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Vegetable Oils Can Actually Kill You

Sunflower oil, corn oil may not be so healthy after all

(Newser) - Like cooking with vegetable oils as a "healthy" alternative to lard and butter? A professor in England has some bad news: When you heat up oils such as sunflower or corn oil, they produce intense concentrations of chemicals known as aldehydes that have been associated with dementia, heart disease,... More »

Study Identifies the Worst Fats for Your Heart

To protect your heart, choose butter over margarine: study

(Newser) - If nothing else can get you to cut back on trans fats, maybe the threat of death will do it. Researchers who analyzed 123 observational studies on saturated and trans fats published in the last 30 years found people who consumed a diet high in saturated fats saw no increased... More »

Report Makes 'Case Against Microwave Popcorn'

Website warns about fats, nonstick coating, and sodium

(Newser) - Like a nice bowl of microwave popcorn in the evening? Others do too—in fact, America downs 16 billion quarts of popcorn annually—but Safebee reports that many microwave popcorns come with apparent health risks. Four, to be exact:
  • Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA): This nonstick coating can be found in fire-fighting
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Want to Lose Weight? Keep Eating Fats

Carbs, not fats, mess with our metabolism

(Newser) - If you're trying to lose weight on a low-fat diet and it's not working, here's why. Refined carbohydrates—found in processed foods like white breads, white rice, and pastas—tend to be loaded with sugar, which messes with our metabolisms, making it harder to burn calories. Eating... More »

Welcome Back, Butter, We Missed You

Our misguided fat-is-evil thinking is finally going away: Mark Bittman

(Newser) - Go ahead, spread butter on your toast without guilt. And don't be so obsessed about removing every last bit of fat from that pork chop. At long last, the nation's misguided notion that all fat is evil is losing its credibility, writes Mark Bittman in the New York ... More »

Actually, Margarine May Be Worse Than Butter

New study re-analyzes decades-old research

(Newser) - Eating margarine in an effort to safeguard your heart? In what Forbes terms "an exceedingly strange turn of events," it turns out the fake stuff may be worse for your heart than the real stuff. Researchers were able to access previously unpublished mortality data from a nearly five-decades-old... More »

High-Fat Diet Lowers Sperm Count

Saturated fats take the biggest toll in study

(Newser) - It's more bad news for fat. A new study shows men who eat large amounts of fatty foods, especially saturated fats common in meat and dairy products, had lower sperm production and concentration. A diet consisting of 37% or more of fat calories or just 13% or more of... More »

Dear America, Eat Less. Sincerely, Feds

New federal guidelines urge limits on salt, saturated fat

(Newser) - Not only are the feds picking on how many Twinkies vs. how many carrots you eat, but the New York Times reports that now they're picking on how much you eat, period. The newest federal nutrition guidelines, revised every five years, predictably admonish Americans to eat more fruits and vegetables... More »

Worst Restaurant Belt-Busters

Consumer group issues its annual list

(Newser) - The Center for Science in the Public Interest has released its annual list of calorie bombs available at chain restaurants. Among the winners of the "Xtreme Eating Awards":
  • Cheesecake Factory's Pasta Carbonara with Chicken: 2,500 calories and 85 grams of saturated fat.
  • Five Guys Bacon Cheeseburger: 920 calories
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Diet Slashes Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

Load up on leafy greens, olive oil, nuts rather than saturated fat

(Newser) - Fill up on leafy green vegetables, nuts, poultry, and fish rather than red meat, butter, and full-fat dairy, and you may cut your risk of developing Alzheimer's disease by as much as 40%, scientists said today. "We know that these foods are definitely helpful for other conditions and diseases,... More »

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