Eating Whole Grains Improve Cholesterol with Statins

One in four adults over 40 years old are taking a statin medication to improve their cholesterol levels. Tufts University researchers studied almost 4300 adults over 45 years old and found non-HDL levels significantly lower in statin users, but those who consumed more than 16 grams of whole grains per day were even lower. This…

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Good Work, Americans!

Researchers at the National Center for Health Statistics found adult Americans have improved their average levels of LDL and non-HDL cholesterol (harmful), along with triglycerides, over the past 20+ years. They also increased the average level of HDL cholesterol (beneficial). A combination of better diet and better medicine may help explain these positive changes. Because…

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Healthy Fats Release More Salad Nutrients

Purdue University fed radomized healthy subjects three identical salads with 3 g, 8 g, or 20 g of canola, soybean oil, or butter. Blood samples taken up to 10 hours later revealed that paricipants consuming higher amounts of fat had absorbed more carotenoids than those using less oil. The monounsaturated fatty acid rich canola oil…

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Mediterranean-style Diet Wins Again

The Mediterranean-style diet has scored another victory in a new review of 50 previous studies. This dietary pattern is characterized by high consumption of fruit and vegetables, whole grains and olive oil along with less meat. The review found that this diet brings significant protection against metabolic syndrome, a precursor of diabetes and heart disease.…

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Sobering Stats: One in Five US Adolescents Have Abnormal Lipids

Recent analysis of NHANES 1999-2006 data reveals that 20% of American youths aged 12-19 years old have at least one abnormal lipid level. Risk increases as weight increases:Normal weight: 14%Overweight: 22%Obese: 43%This is very sobering as cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of premature death in the US, and abnormal lipid levels are a major…

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