Why Milk Matters (and Why It’s Not Just for Baby Cows)

Healthy, grassfed dairyOne of the most misguided food myths getting perpetuated nowadays, sadly even by some alternative practitioners, is that dairy is unhealthy to consume.

One reason for the popularity of this modern notion is the skyrocketing incidence of dairy allergies. However, in most cases, these problems are due to the processing (pasteurization/homogenization) of the dairy and/or the unnatural GMO feed given to the cows, not to the dairy itself. When people consume unprocessed dairy from healthy cows grazing on green grass, suddenly the “allergies” disappear. For example, 85% of those who are “lactose intolerant” have absolutely no problem with raw dairy!

Could “lactose intolerance” more aptly be described then as “pasteurization intolerance”? I, for one, definitely think so! (more…)

Eating Staturated Fats Does Not Cause Heart Disease

For many years we have been told that the saturated fats eaten by our ancestors are behind heart disease.  The answer was substitution of highly processed polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs), the most common of which are the vegetables oils, shortenings and margarine.  During the 50 years that we embraced this advice, incidence of heart disease has skyrocketed. Now a new study from Australia has produced some stunning conclusions about saturated fats and heart disease — conclusions that say it’s time to start eating real fats again. (more…)

Why Trans Fat Is So Bad – and What Is It, Anyway?

Trans fat isn’t crooked—and that’s the problem. Though it’s chemically identical to natural fats, it doesn’t bend. Here’s a clear and simple explanation of why, what it means, and why trans fats are so dangerous.

Woman with Out of Order Sign on Head

We have been indoctrinated about fats for decades. Starting in the 1950′s, we were inundated with ads about how bad saturated fat is. We were, and still are, advised by our doctors to avoid butter and use margarine, or better yet, avoid fats altogether. Fairly recently, conflicting information has been coming out. Polyunsaturated fat is good…no, it’s bad. Monounsaturated fat is good. Fat that’s solid at room temperature is bad. No, coconut oil is good…and so forth.

So, what’s the truth? Fat is good for you! (more…)

Top 12 Biggest Lies of Mainstream Nutrition

There is a lot of misinformation circling around in mainstream nutrition

I have listed the worst examples in this article, but unfortunately this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Here are the top 11 biggest lies, myths and misconceptions of mainstream nutrition.

1. Eggs Are Unhealthy

There’s one thing that nutrition professionals have had remarkable success with… and that is demonizing incredibly healthy foods.

The worst example of that is eggs, which happen to contain a large amount of cholesterol and were therefore considered to increase the risk of heart disease.

But recently it has been proven that the cholesterol in the diet doesn’t really raise the cholesterol in blood. In fact, eggs primarily raise the “good” cholesterol and are NOT associated with increased risk of heart disease (1, 2).

What we’re left with is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. They’re high in all sorts of nutrients along with unique antioxidants that protect our eyes (3).

To top it all of, despite being a “high fat” food, eating eggs for breakfast is proven to cause significant weight loss compared to bagels for breakfast (4, 5).

Bottom Line: Eggs do not cause heart disease and are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. Eggs for breakfast can help you lose weight.

2. Saturated Fat is Bad For You (more…)

5 Reasons Why Butter is a Superfood

5 reasons why butter is a superfood

One stick of butter in 24 hours

I ate a quarter pound of butter today. Yep, that is one whole stick. If you want to know how that is possible, let me explain:

  • 2 tbs. mixed into half a batch of Paleo Cornbread Muffins

  • 2 tbs. slathered on top of said muffins

  • 2 tbs. stirred into warm butternut squash pureé

  • 2 tbs. tossed with steamed carrots, salt, and chopped fresh thyme

You may be holding back a gag reflex after reading that. Perhaps you are still staring at your computer screen mute shock. In either case, you are probably wondering WHY I committed this senseless act of nutritional suicide.

I eat butter because I am on a mission to heal my body. And, believe it or not, butter is a healing superfood. Here’s why:

1. It’s the highest source of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) (more…)

Contrary to Conventional Medicine, High-Fat Diets Lower Blood Sugar, Cholesterol, Reset Metabolism and Prevent Obesity

Most physicians seem to parrot the same old advice day in and day out–exercise, don’t smoke and maintain a low fat diet. Turns out that if you’re interested in lowering blood sugar, resetting your metabolism and preventing weight gain, a low-fat diet is not in your best interest.

By high-fat we don’t mean processed or fried fatty foods with little nutrition. We mean high nutrient, energy efficient foods such as nuts, avocados, organic eggs, olive oil, non-pasteurized hard cheese and organic fatty fish. (more…)

13 Evidence-Based Medicinal Properties of Coconut Oil

13 Evidence-Based Medicinal Properties of Coconut Oil

While coconut oil has dragged itself out of the muck of vast misrepresentation over the past few years, it still rarely gets the appreciation it truly deserves.  Not just a “good” saturated fat, coconut oil is an exceptional healing agent as well, with loads of useful health applications.

Some examples of “good” saturated fat include (more…)

7 Reasons to Eat More Saturated Fat


Photo: Eduardo Amorim

I’ve invited Dr. Michael Eades and Dr. Mary Dan Eades, two of my favorite bariatric (obesity treatment) doctors in the US and the first to introduce insulin resistance to the mainstream, to explain the facts and benefits of increased saturated fat intake…

The sub-headings are mine, and a few edits have been made for space and context. Please see Dr. Michael Eades’ references and responses to questions in the comments.

Mid-Section Fat Loss: Problem Solved? (more…)