This week: yoga mat chemicals, coconut oil and cholesterol, collagen supplements, the truth about baby carrots, and more

by Monica Reinagel, MS, LDN on February 25, 2014

It’s great that so many people care so much about nutrition these days. And in today’s world of viral videos and online petitions, we consumers actually wield a fair amount of power.  But, as I explain in this week’s controversial podcast (“Why I’m not worried about yoga mat chemicals in my food“), I think we need to use our leverage wisely.

I tackled another controversy in this podcast on coconut oil and cholesterol. Lots of people (most of them, selling coconut oil) are making lots of claims about the health properties of coconut oil. Here’s the latest research on how the saturated fats in coconut oil affect cholesterol levels.

Here is some encouraging news on probiotics and weight loss and a reality check on collagen supplements to improve your skin.

And in the e-mailbag this week, a reader wonders about the health and nutritional features of quark cheese and another worries about whether baby carrots are actually a good choice.

Have a great week!

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