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 ...

    Back to Basics: An Update on Macronutrients

    Macronutrients or ‘macros’ have become a hot topic in the health and nutrition world, particularly for those looking to lose weight. But the truth is, if you're focused on getting the proper balance of each, it shouldn't be for weight loss, but rather for optimal body function. Here’s how you can use macros to optimize your biomarkers and reach your goals.

    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?

    How Will the New Cholesterol Guidelines Impact Your Health?

      Big news for those of you who are concerned about your heart health: the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association recently released revised cholesterol treatment guidelines that are designed to reduce the risk for heart attack and stroke. The new guidelines, which were last updated in 2004, mark the most significant change in cardiovascular disease prevention in nearly thirty years!

    Coconut oil: Should you add it to your diet?

    By Perrin Braun Coconut oil has elbowed its way onto grocery store shelves across the country, and it is rapidly growing more popular. This trend is a change from the 1990s, when coconut oil fell out of favor because of its high saturated fat content. Now coconut oil manufacturers bill this tropical fat as a healthy alternative to other oils.  Many vegans rely on coconut oil as a sweet vegetable fat, and coconut oil is also a popular fat for anyone who is following a Paleo diet or eating ...
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