The Portfolio Diet for High Cholesterol

If you have high cholesterol, specifically the “lousy” LDL variety, then this diet could help. A study published in July of last year reported the portfolio diet improved LDL dramatically more than a standard heart healthy diet low in saturated fat. Research Says: This “study of the studies” included seven clinical trials and was published in the…

Protein: too much of a good thing?

High protein diets like paleo and ketogenic have become popular over the last decade. Research shows this can be an effective way to control blood sugar levels and maybe lose weight. However, we are starting to understand the potential negatives to long term health. Several studies in the last few years indicate that these high…

Alcohol on the Outs

Alcohol guidelines have long been about moderation. The message that drinking is ok as long as you don’t have too much over the course of one day or one week; and that it may even be good for you. Along with the health detriments, studies have consistently reported on benefits of alcohol, especially red wine,…

Protein and Heart Disease

Last week I wrote about ways of eating to decrease risk of heart attacks and strokes: from the Mediterranean diet to the Dean Ornish diet. These approaches encompass all aspects of diet, and should include exercise and stress management as well. Many of the studies on heart disease and diet focus on individual nutrients to…

Reversing Heart Disease

Last week I wrote about new research on how to reverse diabetes. This week I turn to the other major driver of chronic disease and early death: heart disease. As with diabetes, there is abundant research on heart disease, from causes to prevention. Reversal is a tricky word to use with heart disease, some experts feel…