Nut and seed butters naturally contain healthful, unsaturated fats that can help reduce the risk of several health conditions, including heart disease and diabetes. Nuts, seeds, and legumes, such as peanuts and soybeans, are also good sources of protein, vitamin E, magnesium, and fiber. However, some products also contain partially
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Controlling type 2 diabetes requires spot-checking blood sugar, including after you eat. “The highest blood sugars of the day tend to be after meals,” says Richard Siegel, MD, an endocrinologist and co-director of the Diabetes and Lipid Center at Tufts Medical Center. Blood sugar spikes—temporary high readings—after meals can be
Making smart choices about fats and oils is not as simple as proponents of this product or that fad diet would have you believe. Common vegetable oils, as well as animal fats, such as butter, lard, and the fats in meat and dairy, contain a mix of different types
The link between diet and blood pressure is undeniable. Maintaining a healthy weight can help you better control your blood pressure. And following a low-sodium diet may be particularly important if you have, or are at risk of developing, hypertension. To learn more about foods that lower blood pressure, you
At one time, low-fat diets were believed to be healthy. Now, findings from hundreds of studies have revealed that it’s not the amount of fat; it’s the type of fat that’s most important.
You need an adequate amount of fat—about 45 to 75 grams per day on average—in your diet to
Have you ever looked at a “sell by” or “best if used by” date on a food container, checked the calendar, and thrown out something because it had “expired”? You’re part of a $165 billion a year problem. About 40% of America’s food gets wasted, much of it because of
Not only can substitution save the day when you lack an ingredient called for in a recipe, but it also enables you to make a recipe better for you. That’s helpful whether you are trying to improve your overall eating pattern or are cooking for a specific health condition.
Should you buy the big 2-quart bottle of vegetable oil for $2.50 or spend $12 on a 1-quart bottle of extra-virgin olive oil? “Olive oil has been regarded by many as a unique oil for cardiovascular health, but the data don’t really support it as being superior to common vegetable
Seeing you’re down several pounds or finding your clothes are fitting looser may sound like a good thing—but not when you aren’t trying to lose weight. Unwanted weight loss is of special concern in aging since it could point to an undiagnosed illness, leave you prone to infections or decrease
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