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Nutritional Concepts Mid-Week Brief
September 18, 2013
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Simple Way to Extend Your Lifespan.
A study in this month's American Journal of Epidemiology found that in a huge population study, an 11% lower risk of death was found for the group with the highest percentage of fruit and vegetable consumption (6 servings per day) when compared to the lowest consumption (3 servings per day) group.
The study found a stronger association for raw vegetables when compared with cooked vegetables, because of the changes in the availability of nutrients, destruction of digestive enzymes, and alteration of the structure and digestibility of vegetables.


The overall association predominately was linked with lower cardiovascular disease mortality. Not surprisingly, the subgroup linked to highest mortality risk were the nonconsumers of fruits and vegetables.
In addition to lengthening our lives, produce consumption can prevent us from developing chronic disease, as we cited recently from a Clinical Nutrition study. Does 6 servings a day seem so difficult to accomplish? It shouldn't be, given the fact that we recommend seven or more daily servings as the optimum!
Fruit and Veggie Screening?
In an exciting development, a new test for preventive disease screening is called Total Urinary Polyphenol Concentration (TUP). In the September issue of The Journal of Nutrition, researchers found TUP to be a risk factor for mortality among older persons, suggesting that high dietary intake of polyphenols may be associated with longevity. Using TUP to discover who needs to increase their fruit, vegetable, tea, cocoa, and other polyphenol-rich food consumption seems like a simple, inexpensive way to not only increase longevity, but reduce health care costs.
Smoothies and Juices 
According to a group of researchers, smoothies and juices will NOT boost longevity is smoothies and fruit juices. These are the same researchers who blew the whistle on high fructose corn syrup decades ago.
"Smoothies and fruit juice are the new danger," said a professor at the department of nutrition at the University of North Carolina. "It's kind of the next step in the evolution of the battle. And it's a really big part of it because in every country they've been replacing soft drinks with fruit juice and smoothies as the new healthy beverage. So you will find that Coke and Pepsi have bought dozens of fruit juice companies around the globe."
While manufacturers of smoothies and fruit juices boast that their products make it easy to attain daily fruit and veggie targets, we know better. The way the body responds to the real thing as opposed to a concentrated form is completely different.
Coconut vs. Palm Oil: Which is Better?
A client asked us if we could answer this question. 
First, you have to differentiate between palm kernel oil (oil from the seed of the palm), which is 82% saturated fat, and palm oil (from the fruit pulp of the palm), which is 50% saturated fat. Coconut oil is 90% saturated fat.
All three are better options than trans fats such as partially hydrogenated oils. Palm Oil is healthier than palm kernel oil. Coconut is significantly healthier than both palm oils. Here are 5 ways in which coconut trumps palm and palm kernel oil:
  1. Coconut lacks what most experts consider the unhealthiest aspect of saturated fat: linolenic acid.
  2. Coconut oil is rarely processed like palm oil is. Whenever a saturated fat is processed or used in cooking at higher heat than makes it unstable, the fat oxidizes and becomes unhealthy. Coconut oil has the distinction of having one the highest smoking point of any oil.
  3. Coconut oil is nearly 50% lauric acid, a beneficial fatty acid that turns into Monolaurin, which many of you may recognize from a product we suggest for its antiviral and antibacterial properties.
  4. Coconut oil contains MCTs (medium chain triglycerides), heart healthy fats that are burned in your liver for energy, whereas palm oils are LCTs (long-chain triglycerides), which are mostly stored as fat.
  5. Coconuts are considered a renewable resource and thus, neutral to the environment. Clear-cutting tactics, such as setting fires to the rain forest in Indonesia and Malaysia, have not only caused irreparable damage to the environment, but recently created deleterious smog in neighboring countries such as Singapore.