HABITS – A key to weight loss success

For successful weight loss, Interventions that exclusively focus on changing behaviors will be more successful if they incorporate changing habits.  Strategies are required to break the unhealthy habits and/or to form new healthy habits. These new habits are generally formed by repeating a behavior until it becomes more or less automatic, forging a direct link… Read More

Chronic Liver Disease – dietary patterns and lifestyle habit

If you have prediabetes, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome or are obese, you are at an increased risk of nonalcoholic kidney disease. While symptoms can include fatigue and pain in the upper right abdomen, NAFLD is usually asymptomatic While genetics play a small role in the condition, prevention is essential and includes management of a… Read More

Fake Fiber

Fiber if a group of nondigestible carbohydrates that are not broken down in your digestive track. They can be broken down into: Intact fiber (in fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other plants or a mix of plants) Processed fiber (extracted from plants or made in a lab) The problem is that they don’t all do… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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.… Read More