Different Dietary Fat, Different Risk of Mortality

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”

Ask the Expert with Dr. Walter Willett: Cholesterol

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”

Ask the Expert: Does being overweight really decrease mortality? No!

 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!”

Ask the expert: Sugary drinks and genetic risk for obesity

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”