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Founded in 1970 by the "Father of Aerobics"
Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH

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Monday, Jun 26, 2017

Should You Be Nuts Over Coconuts?

Over the past few years, a number of claims have been made regarding the benefits of dietary coconut oil (DCO). Weight loss and improved heart health are among the most commonly purported health benefits of DCO. Because I’m a big proponent of the old adage ‘if it seems too good to be true, it probably is’, let’s take an objective look at what the science says. First off, while dietary saturated fats tend to increase blood levels of LDL-cholesterol (the bad cholesterol), not all saturated fatty acids are exactly alike. Dietary saturated fatty acids fall in two categories based on how many carb...

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Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017

Should everyone be Concerned About Gluten?

Many individuals are going to great lengths to avoid gluten in their diets, and food manufacturers as well as restaurants are touting their ‘gluten-free’ products as being healthful. However, before you jump on the ‘anti-gluten’ bandwagon, let’s look at some basic facts....

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Friday, May 05, 2017

New Studies Bolster Existing Support for Whole Grains!

Fad diets are a dime a dozen. A couple of somewhat popular diet crazes claim that all grains should be avoided because they cause inflammation, leading to increased risk of chronic disease and early death. Worldwide, grains are a major component of the diet, providing approximately half of the energy and protein intake. Thus, the claim by authors of diet books that grains increase the risk of disease and death warrants very careful scientific scrutiny!...

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Monday, Mar 27, 2017

High-Energy Protein Foods and Drinks: an Oxymoron?

An oxymoron is a figure of speech in which contradictory terms appear in conjunction. A couple of my favorite oxymorons are ‘jumbo shrimp’ and ‘pretty ugly!’ Some food and beverage manufacturers promote their products using terms such as ‘high-energy protein bar’ or ‘high-energy protein drink.’...

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Friday, Feb 03, 2017

Berries: Superfoods for Preventing Heart Disease in Women

It’s no secret that plant-based foods are good for our health. Fruits, veggies, whole grains, and legumes are packed with nutrients, fiber, and phytochemicals (non-nutrients in plant foods that help to prevent disease)....

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Friday, Jan 06, 2017

What’s in a Name? “Ketogenic” Diet

The Internet and the public are buzzing about the latest dietary fad, the Ketogenic Diet. However, this not a new diet at all! Read more......

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Tuesday, Nov 01, 2016

The Alkaline Diet: Help or Hype?

The latest diet craze claims that you can lose weight, have more energy, and prevent chronic disease by consuming more alkaline foods and fewer acidic foods. Does this sound too good to be true?...

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Friday, Oct 14, 2016

The Omega-3 Index: A Novel Way to Determine Cardiovascular Risk

You probably already know that omega-3 fatty acids (fish oils) are good for your heart and brain. In recent years, Dr. William Harris has developed a novel blood test known as the omega-3 index. We will discuss how the index is determined, as well as its implications for cardiovascular health in this article....

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Wednesday, Sep 14, 2016

Beetroot Juice: A Boon for the Older Adult Heart?

Heart failure is the leading cause of hospitalization in adults ages 65 and older. Beetroot juice has been shown to be beneficial to the cardiovascular system in healthy adults. Here we describe a study on the effects of beetroot juice on the cardiovascular system of twenty older adults with heart failure....

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Thursday, Sep 01, 2016

Do Health Behaviors Early in Life Affect Health Risk Later on?

Little is known regarding how health behaviors such as diet during early adulthood impact the risk of developing coronary heart disease later in life. This study examined how fruit and vegetable intake at age 25 impacted the coronary artery calcium score 20 years later....

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Thursday, Jun 30, 2016

Are Healthful Foods at the Grocery Store Always More Expensive Than Less Healthful Items?

If we are conscious of a health behavior that needs to be changed, our readiness to make that change depends upon what we see as the benefits and barriers (obstacles) to making the change. One common barrier to changing dietary behaviors is the perception that more healthful items at the grocery store are significantly more expensive than their less healthful counterparts....

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Thursday, Jun 16, 2016

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