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onlyThis
How do you free a bird from an empty cage?
11:04 AM on 04/25/2010
It really is simple. Eat FOOD. Not processed food products. As one poster put it. if your grandmother ( or great grandmother) wouldn't recognize it as food it's probably better not to eat it. Eat real food, mostly vegetables, fruit, nuts, and some lean meat (without chemicals if you can get it). Drink plenty of water and get some exercise and good sleep. If you can find a good protein source you can skip the meat.
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TerryDArc
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12:06 PM on 04/25/2010
Actually it's Michael Pollan who's on record in his new book (Food Rules) that said that but it's good advice. The standard American diet is killing us, driving up healthcare costs and probably making us crazy enough to deny Dr Ni's basically good advice.
11:01 AM on 04/25/2010
I'm glad more people know the truth about the benefits of Coconut oil. The use of this oil has suffered too much from the propaganda of other oil producers.

According to Dr. Mary G. Enig (2001), “The coconut industry has suffered more than three decades of abusive rhetoric from the consumer activist group Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), from the American Soybean Association (ASA) and other members of the edible oil industry, and from those who learned their misinformation from groups like CSPI and ASA.”
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10:59 AM on 04/25/2010
Olive oil is one of the greatest foods on this planet. If you look at countries where olive oil is in heavy use there is a low incidence of colon cancer. That in itself would be a good motivator. As for butter and margarine I will take butter any day of the week. Never eat margarine - it's like consuming plastic. But the best advice for anyone concerned with food: Listen to your body! It will tell you what works and what doesn't.

Years ago I had a doctor put me on a monitoring diet, where you ate everything you normally did, then spent a week not eating those foods, then going back to your regular diet and record what responses your body had to the changes. After 3 months we were able to determine a number of foods that my body had low tolerance for and foods that produced the best results. It turns out a number of my favorite foods were causing chronic migraines, so the removal of them from my diet was extremely beneficial, yet I didn't suffer the "withdrawal" symptoms most people go through when trying to change their eating habits.

One question I do have for the author - I love salmon oil as a supplement, but is there a difference between wild-caught salmon and farm-raised? I know they feed farm-raised salmon something to dye the flesh pink but don't know if it would post a problem.
02:48 PM on 04/25/2010
Yes there is a difference. You want wild Alaska salmon. Farm raised fish in general is less healthy and are often grown in unhygienic conditions. You want a product that is free of contaminants and heavy metals, especially mercury.
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10:31 AM on 04/25/2010
This article is total BS. Coconut oil is good for you, so is butter, peanut oil, or any other fat with the caveat that: ultimately, it is how many calories one consumes, and burns in a day. The excess intake will be converted to fat.

Huff Po should refrain from publishing this type of useless articles.
10:59 AM on 04/25/2010
I agree the article is BS. However, the idea that obesity is simply a matter of calories in vs calories out is also a mistaken concept. To learn why, I highly recommend you read Gary Taubes' excellent book, "Good Calories, Bad Calories".
12:11 PM on 04/25/2010
yep, look at all those fat frenchmen. They eat butter out the wazzou and aren't near as fat as us.
10:25 AM on 04/25/2010
The truth about coconut oil.

Coconut oil is really beneficial to health. It is stable even when left opened for two years without getting oxidized thus wont turn rancid. It has antioxidant properties like vitamin E. It lowers LDL or bad cholesterol. It also has weight loss stimulating properties because of thyroid stimulation and studies showed it has anti-cancer properties. It is also antimicrobial and antiviral like the one found in breast milk.

What's giving coconut oil the bad name is manily economic, the push of corn and other oils to the market sacrificing coconut oil.
11:19 AM on 04/25/2010
It's medium chain fatty acids are also a lot easier to digest.
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10:03 AM on 04/25/2010
[[Chinese medicine lists sesame as a blood builder, a kidney and liver tonic, and a bowel protector and regulator.]]]]

There is no scientific evidence to support this claim.

Michael
12:04 PM on 04/25/2010
Of the top 100 countries ranked by life expectancy, China ranks 82. The U.S. ranks 32.

