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March 22, 2010 | By Elena Conis, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Coconut milk used to be something that came in a can and was good to have on hand for making pina coladas or Thai curries. These days, coconut milk can also be found in cartons in the milk aisle and in pints in the ice cream section — and as yogurt, coffee creamer and even kefir. Some consumers are turning to coconut-milk products because they're eager for a new dairy alternative, but others are switching to them in the belief that they promote weight loss. Consumers should be aware that the evidence in support of such claims is very slim — and that coconut milk in any form is high in saturated fat, says Ruth Frechman, a spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Assn.
December 13, 2010
The Institute of Medicine recommends 1,100 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids per day for women and 1,600 mg for men. Here's a look at the amounts and types of omega-3s found in selected foods: FoodAmount & Type of omega-3s 3 ounces of salmon1,000-1,500 mg of EPA and DHA 3 ounces of sardines1,000-1,500 mg of EPA and DHA 1 Smart Balance Omega-3 Grade A Natural Large Egg160 mg of ALA, plus 32 mg of DHA 1 Land O Lakes Omega-3...
December 2, 2010 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in high concentrations in the retina of the eye, leading to speculation that adequate levels of the substance may be important in preventing some diseases of the eye. Animal studies also suggest that omega-3s, found mostly in seafood, protect against eye diseases. A new study adds more evidence, finding that people who consume a lot of fish and shellfish have lower rates of age-related macular degeneration. The condition is the most common cause of blindness in the United States.
October 1, 2007 | By Judy Gruen, Special to The Times
Lately I've tried to make sense of the dizzying news from the world of nutritional science. Believe me, it hasn't been easy. Let's steep right in with the news about dark tea, which scientists suggest we drink in great quantities every day to promote bone density. But wait, I'm already drinking eight glasses of water daily; adding to this liquid load just won't work. There are only so many potty breaks one can take in a day before the boss notices, sidles over to you and asks if you need to see a urologist.
September 11, 2012 | By Monte Morin, Los Angeles Times
Is there something fishy going on with omega-3 fatty acids? For years, major health and medical organizations have recommended fish oil supplements rich in omega-3s to reduce the threat of heart disease. In Europe, where support is particularly enthusiastic, a doctor's failure to recommend the supplements is viewed by some as bordering on malpractice. But several recent studies have raised questions about the benefits of fish oil, sparking no small amount of confusion. A report published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
November 23, 1986 | Compiled from Times staff and wire service reports
Fish oil fed to rhesus monkeys blocks hardening of the arteries induced by high-fat foods, researchers reported at a American Heart Assn. meeting. In a finding that may have major implications for the human diet, University of Chicago scientists said their study is the first to demonstrate that fish oil directly reduces cholesterol buildup in primates, adding to a growing body of evidence that suggests a diet rich in fish can help prevent heart disease.
March 15, 2010 | Joe Graedon, Teresa Graedon, The People's Pharmacy
Q: Which is better, fish oil or flax oil capsules? Both contain omega-3 fatty acids, but it is much harder for the body to utilize the fats from flaxseed oil. If your goal is to lower cholesterol and triglycerides, fish oil is preferable. During a recent stay in the hospital, while swallowing pills I mentioned to the nurse that I had a dread of having a large pill get stuck in my throat. She explained that the right way to swallow is to lower your chin down toward your chest.
June 20, 2013 | By Russ Parsons
Bob Klein has had his share of food passions. The owner of Oakland's Oliveto restaurant has been consumed by finding the best meat, fish, wine, and, of course, salumi (for years Fra' Mani's Paul Bertolli was his chef). And he was into the whole nose-to-tail thing way early. But now he's found a new love - wheat. And his Community Grains whole-grain pasta is popping up on menus and in stores around Southern California, including Mozza and Whole Foods, as well as online.
January 25, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
Rejoice, those who love fried foods: eating them may not put you at higher risk for coronary heart disease--if you're frying those foods in olive or sunflower oils. A study published this week in the British Medical Journal analyzed data on 40,757 Spanish adults age 29 to 69 who were followed for an average 11 years. Free of coronary heart disease at the beginning of the study, they were asked what they ate and what cooking methods they used, then were tracked to see who developed coronary heart disease and who died.
French fries are one of America's favorite fast foods, and it's easy to see why. When they're made correctly--flash fried to perfection, not too crunchy, not too soggy, with a dash of salt and a dollop of ketchup on the side--they're sheer heaven. Each year, in fact, the typical American consumes more than 57 pounds of frozen potatoes (almost all of which are French fries), according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture; 90% of those fries are bought at fast-food restaurants.
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