Cholesterol: the good and the bad

Cholesterol has been blamed for the development of heart disease for more than 60 years. A famous report in the 1950’s called “the seven countries study” concluded cholesterol was the cause of heart disease. However, new research suggests that cholesterol may not be responsible, and that fat in general may be good for us. So what…

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Visceral Fat Doesn’t Just Give You a Muffin Top – It Can Kill, Too

What is Visceral Fat? Excess belly fat can be unattractive, but there’s more to it than just that. Subcutaneous fat is stored below your skin, and visceral fat is stored in your abdominal area. It is packed around the spaces surrounding your major internal organs, such as your pancreas, liver and intestines. Having some visceral fat is normal, but too much…

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Cholesterol facts to blow your mind

Ever since Ancel Keys named it as the cause of heart disease in 1958, we have been fighting a bitter war against fat. Now it’s becoming clear that war was misguided. Keys’ infamous report, the seven countries study, provoked a wholesale change in what the US and then the rest of the West allowed on their dinner…

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Full-Fat Dairy Reduces Diabetes Risk

New studies show that eating full-fat dairy products not only halves the risk of diabetes, but lowers the risk of obesity. A 15-year US study of more than 3,300 people published last month in the journal Circulation found that people who had higher levels of three different byproducts of full-fat dairy had a 46% lower risk of developing diabetes. A…

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Butter Is Better

I remember the TV ad well. A pudgy father reached across his 1970’s vinyl-topped kitchen table with a stainless steel knife gripped awkwardly in his hand to carve thick slice of butter. Fat tongue to the side in hungry concentration, he was a red-faced caricature of impending heart failure. The message was clear: don’t be this guy;…