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Maintaining Cardiometabolic Health

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During the past three months I’ve been busy traveling as an invited speaker to meetings in Washington DC, New York City, San Diego, Phoenix, and finally to Sofia Bulgaria to the European Congress on Obesity. The organizers of each of these meetings asked me to speak about our research on creating the optimal dietary balance of protein, carbohydrates and fats [...]

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The Sodium Controversy

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Remember – everything thing you hear in the news you should take with a grain of salt, well now you can have it with two grains of salt. In May, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report that reversed the past 40 years of dietary advice about sodium. They reviewed all of the research and clinical studies and concluded [...]

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Nutrition Shift from Pyramids to Plates

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Every five years, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nominate a committee of leading scientists in nutrition and medicine to evaluate and revise the Dietary Guidelines for the United States. These guidelines become the standards used by the Surgeon General and all government programs including school lunch, nursing homes, WIC (Women and Infant [...]

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Bad Cholesterol – Not Really

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Cholesterol may be the most misunderstood molecule in the body. For years, the public was told that cholesterol was hazardous to health. Dietary guidelines recommended lowering cholesterol intake for heart health … and Americans did. From 1980 to 2000, Americans lowered daily cholesterol intake from about 700 mg (milligrams) to less than 300 mg and it had NO EFFECT AT [...]

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Healthy Muscles for Healthy Adults

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Muscle size and strength are usually associated with body builders and athletes, but the latest research is proving that healthy muscles are critical for adult health. Average life expectancy continues to increase, but along with the blessing of longer life comes the risk of age-related diseases. The risks for obesity, diabetes, osteoporosis, heart disease, and cancers increase with advancing age. [...]

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The Diminishing Case against Saturated Fat

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Since the 1970’s, nutrition policy and recommendations have focused on reducing dietary saturated fat (SFA) and cholesterol. However, during the past decade, we’ve begun to learn that SFA and cholesterol are likely under false arrest. They’ve been framed with guilt by association and not with solid facts. Let’s explore the evidence against SFA. The case against saturated fats dates back [...]

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All Calories Are Not Equal

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The term “calories” reflects a measurement of heat. If you burn food in a furnace, the energy from the carbon is released as heat and can be measured as calories. If you generate a calorie of heat from fish, broccoli, or potato chips — it’s still just a calorie. Suggesting that all calories are equal. While that may be true [...]

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Carnitine, Choline and Your Gut

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Choline and carnitine have been in the news because of new research linking gut microbes to heart disease. Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic reported that individuals with advanced heart disease had elevated blood levels of TMAO (trimethylamine oxide) produced from dietary choline and carnitine by bacteria in your lower intestines. As a nutrition scientist, I find the new research fascinating, [...]

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Designing Meals for Weight Loss

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For years good nutrition was considered a daily balance of vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, etc. New research is proving that optimum health for adults requires nutrition balance at each meal and this balance is especially important during weight loss. If you don’t have the right balance at each meal you will always be hungry and tired and you will not [...]

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Breakfast to Energize Your Day

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The importance of breakfast is a principle of nutrition taught to children. If you want to perform well in school you need a good breakfast, and children who skip breakfast often have low energy, poor attention, and reduced performance. The problem was low blood sugar. Nutritionists thought the solution was eating carbohydrates. This led to breakfasts that were high carbohydrate [...]

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