For years we have been advised to avoid saturated fats because they increase the risk for heart disease. Saturated fats are known for raising LDL cholesterol.  But, as with all health messages, it isn’t that simple – not all saturated fats are created equal. Some saturated fats are worse than others for raising LDL cholesterol. … Read More

There are many dynamic duos in nutrition. Two nutrients, when combined, are more powerful than when they work alone. Combine avocado with tomato in your next salad. The heart healthy monounsaturated fat in avocado helps your body effectively absorb the powerful carotenoid antioxidants found in red, yellow and orange fruits and vegetables. Beta-carotene, the best … Read More

We love to try new foods. Some are great. Some don’t measure up and some become staples in our kitchen. See what you think. 4th & Heart is an artisanal food brand that wants to bring ancient pantry foods into today’s kitchens. Their first product launch is a line of spreadable butters known as ghee which … Read More

Saturated, unsaturated, omega-3 fats — what do these terms really mean? Dietary fats, those found in meat, cheese, oil, butter and salad dressing are often discussed in the news with big sounding names. These terms refer to the type of fat, the length of the fat chain, and the type of bond holding the fat chain together. Most dietary fats (called … Read More

There is no place left in the US where the majority of people are slim. Every state has an obesity rate of more than 20% of the population. In nineteen states, making up almost 40% of the US population, 30% to 35% of the states’ residents are obese. In three states, Arkansas, Mississippi and West … Read More

Eating recommendations come from a balance of scientific evidence and scientific judgment, called an evidence-based approach. Experts gather research and use their trained judgment to make recommendations about what to eat, how to eat, and when to eat. But science keeps moving ahead and the evidence keeps changing. The recommendations about fat are perfect examples … Read More

More than 55 years ago, researchers started to monitor 5,000 residents from Framingham, Massachusetts to better understand why some people got heart disease and others did not. The researchers discovered, by following all these people, that there was a connection between the level of cholesterol in the blood and the risk for heart disease. This … Read More

Saturated fats – eat less of this type of fats and keep portions small:  … Read More

An Ohio State University study found that eating an apple a day for four weeks lowered LDL – bad cholesterol – by 40 %. Tip: Cut fat and calories by substituting applesauce for oil when baking. Fact: Studies show people who eat apples or apple products regularly are more likely to have lower blood pressure and … Read More

Using a moderate about of oil is a healthy habit, but sorting out all the oils available at the supermarket can be daunting. When it comes to cooking, oils that can handle heat, those with a high smoking point are good for frying. Those with low smoke points are better for salad dressings, drizzles or … Read More