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How did we come to believe saturated fat and cholesterol are bad for us?

How did we come to believe saturated fat and cholesterol are bad for us?

There aren’t too many topics that really get me riled up anymore.  I’m too old and too busy to care about debating the merits of stem cell research, the legalization of marijuana, or Proposition 8.  Sure, I have strong opinions on all of these topics and more, but they are just that – opinions.  Furthermore, there are enough other people out there, some reasonable, most irrational, already fighting those fights.  So what does get me riled up?  Every time I ...

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The straight dope on cholesterol – Part IX

The straight dope on cholesterol – Part IX

Previously, across 8 parts of this series we’ve laid the groundwork to ask perhaps the most important question of all:

What should you eat to have the greatest chance of delaying the arrival of cardiovascular disease?

Before we get there, since this series has been longer and more detailed than any of us may have wanted, it is probably worth reviewing the summary points from the previous posts in this series (or you can just skip this and jump to the ...

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Good science, bad interpretation

Good science, bad interpretation

This week the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published a study entitled Effects of Dietary Composition on Energy Expenditure During Weight-Loss Maintenance.  While I’m guessing most readers have not read this study, I’m pretty sure most of you have heard about the results as it was all over the news this week.

People who know me well know that as sure as Tuesday follows Monday there are few things I can resist less than homemade whipped cream ...

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The straight dope on cholesterol – Part VIII

The straight dope on cholesterol – Part VIII

Last week the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published an article titled Lipid-Related Markers and Cardiovascular Disease Prediction, which you can download here.  This is quite timely as we are in the midst of our series on cholesterol and heart disease risk factors.

I was planning to write a post on my interpretation of this report, as I know many of you have questions about it, when I was reminded of one of my favorite principles in ...

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Welcome to The Eating Academy!

Welcome to The Eating Academy!

A little over a year ago I started sending out monthly emails to friends and family who had expressed an interest (and probably a few who didn’t but were kind enough to just silently delete the emails) in my nutritional transformation during the prior 18 months.  Within a few months, the distribution list had grown to an unmanageable one, and I spent many hours forwarding and re-forwarding old emails, at which point several friends suggested I start a blog.

My initial ...

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The straight dope on cholesterol – Part VII

The straight dope on cholesterol – Part VII

 

Previously, in Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V ,and Part VI of this series, we addressed these 8 concepts:

     #1What is cholesterol?

     #2What is the relationship between the cholesterol we eat and the cholesterol in our body?

     #3Is cholesterol bad?

     #4 How does cholesterol move around our body?

     #5 How do we measure cholesterol?

     #6How does cholesterol actually cause problems?

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