Why Saturated Fat Is Feared

Let me first start this post off with my disclaimer.  If you are inactive and already eating a diet high in excess carbohydrates, your are likely in constant fat storage mode due to excess levels of the hormone insulin.  In this case, eating liberal amounts of saturated fat is not healthy.  Please…


Is Your Liver Fat? The Rising Incidence of Fatty Liver in Adults and Kids

Background This post was prompted by a blog reader who was concerned about her 10-year-old son developing fatty liver. Unfortunately, this is becoming too common as you'll soon learn.  During medical training I learned about fatty liver occurring in alcoholics.  Chronic intake of alcohol impairs…


The Dark Side of the Keto Diet

Background I've lived through many cycles of fad dieting and one observation I've made is that the minute a diet becomes mainstream and especially when food companies latch onto it, the diet often transitions into a dark phase.  One of the problems with diets is that although initially the…


What’s the Best Cooking Oil?

Background There’s a ton of conflicting advice and confusion on cooking oils and I will not claim that I am the subject matter expert on this topic.  The advice I share in this post is based on a combination of what I think are higher quality studies, common sense given the manufacturing process…


In Defense of Eggs

Background After being acquitted for causing high cholesterol and heart disease and even making it onto the nutrition guidelines as a safe food to eat, the latest study that has been piped out to every major news outlet is back to saying eggs increase the risk of heart disease. Instead of writing a…


Thoughts on Omega 3s from Fish, Plants and Supplements

Background Like so many other nutrition topics, the pendulum has swung back and forth on the benefits of Omega 3s and fish oil, particularly from supplement sources. For this post, I want to do a comprehensive overview on natural fish sources and supplements to help you gain a better understanding…


7 Top Concerns About The Ketogenic Diet

Background on The Ketogenic Diet Before all the ketogenic diet enthusiasts come after me for writing this blog post, I do want to let you know that I am actually in nutritional ketosis while writing this blog, so please don’t throw zero carb eggs at my windshield.  I’ll cover the ketogenic diet in…


Coconut Oil Controversy and Some Updates

Background I've received a ton of questions in my clinic and through my blog about the American Heart Association's (AHA) recent "ban" on coconut oil.  If you're not familiar with this news release, read about it here.  This is not just about coconut oil, but really represents the AHA's continued…


How Nuts Should You Go About Nuts?

Background We get lots of questions about nuts in the clinic.  Aren’t nuts going to make me gain weight?  Which nuts are best?  How many nuts can I eat?  Let’s explore nuts in detail and provide some guidelines on incorporating them as a healthy part of your nutrition plan. Health Benefits of……


A Review of the 2016 US Dietary Guidelines by Prerna Uppal

INTRO From prior posts you likely know how I feel about nutrition guidelines, especially those issued by the government.  We've witnessed the fall of the food pyramid, the rise of the healthy eating plate, and the continued escalation in obesity and chronic diseases attributed largely to unhealthy…


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