Unhealthy fats and Cardiovascular disease

Tomorrow is National Wear Red day – in support of women’s heart disease awareness. http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov//educational/hearttruth/materials/wear-red-toolkit.htm As things gear up for heart health awareness, I’m stuck wondering why partially hydrogenated oils are still in so many foods. Partially hydrogenated oils make up man-made trans fats. Now that trans fats have been on food labels for a few years, many companies have worked to get their trans fats content down to 0 grams. But, 0 grams per serving really means less than …

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Heart Health Month

When it comes to preventive health, cardiovascular disease is on the top of my list. My passion for spreading the word about heart health came a young age and grew over time as every single person I knew was touched in some way or another by cardiovascular disease (CVD). That should come as no surprise – CVD is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and …

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Is the range for Healthy LDL levels too high?

A January 2009 American Heart Journal study is garnering quite a bit of attention lately.  This study examined lipid levels in over 136,000 patients who were hospitalized with coronary artery disease from 2000-2006 in 541 participating hospitals.  Now, according to the American Heart Association, our LDL (bad cholesterol) levels should be less than 100 mg/dL.  However, in this particular study almost 1/2 of the patients admitted had LDL levels within the “healthy” range. For years, total cholesterol and LDL levels …

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Super Bowl XLIII

Today I am frantically editing references and finalizing a textbook that I am co-authoring (all in time to watch the Super Bowl).  As I look ahead at the party I am going to in a few hours I realize that Super Bowl parties could be a train wreck for people who are consciously trying to watch their weight and pull through 2009 carrying around less weight and healthier than they started this year off. And, it isn’t really about the …

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Nuts for Good Health

I’ve mainly been talking about goals and weight (a common January theme) for the past month. And I also threw in a few of my favorite Superbowl Sunday appetizers a few days back.  Among the chips, dips and spread of food this Sunday, there will be a common snack food: nuts.  People seem to fall into one of two camps when it comes to nuts.  They either eat them or avoid them because they are high in fat and calories …

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Whey Less Weight

This week I’ve had the pleasure of editing textbook chapters.  Aside from re-formatting references, the rest has truly been fun and rewarding.  I have a fantastic detail-oriented co-editor and top notch authors who wrote each chapter.   While reading through the protein chapter today, Dr. Richard Kreider (Texas A&M) included a great section the various types of protein, including whey.  Men and women alike who pump iron and make frequent appearances at their gym may be familiar with whey protein. …

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