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Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Bacon and Butter are Not Dirty Words!

Last night the library was visited by nutritional counselor Rebecca Montrone. Her program, "Heart Disease Demystified: The Real Skinny on Fats," was eye-opening. The following are some interesting things I learned, or rediscovered:

  • Cholesterol is not something to be eliminated from the diet. Cholesterol is vital to health.

  • LDL, which patients may have been told is "bad cholesterol," actually has a protective element--it guards against infection.

  • Stress, rather than cholesterol, is a major factor in the development of heart disease.

  • Highly processed foods often contain an excessive amount of soy products, which may be harmful to the thyroid (another reason to avoid processed foods).

  • The problem for some people is not that they don't get enough calcium, but that it is not absorbed by the bones. It is a lack of magnesium and vitamin D3 that is the problem--these aid in the absorption of calcium.

  • A lack of fats in our diets can be harmful. What should be eliminated are polyunsaturated fats and trans fatty acids. Olive oil and coconut oil are good to have in your diet.

  • Eat well--a balance of carbohydrates, protein, AND fats in an approximate ratio of 40-30-30.

  • Rebecca recommended these books:

    Gittleman, Ann Louise. The Fat Flush Plan. [613.2 GIT].

    Schwarzbein, Diana. The Schwarzbein Principle: The Truth about Losing Weight, Being Healthy, and Feeling Younger. [613 SCH]

    Sears, Barry. The Zone: A Dietary Road Map. [613.25 SEA]

    And these websites: The Weston A. Price Foundation; The Natural Health Information Articles and Health Newsletter by Dr. Joseph Mercola.

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