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Omega-3s and Heart Disease: The Latest Study

On Wednesday, September 12, a research paper was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)[i] which left many people confused about one of the most-researched, fundamental nutritional supplements available today: omega-3 fatty acids, commonly known as fish oil. The conclusions of the study created doubt about the efficacy of using fish oil on a daily basis for heart health.

As is typical of media headlines, they don’t tell the whole story. Similar to the media headlines about cigarettes and egg yolks being equally risky for your heart, the study suggesting omega-3s don’t offer health benefits requires more explanation than most media sources provided.

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Cholesterol, Health and Heart Disease

For decades, sound bites on the news, daytime television and mainstream magazines have warned us of the dangers of fat and cholesterol. When it comes to our heart health and risk of future disease, we’re often told:

  • High cholesterol is a sure sign heart disease is right around the corner
  • We should limit or eliminate dietary cholesterol to lower our blood cholesterol levels
  • Fat, especially saturated fat, should be avoided because it can clog our arteries
  • When diet and exercise don’t bring cholesterol levels to a “healthy” level, statins should be prescribed (or they’re prescribed before focusing on diet and lifestyle changes)
  • Whole grains should be increased in the diet to help reduce cholesterol levels, which will lower heart disease risk

Though these all seem logical based on what we’ve been told about fat, cholesterol and heart disease, thorough reviews of the research from the past several decades shows the statements above are not true. If the above advice doesn’t improve health, could it possibly increase the chance of disease?

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Sweet Heart

The sugar industry took another hit this past week. Another study provides evidence of sugar consumption to negatively impact our health. The study, in the Journal of the American Medical Association, shows that increasing sugar intake may...

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Health and Happiness in Your Cup of Joe

During my time as a Personal Trainer, I met many members in FitPoints who were eagerly beginning a new fitness program. We often discussed their health and exercise history, as well as details on their eating habits. It seemed like more than half of the time, as we began discussing nutrition, they were excited to tell me that as part of their commitment to their new fitness program, they had given up coffee. While the commitment to make a change to eating habits was a noble one, the focus on dropping coffee may have been somewhat misdirected.

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