So much for "Chinese medicine". Stick with an American diet and American medicine and you'll live longer.
09:57 AM on 04/25/2010
if you really look at the research... coconut oil is great for you. we need saturated fat to live healthily.
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lizmckenzie55
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10:23 AM on 04/25/2010
Really? Intake of saturated fatty acids is directly related to cardiovascular risk factors. People who eat more saturated fats often have higher levels of cholesterol and a greater proportion of large, low-density LDL cholesterol particles. A high cholesterol level is a risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
10:55 AM on 04/25/2010
Liz - this is turning out to be not true. See my reply to your earlier post.
10:56 AM on 04/25/2010
quit listening to the pharmaceutical companies and do your own research
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09:53 AM on 04/25/2010
And..........I forgot to add that there seems to be quite the controversy around Coconut Oil; an oil that's been placed on a high altar in alternative health and health food store circles. So what's the skinny on this oil; a cardiovascular murderer or a killer of diseases in the body? Even if an oil has really healthy properties, will it still do more damage because it's semi-solid at room temperature? Does anyone know?

Thanks!!!
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09:48 AM on 04/25/2010
Moderation in all things and 150 minutes of exercise a week.

You be much healthier no matter what the diet.
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10:42 AM on 04/25/2010
I have not 150 minutes before. That is super do-able. I thought I read somewhere that they were now saying 90-minutes 5 days a week.I love to work out, but no way I can do that.
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12:41 PM on 04/25/2010
150 minutes is very do-able. I agree.

Even with an erratic schedule.

The moderation part was more difficult.
11:02 AM on 04/25/2010
Well I guess once a week is what is then... I'm on the treadmill (power walking of course) for at least an hour in 30 minute 2 to 3 times a week,,,,

Well it looks like I'm over doing it... And we are not going to even talk about the Pilates I do before I hit the treadmill.....
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09:47 AM on 04/25/2010
When experts put Canola Oil in the 'good' category I wonder if they're taking into account that 97% of it is genetically modified (Monsanto GMO's) besides being overly processed. Unless the label states: Organic, unrefined Canola Oil, it's about as bad an oil as you can eat. Highly inflammatory to the system.
10:21 AM on 04/25/2010
Although I am not a fan of Monsanto by any stretch of the imagination, I might comment that although the plants have been genetically modified, the resulting oil has not. It is identical in all respects to the oil of canola plants ( a normal hybrid, by the way). The processing for either organically grown canola oil and other forms is identical. Rapeseed and canola are different plants; the latter has been developed to eliminate the inflammatory acids that are present in rapeseed. (Both are members of the mustard family.) I do agree with "Getoffmedz" that the important thing is moderation and balance. I use olive oil in food preparation, canola oil for saute-ing or frying (seldom), nut oils for flavouring, eat fatty fish (fresh caught lake trout or burbot) three times a week, and use butter in baking. My husband has familial hypercholestremia, and his
blood levels of HDL are controlled by exercise, firm watch of his weight, healthy diet, and lots of fishing.
11:10 AM on 04/25/2010
The oil is loaded with pesticides though. GMO crops are saturated with pesticides since they're been altered to resist the pesticide and allow everything else around them to die. They are not processed the same ways either. There are a number of options, expelling, high temperature steam, high temp chemical and Monsanto ops for the high temperature chemical extraction.
10:32 AM on 04/25/2010
I agree. I almost gag when I eat canola oil. I figure it can't be healthy. I also think butter from grass-fed cows is good for you, and high in CLA. Processed oils are bad, in my opinion, and much, much worse than pure, natural saturated fats.
09:47 AM on 04/25/2010
This is utter nonsense: "If a fat doesn't move at room temperature then it will stay that way inside your body and clog up your arteries. Lard and butter will do just that. So what you really want are oils because at room temperature they remain liquid and fluid and generally have beneficial properties for your health".
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10:44 AM on 04/25/2010
I also thought that was a strange way of putting it! It might be a good way to remember which fats are saturated, but they "stay in your body" that way?
11:34 AM on 04/25/2010
I agree. And it completely ignores the many other non-liquid things we eat. They're not coursing through our arteries in the same form they were in as when we ate them either.
09:31 AM on 04/25/2010
Sometimes I wonder about all the hoopla regarding "good" and "bad" fat, or good and bad foods in general. I'm from Kenya and I can tell you according to this article, we should be seeing higher levels of obesity, cancer and heart disease. Growing up, your average household would have this for breakfast: tea with sugar, along with white bread slathered with healthy amounts of margarine (brand was Blue Band). Olive oil was not very popular and everything was cooked in corn oil (Elianto was the popular brand). Whenever we ate chapati (a kind of naan bread), it was often cooked either in fresh lard or corn oil. A lot of our traditional vegetables were also cooked in lard. We are a nation that is basically addicted to red meat either in stews or roasted and washed down with beer. So what's the big difference? Everything is eaten in moderation (people eat not because it is a recreational sport, rather to provide energy and nutrition needed to live). Granted, we have other problems typical to a developing nation i.e. communicable diseases and of course poorer people have poorer nutrition but on average people are very active (it is normal to walk 45 mins to work) and eat normal portions. Overall, I feel what one eats may not be that big an issue, rather it is how much of it you eat.
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lizmckenzie55
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10:18 AM on 04/25/2010
Yep ... that's how most of us grew up and now the United States is a FAT nation. While the foods were different from yours, still the same concept in preparation. My mom use to make fried chicken all the time in lard! I bake mine in the oven or on the grill. For the first time in our history, some parents are expected to outlive their children because childhood obesity is rampant! It is really sad to see all of these chubby kids sitting on their butts developing high blood pressure and diabetes. As an adult, I am far more healthier and leaner than I was as a teen/young adult. As I grew older, I became more aware of all the cr@p that I was brought up on and completely changed by diet. Yes, I still like to eat that cr@p but I do that during the holiday seasons or vacation and it will never become a regular part of my diet. Oh, my kids ... both healthy and lean ... we are our children's best teachers.
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09:10 AM on 04/25/2010
Great article! I prefer unrefined organic Coconut Oil! can use it for everything- including hair/body lotion. My husbands hair was crazy until he put a bit of coconut oil in it. Cooking in it is great, too. that & Olive Oil are THE BEST!!!
10:00 AM on 04/25/2010
Did you NOT read the article? He clearly states that COCONUT OIL is NOT GOOD for you.
11:05 AM on 04/25/2010
All of have to do is use Google. The article is clearly wrong. He cites no source for his opinions whereas this article names many studies.

