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 […]

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 […]

3 Powerful Habits that are Proven to Make Us Happier Long-Term

health habitsThe pursuit of happiness – why does it always have to be such a pursuit?

One moment of happiness that many of us can relate to is that moment when you buy your first home, or your first car.

You’re excited for all of the new potential these objects will bring you.

For the first couple of weeks and months, it works – you are as happy as you imagined.

But then something peculiar happens – the happiness fades.

Researchers call this “hedonic adaptation” or the “hedonic treadmill”.