February 2015 Newsletter
Cholesterol Not Bad For You?
The U.S. Government has officially caught up with what nutrition experts have known for many years, cholesterol in foods is not the culprit for increased risk of heart disease, saturated fats are. The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, the group that provides the scientific basis for the “Dietary Guidelines” throughout the country, recently reversed its 40-year position on cholesterol, declaring that cholesterol no longer needs to be considered a “nutrient of concern” in the American diet. Their finding follows an evolution of thinking among many nutrition experts who believe, the issue of heart disease lies not in products such as eggs, shrimp or lobster, which are high in cholesterol, but in too many servings of foods heavy with saturated fats, such as fatty meats, whole milk, and butter.
The Secret to Weight Loss is Healthy Eating
You have heard it many times, the key to weight loss is “eat less and move more.” But since diet, not exercise controls 75% of weigh loss, what you eat may be even more important than just how much. Eating multiple smaller meals and snacks throughout the day with balanced proteins, fats and carbohydrates has been found as the real secret. Many diets use this basic principal of good nutrition to help you shed those pounds.
Health Benefits of the Mediterranean-style Diet
A traditional Mediterranean diet consists of large quantities of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, fish and olive oil, coupled with physical activity. This healthy lifestyle diet has been found to reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes, and protect against certain cancers, diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases.