Seed and Vegetable Oils: Are They Bad or Beneficial for Health?

    The prevalence of processed vegetable and seed oils—like canola, safflower, and soybean oil—in today’s food supply has increased dramatically since the 1900s. [1,2] Seed oils initially got their “heart healthy” stamp of approval when studies discovered replacing saturated fats (like butter) with fats high in omega-6 polyunsaturated fats (like vegetable oils) can reduce cardiovascular disease risk. [3,4,5] 

    Omega-6 to Omega-3 Ratio: What Does It Mean and What's Optimal?

    Fat intake was once vilified, but we now know that fats, especially healthy fats, play a significant role in satiety, hormone health, heart health, and cognitive function. [1] One metric that’s been used as a standard to determine whether a person is getting the right types of fat in the right amount in their diet is the omega-6 (n-6) to omega-3 (n-3) ratio (sometimes called n6:n3 ratio). Today, those following a Western diet—characterized by a high intake of saturated fats, refined ...

    Tips for Triathletes: Eat to Win

      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 ...

    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).

    Why Decades of Dairy Fat Research Might Be Wrong

    When it comes to dairy products, skim milk reigns supreme as the epitome of health and dieting. Butter, on the other hand, elicits the opposite mental image. But what if we told you that our collective aversion to dairy fat was unjustified? Well, recent research suggests exactly that. So, if you've been looking for an excuse to eat more brie or less fat free cottage cheese, keep reading. 

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

    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.

    Holiday Damage Control- How Vinegar can Jumpstart your Metabolism

    Our team of nutritionists is always investigating the latest research on the overlooked health benefits of food products. Recently, we stumbled upon research documenting the therapeutic value of a common, versatile kitchen staple: vinegar. Read below to learn how five common types of vinegars can help you control your levels of lipids and blood sugar and quick tips on how you can incorporate them into your diet.

    Fish Oil: Can It Keep Your Brain Sharp and Your Heart Fit?

    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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