Dietary Fat and the Risk of Breast Cancer

The study revealed that: (a) There was a 16% DECREASE in cancer rates for those who consumed the highest amount of saturated fat as compared to those who consumed the least. (b) There was a 9% DECREASE in cancer rates for those who consumed the highest amount of cholesterol as compared to those who consumed the least. (more…)

How To Pick The Right Omega-3

By now, I’m sure you are all aware of the benefits omega-3 fatty acids provide. But, just to recap, these healthy fats promote healthy brains and hearts, fewer cardiac arrhythmias, reduced joint pain and glowing skin. They can also boost your mood, lower inflammation and slash triglyceride levels. Best of all, these multi-tasking fats are readily available in significant concentration in fatty fish, and flaxseed. But which source is best? (more…)

Myth or Fact: Is Canola Oil Healthy?

Most of what you read about canola is nonsense. (It has its own urban myth developing in the alternative health community.) Unfounded and erroneous assertions about Canola Oil continue to proliferate, particularly on the Internet. Many of these “articles” and widely circulated letters contain references to highly questionable tests or studies. None of these studies have been reviewed by the scientific community or found to be true. The information below (much of it borrowed from Spectrum Naturals) is provided in order to help you separate fact from fiction. (more…)

Fats and Oils Made Simple

Someone recently sent me an article published in Food Navigator about low fat foods and diets. The article, based on an interview with Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, Alice Lichtenstein, espoused the idea that ‘low fat’ is too simplistic a message from a nutritional perspective — and that the way high fat foods are being reformulated is not always appropriate. At first I was excited. After all, I’ve been promoting variations of this concept for several decades now. Unfortunately, barely a paragraph into the article, I could see that the world’s establishment nutrition experts still don’t get it when it comes to fat — and, dare I say, despite the title of the article, still subscribe to a “simplistic” understanding of fat despite their protestations to the contrary.