Why Coconut Oil Made its Remarkable Comeback

New coconut products appear everywhere you turn.

Starbucks now offers coconut milk as an option, even potato chip companies are starting to come back to cooking with coconut oil.

Why are so many people coming back to coconut products?

In the areas where the coconut tree grows naturally, it is referred to as the “Tree of Life”. It’s medicinal properties date back over 5,000 years. Ancient people in India, Sri Lanka and the Phillippines used just about every part of the coconut tree, just like how Native Americans had used every part of the American buffalo for food, weaponry, and spiritual purposes.

So how could the coconut tree be called the “Tree of Life” in some portions of the world, but so vilified by the United States for most of the 20th century?

The answer […]

Fast Caffeine Metabolizers Can Still Be Sensitive to Coffee – Here’s Why

You may know someone who seems to be able to drink all of the caffeine they want and sleep like a baby each night.

For others, a sip of coffee taken after lunch could give them insomnia all night.

Caffeine is metabolized by a liver enzyme coded by the gene CYP1A2. If you carry 1 or two “bad” copies of this gene, it will slow your ability to process your caffeine intake – and you may be more sensitive than someone else.

Chris Kresser, LAc recently made an excellent review of how coffee can be good or bad for you based on whether you are a fast or slow metabolizer of caffeine. According to Kresser, slow metabolizers of caffeine may be at higher risk of heart disease, high […]

Low-Carb and High-Fat Diets are Better Than Low-Fat Diets for Long-term Weight Loss According to Recent Lancet Review

More than two out of every three American adults are still overweight or obese.

Many have tried various diets with high-effort and high-motivation for improved health, yet have continuously failed to reach their weight loss goals.

Over the last 30-40 years, nutritionists and government officials have led us to believe that a healthy diet was somehow equated with a “Low-Fat Diet” – especially if you were looking to lose weight.

High-fat foods were considered “fattening”. Healthy diets were equated with a vegetable-based diet low in fat. You were supposed to drink Skim, 1% and 2% milk. Choosing a “low-fat” salad dressing made you happy. Nutritional bars and shakes promised to meet your low-fat needs and support healthy weight.

I personally saw my maternal grandparents switch from a diet high in vegetables grown in their own […]