDA Food Pyramid perpetuated the idea that an ideal diet should be low in fat, and didn’t differentiate well between sources or types of fat.

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