Walk Talk Nutrition talks chia seed

https://radionutrition.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/WTN-Chia.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 8:48 — 4.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSChia seeds are promoted as a health food.  Is it a valid claim? Like flax, chia is high fiber and has significant omega-3 fatty acid content. It’s also a reasonably good source of iron and magnesium. Unlike flax, it’s […]

Statins, calories and omega-3

Three random research reports for Monday 1. Statin users gorging on junk food Statins drugs are everywhere.  They’re prescribed to lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol.  Some doctors reportedly think they should be added to the water supply.  Major ugh!  Although they can lower LDL, they come with a giant laundry list of unpleasant (or worse) side effects, […]

On anti-nutrition conspiracies and nutrition savvy restaurants

Does it ever seem like there’s a conspiracy in the medical research community to make nutrition look ineffective?  Or maybe researchers just doubt the importance of nutrition and devise studies that reflect their prejudices.  Either way, we end up with studies like the one on omega-3 fats released this week.  The headlines scream “Omega-3s may […]

Is flax necessary for a healthy diet

https://radionutrition.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Flax.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 7:01 — 3.2MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSSFlax is everywhere.  And because it’s touted on hundreds of food labels in a positive way, consumers start to believe it’s important and healthy.  It’s another fascinating example of how nutrition beliefs develop, not from evidence but from marketing. […]

Fat news

We’ve all heard that omega-3 fats are healthy, associated with all manner of better health outcomes.  What we didn’t really know was why.  What is it about omega-3 fats that’s beneficial?  Now we have some evidence.  Using living mouse cells, a team of scientists discovered that omega-3 fats block a particular enzyme – cyclooxygenase – […]

Sardines: the other omega-3 fish

Omega-3 fatty acids are critically important for health, and supplement sources seem to have taken over the discussion lately.  But before there were omega-3 supplements, people got omega-3 the old fashioned natural way: from food.  Salmon is widely recognized as a good source, but some other fish are also high in omega-3 fats, notably sardines. […]

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