Diet and nutrition fads come and go faster than you can say “extra virgin olive oil,” so it’s hard to tell what is and isn’t solid advice.
That’s why nutrition scientists decided to separate fact from fad when it comes to heart healthy foods and report their findings in the most recent issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Here are a few takeaways from their study as reported by The Washington Post:
Which oil should I buy?
For heart health, liquid vegetable oils (olive, canola, etc.) are better than hard fats such as butter, margarine and coconut oil. But if you’ve read anything lately about the magic of coconut oil, you may be doubting this advice. The panel sifted through the science and concluded that the cardiovascular benefits of coconut oil are unsubstantiated and that its use should be discouraged. They even point to a study that shows that coconut oil raises cholesterol levels, which is not helpful for heart health…
Can I eat leafy greens if I take blood thinners?
Leafy greens such as kale and spinach are nutritional powerhouses, with an array of beneficial vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. One study showed that people who consumed three daily servings of leafy greens had a 24 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease. The panel gave a thumbs-up…
Full story at The Washington Post.
The facts on nutrition.