FOOD, FACTS and FADS

Exploring the sense and nonsense of food and health


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Coconut Oil: Friend or Foe?

There is a lot of nutrition “chatter” about the merits and “dangers” of coconut oil.  Check out a comprehensive review of the pros and cons of using coconut oil with the research behind it. The good news: we do not consume it in great amounts, so enjoying some of its good points is probably not a big deal.

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Diet Recommendations Update?

 

A good infograph at a glance tells us the latest information on the effects of these nutrition debates about diet and heart health. Click on the graphic in the article to enlarge the text of the infograph. As usual, these debates will continue; however, nutrition news constantly is subject to change based on additional knowledge from reputable research that will help clarify the sense from the nonsense. Bottom line: Diet decisions should be based on your own health records after consulting a reputable health care practitioner. Be aware and don’t fall for false health claims.

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How About Coconut Oil?


Coconut oil is appearing on the supermarket shelves after a long hiatus.  Its health claims range from curing Alzheimer’s disease to weight loss and antibacterial properties. Until we know more for sure about these claims, here’s some good advice on how  to use it in your diet. It is best to use organic, virgin oil rather than the refined brands.

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The Claims of Coconut Oil?

coconut-oilDoes coconut oil confer any health benefits or is is just an old fad brought back for another go-around? The following article offers some sound advice. There are a lot of  conflicting facts about any beneficial effects on heart disease risk and conventional wisdom tends to be quite skeptical.

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Soy Bean Oil?

If you are a frequent label reader, particularly the ingredient lists, you will soon realize how often soybean oil is used in processed foods.  This article presents an interesting study on the use of various oils in the diet and weight gain, at least in mice.

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