Are you still being fooled by avocado’s bad rap as a high-fat food? It’s time to let go of old assumptions and embrace the fact that rich, creamy avocado benefits your health in a dizzying array of ways. Move over apples! Avocado benefits include improving your cholesterol, … Read More
Toast without butter is like macaroni without cheese—sad and incomplete. Same goes for popcorn, especially at the movie theater. For years, though, we’ve been told to cut butter from our diets. Those delectable, creamy French dishes a la Julia Child are frowned upon by nutrition experts and … Read More
It's a commonly asked question among people who are concerned about heart-smart eating: Is olive oil healthy? The quick answer: Extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) should be your No. 1 oil in the kitchen. It's the least-refined vegetable oil that's commonly available.
The olive tree, which dates back at least 6,000 … Read More
Got hemp seed? Nutrition benefits from this worthy source of protein make it an ideal addition to your diet. Beyond protein, hemp seeds contain a number of other nutrients that are an essential part of a healthy eating plan.
Specifically, hemp seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty … Read More
We need fat in our diet. Fat gives us energy, facilitates the absorption of nutrients, helps keep us warm, and provides essential fatty acids. But there are good fats and bad fats. The good come from monounsaturated fatty acids, known by the acronym MUFA, and polyunsaturated fats, or PUFA.
MUFA and … Read More
If you browse the web or walk into your local health food store, you’ll no doubt see an abundance of omega fatty acid products. These days, among the most popular supplements are fish oils; everyone is boasting over the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. But not so … Read More
Research shows that certain foods and diets have an amazing ability to reduce triglycerides naturally. A study of more than 1.5 million healthy adults provided evidence that a Mediterranean diet or triglyceride diet can result in a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and cardiovascular mortality, a lower incidence … Read More
Saturated fat is bad. Trans fat is bad. Monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) and polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), dietitians often say, are “good fats.” Both come from plant sources, although PUFA also includes cold-water fish, shrimp, crab, lobster, and haddock.
Despite the worthy sources of PUFA and MUFA, … Read More
Now that you’ve learned in part 1 about avocado’s spectacular array of nutrients and phytochemicals and seen the many ways it keeps your heart and blood vessels healthy, it’s … Read More