Atherosclerosis

Atherosclerosis refers to accumulation of a thick sludge in patches that merge to form large plaques, called atheromas, in artery walls. The plaque is made up of cholesterol and other fats, macrophages, cell “junk”, calcium, and tissues. LDL cholesterol is associated with atherogenesis because as it becomes oxidized it can induce endothelial cells to attractContinue reading “Atherosclerosis”

Sodium: How much is right for you?

Sodium’s association with high blood pressure is well known. However, sodium also plays a large role in keeping you healthy. It’s important to know how to strike the right balance. Along with potassium, sodium is essential for fluid balance, facilitating the flow of water in and out of cells to bring nutrients in and takeContinue reading “Sodium: How much is right for you?”

More reason to love olive oil

I use one particular olive oil for cooking and another extra-virgin olive oil to mix with some balsamic vinegar for my salads. Olive oil, as the staple source of fatty acids in the Mediterranean diet, has also been heavily researched for its health benefits especially in comparison to other sources of fat such as butter,Continue reading “More reason to love olive oil”

Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia, or chronic fatigue syndrome, has increased by 200 to 400 percent in the last decade and now affects approximately 6-12 million Americans. It’s a syndrome with symptoms of hormonal, sleep and autonomic control dysfunctions. Those with fibromyalgia often suffer from widespread pain in muscles, poor sleep, and low energy levels. Co-existing conditions are foodContinue reading “Fibromyalgia”

Losing weight easy on the Zone Diet

The power behind Dr. Barry Sears’s Zone diet is that it offers people simple techniques to be used as part of their eating plan, which makes lower-calorie eating on a high-protein, moderate-carb plan simply easier to follow.  I’ve made a list below of a few of the techniques that I’ve used successfully  to help “stay inContinue reading “Losing weight easy on the Zone Diet”

Cordain vs Campbell

I recently read what is entitled the “Protein Debate” between Loren Cordain, a paleo diet proponent, and Colin Campbell, a plant-based diet proponent. Given that I’m simply a graduate student without any specific adherence to either diet philosophy, i found the debate to be fascinating. Both had strong points to defend their positioning. In short,Continue reading “Cordain vs Campbell”

Thoughts on High Fructose Corn Syrup

There are some really wacked people on the Internet who try to blame the whole obesity epidemic on HFCS, fructose or agave and are misguiding everyone. I liken it to the same misguidance that occurred in 1980s when everyone was scared of fat. You shouldn’t just cut out HCFS and replace it regular sugar orContinue reading “Thoughts on High Fructose Corn Syrup”

High cola intake may cut sperm count, reports Danish study

Men who drink a few too many Diet Coke or some other cola-like beverages daily may have fewer sperm, according to a new study. The study, published in the April 15, 2010 issue of American Journal of Epidemiology (1), had examined the semen quality of more than 2,500 young Danish men who had been recruitedContinue reading “High cola intake may cut sperm count, reports Danish study”

Luo han guo – a source of xylitol

Louo han guo is a fruit that has been recently hyped up and marketed as a natural sweetener. What is it really? It’s really just a source of xylitol. Xylitol is a natural sugar alcohol, which is not digested as easily by the body lending fewer calories per gram than regular sugar. The polyol alsoContinue reading “Luo han guo – a source of xylitol”