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According to a study in the British Journal of Nutrition, Americans know more about the nutritional value of food than the French do. When asked about fat content of foods, Americans scored 96%, and the French got 75% right. In spite of the U.S. knowing more about nutrition, the obesity rate is three times higher than France. The French eat smaller meals (portion sizes) and eat slower, savoring their food. Eating slowly allows time for your brain to know when you’re full and keeps you from over eating.
Coconut oil has been demonized for years because of its high saturated fat content (90%). However, it converts to the medium chain fatty acid monolaurin which is a component of breast milk known for strengthening the immune system, promoting brain development, strengthening bones, and protecting against viruses and bacteria. Studies show it may speed up metabolism to aid weight loss, and it is stable at higher cooking temperatures. Consider adding virgin, organic, non-refined coconut oil to your diet to maximize health.
Cocoa powder and dark chocolate have an ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) score significantly higher than blueberries or green tea. They contain flavonoids that improve endothelial function within blood vessels, improving cardiovascular health. Milk (milk chocolate) negates this benefit, as does sugar. To maximize health, include dark, organic chocolate in smoothies, hot cocoa, or candy – sweetened with stevia but without the milk.
Magnesium, found naturally in avocados, nuts, and whole grains is necessary for muscle relaxation, bone health, and also for brain health. Proper magnesium levels in the hippocampus (part of the brain which manages long and short term memory) helps protect against aluminum absorption reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia. To maximize health, increase magnesium-containing foods, or consider supplementing.
A meta analysis of over 5000 studies of flu vaccine effectiveness over the last 45 years found that only 1.5 of every 100 people are prevented from getting the flu by vaccination. In contrast, increasing Vitamin D through sunshine, fish consumption, and supplementation has been shown to drastically reduce the incidence of flu. To help prevent the flu, check you vitamin D levels (25 hydroxy Vitamin D test) and increase Vitamin D if below 30 ng/mL.