Consuming higher amounts of unsaturated fats was associated with lower mortality, according to a study from researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The findings also showed that higher consumption of saturated and trans fats was linked with higher mortality and that replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats conferred substantial health benefits. In … Continue reading “Different Dietary Fat, Different Risk of Mortality”
(Comments on Ramsden et al. in the British Medical Journal) Our expert examines a recent paper (1) based on 1960’s data that challenges current guidelines on the benefits of replacing saturated fat with polyunsaturated fat.
When our country embraced low-fat diets, we also unwittingly committed ourselves to carbohydrates. As nutrition research has advanced, however, we’ve learned that healthy fats are an important part of a well-balanced diet, and that carbohydrate quality is crucial to health.
The expert: Dr. Guy Crosby Legumes, which include beans, peas and lentils, are an inexpensive, healthy source of proteins, potassium, and complex carbohydrates, including dietary fiber.
The expert: Dr. Guy Crosby I’m confused about whether canola oil is healthy. I know that it’s a polyunsaturated fat, which I’m told is good, but then I also hear that I should stay away from it.
Since 1980, The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have been advising Americans on what to eat for optimal health. Published every 5 years, the Dietary Guidelines are a reflection of the most up-to-date research. In December 2014 the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) released a … Continue reading “Ask the Expert with Dr. Walter Willett: Cholesterol”
The Expert: Dr. Rob van Dam The Summary Drinking up to six cups a day of coffee is not associated with increased risk of death from any cause, or death from cancer or cardiovascular disease. Some people may still want to consider avoiding coffee or switching to decaf, especially women who are pregnant, or people … Continue reading “Ask the Expert: Coffee and health”
The Expert: Dr. Walter Willett Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition, Departments of Nutrition and Epidemiology, and Chair, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health A recent JAMA study got major media attention when it claimed that grade 1 obesity (BMI 30-<35) was not associated with any greater mortality, than being normal weight … Continue reading “Ask the Expert: Does being overweight really decrease mortality? No!”
The Expert: Dr. Lu Qi Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health We asked Dr. Lu Qi of the Harvard School of Public Health to explain the importance of considering genetic factors when approaching your diet. His recently published study suggests a link between sugary drinks and a genetic … Continue reading “Ask the expert: Sugary drinks and genetic risk for obesity”
The Experts: Dr. Walter Willett and Amy Myrdal Miller We asked Dr. Walter Willett of Harvard School of Public Health and Amy Myrdal Miller, M.S., R.D. of The Culinary Institute of America to explain why it’s time to end the “low fat is best” myth—and to provide ideas for how to use healthy fats in … Continue reading “Ask the Expert: Healthy Fats”