Cholesterol and CVD – putting the risks into perspective

Read Time: 11 min These six words — “Heart disease risk”, “raised cholesterol”, “Statins” — are guaranteed to strike fear into almost anyone who has been unfortunate enough to be …

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How can bitter foods be good for us when they taste so bad? – Resolving the paradox

Read Time: 13 min Keir Watson presents his carefully argued hypothesis based on evolutionary considerations of hunter-gatherer feast-famine cycles, that explains why bitter foods stimulate cellular functions essential for health.

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The bitter truth is sweeter than we thought

Read Time: 10 min (image © Achim Schleuning / CC-BY-SA-4.0) Cocktail bitters like Angostura and Peychaud’s have pedigrees going back to the 1830s. Looking like something out of a Victorian …

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Cardiologist attacks diet dogma at 2017 Symposium

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(Edit 19/07/17, Our original link no longer works, but we found another that does… 🙂

Dr Salim Yusuf speaking at the Cardiology Update 2017 symposium gives preliminary findings from the PURE study which followed 140,000 people in 17 countries, designed to address causation of cardiovascular disease.
He explains that the results indicate:

  • Greater fat intake is protective
  • Carbohydrates are harmful
  • High fat dairy is beneficial
  • Saturated fat from meat is neutral
  • Fruit is beneficial, but no additional benefit over 2 portions per day
  • Legumes are beneficial
  • 3 to 6 g/day sodium* intake optimal (vs US guidelines of 1.5g)
  • Eggs, fish and vegetables were neutral

*Edit 10/03/2017
Correction: I previously wrote 3 to 6 grams of salt per day, but have corrected this to 3 to 6 grams of sodium per day. This is equivalent to 7.5 to 15 g of salt per day.