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Omega-3 Fats Boost Memory and Improve Decision Making Skills

Posted April 16, 2013

In a landmark study, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh have published the results of a study in the journal PLoS ONE that demonstrates how Omega-3 essential fatty acids such as those found in foods like wild fish and grass-fed livestock are necessary for human body functioning, and improve the working memory and level of cognition in healthy young adults. The study authors determined that healthy young adults, aged 18 to 25 can improve their working memory even further by increasing their Omega-3 fatty acid intake.

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Omega-3 fats found in fish oil boost immune response to help fight inflammation and disease

Posted April 14, 2013

Most people take a healthy immune response for granted, as it typically remains on guard detecting a host of known and as yet unidentified pathogens that may threaten our health. Bacteria and viruses that cause the common cold, flu, digestive distress and a variety of potentially fatal illnesses are identified and destroyed before they cause more than a minor discomfort. For most of the past decade, fish consumption and supplementing with DHA and EPA fortified supplements has been shown to lower levels of systemic inflammation and significantly reduce the risk of developing many cancers, stroke and cardiovascular disease, yet the precise mechanism of action has been unknown.

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Chocolate Infused With Fruit Juice Has 50 Percent Less Fat

Posted April 8, 2013

Already renowned as a healthy treat when enjoyed in moderation, chocolate could become even more salubrious if manufacturers embraced new technology for making “fruit-juice-infused chocolate,” a scientist said. The presentation was part of the 245th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world’s largest scientific society.

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Evidence piles up for banning trans fats

Posted April 4, 2013

Banning the use of trans fats in the preparation of foodstuffs is one of the most effective ways to prevent some of the world’s biggest killer diseases, but many governments are not taking such action because they do not think these bans work, according to a University of Sydney study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization today.

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Study finds one simple diet change that could melt belly fat

Posted April 1, 2013

If you are using vegetable oil for cooking or dressings consider switching to canola oil that Penn State researchers found could lower diabetes and heart risks by reducing belly fat. Fat that accumulates around the waist and in the belly is considered more dangerous for poor health because of hormones that are secreted that are different than what happens within fat that accumulates in the thighs or buttocks.

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Monosaturated fats reduce metabolic syndrome risk

Posted March 31, 2013

Canola oil and high-oleic canola oils can lower abdominal fat when used in place of other selected oil blends, according to a team of American and Canadian researchers. The researchers also found that consuming certain vegetable oils may be a simple way of reducing the risk of metabolic syndrome, which affects about one in three U.S. adults and one in five Canadian adults.

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Oils And Fats Regulate Feeling Of Satiety, But Olive Oil Works Best

Posted March 18, 2013

Reduced-fat food products are gaining in popularity. More and more people are choosing “light” products in an attempt to lose weight, or at least in the hope that they will not gain any pounds. But whether these products are effective or not is a matter of dispute: While it is true that they contain fewer calories, people tend to overcompensate by eating more if they do not feel full. Now a study has shown how “natural” oils and fats regulate the sensation of feeling full after eating, with olive oil leading the way. So what makes this oil so effective?

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Mechanism That Regulates Production of Energy-Burning Brown Fat Discovered

Posted March 15, 2013

Joslin scientists have discovered a mechanism that regulates the production of brown fat, a type of fat which plays an important role in heat production and energy metabolism. The findings, which appear in the current issue of Nature, may lead to new therapies that increase BAT formation to treat obesity.

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Low serum eicosapentaenoic acid / arachidonic acid ratio in male subjects with visceral obesity

Posted March 12, 2013

Visceral fat accumulation is caused by over-nutrition and physical inactivity. Excess accumulation of visceral fat associates with atherosclerosis. Polyunsaturated fatty acids have an important role in human nutrition, but imbalance of dietary long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids, especially low eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) / arachidonic acid (AA) ratio, is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease. The present study investigated the correlation between EPA, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), AA parameters and clinical features in male subjects.

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Six facts you need to know about eating oils and fats

Posted February 16, 2013

One of the most widely misunderstood food groups today, oils and fats can be both crucial and detrimental to your health, depending on what type they are and how they are processed. But with so many inconsistencies and mistruths emerging from health authorities and the mainstream media on the issue, it is difficult for many people to effectively decipher between the two. So to help clarify, here are six important facts you need to know about oils and fats that will change the way you view this food category, and hopefully improve the health of you and your family.

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