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Wednesday
May072014

5 Facts You Should Know about Nutritional Research

Another day, another nutritional headline… Those newspapers and 24-hour cable channels have to fill their space with something of interest. Yet, the sum of nutritional research from a scientific lens looks very different from the cultivated spin of 20-second reporting spots. What are we to take from the news we see each day? How can we bring a more critical understanding to the hype in the headlines? How do we process conflicting study results and the seemingly endless stream of shock inducing health warnings? Below are 5 facts you should know next time you hear the words, “New research indicates…”.

 

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Saturday
Apr202013

More Confusion about Red Meat

This past week, two opposing research studies were published. The first got major press and might sound familiar. It suggested eating red meat could cause heart disease because it contains the nutrient l-carnitine, which the researchers believed would cause a change in gut bacteria, which in turn would produce something called TMAO. TMAO is associated with higher levels of heart disease. Notice, nothing about that chain of sentences said red meat causes heart disease, although that’s what news headlines suggested based on this particular study, which was published on April 7, in the journal Nature Medicine. Five days later, the second study came out and received little to no press. On April 12, Mayo Clinic Proceedings released the results of a meta-analysis (a study of all quality studies) on l-carnitine, finding l-carnitine “significantly improves patient outcomes following heart attack.” Confused yet? Let’s break it down.

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Monday
Feb182013

The Truth about Vegetable Oils and Cardiovascular Health

We all know the refrain by now: vegetable oils are good and saturated fats are bad. Right? Actually, no. We’ve discussed how saturated fat has been wrongfully accused of causing heart disease and weight gain (see Saturated Fat: Wrongfully Accused?, Fat, Carbs and Cardiovascular Disease and Myth Busting: Fat). In fact, there’s growing awareness in scientific circles that saturated fat isn’t bad. There’s also increasing concern that the fats recommended to replace saturated fat, the polyunsaturated fats common in vegetable oils, may be not only an unnecessary but an unhealthy substitute.

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