The Many Health Dangers of Trans Fats

Trans fats are found in partially hydrogenated and hydrogenated oils – often used in margarine, as well as pastries, processed, and deep-fried foods.

Because these oils can be synthetically produced, they are cheap and help increase the shelf-life of the processed foods you see in the supermarket.

One study in pregnant women suggested that when dietary fat was kept at 30% of total calories, 90% of trans fat intake came from bakery items, while 10% came from table spreads such as margarine (11). If you reduce (preferably eliminate) processed foods, pastries, donuts and the like, you can significantly reduce your intake of these harmful fats.

I support the principle of “out of sight, out of mind”, if I don’t go past the items […]

Comments on New Guidelines for Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs

New guidelines were recently released by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology for cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins.

Part of the release included a controversial online cardiovascular risk calculator. Critics of the calculator propose that the algorithm greatly overestimates risk by 75-150% – turning millions more people into candidates for statin drug therapy.

Individuals taking statin drugs could double. [See Risk Calculator For Cholesterol Appears Flawed (NY Times).]

There are numerous problems with the new recommendations:

  • Individuals with type 2 diabetes will effectively take more statin drugs despite a study suggesting that statins themselves have been correlated with an increase incidence of type 2 diabetes.

  • Statin drugs are not necessarily benign drugs. Studies suggest […]

Coconut Oil and Heart Disease

Four to five thousand years ago, Ayurvedic practitioners in India used coconut from the coconut tree (Cocos nucifera) for its medicinal purposes.