http://naturalmedicine.suite101.com/article.cfm/coconut_diet_friend_or_foe

"Occasionally, medical science gets it wrong. The blacklisting of coconut and other tropical oils by American health and nutrition experts stands as a perfect example."
10:24 AM on 04/25/2010
I LOVE coconut oil for my hair and skin. I use a tiny amount as a leave-in conditioner. I rub a little between my palms and then through the ends of my hair when I get out of the shower. I color my gray hair and it used to be so dry and damaged it was like straw. I bought the most expensive hair care products and nothing seemed to make any difference. Then I tired the using the coconut oil, and even my hairdresser asked what I am doing to make my hair so soft and shiny. I used to need to use more, but now I need to use less and less or my hair looks dirty. I read somewhere online that since coconut oil has a low molecular weight and a straight linear chain, it is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft, and somehow reduces protein loss from hair. I also use coconut oil as a night cream, and although it seems to make my skin glow, it hasn't really helped with wrinkles as far as I can tell.

What about Soybean oil? I have been eating a lot of Greek salads at Panera Bread, and the dressing is mostly soybean oil with a little olive oil. I that healthy?
08:59 AM on 04/25/2010
I understand that peanut oil and coconut oil are bad for you. Does this mean that peanuts and coconuts should be avoided, or is it just the oils that are derived from them that are harmful?
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lizmckenzie55
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09:48 AM on 04/25/2010
Peanut butter may protect against a high risk of cardiovascular disease due to high levels of monounsaturated fats (good fat) and resveratrol. Some brands of peanut butter may contain a small amount of added partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, which are high in trans fatty acids, thought to be a cause of atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease, and stroke; these oils are added to make the butter easier to spread. Natural peanut butter, and peanuts, do not contain partially hydrogenated oils. (I believe that peanut and coconut oils are unhealthy for you because of the processing involved.)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peanut_butter
12:40 PM on 04/25/2010
You're right, peanut butter, as well as peanut oil is a monounsaturated fat. The writer has this wrong, by listing it as a saturated fat.

The peanut butter I buy is called Just Peanuts. The only ingredient listed is 100% freshly roasted peanuts. No sugar, no salt, nothing else. Delicious! Unfortunately, most name brand peanut butters add ingredients such as salt, shortening, and even icing sugar, turning a healthy food into an unhealthy one.
09:52 AM on 04/25/2010
coconut oil is one of the healthiest oils...most of what this guy said should not be taken seriously
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lizmckenzie55
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10:09 AM on 04/25/2010
Can you provide a link to back up your statement? Coconut oil contains 92% saturated fat and any doctor will tell you how unhealthy saturated fat is for you. During processing, it can also become hydrogenated which is when you find your trans fats which also are really cr@ppy for you. Just stating some facts.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coconut_oil
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400+ yrs of science & STILL no evidence for a god
08:57 AM on 04/25/2010
Soooo . . . basically, if it tastes good, then run away! run away! it's bad for you!
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alisonv
10:47 AM on 04/25/2010
I happen to LOVE olive oil and I'm quite fond of sardines, too!

I love your dog! But not in the same way as I love sardines, fortunately.