Nutrition Myths

Fat & Cholesterol

Does fiber lower cholesterol?

Does fiber lower cholesterol?

Soluble fibers lower total and LDL cholesterol by a small amount. They also exert other actions that help reduce the overall risk of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease.

Fatty acid composition of foods

Fatty acid composition of foods

A comprehensive list of foods with their fatty acid composition including saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Fatty acids contents are shown in grams per 100g of food.

How is margarine made?

How is margarine made?

The main components of margarines are oils usually extracted from genetically modified oilseeds. Its production is quite complex and involves several chemicals, such as pesticides.

Is MCT Oil better than coconut oil?

Is MCT Oil better than Coconut Oil?

MCT oil and coconut oil have different composition of medium chain Triglycerides. The differences in their effects on health come from considerably different proportions of some fatty acids types: coconut oil is lower in MCTs and high in Lauric acid...

Lauric acid - is it medium or long chain?

Lauric acid – is it medium or long chain?

This article describes some common myths related to categorizing lauric acid as long chain, and explains why it is actually a medium chain fatty acid. Why do we care if lauric acid is a medium or a long chain fatty acid? Medium chain fatty acids are...

Medium chain triglycerides

Medium chain triglycerides

The interest in medium chain triglycerides has increased in recent years due to the popularization of coconut oil as a super food. Find out what are medium chain triglycerides and what is their association with coconut oil, palm kernel oil and MCT...

Types of nuts

Types of nuts

There are two definitions of a nut: botanical and culinary. The word "nut" is usually used in the culinary sense, not in the botanical sense.

What is fat?

What is fat?

This article discusses the different definitions of fat, making it clearer for you next time you read about fat, oil, lipids, triglycerides or adipose tissue.

Hydrogenation process

What is hydrogenation of oils?

Many products (margarine, shortenings, biscuits and pastries) contain hydrogenated oils. The hydrogenation process uses various chemicals and changes the molecular level of oils.

What is margarine?

What is margarine?

Margarine is described as a concoction of artificially modified substances that was created as a cheap substitute for natural butter.

What is trans fat?

What is trans fat?

Trans fats come from 3 sources: generated through partial hydrogenation; consequence of some cooking methods; from dairy and meat of ruminant animals.

Why are trans fats harmful?

Why are trans fats harmful?

Trans fat is one of the most harmful component in foods. There is strong evidence proving that they affect cardiovascular health, one of the top killers in the western world.

Why we need fat in our diet?

Why we need fat in our diet?

Fats play a crucial role in our diet and are an important part of our body composition. Too much fat stored in our body, however, causes a wide range of health problems.

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