Artificial Trans Fats: A Global Perspective
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The health impact of dietary fats is a highly debated subject, but there is one thing experts seem to agree upon: the harmful effects of artificial trans fat. Research provides strong evidence that consumption of artificial trans fat increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, as this fat has been shown to increase LDL cholesterol, decrease HDL cholesterol and promote inflammation and endothelial dysfunction. While various countries have initiatives in place to reduce this nutrient from the food supply, the World Health Organization is working to eliminate artificial trans fats from the global food supply by 2023. Keep reading to learn more about the initiative.

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Avocado Oil: Specialty Option or Kitchen Workhorse?
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Avocado is having a moment. Restaurants charge $12+ for avocado toast. Paleo loyalists crack an egg into an avocado half and bake it for breakfast. Avocados are now used as the base for everything from gelato to salad dressing to hummus. They’re being mashed and used in place of mayo in chicken and tuna salad. Yes, avocado is definitely having a moment. Along with the whole fruit, avocado oil has arrived in the oil aisle of the local grocer, but is this a good option for consumers? Read more to find out!

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Research Update: Omega-6 Fatty Acids — Health Friend or Foe?
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Nutrition is a fascinating space, and one often met with controversy. Dietary fat is no exception. While popular discussions currently focus on saturated fat (is butter really back?) and coconut oil, another highly debated subject is the link with omega-6 fatty acids and inflammation. In this blog post, we review the current science and recommendations on this fatty acid.

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Consumer Insights: RDNs Can Clear Up Confusion
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As a health enthusiast, I treasure summer for its warmer temperatures, longer days, abundant farmer’s markets, fruit and herb-infused waters, and the yearly food and health survey from the International Food Information Council and Foundation (IFIC). So maybe I don’t hold the same level of enthusiasm for each of these summer treats, but I really do enjoy gathering more insights about consumers, and that’s why I look forward to the 2018 Food and Health Survey. Each year, I dig in to look for contradictions. I want to know what erroneous ideas consumers hold, so I can address them in my private practice and write and speak about them to my various audiences.

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The Role of Healthy Fats in Plant-Based Eating
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Salad dressings are made with good fats

As consumer awareness and interest in health and well-being rises, it is no wonder the popularity of plant-based eating has become a top food trend. While much of the plant-based focus is directed toward replacing meat with alternative sources of protein, there are other ways you can coach your clients to incorporate more plant foods into their diets. Specifically, replacing animal fats with certain plant-based fats and oils can help consumers reduce their intake of bad fats and increase intake of good fats. Read the full post to learn more!

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