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.

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...

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.

What is flax?

What is flax? All about flax and flaxseeds

What is flax? Flax is a plant that is native to Western Asia. It has been used as early as 30,000 years ago. One of the earliest records of flax usage were in the Middle East by hunter-gatherers. Fibers from the wild flax plant were used to make...

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?

What is margarine and how does it compare to butter? What are the margarine ingredients? Read about margarine history, and why it is not popular anymore.

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