What are the Metabolic Health Differences of Eating the Fats in Coconut and MCT Oil?

Saturated fats make up 35% of total fat intake in the US (1). Intakes were believed to remain the same between 1909 and 2000, but between 1995-2005, intake levels declined (2). From 1960 to 2000, intake of polyunsaturated fats increased significantly (3). As intake of medium chain fatty acids (MCFA’s) from coconut and MCT oil is relatively low in the US diet, intake of long-chain saturated fatty acids (LCFAs) predominates total intake of saturated fat.

Why worry about differences in saturated fats? Shouldn’t I limit them anyway?

Dietary guidelines have focused largely on limiting saturated fats as a whole – and do not clarify what type of saturated fat they are talking about. After reading about how differently these short and medium chain fats […]

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 […]