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Does eating fish reduce your risk of heart disease? The answer is yes and no.
Without a doubt eating fish high in omega-3 fatty acids reduces your risk of heart disease as well as several other diseases. Unfortunately there are some fish that are higher in omega-6 fatty acids than omega-3s.
For economical reasons people are buying more farmed raised fish such as tilapia. A study conducted at Wake Forest University found tilapia high in omega-6 fatty acids and very low in omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-6 fatty acids lead to heart disease, blood vessel damage and cell aging, creating the health problems you are trying to prevent.
For the sake of your health include in your diet some mackerel, lake trout, herring, sardines, albacore tuna and salmon.
Source: Wake Forest University, Journal American Dietetic Association, and Fitness RX
Beans may be one of natures’ most perfect foods. They are a great source of protein without the saturated fat, high in fiber, and a good source of copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. Whether or not you love to cook or hate cooking - beans are so versatile they are almost a must have in your kitchen.
So is it possible a food with so many virtues could possibly have a con? There is one small drawback but Eden Organic Beans has solved this problem.
Cooking beans takes hours and this can be an inconveniece for most people – commercially canned beans are often high in sodium. There is also the added risk of the cans lined with BPA.
Eden Organic Beans offer 12 different kinds of beans, there is no added sodium or salt, and there is no BPA in the lining of the cans.
Source: Nutrition Action Health Letter
Quote from Wellness Letter of The University of California.
“Most contain canthaxanthin, a pigment related to beta carotene that is approved by the FDA only in very small amounts as a food coloring. In large amounts, canthaxanthin is deposited in the skin, turning it orange-brown. But the pigment may also get deposited in other body parts including the eyes, where it can form yellow crystals that can affect vision. Side effects may also include nausea, cramps, diarrhea, itching, welts, and liver damage. Marketing any pill as a tanning agent is, in fact, illegal; manufacturers get around this by calling them nutritional supplements.”
From Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter-
“Energy drinks can range from 50 to 505 milligrams of caffeine – as much as 14 cans of cola”. A 6oz. cup of coffee contains from 77 to 150 milligrams of caffeine.
Johns Hopkins researchers warn energy drinks could contribute to caffeine dependency and other side effects.
Cheesecake, one of my favorite things in life, add some chocolate to the cheesecake and life just does not get any better than that. Sara Lee now has on the market for your convenience ”Sara Lee Bites”; wonderful little morsels of chocolate or strawberry cheesecake. Keep these in your freezer and when you need a little taste of sweet just pop one in your mouth.
If you are like me one bite leads to another until before you know it the box is empty. Should you have some “Sara Lee Bites” in your freezer make sure to keep track of the bites you consume.
Roughly 20 bites is equal to 1/2 cup (a serving of ice cream) 440 calories
and 14 grams of saturated fat.
One A Day Weight-Smart promises to convert the food you eat to energy, interesting, since your body converts food to energy even if you do not take a pill. There is a plus here, if you take one of the Weight-Smart pills you will not need your morning cup of coffee; each pill has as much caffeine as a cup of coffee.
As a nutrition fact label coach, I counsel my clients with diabetes, heart disease, and weight control issues to interpret and apply the nutritional data on commercially produced foods. Buying processed foods is like signing a legal document, read the fine print or your health will be in serious trouble. In the “Food Industry’s Gredd” Lois proves my point with respect to Omega-3 food labeled products. This book isn’t overly long yet the omega-3 information will result in many long term health benefits for consumers. A must read for anyone confused by omega-3 and omega-6 labels today. I highly recommend this book.
Lois is giving the first 20 purchers a 30 minute free consultation to answer any questions you might have about the omegas, inflamation, and research in the book. To get a free consultation just send your receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org
I have four dogs, so it is just as important to me to know what is in the food they consume as it is to know what is in the food I consume. Natural is fast becoming a favorite word in advertising dog food and as with human food the word natural is over used and very misleading.
When shopping yesterday I spotted All Natural Muti Mutt Spots, a chocolate chip cookie for your dog boasting this treat does not contain cholesterol. About the second ingredient listed is partially hydrogenated vegetable oil; a chemically produced ingredient that creates cholesterol once it is consumed.
This is not false advertising, the product does not contain cholesterol, but your dog may after eating treats containing this type of fat.
Benecol margarine “Proven to reduce cholesterol“ so it states on the front of the container. The ingredient in Benecol advertised to make this possible is plant stanol esters.
Even if plant stanol esters in fact lower your cholesterol Benecol contains “partially hydrogenated soybean oil“, this is a trans-fat that raises cholesterol levels in your body. By-the-way Benecol also advertises “no trans fats”, this means there is a 1/2 gram or less per tablespoon(a serving). In order for you to receive cholesterol lowering benefits from the plant stanol esters you must consume 3 TBLSPS. of Benecol in a day.
The partially hydrogenated soybean oil may prolong the life of Benecol I am not sure it will help to prolong yours.