Seeking Clarity Regarding Soy’s Impact on Health

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Among the unfortunately overwhelming compendium of controversial topics within the field of nutritional science, very few attract as much attention as soy and its effect on human health. Consulting various forms of online media, literature, and even many health professionals, one may quickly find that for every positive effect surmised to arise from greater consumption of soy-based products, there is a competing claim about its potential harms, and then some. Despite the seemingly constant arguments between both health professionals and laymen concerning the true benefits and harms attributed to its consumption; the current…

Addressing Common Questions and Concerns

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Written by Matthew Madore, BSc Nutritional Science

Recently there has been a surge of interest in plant-based diets following the release of popular documentaries, advocation from well-known celebrities, the rise of more plant-centered dietary guidelines, and the rapidly increasing prevalence of plant-based alternatives to popular foods. Subsequently, there has also been a swath of questions, concerns, and proclamations to follow; ranging from honest inquisitions and concerns based on a lack of knowledge on the subject to rampant, egregious misinformation (coming from both those advocating for and against these diets). While there is a large selection of popular topics that deserve…

By distorting evidence, a recent review in The Journal of the American College of Cardiology will result in more harm than benefit

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Written by Matt Madore, BSc Nutritional Science. Editing and contributions by Riley MacIntyre, Matthew Nagra, BSc ND.

Recently, The Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) published a state-of-the-art review entitled, “Saturated Fats and Health: A Reassessment and Proposal for Food-Based Recommendations.” The authors presented the argument that current evidence does not support the dietary guidelines recommendations to limit saturated fatty acid (SFA) intake to less than 10% of daily calories to prevent common chronic diseases, most notably cardiovascular disease (CVD). They remark that although SFAs raise low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL), this is due to increases in large (and…

Matthew Madore

BSc in Nutritional Science. Fascinated in researching and sharing information on the links between food, exercise, and health.

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