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Dairy and heart disease: a lower risk than previously thought

It has been clear for a long time that not all saturated fats act the same. Saturated fats come in a range of lengths, dictated by the number of carbon atoms in the fatty acid chain. Look, it's a chemistry thing, and 93% of people never did chemistry at school, let alone university. You can go to everyone's friend Wikipedia if you want a quick refresher on saturated fat. Better still, just keep re...

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Improved Health with Simple Nutrition

One favourite way of getting an answer to a nutrition and health question is to gather all the most recent published studies, put them in a data melting pot, and see if you can extract a "truth". One review did this recently and found pretty much what you might expect, depending on your personal nutrition mantra or affiliation. They compared various foods groups and types to the risk of ...

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The good news about food

The good news about food

There are many foods that work hard in reducing your risk of heart disease and early death. In no particular order they are:

Fish

It is the omega-3 fats in fish that appear to offer protection to the heart. The fish with the highest omega-3 levels are the cold water fish. Those that are particularly high are salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring, sardines and pilchards. All of these are available a...

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Cooking oil: does heating cause health problems?

The thought comes up regularly - if you cook with oil does it lose all its healthy properties? Do unsaturated fats become saturated once they are heated? In other words should oil only be used for salad dressings? These are common questions. Let me try and make sense of this topic.

Frying oil at home

I have done a search of all the literature on cooking oils. OK, that's a lie. I have actually ...

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Milk and Rehydration

Milk and Rehydration

With warm weather and/or physical activity you lose perspiration, and the evaporation of the sweat from your skin cools the body. Before long, that sweat loss needs to be replaced. Water is good. You know from previous articles both coffee and tea can rehydrate the body. Sports drinks are specifically designed for rehydration, especially for athletes during sport.

After sweating did you ever cons...

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