THE SKINNY ON FATS: How Dietary Fats Influence Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Poor diets are a key risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD), the leading cause of death among adults in developed countries.  While there is no doubt that poor diets contribute to CVD, precisely what constitutes a poor diet in terms of cardiovascular risk is still a matter of debate.     The dietary fats at […]

FOODS AND INFLAMMATION: COOLING THE FIRE WITHIN

How dietary patterns can influence our inflammatory response Inflammation can be a positive reaction of fighting bacteria or viruses, or of bringing blood flow to an injured area to help the healing process. However, not all inflammation is beneficial. Often, undetected low levels of inflammation can remain for an extended period of time, wreaking havoc […]

Food For Thought

FOOD FOR THOUGHT Can Diet Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease? As the American population ages, the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease also continues to rise.  Recent studies suggest diet may play a role in its prevention or delayed onset. A plant based eating program that focuses on foods such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains while including healthy […]

Micro Biome in Your Gut

The Human Microbiome

Each human body has a unique array of microorganisms, collectively called the “microbiota”. There may be 1000 different species and over 100-fold more genes that are in the human genome.  Studies have demonstrated a symbiotic relationship between the human host and the bacterial microbiota of the gut.  The education and maturation of the intestinal immune […]

Cardiovascular Health

Cardiovascular Disease – What YOU Can Do

Cardiovascular disease encompasses a broad spectrum including stroke, coronary artery disease, heart failure, and cardiac arrest.  The majority of cardiovascular-related disease is not restricted to the heart, but rather is of the vascular system. This ultimately leads to the development of clinical cardiovascular disease. Several dietary patterns, foods, bioactive food components, nutraceuticals, and dietary supplements […]

Cancer Risk Factors

Cancer Risks

Excess body weight may be as dangerous as smoking when it comes to cancer.   Recently published reviews report that excess body fatness raises the risk of at least 14 kinds of cancer: Brain/Meningioma Breast Blood/Multiple Myeloma Colon and Rectum Esophagus Gallbladder Kidney/Renal Cell Liver Ovaries Pancreas Prostate Stomach/Gastric Cardia Thyroid Uterus Maintaining a healthy […]

The Benefits of Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Your Diet

You may have heard that omega-3 fatty acids are good for your health, but did you know that they can actually help you lower your risk of death? According to a study that was recently featured in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology, women between the ages of 65 and 80 who have the highest omega-3 […]

Woman clutching her heart in pain

Heart Disease is the #1 Killer of Women

Heart disease is a woman’s disease:  1 in 4 will die in the U.S. from heart disease this year that is half a million deaths each year – yet the perception that heart disease is primarily a man’s disease persist. The reality is that coronary heart disease (CHD) is the #1 killer of both men […]

A variety of foods that are saturated fats

Saturated Fat: What is the True Story? Part 2: Answers and Conclusion

We have the answers to these questions, kept in the shadows impressively well by the peddlers of pepperoni and bacon. The range of saturated fat intake examined is pretty narrow. In the first meta-analysis, the top and bottom of the range often differed by only a few percentage points, and even the bottom of the […]

A variety of foods that are saturated fats

Saturated Fat: What is the True Story? Part 1: Research and Questions

For decades the American public has been warned that eating saturated fat, the type found in meat and processed foods, can lead to heart disease.  Now there is a booming cottage industry peddling the argument that saturated fat is good for us. Unfortunately, for those who wish to believe this, the argument is invalid. The […]