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Seasonal Vegetables

Posted on June 29 by
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Cherries

Posted on June 27 by
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Cherry season is upon us. I purchased cherries this morning for only .99 cents per pound. :)

Over eating any fruit can result in too much fructose, so keep your serving of cherries to one cup.IMG 0386

Foods to Help With Digestion

Posted on June 22 by
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If you need help with digestion, incorporate some of these foods into your eating routineIMG 0967

Functions of Saturated Fats and the Coconut Oil Debate

Posted on June 19 by
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Saturated fats are needed for energy, hormone production, cellular membranes and for organ padding. You may be surprised to learn that certain saturated fatty acids are also needed for cells to communicate.

The saturated fatty acids that play important roles in these processes are palmitic acid, myristic acid and lauric acid. These saturated fatty acids are found in certain food fats.

Lauric acid has several functions. It is an antimicrobial, antibacterial and antifungal fatty acid.

So do we need to eliminate all coconut oil in our diet? The answer is no.

Before you throw away your coconut oil, keep in mind that it is important to maintain a diet of around 25 to 35 percent calories from fat in order to help the body absorb nutrients from other foods. Plus, people who cut saturated fat out of their diets might not necessarily lower their risk of heart disease, as many people instead fulfill their hunger with other empty calories like sugar and white flour, a 2015 study found.

Dieticians and nutritionists agree that while coconut oil should not be overeaten, it does not need to be eliminated completely like the AHA suggests. The composition of saturated fat in this plant oil is different than the saturated fat in an animal fat. Coconut oil is predominately saturated fat but 48% to 50% of this is health promoting lauric acid.

This information does not make coconut oil out to be an evil ingredient, but it serves as a reminder to be mindful about how you should balance this oil with unsaturated fats like avocado, nuts, seeds, flax and oily fish.

Eating too much of anything, even something that is healthy, isn’t a good thing, so consuming coconut oil in moderation won’t negatively affect your health. Coconut oil is full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, which are great for your skin, nails, and heart. It’s antibacterial and extremely healing, so you don’t need to avoid coconut oil in your diet, only eat it in moderation like any thing else.

 

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