Category Archives: Sterols and Stanols

Low Fat Spreads: Treat the Symptoms Not the Cause

The idea that cholesterol is the cause of the vascular damage seen in the aetiology of atherosclerosis is outdated. The original theory suggested that cholesterol from the diet could cause an increase in the cholesterol levels of the blood, and … Continue reading

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What Do You Mean By Dietary Fat?

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Saturated Fat and Health

The role of saturated fat in health has been distorted from the original observations within the scientific literature. Saturated fat has been implicated as a disease causing agent, and this is really at odds with the data from peer review … Continue reading

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Fish Oils and Plant Sterols: Lowering Triglycerides

The metabolic syndrome is characterised by insulin resistance and this results in a number of metabolic abnormalities. One such abnormality is an increase in the de novo lipogenesis pathway of the liver. The de novo lipogenesis pathway is involved with … Continue reading

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Vegetable Spreads Versus Butter

Butter is made by churning milk. In this process the milk fat is agitated and this causes a change in the physical composition of the milk. Milk is an emulsion whereby the fat molecules are suspended in the watery medium … Continue reading

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Cloves

Clove trees (Eugenia aromatica) produces two cm long pink flowers that can be picked as buds and dried. These buds when dried turn brown, and at this point are referred to as cloves. Cloves are a common spice found throughout … Continue reading

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The Wulzen Factor (Stigmasterol)

The Wulzen anti-stiffness factor is a compound that was originally discovered in molasses and unpasteurised cream. Its discoverer Rosalind Wulzen, showed that the compound could reverse the calcification of joints in osteoarthritis. More recently the Wulzen factor has been identified … Continue reading

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Plant Sterols Lower Cholesterol Absorption: Should We Care?

According to proponents of the cholesterol theory of cardiovascular disease, dietary cholesterol causes elevations in plasma (blood) levels of cholesterol and this in turn causes atherosclerosis, plaques which occlude blood flow in arteries and lead to heart attacks. Based on … Continue reading

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Dandelion: Diuretic and Liver Tonic

The name dandelion comes from the French for lions tooth (dent de lion). This is in reference to the jagged tooth like leaves that characterise the dandelion plant (Taracum officinale). Generally, gardeners think of dandelion as a weed on account … Continue reading

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Acai Berry: Antioxidant Cocktail

 he acai berry is a fruit found in palm trees (Euterpe oleraceae) native to the Amazon basin and surrounding areas in South America. The fruit of the tree holds economic value to the indigenous populations of these areas where it … Continue reading

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