If the resolve for your New Year's healthy weight loss resolution is already starting to crack, you may want to watch this week’s Penn State Facebook Live session. Penn State researcher Penny Kris-Etherton will talk about research on how canola oil and a healthy diet may lead to weight loss at noon on Jan. 18 via the Penn State Facebook page.
Including canola oil in a healthy diet may help reduce abdominal fat in as little as four weeks, according to health researchers.
Adding an avocado to your daily diet may help lower bad cholesterol, in turn reducing risk for heart disease, according to health researchers.
Increasing the amount of omega-3s in your diet, whether from fish or flax, will likely decrease your risk of getting heart disease, according to Penn State nutritionists.
Penny Kris-Etherton, distinguished professor of nutrition at Penn State, has accepted an invitation to join the Science Board of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition. Her three-year term on the Science Board will begin on Jan. 1, 2014.
Consumption of whole walnuts or their extracted oil can reduce cardiovascular risk through a mechanism other than simply lowering cholesterol, according to a team of Penn State, Tufts University and University of Pennsylvania researchers.
Canola oil and high-oleic canola oils can lower abdominal fat when used in place of other selected oil blends, according to a team of American and Canadian researchers. The researchers also found that consuming certain vegetable oils may be a simple way of reducing the risk of metabolic syndrome, which affects about one in three U.S. adults and one in five Canadian adults.
You've probably seen the supermarket tabloid articles with titles like "The 12 Foods Everyone Should Eat!" or "Four Foods for Peak Performance!" Every week there's another berry, grain, or bafflingly-named compound that's the key to better health, longer life, and peace in our time. But do these "superfoods," as they are called, deserve the hype? Or is the moniker just a marketing tool to sell us food and supplements we don't really need?
For serious chocoholics (you know who you are), the best health-related news in the past decade had to be that dark chocolate is good for you. A recent Yale study concluded that eating dark chocolate can mean better cardiovascular health, with short-term improvements in blood pressure and arterial function.
Even better news is that milk chocolate may also have some health benefits.
"You really can eat chocolate every day," Penny Kris-Etherton, Penn State distinguished professor of nutrition, told an attentive audience last Wednesday during the final afternoon installment of Research Unplugged's spring season.
The key to any dieting plan is maintenance, according to Penn State professor of nutrition Barbara Rolls. If you lose weight at a slow and steady pace, Rolls says, you are more likely to keep it off.
Penn State nutritionists delighted dieters everywhere by touting the health benefits of chocolate and nuts. Now they have more good news: A moderate-fat diet may be better for your heart than a low-fat one. This doesn't mean you can substitute Snickers for bananas, but it might mean having a little peanut butter on your apple.
Palmiro Giansante, standing at the stove, shook his head sadly.
"Too many cakes," he said. "And too much Coca Cola." This, in sum, is what's wrong with the American diet.