Is Cheese Bad for You? The Evidence Says No—with Some Exceptions

Cheese’s standing as a component of a healthy diet has long been debated. And it’s true that some animal products promote disease, but is cheese bad for you? Perhaps not—evidence shows that cheese doesn’t deserve to be treated the same as meat or milk. Cheese is a good source of protein and calcium, and research largely doesn’t support the theory that cheese contributes to chronic disease.

Can You Improve Heart Health in Young Adulthood? These People Did.

It’s the leading cause of death for men, women, and most ethnic and racial groups. It kills more people than all forms of cancer combined. And one person dies from it every 37 seconds.[1] Heart disease continues to be the greatest threat to American health, and yet, our healthcare system fails to prevent this deadly disease. One way to tackle this issue is to be proactive and access your bloodwork and DNA data—insights into genetic predispositions and nutrition and lifestyle habits can help you ...

I Went Vegan Keto. Here's What Happened to My Body.

As I start this blog, I’m currently in my sixth day of moderate ketosis. I’m feeling focused and energized—freed from my dependence on coffee. I embarked on a two-week vegan keto journey to see if achieving ketosis was possible following a vegan diet. And I discovered that it is, but not without its challenges. Why would I do this?  What are the health implications? Does the keto diet live up to all the hype? 

Does Shrimp Raise Cholesterol?

Shellfish, especially shrimp and squid, is naturally higher in cholesterol than other foods but does this mean it increase one’s cholesterol? We reviewed the research, and the simple answer is no. The cholesterol in shrimp does not have a direct impact on plasma (blood) cholesterol.

Every High-Intensity Training Regimen Should Include This Low-Impact Exercise

If you’ve ever taken a yoga class, you probably noticed the calming atmosphere the moment you stepped into the studio. The scent of incense in the air, the serene background music playing as you set up your mat, and the heated room make you feel warm and relaxed and help start the 'unwinding' process before you even start moving.  Yoga is a mind-body practice that improves flexibility and builds strength through the combination of physical poses, controlled breathing, and meditation or ...

Eggs: The Final Verdict

To the well-intentioned consumer, the seemingly back-and-forth nature of egg recommendations can be frustrating. For years the American Heart Association recommended limiting egg intake due to their high cholesterol content, yet in 2015 the Dietary Guidelines ultimately dropped these restrictions saying eggs are part of a healthy diet. Recently, a study published by the New York Times put eggs back on the naughty list. What gives? We are here to put the science to bed once and for all.

Does Eating Fat Really Make You Fat?

As the second chapter of our three-part National Heart Health Month series, we're talking about a topic that can sometimes confuse even the best of us: the difference between fat in our diets and fat in our bodies (and the implications of both on our health).

Does Your Total Cholesterol Number Even Matter?

February is National Heart Health Month. So, we thought we'd do our part in spreading awareness by bringing you a three-part heart health blog series. First up? The ever-ominous "total cholesterol." As one of the most ordered lab tests, total cholesterol can provide a high level glance at how your body is handling lipids, or fats. According to the CDC, roughly nine percent of all doctor’s visits include a cholesterol test.1 So, how should you interpret your total cholesterol value? Is the whole ...
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