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Coconut Oil Confusion: When to eat it…when to avoid

Coconut oil like all oils (olive, sunflower, walnut, canola, etc.) has about 120 calories per tablespoon. It is a fat that's solid at room temperature, made popular by marketing and unwarranted comparisons to MCT oil. It's a highly saturated fat and when planned in an otherwise heart-healthy diet, okay for some but not for everyone. Keep your total saturated fat intake for the day (all food sources combined) to less than 10 percent of total calories (or about 20 grams per day). Enjoy coconut oil in moderation, so long as you don’t go coco-nutty with its use. Continue reading

Gluten-free: The real reason it might help. PLUS! a gluten-free comparison

It’s amazing how many people are experts in nutrition. I was at a seminar last Saturday—totally unrelated to nutrition. (WordPress if you must know—I guess I’m a nerd at heart. Yep, spent a beautiful day geeking out indoors.)

Since I like to be a walking billboard wearing my Neily on Nutrition t-shirt I struck up a conversation with a woman visiting from California. As many people are prone to do, she shared a story of a friend.

The stories usually always start a certain way. I love them. Her friend read a book. Ah yes. And now they’re an authority on the diet du jour. Continue reading

Superfoods = Super diet

Really interesting discussion on a Twitter chat I participated in recently. For those not familiar with chats they’re an opportunity for tweet peeps to get ‘together’ at a certain date and time to discuss a topic. Everyone uses the same hashtag. For example #healthtalk is the tweetchat I participated in. Hosted by @EverydayHealth (everydayhealth.com), registered dietitian nutritionist Rachel Begun (@RachelBegunRD) was the special guest on the topic of superfoods.

What do you think of when you hear that word—superfood? Does a particular food come to mind? To some perhaps, but to many on the chat it was much bigger than that. Here were some tweet highlights: Continue reading

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