This week: cholesterol myths, effects of blending on nutrition, counterfeit olive oil, the case against milk, and more.

by Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN on February 12, 2014

turmericFebruary is Heart Health Month, so what better time to review the conventional wisdom?  Is the standard advice on diet, cholesterol, and heart disease bogus? A lot of people think so. But it’s important to take family history into account.

While we’re on the subject of sacred nutritional cows, there’s a persistent rumor that milk actually causes osteoporosis. I’ve got a closer look at the arguments against milk here.

I frequently hear from folks who wonder whether blending fruits and vegetables into a smoothie somehow destroys the fiber. Yet an equal number of people seem convinced that blending fruits and vegetables actually releases more nutrients. So which is it? Does blending produce make it better or worse for you?  My answer here.

If you’re worried about recent reports of counterfeit olive oil, here’s a quick guide on how to identify the real stuff.

Finally, a quick Q&A on curcumin, the compound that makes turmeric so good for you.

 

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Claire February 12, 2014 at 8:38 pm

Concerning the dietary fat and cholesterol question, I think you have jumped the shark by referencing quack sites.
Time to unsubscribe, good bye.

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Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN February 12, 2014 at 8:54 pm

Sorry to see you go.

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