coconut oil health

Five Ways to Spring Clean Your Diet

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Now that spring is here, finally, a lot of us are gearing up for spring cleaning. While yes, it is important to scrub every corner of your home once in a while, why not concentrate on your pantry? Registered dietitian Carrie Gabriel, from Steps2Nutrition, shares her tips for spring cleaning your diet. 1. Eat Healthy Fats According to Gabriel, fats are not the (complete) enemy in the American diet. “Your body actually needs fat in order to aid in the absorption of certain vitamins, therefore a diet devoid of fat is, in fact, a diet that’d leave you devoid of […]

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Coconut Oil, Heart Health and You

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How’s your heart health? It could be better by including virgin coconut oilin your diet. That’s the take-home message from a recent animal study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine and a review of studies on dietary fats and health in Advances in Nutrition. Here’s the lowdown: All fats and oils are made up of fatty acids. Some saturated fatty acids clog arteries and increase your risk for cardiovascular disease. However, the specific saturated fatty acids found in virgin coconut oil may help improve heart health in a number of ways by: 1) Preventing blood pressure from rising 2) […]

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Hearty Beef Stroganoff

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With the 2014 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremonies starting this Friday, I thought it would be fun to make a dish symbolic of Russia. Looking through some of my dad’s old recipes, I came across one for beef stroganoff that will hit the spot. I tweaked this traditional favorite a little by using coconut oil instead of olive oil to sear the beef. Coconut oil is used by some athletes during Olympic training, including Apolo Ohno. This champion has actually linked using coconut oil to fuel his body before his races. The medium chain triglycerides that are found in coconut oil […]

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