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Five Claims about Coconut Oil Debunked

Posted by Shira Rossiter

03-Nov-2017 15:50:39

This post was originally published on The Conversation, and was written by Rosemary Stanton, a Nutritionist and Visiting Fellow from the School of Medicinal Sciences at the University of New South Wales.

 

Coconuts have been a valued food in tropical areas for thousands of years, traditionally enjoyed as coconut water from the centre of the coconut, coconut flesh, or coconut “milk” (made by steeping the flesh in hot water).

Solid white coconut oil (I’ll use this popular term, although technically it’s a fat not an oil) is now the darling of celebrities and bloggers, paleo enthusiasts and sellers of so-called superfoods. Claims for its supposed medical value reverberate around the internet, but how well do they stand up to scientific scrutiny?

 

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Topics: nutrition, saturated fat, healthy eating, cholesterol, diabetes, superfoods, bacteria, obesity, fibre, cardiovascular health, toxins, fatty acids, food research, dieting, health, bone health, metabolism

Understanding Your Child’s Appetite is Key to Preventing Obesity in Later Life

Posted by Tom Payne

06-Jan-2016 09:35:41

This post was originally published on The Conversation, and was written by Hayley Syrad, a PhD candidate at University College London (UCL).

If you want your toddler to be a healthy weight you might control portion sizes or the frequency of their meals and snacks. Of course, you could use both of these strategies, but a study we recently published found that one strategy is likely to be much more effective than the other depending on the traits in appetites of individual children.

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Topics: saturated fat, healthy eating, obesity, fatty acids, child nutrition

Taking the Fat Out of Processed Foods

Posted by Chris Cattini

14-Jan-2015 15:37:00

Since the discovery that dietary saturated fats increase plasma cholesterol levels, low fat foods have been an important area of research, mainly because a link was assumed between plasma cholesterol levels and cardiovascular disease risk.

Recent studies have suggested that the connection between saturated fat intake and cardiovascular health is more tenuous than was previously thought. Despite this, advisory bodies, such as the British Heart Foundation, still recommend that people should avoid saturated fats as much as possible and eat small amounts of polyunsaturated fatty acids and monounsaturated fats.

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Topics: acrylamide, processed food, saturated fat, cereals, sensory perception, cholesterol, fibre, dairy, cardiovascular health, additives, fatty acids, sugar and substitutes, consumer behaviour

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

Posted by Chris Cattini

30-Nov-2014 12:16:00

Christmas means different things to different people. For children, of course, it means presents and the magic of the festive season, for the spiritual, it’s a time for prayer and reflection and for the exhausted, it’s an opportunity to hibernate and watch all the box sets that have accumulated during the year. 

But most of us have one thing in common. The festive season gives us an excuse to stuff our faces with as much food as we possibly can. Some of this food is ok. Turkey and sprouts, for example, are fine, upstanding healthy foods. But a great deal of our yuletide intake consists of sugary and salty snacks that at best make us put on weight and at worst may lead to one or more of the various unpleasant conditions that come under the umbrella of the metabolic syndrome. And because it’s Christmas, we allow ourselves to eat both good and bad food in humungous quantities. 

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Topics: caffeine, Christmas, saturated fat, protein, sugar and substitutes, hormones, appetite and satiety, central nervous system

Getting the Healthy Eating Message Across

Posted by Jenny Arthur

17-Mar-2014 08:01:00

Post from guest blogger, Jenny Arthur BA (Hons) MSc RNutr, Nutrition and Marketing Consultant

Recently, I went to Nutrition and Health Live in London, a very good conference targeted at Health professionals, with an excellent mix of the science and communications.

Motivating people

A session I particularly enjoyed was a personal effectiveness workshop looking at 'words that work', highlighting the importance of listening, your ethos, logos and pathos powers of persuasion and how to express yourself. It’s all about motivating people in a relevant way; I have been trying it out on my daughters and husband with varying degrees of success!

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Topics: fish, nutrition, saturated fat, healthy eating, fruit, vegetables, obesity, fibre, retail and marketing, sugar and substitutes

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