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Saturated Fats

Athletes and Celebrities Are Exploiting Our Youth

Nicholas Ferroni | Posted 11.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Nicholas Ferroni

As someone who has dedicated his life to preparing his students to live active and full lives, I can't bite my tongue any longer. I can't remain silen...

The Keys to Good Health

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.14.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Rather, leaving aside the swirl of aspersions that likely has Dr. Keys turning in his grave if such things are possible, I simply want to note that his work is...moot. It doesn't matter whether Keys was all right, all wrong, or inevitably -- somewhere in between.

What to Do When Your Food Glows in the Dark

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 09.24.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Perhaps it's an exaggeration to say our food glows in the dark, although I'm not entirely sure. But whether or not they actually phosphoresce, these products are indeed designed to glow. The glowing in question, however, occurs within the dark confines of our skulls.

Revolutionary Way To Be Healthy #3: Rage Against The Machine

Pilar Gerasimo | Posted 09.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Pilar Gerasimo

The more Couric dug into the topic -- for herself, her family, and her audience -- the more she realized that the most essential and scientific truths about the drivers of obesity and disease simply were not reaching the American population.

Does It Have to Be Hard to Be Healthy?

Christina Pirello | Posted 08.19.2014 | Healthy Living
Christina Pirello

I was reading an article in Elle magazine the other day, and I came across an article that pitted two experts on obesity against each other in their o...

Study: Saturated Fat as Bad as Sugar!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.18.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Folks, when it comes to food, and food for thought alike, it is mostly stupidity that is killing us. Stupidity is worse for us than either sugar or saturated fat.

Fat: Ending the War That Nobody Started

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.16.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The evidence continues to accrue -- with almost surprising frequency -- that we should, indeed, eat less meat, butter, and cheese (before we even factor in the environmental considerations, which frankly we should do). We just shouldn't replace them with donuts, Snackwells and soda.

Will Procrastinate for Pastrami

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 08.09.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Go ahead, eat more meat, butter and cheese. Let me know how it turns out for you. I certainly won't be joining you, despite the current popularity of the proposition.

'There's Just No Doubt' -- Limiting Saturated Fats Helps Your Heart

Nancy Brown | Posted 07.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Midway through the 20th century, heart disease caused one of every two deaths in the United States. While doctors traced the heart problems to clogged arteries, they didn't know what caused those clogs. It was exactly the kind of riddle Dr. Ancel Keys loved trying to solve.

The Greatest Dietary Guidance? If It Gets Cold, Reheat It!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.05.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

A column entitled "The Questionable Link Between Saturated Fat and Heart Disease" appeared in the Wall Street Journal on Saturday. To spare you any guessing about where this is headed, I'll tell you right away: the column itself was pretty darn questionable.

Lurking Truth in Recent Studies

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 06.09.2014 | Science
David H. Newman, M.D.

Last month a study of siblings found that breastfeeding conferred no health advantages, while a second study declared older paternal age to be associated with psychiatric problems in children. A third study found no link between saturated fats and heart disease. It was a month of unexpected, and sometimes unsettling, science.

Another Dollop of (About, Actually) Butter

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.31.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

In the aftermath of his commentary about butter in the New York Times, Mark Bittman and I -- along with several others, including Dr. Dariush Mozzafarian from Harvard, one of the authors of the study that set this all in motion -- were invited to discuss the health effects of butter on the NPR program, "On Point," this morning.

Bittman, Butter, and Better Than Back to the Future

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.27.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Mr. Bittman is absolutely not qualified to assert the health effects of butter based on a recent meta-analysis I rather doubt he read in its somewhat excruciating detail.

Now Saturated Fat Is Good for You?

Christiane Northrup, MD | Posted 05.26.2014 | Healthy Living
Christiane Northrup, MD

Here's the bottom line: You don't have to limit healthy fat in your diet. What you have to limit are trans fats and sugars. Period. End of story.

The New Dietary Fat Study: What You Will Hear and What It Really Means

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.18.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

No, it is not suddenly good to eat more saturated fat -- and the new study grabbing headlines showed no such thing. The study, a meta-analysis in the Annals of Internal Medicine, shows the following two things in particular: (1) you cannot get a good answer to a bad question; and (2) there is more than one way to eat badly.

Anti-Flat-Belly Foods

Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D. | Posted 05.14.2014 | Healthy Living
Ayala Laufer-Cahana, M.D.

Can the type of food we eat cause fat to accumulate preferentially in the belly? Do diet choices affect how much muscle we build? It's an important matter, because belly fat isn't just an esthetic issue.

Fools, Fanatics and Fat-Free Milk

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.31.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Here's what we actually know. In the U.S., more dairy in the diet -- of whatever variety -- is generally associated with better health and weight outcomes. But that is likely because in the context of our culture, more dairy means less soda. In global context, some of the world's healthiest diets and most convincing intervention trials have de-emphasized, or even excluded dairy.

Statins for Women? Not for My Patients

Kelly Brogan, M.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelly Brogan, M.D.

All told, we have here an unsafe, unnecessary product that will now be recommended to healthy people to make them sicker, all when simple, health-fortifying lifestyle changes have been proven to be effective and globally transformative in ways no pill could ever hope to be.

Trans Fat -- On the Way Out

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

At long last, the Food and Drug Administration has announced its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oil is no longer "generally recognized as safe" for use in food.

Grains of Truth

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Whether about wheat or meat, sugar or starch, calories or carbohydrates, this fat or that fat, we seem to have an insatiable appetite for mere grains of truth about diet and health, rather than the complete recipe.

Scapegoats, Saints and Saturated Fats: Old Mistakes in New Directions

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Demonizing saturated fat never helped us much. Canonizing it now won't help us any either. All who share a concern for eating well and the health advances that can come from it must band together to renounce the perennial branding of this, that, or the other food component as scapegoat or saint.

Frying, Lying, and Dying: Why Partially Hydrogenate a Healthy Food Into the Worst Meal in America?

Michael F. Jacobson | Posted 09.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Michael F. Jacobson

You can find a restaurant meal with more calories -- but when it comes to heart health, this is clearly the worst restaurant meal I've seen in 40 years of looking.

Does the Ratio of Omega-3 to Omega-6 Matter?

Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN, CNS | Posted 09.15.2012 | Healthy Living
Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN, CNS

Do we know everything there is to know about how omega-6 fats affect our health? Of course not. But is the notion of an optimal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 a myth with absolutely no data to support it? Hardly.

Fat-Free Half-and-Half?

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 07.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Andrew Weil

No one's health is improved by swapping out natural saturated or monounsaturated fats for skim milk, sugars or processed grains. So if you encounter misbegotten products such as fat-free half-and-half, do what I do -- leave them on the shelf.

The Case for Eating 'Mostly Plants,' in 260 Words

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.09.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Eating some meat, preferably from lean, well-fed, well-exercised, and kindly tended animals is assuredly consistent with human health. But the health of humans and the planet argue consistently for Michael Pollan's excellent and pithy advice: Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.