My husband and I have heard and read conflicting information about oils and fats so I thought I'd turn to Mefi to help me understand it all better. We're confused about lots of things. Should we be careful about how much oil we consume? Is a particular oil really better than another? Is cold pressed better than refined even for cooking? Is the very act of heating oil just evil? Are unheated cold pressed oils actually healthy? [more inside]
I'm a little bit confused about whether oils (olive, etc.) are healthy, and in what quantities they belong in a balanced diet (given their high caloric content). Should I be aiming to add them into my diet (pour a couple of spoonfuls over salad, or cook with them), or should I be aiming to avoid them, substituting other things in their place and largely or entirely forgoing them. What nutrients or other benefits do they offer my body that other foods wouldn't, if any? If they are healthy, which are the healthiest? Which are the least healthy? Are some better for eating fresh and others better for cooking with? Help?
WaybackDanceFilter: In a Fats Waller video here (linked to specific time), a dancing man clasps his hands together and moves his leg almost as if it were lame.. [more inside]
Looking for some critical, reasonably independent discussion of some of the paleo diet claims--does such a thing actually exist? Specifically with regards to cardio exercise and saturated fats/cholesterol. [more inside]
MusicFilter: You all know "Denise." I need songs like that in genre, year, and theme. [more inside]
Practical, science-based, safe, sane "low carb" book that doesn't pull any punches? (If simply "Atkins," which one?) I'm looking for a book that is gung-ho, but still spells out what can go wrong and why: I'm three days in to a self-created low carb diet. All sorts of good stuff has happened, but all sorts of disconcerting stuff has happened, too. [more inside]
Lately I've been using a lot of rendered beef fat in my cooking. Is this a reasonable replacement for cooking with plant based oils, or am I flirting with a heart attack with every fried egg and handful of popcorn? [more inside]
I am trying to find information about the effects of normal pasteurization (not ultra) on fat molecules & fat soluble vitamins in bovine milk. Originally, I did not think it had any, but I've seen some indications that it does. For example, it appears that it decreases the fat soluble Vit. A content, but I can't find to what extent. Also, I want to know what effects it has on the fat molecules in general.
Healthy chips and dip? [more inside]
Nutrition label says food has 5 grams of fat, 3 of them are saturated. There is no other information. Would the other fat be trans, polyunsaturated, or monounsaturated? [more inside]