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  1. mikeccolella

    Olive oil? Healthy or not?!

    I never eat pasta or bread. I do eat oatmeal, 100% whole grain cereal, fruit, vegetables, legumes, nuts, seeds, coffee black, 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, 1 oz. salmon daily and one oyster for zinc. I found a milk product made with oats and bananas (yes very processed) it has no added calcium. Too much calcium is atherogenic and almond milks have tons of added calcium. So primarily Whole Foods but not entirely. Oh btw red wine daily and that is certainly processed.
  2. mikeccolella

    CV health evaluation

    I passed a stress test and a few weeks later an echocardiogram revealed severe aortic stenosis caused by childhood rheumatic fever. I ended up getting open heart surgery.
  3. mikeccolella

    Olive oil? Healthy or not?!

    Your weight is stable! I’m not surprised. I believe the biggest message wrt whole food plant based diets is the ease of appetite control. My BMI is 21.5. Processed foods are a nightmare and worse than cigarettes imo based on the damage they are causing to human health.
  4. mikeccolella

    Olive oil? Healthy or not?!

    Dean is right to focus on the good elements without all the fat. The last time I checked Dean was eating a whole food plant based diet with 15% fat. That was a while ago so not sure if that is still the case. fat is fat is fat! Empty calories of which we only require minimal amounts and possibly higher levels with meals are damaging to our endothelial tissues similar to smoking. So yes you won’t get angina by eating it and neither will you get it from a cig, but let’s not call it healthy. Olive oil healthy or not? There are much better choices to spend my calories on. Choices loaded with essential nutrients and Fibre of which olive oil has neither.
  5. mikeccolella

    Hong Kong beats the blue zones

    https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-01/tl-pss011019.php this review is very recent and wasn’t sure if it had been posted. High Fibre and powerful effects “The results suggest a 15-30% decrease in all-cause and cardiovascular related mortality when comparing people who eat the highest amount of fibre to those who eat the least. Eating fibre-rich foods also reduced incidence of coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and colorectal cancer by 16-24%. Per 1,000 participants, the impact translates into 13 fewer deaths and six fewer cases of coronary heart disease”
  6. mikeccolella

    Olive oil? Healthy or not?!

    Michael’s last point is ridiculous it’s like someone commenting on a copd study showing smoking leads to shortness of breath and eventually copd. Yeah most people who smoke suffer no overt consequences, sometimes forever but usually they do eventually and often die an early death. IAC I can get plant polyphenols all over the place without adding hundreds of empty fat calories along with it. Yes I think the evidence is there that the polyphenols of EVOO help to mitigate the negatives of high fat meals, but why bother to eat something like that. I’ll stick with tea, green leafy veggies, berries, cruciferous veggies, citrus fruits all along with a few whole plant food fat sources like nuts and seeds and keep fat calories around 15% which is plenty enough fat.
  7. mikeccolella

    Olive oil? Healthy or not?!

    Of course no one suggested otherwise! That’s why we are discussing it!
  8. mikeccolella

    Olive oil? Healthy or not?!

    What do you mean it’s another issue? That question was for sirius and the fmd study he posted. People smoke, drink heavily etc. in so called blue zones. Does that mean it’s healthy to do so? These arguments based on blue zone fat consumption are virtually useless imo. We do know fat, including olive oil have unhealthy effects on the endothelium. We do not have a controlled study comparing a very low fat diet with a high, so called good fat diet, that I am aware of. All this epedemiology is pretty worthless AFAICS. Also to sirius and others the flavor issue is not thread worthy! This thread is about one thing only. Is olive oil Healthy or not!
  9. mikeccolella

    Olive oil? Healthy or not?!

    Low fat? Didn’t see that defined. Could you help us out on that please?
  10. mikeccolella

    Olive oil? Healthy or not?!

    Saul we need about 12 grams of omega 6 fats and about a gram or 2 of omega 3 fats a day. That’s about 100 calories of fat. So yes you are correct the ratio is important but my point above was that eating typical amounts of omega six appears to damage our microbiome based on the research into this matter.
  11. mikeccolella

    Olive oil? Healthy or not?!

    Totally wrong McCoy, the so called low fat group was not at all low fat. 37% fat vs about 39%. Absolutely a big lie. The study followed 7,447 people with heart disease risks who were randomly assigned to either Mediterranean-style diets or a low-fat diet, but the low-fat diet was not low in fat. Not even close. The people in the “low-fat” group started out with a diet that was 39% fat. They decreased fat intake to 37%.So, the authors weren’t really comparing a Mediterranean diet to a low-fat diet. It’s much more accurate to say they were comparing a Mediterranean diet to a typical American-style diet. And sure enough, a lot of the foods the so-called “low-fat” group was eating were heart-damaging foods like red meat, commercially baked goods full of refined flour and fat, sugary sodas, and low-fat cheeses. (Though called “low-fat,” these cheeses typically get 35 to 60% of their calories from fat big Fat lie to say a low fat diet was used in this study. Totally False.
  12. mikeccolella

    Olive oil? Healthy or not?!

    https://www.uab.edu/news/research/item/10236-high-fat-diet-and-age-alter-gut-microbes-and-immune-response-causing-inflamed-state-in-heart-failure hmmm.....it appears that omega 6 fats from vegetable oils may interfere with gut microbes in a negative manner. So it would be interesting to test other oils to see what if any effects they would have
  13. it’s not just about lipid panels. Fats interfere with hdl processing see the above article I posted. Also high fat diets corrupt the vasodilation potential which leads to endothelial compromise. Compromised endothelium becomes more vulnerable to oxidized ldl particles. Heart disease is a result of a highly complex physiological process. There are numerous factors at play including genetics. That is why these myths about cholesterol not being a factor persist.
  14. Another point, according to Michel Horlick a sun exposure proponent and vitamin D researcher is to watch your shadow. When it’s your height or less that indicates adequate sun rays for efficient vitamin D production. I would assume it would work for nitric oxide etc. A simple method for sure. Here in Pittsburgh Pa. you can even get this as early as March and as late as November but the hours are very limited of course in those two months. But it’s so simple and I can be outdoors and simply know by looking at my shadow.
  15. Spot on Tom, these self promoters just recycle what we already know and spin it this way or that. They are all over the place. The basics for diet and sleep are not a mystery. However the underlying dynamics wrt sleep are still not fully understood. There are also hucksters selling worthless supplements/tools like the dreem headband etc. for diet/health and sleep.