Health Lessons from International Cuisines: France

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International cuisines have long added variety to the American palate. Although modern, processed foods are gaining popularity in developed and developing countries, most regions still retain unique food cultures and dietary patterns that set them apart from the rest of the world. In this series of internationally-themed articles, I’ll pick different countries or regions and share some of the most interesting and beneficial aspects of their food culture, and how they can enrich our own.… Read More

The Roundup

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Here is The Roundup, Edition 11, bringing you the best from around the web from the past two weeks! Blast from the Past We’ve all seen the countless news stories and articles about the latest red meat scare, and we’ve all had friends and relatives tell us that we’re going to kill ourselves by eating too much red meat. And yet the evidence for red meat consumption causing an increased risk of death or disease… Read More

The Diet-Heart Myth: Statins Don’t Save Lives in People Without Heart Disease

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To read more about heart disease and cholesterol, check out the special report page. Cardiovascular disease is one of the most misdiagnosed and mistreated conditions in medicine. In the first article in this series, I explained the evidence suggesting that eating cholesterol and saturated fat does not increase the risk of heart disease. In the second article, I explained it’s not the amount of cholesterol in your blood that drives heart disease risk, but the number of LDL particles. In… Read More

Choline and TMAO: Eggs Still Don’t Cause Heart Disease

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A recent study by published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has proposed a new link between eggs and coronary heart disease (CHD) that doesn’t involve cholesterol. A team of researchers, led by Dr. Stanley Hazen, showed that dietary choline—a nutrient found largely in eggs, beef liver and other animal foods—is metabolized by bacteria in our gut and then converted by the liver into TMAO. They demonstrated this with a “choline challenge”: feeding… Read More

The Diet-Heart Myth: Why Everyone Should Know Their LDL Particle Number

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To read more about heart disease and cholesterol, check out the special report page. Cardiovascular disease is one of the most misdiagnosed and mistreated conditions in medicine. In the first article in this series, I explained the evidence suggesting that eating cholesterol and saturated fat does not increase cholesterol levels in the blood for the majority of the population. In this article, I will debunk the myth that high cholesterol in the blood is the cause of heart disease.… Read More

The Diet-Heart Myth: Cholesterol and Saturated Fat Are Not the Enemy

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To read more about heart disease and cholesterol, check out the special report page. It’s hard to overstate the impact that cardiovascular disease (CVD) has in the U.S.. Consider the following: Cardiovascular disease affects 65 million Americans. Close to one million Americans have a heart attack each year. In the U.S., one person dies every 39 seconds of cardiovascular disease. 1 of 3 deaths that occurs in the U.S. is caused by cardiovascular disease. 1 in… Read More