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All About Fats

submitted by: admin on 05/08/2015
Saturated, polyunsaturated, trans, and essential fatty acid chemistry is easy when properly explained. Fat is what we burn most efficiently and are under-appreciated in their value.            

Belly Fat is Dangerous in People with a Normal Weight

submitted by: admin on 11/24/2019
  Even people with a normal weight who have excess belly fat are at 2.75 times the risk for cardiovascular death and 2.1 times the risk of all cause mortality according to researchers at the Mayo Clinic. Information from the NHANES study showed that an abnormal waist to hip ratio is a powerful predictive statistic. Abdominal fat is correlated with the...

Cholesterol Fractions: What Do They Mean?

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
Total cholesterol, LDL, HDL, and their interrelationships and differences are discussed so that a fundamental understanding of what cholesterol is and what the ratios of the various subcategories means. High total cholesterol is not necessarily a dangerous thing...it is the ratio of total cholesterol to HDL that is the most predictive factor. The value and dangers...

Curcumin May Help Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  A Thai study published in the October 2012 issue of Diabetes Care on people with pre-diabetes showed that the spice curcumin could prevent the progression to outright diabetes. They gave 1.5 grams of curcumin to 119 people with pre-diabetes and 116 without it for 9 months and found 19 cases of type 2 diabetes in the control and none in those treated...

Dietary Trans Fats Linked to Aggression

submitted by: admin on 09/19/2013
  Consumption of dietary trans fats is associated with irritability and aggression according to an article posted in the Public Library of Science Online in April of 2012. Trans fats are never saturated. If they are fully hydrogenated, they are no longer trans fats; they become saturated fat. Natural trans fats made in nature, such as vaccenic acid (found...

Fructose is Alcohol without the Buzz

submitted by: admin on 09/21/2013
  High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and table sugar (sucrose) are both made of glucose and fructose. HFCS contains glucose and fructose as single sugars and sucrose contains them connected together (as a double sugar or disaccharide). HFCS may contain as much as 55% fructose as opposed to sucrose, which has 50% each. Many scientists believe that both sucrose...

Gut Microbes Linked to Weight and Metabolic Syndrome

submitted by: admin on 09/22/2013
  Scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine published in the August 2012 issue of PLoS a study showing that there are at least 26 species of bacteria linked to obesity and the metabolic syndrome traits such as body mass, triglycerides, cholesterol, glucose levels, CRP, insulin resistance, and high blood pressure. We know that many...

Is Sugar a Poison?

submitted by: admin on 10/09/2013
  The rise of obesity is not just from eating too much and lack of exercise. Our consumption of sugar has increased over the past century from 15 to 75 grams a day. This translates to about 150 lbs of sugar a year! Fructose is one of the components of table sugar, or sucrose, and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and is the culprit that leads to insulin...

Med Students Want CAM

submitted by: admin on 10/11/2013
Med students want CAM but most want scientific proof that it works. However, observation of CAM approaches that work is what drives them to learn more about them. Yet med schools do not provide many CAM courses.          

Obesity and Cognitive Function in Teens

submitted by: admin on 10/12/2013
  A study by NYU Med School researchers and published in the August 2012 issue of Pediatrics showed that the metabolic syndrome in adolescents is associated with cognitive and brain impairments. These students had lower scores in math, reading, spelling, attention span, and mental flexibility. The impairments were generally more severe than in adults...

Sugar

submitted by: admin on 10/16/2013
Diets high in high fructose corn syrup and other sugars lead to obesity, type 2 diabetes and its complications of heart attacks, strokes, hypertension and cancers. Many sugars provide empty calories.          

The Relationship of Insulin and Arteriosclerosis

submitted by: admin on 10/17/2013
According to Joslin Clinic Studies published in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology, high levels of insulin in themselves do not cause arteriosclerosis. Without other factors such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or type 2 diabetes, high levels of insulin do not cause arteriosclerosis. There must be insulin resistance in endothelial...

Triglycerides: What You Need to Know

submitted by: admin on 06/14/2024
Triglycerides are defined. We need them for energy, energy storage, insulation, mambrane function. When levels are too high problems follow. Diets too high in sugar lead to high levels of insulin and of triglycerides as well as blood pressure and a tendency to lay down fat. Exercise is the antidote to this, as is a low carbohydrate diet. We burn fat as our primary...

Why it is Important to Spice Up Your Meals

submitted by: admin on 12/18/2014
A study published in November of 2014 in Nutrition Today shows that high antioxidant spices enhance our health and protect against diseases such as heart disease. The researchers found that when eating a high fat diet that by adding high antioxidant spices such as garlic, rosemary, oregano, cinnamon, cloves, turmeric, ginger and black pepper, that levels...

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