An Acquittal Of Sorts For Saturated Fat

4931201391_6c72177b4f_zGrowing up I learned that fat was bad. Butter, beef, nuts, avocado – all “fattening” (seriously, we never had guacamole in my house growing up for this very reason). Lean meat lean beef lean lean lean has been drilled into us for the past thirty or so years. Even the American Heart Association – trusted resource for all things heart disease – recommends limiting saturated fat to just 5% of daily intake If you eat a 2,000 calorie diet, that leaves you with about 11 grams or  less than a tablespoon of coconut oil per day. (Although as a side note I somewhat question AHA’s wisdom after learning they endorsed Subway as a healthy meal option. But I digress.) Heck, I even learned it in college, and told I don’t know how many patients while I was working in the hospital to “choose lean meats and avoid foods high in saturated fat”. There has been questioning of this saturated fat-heart disease link recently, with a lot of it coming from the Paleo camp (Robb Wolf, etc). Continue reading An Acquittal Of Sorts For Saturated Fat

Is Protein As Deadly As Smoking?

Obviously not, although some news outlets thought so recently…

Screen Shot 2014-03-04 at 10.01.03 PMFrom TMZ: “High protein diets ‘nearly as bad as smoking'”

From LiveScience: “High protein diets raise cancer risk as much as smoking”

From the LA Times: “High protein diets: bad in middle age, good for the elderly”

Let me start out by saying that I’m not going to tell you to eat less animal protein. But I saw this headline earlier and felt like having a rant.  Continue reading Is Protein As Deadly As Smoking?

The Great Label Lie – All Natural

IMG_0757In response to our collective interest in eating healthier, food companies have started trying to make healthier products. Well, sort of. They are trying to make products that LOOK and FEEL healthier, though they may not be. Hence the emergence of things like veggie chips and other “natural products”. (As a side note, my biggest pet peeve these days is a bag of veggie chips proudly bragging “1 serving of vegetables in each portion”. Um, NO because fried potato and corn with some salt is not a serving of vegetables! But I digress).

What does the natural label mean? Continue reading The Great Label Lie – All Natural

Sleep: Influencing More Than Just How Many Cups Of Coffee You Need Tomorrow

photoAs many of you have noticed (and lamented), sleep is a big part of the Transformation Challenge. But sleep doesn’t just impact how hard it is to get out of bed or how much coffee you need to survive the day, it can also affect your food choices, sports performance, and long term health.  Continue reading Sleep: Influencing More Than Just How Many Cups Of Coffee You Need Tomorrow

Does Microwave Cooking Remove Nutrients From Your Food?

photo 1The answer to this question is yes, and no.

In one way or another, all forms of cooking remove nutrients from food. For example, boiling carrots and broccoli causes them to lose some of the cancer-fighting compounds like beta carotene (carrots) and glucosinolate (broccoli) which is washed away in the water.

Both boiling and poaching can also cause water soluble vitamins like vitamins B and C to be washed away with the water. On the other hand, protein becomes easier to digest and more available when meat is cooked, and heating makes vitamin A, iron, and calcium more available in spinach. Continue reading Does Microwave Cooking Remove Nutrients From Your Food?