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What Are the Saturated Fat Offenders?

There is no evidence for coconut oil benefits, but it is not the real culprit.

The AHA Presidential Advisory rightly cautioned us about the potential dangers of coconut oil. However, coconut oil represents only a small fraction of all U.S vegetable oils. Americans consume about 1.5 pounds of coconut per capita per year compared to cheese at 35 pounds; red meat, poultry and shell fish at 181 pounds; and finally dairy, at 239 pounds--excluding cheese. Four of the top 10 sources of saturated fat involves meat, yet the media has focused on coconut oil.

PositiveTip: Replace meat, butter, and cheese with beans, vegetable oil spreads and nut-based cheeses to really lower the risk of heart disease.

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The Sour Side of the Sugar Industry

Excessive sugar intake should not have been downplayed.

In an analysis of archived correspondence between the Sugar Research Foundation (today the Sugar Association) and several prominent Harvard nutrition researchers in the mid-1960s, it has been revealed that secret support was given in an attempt to shift the blame from sugar to fat as the culprit behind coronary heart disease. Not all the dots have been connected, but this gives insight into the food industry's attempts to influence food guidelines.

PositiveTip: Don't look for just one dietary demon! Choose a balanced diet based mostly on whole plant foods for good health.

Statins and Grace

Guilty eggs

Statins are an important class of medications for lowering blood cholesterol levels. Statins can help unblock arteries and reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

The first line of treatment for high cholesterol is dietary. Eating fewer dairy products, eggs, and red meat will often dramatically lower cholesterol levels. Statins can be added if diet alone doesn’t reduce blood cholesterol of normal levels.

A recent study showed that people needing statins for cholesterol do just the opposite of what is recommended. Researchers examined diet changes and statin use in 27,886 US adults, 20 years or older over a period of 10 years. 

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A Picture is Worth 2000+ Calories!

Do people really eat these meals?

It is hard to believe the meals that some people eat! To stroke your nutritional pride, take a look at the pictures and nutritional information put together on appallingly unhealthy meals at 22 Words. If you are still hungry--and your conscience allows--you can trip on down to your local chain outlet and get one--but please don't!

PositiveTip: It is a major challenge to eat out, and still eat healthy! Wise choices at the local grocery store may be your best bet when traveling.

"I Want to Weigh a Ton"

Thirty two year old Susanne Eman, is a resident of Arizona. Pictures of her bloated body flashed around the world as news agencies publicized her great aspiration in life to become the world's heaviest woman and tip the scales at one ton.  

Suzanne weighs in at 720 pounds and consumes 22,000 calories a day. She is a single mother of two, and can only get around in a motorized scooter. She is unable to work.

Simply put, Suzanne is a glutton. She is calling bad eating choices good and good eating choices bad.  She would receive the condemnation of Isaiah who said. “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness;” Isaiah 5:20 (NKJV)

Her short life and early death were predicted by Solomon who said, “He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.” Proverbs 13:3 (NKJV)

Obesity and Cancer of the Esophagus

Obesity is associated with a higher risk of several cancers, including cancer of the thyroid, colon, kidney, liver, gall bladder, pancreas and uterus. But the strongest association between obesity and cancer is with the esophagus. 

The esophagus is a muscular tube that connects your mouth with your stomach. It is made of skin-like cells and your saliva and liquid intake are its' only lubrication for swallowing. 

Smoking cigarettes and drinking alcoholic beverages are major causes of esophageal cancer. Now we need to add obesity too. While general obesity contributes to this risk, abdominal obesity - typically seen in men - is especially risky. 

You Can’t Hide From Fat

Liposuction fan, we've got some bad news.

If you suck fat out of your thighs and bottom it will return in your abdomen. If you suck the fat out of your abdomen it will show up on your chest and arms. Bottom line? After liposuction—the fat always comes back—just somewhere else.

Body fat is a simple situation of storage. When you eat more calories than you can burn in a day, the leftovers get turned into fat and sent off to storage sites in your belly, hips and thighs.

Liposuction is an expensive surgical procedure that literally sucks the fat out of areas on your body. It can leave you looking trimmer and smoother and pounds lighter.

If you don't eat less to correspond with your new smaller lighter size, the fat will simply come back again. But it won’t come back to the same places because those fat cells were destroyed when they got sucked out of your body.

Gluttony & Godliness

Jesus says “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me." (Luke 9:23 NKJV) This means that, according to Scripture, all true, actual, practicing, growing, followers of Christ will practice self-denial. Right?Fork and knife as the tools of food gluttony.

Right. And sometimes that means making difficult choices.

Different Kinds of Gluttony

Thomas Aquinas, one of the greatest medieval philosophers, recognized that gluttony involved more than eating too much. He developed a list of other ways in which a person might “abuse” food to the point of gluttony. Here are the different ways in which a person can be gluttonous.

Small boy devouring chocolate.