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What oil should you use in cooking?

by January 13, 2018

There is so much misinformation in regards to the use of fats and oils and their health benefits. This study proves those who consume extra Virgin olive oil have lower sugar and cholesterol levels.
So what oil should you use in cooking? The best oil is light olive oil. It has a higher heating temperature (takes longer to convert into nasties) and doesn’t have any strong taste. Extra Virgin olive oil is best used for salad dressings and is best not to cook with.
Overall, olive is a great source of polyunsaturated fatty acids and is part of the reason why the traditional Mediterranean diet is still considered the healthiest!

Here is a great article for some extra reading:
https://www.nature.com/articles/nutd201523

Childhood health and nutrition

by February 4, 2017

Highly recommended viewing. Childhood health and nutrition is a great passion of mine. It is crucial that we are able to educate and empower parents about appropriate nutrition to ensure their own children are provided with the best possible start in life. Lack of knowledge, access and affordability are major concerns that need to be addressed. From conception, parents should be taught about the nutritional needs of the mother and the child. From birth, education should be provided about the varying degrees of nutritional needs from infancy to adolescents. We must make a change to impact the future of our species. After all, prevention is the key to optimal health and longevity. We are a privileged and rich nation yet, we are still facing an obesity epidemic and our rates of disease are still rising. Adequate nutrition is what fuels our biochemistry. Without it, we are unable to function and thrive.

On statins, experiencing muscle and joint pain?

by January 29, 2017

On statins, experiencing muscle and joint pain? There’s something you need to know. Although statin medication is warranted in many circumstances, this cholesterol lowering drug is commonly known to cause myalgia (muscle and joint pain). These side effects are caused by statins blocking an enzyme called HMG-CoA reductase (an enzyme which assists with cholesterol production). Not only does inhibiting this enzyme halt cholesterol production, it also blocks the production of coenzyme Q10. Coenzyme Q10 is crucial for energy production in the body and a depletion leads to muscle and joint pain. Simply supplementing with Coenzyme Q10 while on statins can reduce or relieve your muscle and joint pain.