When a new study came out a few months ago stating that high HDL might not directly protect against disease, I paid attention. High HDL cholesterol is often touted as protective against heart disease, while high LDL cholesterol is linked to higher rates of heart disease. So the news that this might not always be true got me thinking about what other cholesterol myths are out there. Here’s what I found, starting with HDL:
Myth #1: Having high HDL (the “good” cholesterol) directly protects you against heart disease.
This one’s a little tricky. Although it’s long been thought that having high HDL is protective, a new study in The Lancet...
More nights than not, I cook dinner in a nonstick skillet. It’s easy to wash up and can lend itself to healthy cooking…but is it safe? Here’s what you should know when cooking with nonstick pans:
Using nonstick pans means you need far less oil when cooking. Just a teaspoon or two of oil will let you sauté meats and vegetables—much less than you’d need when using a stainless-steel pan. It’s also great for cooking delicate foods like eggs that might break apart easily in a “stickier” pan.
Recipes to Try: 28 Healthy One-Skillet...read full post »
In the past few years I’ve made some “green” swaps. I usually bring my own bag when I go grocery shopping, I choose tap water over bottled, I ditched paper towels and conventional sponges for cloth dishrags. But when Karen Asp wrote about these eco-friendly practices in EatingWell Magazine, I learned that sometimes going green isn’t all that clean. Find out some of the hidden dangers in these green swaps and, more importantly, how to do them right so that you’re being good to the environment and to your health.read full post »
Praised by Paleo Diet advocates and shunned by vegetarians, red meat certainly is a controversial food. And that controversy extends into the research world, where red meat and its impact on our health has been the subject of numerous studies…with conflicting results. On the one hand, red meat offers clear nutritional benefits. Red meat (like beef, bison and lamb) provides good-quality protein and is also rich in nutrients, such as energy-supplying iron, zinc and vitamin B12 and immunity-supporting selenium. It also, however, harbors saturated fat. And then there are these other pros and cons, which Jessica Girdwain reported on for the September/October issue of EatingWell Magazine.read full post »
Every weekday morning, I pack not only a lunch to bring to work, but snacks too. Maybe it’s the registered dietitian part of me, but I don’t like to be caught hungry with no healthy options around. A good-for-you snack can be an important part of a healthful diet. Research suggests that nutritious snacks can stave off hunger by stabilizing blood sugar—which may help you eat more sensibly at mealtimes.
Recipes to Try: 30 Healthy Snacks for 100 Calories or Less
So what should you snack on? Fruits and vegetables are a great place to start. Most people don’t get enough fruits and vegetables in their diet, so chomping on them during snacktime is a good way to help you meet your daily quota. But if you have some specific health goals—such...read full post »