Posts Tagged ‘heart disease’

CocoNOT Oil

June 21, 2017

 

The American Heart Association just released a study, showing that coconut oil may not be the health food we thought it was.

Touted to be the wonder oil purported to soften skin and hair, possess antibactierial properties and help us lose weight, coconut oil is being reconsidered as a coco-NOT.

The new study shows that the high saturated fat content of the oil raises LDL cholesterol  and contributes to heart disease. Experts believed that the saturated fat in virgin coconut oil reacts differently in the body than that of animal sources, but there is now evidence to the contrary.

Just as a point of reference, coconut oil contains a whopping 82% saturated fat, much higher than butter ( 63%) and beef fat, (50%). So while the ADA doesn’t dispute the other qualities that make the oil healthy, they equate the high saturated fat content with health risks far greater than the benefits.

The recommended consumption for saturated fats is about 5-6% of your daily calorie intake, which equates to somewhere around 120 calories, based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Other plant based fats, such as canola, sunflower seed and olive oil are shown to be much healthier choices. But before you toss that jar of coconut oil, you may want to continue to use it for hair and skincare, as well as dental care, and antifungal wound care.

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The Skinny On Chocolate

November 11, 2013

Milk Chocolate

A new study shows that teens who consume  significant quantities of chocolate have lower levels of abdominal fat than those who did not.

Say what?

Researchers at the University of Granada found a correlation between higher chocolate consumption and lower body fat levels. Although chocolate contains fat and sugar, it also contains high levels of flavonoids, which have anti- inflammatory, antioxidant, antithrombotic, and antihypertensive properties, which help prevent heart disease.

More good news on the health benefits of chocolate include a lower risk of strokes in women, lower blood pressure, and an increase in insulin sensitivity in diabetics. Its ability to increase blood flow protects against blood clots, and can improve eyesight by directing more blood flow to the retina.

So, next time that sweet tooth kicks in, go ahead and indulge yourself in some rich, dark chocolate. Your tummy may thank you in more ways than one!

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Risky Business

March 14, 2012

New research suggests that a diet rich in red meat not only raises cholesterol and blood pressure levels, but could also impact your life span.

Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health conducted a study, which reviewed the eating habits of 121,342 people over a 20-year period.

During this time, 23,926 deaths were recorded from heart disease and cancer.

Scientists claim that the link between red meat consumption and premature death is substantial and could result in a 21% increase in morbidity.
Just a small 3 oz. portion of meat eaten daily (about the size of a deck of cards) increased the risk by 13%, while the risk was much greater in those who consumed processed meats such as hot dogs and bacon.

On the positive side, more healthful proteins can increase life expectancy.

Nuts are said to reduce the mortality rate by 20%, whole grains 14% and low fat dairy by 10%.

While the study does not go into the details of the cuts of meat eaten, it is recommended that small amounts of lean meat be eaten only once or twice a week, and processed meats limited to once every 6 weeks.

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