What Are the Saturated Fat Offenders?

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…

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AHA Takes A Stand Against Saturated Fat

An advisory from the American Heart Association strongly recommends replacing the intake of saturated fat with poly- and mono-unsaturated vegetable fats to help prevent heart disease. Replacing saturated fat with refined carbohydrates and sugars is not supported. This group also advised against the use of coconut oil. PositiveTip: Consider carefully your intake of saturated fat…

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Is Butter Back?

In an almost 30 year study, researchers found when people replace saturated fat (mainly found in meats and dairy products) with refined carbohydrates they do not lower their risk of heart disease. Those who replace saturated fats with unsaturated fats or whole grains (unrefined carbohydrate) did lower their risk of heart disease.  PositiveTip: Limiting saturated fat in…

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Sleep Loss In African American and Hispanics Affects Eating Habits and Weight

Nearly 30% of Hispanic men and African American women under 40 years of age sleep less than 5 hours a day. Recent research shows that this amount of sleep is associated with a higher BMI and higher caloric intake, with more calories coming from sweets and saturated fats.PositiveTip:  Sleep lessens our perceived stress and allows for better…

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Fat Tax in Denmark

Thinking of buying a hamburger in Denmark? You’ll pay extra because of a new tax based on the amount of saturated fat contained in the food. This Scandinavian country is the first in the world to do penalize all foods based on saturated fat content above 2.3% of calories. Will Danes lower their health risks…

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