Category: Diet and Exercise

Vitamin E For Cardiovascular Support

| February 6, 2015 | Comments (3)

Annatto is the seed or extract from the achiote tree, which is indigenous to Latin and South America. The fruit of the achiote tree is shaped like a heart and covered with thick, spiky hairs. When the fruit matures, the pod opens to reveal its red seeds — annatto. Ground into a powder, turned into […]

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Saturated Fats: The One Thing You Can Do To Improve Your Heart Health

| January 8, 2015 | Comments (3)

The one thing you can do this year to improve your heart health is to eat more saturated fats. Yes, saturated fats. I know it goes against the grain of mainstream dietary advice… but the mainstream will catch on and it will hopefully be sooner rather than later. For the past half century, conventional dietary […]

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Eating With Your Heart Health In Mind

| November 27, 2014 | Comments (0)

Since we’ve launched our dedicated blog The Cholesterol Truth back in 2010, there has been some progress in the way Joe Public views cholesterol and heart health. Conventional wisdom (fuelled by the short sightedness of the mainstream) surrounding cholesterol is to avoid foods that increase cholesterol levels, by emphasising foods that lower cholesterol. According to […]

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Cholesterol And Saturated Fat Are Not Our Dietary Enemies

| October 30, 2014 | Comments (1)

The skewed theory that eating foods rich in cholesterol and saturated fat raises blood cholesterol levels — which in turn raises the risk of cardiovascular disease — is based on studies carried out more than half a century ago. In some way the medical mainstream can be forgiven, in part, for all the confusion. Cardiovascular […]

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Statins Could Affect The Benefits Of Regular Exercise

| July 17, 2014 | Comments (1)

Those keen to optimise their cardiovascular health and reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke may well, in addition to ‘eating right’, take steps to be physically fit. One way exercise (e.g. walking, jogging, cycling) increases our ‘fitness’ is by inducing the production of tiny ‘engines’ in the cells known as mitochondria (my-toe-con-dree-ah). Most […]

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ANSES Speaks Out Against Cholesterol-Lowering Foods

| July 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

Supermarket shelves offer an ever-expanding range of cholesterol-lowering ‘functional foods’ (such as margarines and yoghurt drinks). These foods often contain ‘stanols’ or ‘sterols’: substances that have a similar chemical structure to cholesterol, and help inhibit its absorption from the digestive tract into the bloodstream. These substances do indeed have some capacity to reduce cholesterol levels, […]

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No Evidence That Diets Low In Saturated Fat Are ‘Heart Healthy’

| March 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

One common dietary dictum is the importance of limiting saturated fat in favour of ‘polyunsaturated’ fats such as those found in oily vegetable oils and oily fish. This week saw the publication of the largest and most comprehensive review to assess this validity of this dietary advice. The study was carried out by researchers from […]

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The Myths Surrounding Margarine As A ‘Health Food’

| January 23, 2014 | Comments (1)

Margarine has traditionally been touted as a healthy alternative to butter. Frequently, we’ve been reminded that butter is rich in saturated fat, which raises cholesterol levels and, along with them, the risk of cardiovascular issues such as heart disease and stroke. We’re assured that margarines and spreads, lower in saturated fat and rich in ‘heart-healthy’ […]

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