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For a Healthy Diet, Don’t Fear Fat

With all the low-fat, no-fat, and fat-free products out there, it seems there is a lot of “fat fear” going on. But avoiding fat is not the best thing when it comes to good nutrition and health.

“As you age, fat plays an important role in your diet, from regulating your

Replacing Saturated Fat with Vegetable Oil Linked to Lower Heart Risk

If you’ve been confused by recent headlines suggesting “Butter Is Back” and studies questioning the link between saturated fat and heart disease, a new meta-analysis may set the record straight. The research found that people who swap 5% of the calories they consume from saturated fat sources such as red

Omega-6s in Vegetable Oil Linked to Lower Diabetes Danger

Contrary to some advice to limit the omega-6 fats found in vegetable oil, a new Finnish study finds that high blood levels are associated with a significantly reduced risk of type 2 diabetes, at least in men. The study looked primarily at linoleic acid, an essential omega-6 fat not formed

Polyunsaturated Fat Levels Linked to Longevity

A new long-term study from Sweden bolsters the evidence that the type of fats you consume is more important for your health than the total amount of fats in your diet. (See the November Special Report, “Stop Worrying About Total Fat.”) Rather than relying on sometimes-inaccurate self-reported food intake, the

Newsbriefs: Baby Aspirin; Statins; Oils

A baby aspirin confers low-risk heart-attack protection.
While aspirin may or may not prevent a first heart attack, studies have verified aspirin’s ability to prevent a second or third attack. Moreover, a baby aspirin works just fine. In studies, 75- to 81-mg aspirin was as effective as 325 mg aspirin, and

The Skinny on Fats

Dietary recommendations regarding fat consumption are by no means a settled matter. Scientists are still debating this complex topic, and some may disagree on how much fat and which types of fat are most likely to ensure a healthy heart and brain. Instead of trying to untangle the latest research,

Newsbriefs: Vitamin E; Cost of Eating Healthy

Vitamin E is essential for brain health
A research review (Advances in Nutrition, Sept. 2014) emphasizes that getting adequate vitamin E is critical for healthy cognitive function. Vitamin E protects vital fatty acids, including docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), which is a key nutrient for brain health. One of the studies reviewed showed

Fats and the Brain: An Update

When it comes to the topic of fats and brain health, there are “good” fats and “bad” fats—and a fair amount of confusion.

The confusion is the result of new research on dietary fats that questions longstanding assumptions that replacing saturated fats with polyunsaturated vegetable oils can help improve health. Saturated

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