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G.O.A.T. or Goat: Coconut and Egg

From eNewsletter 2/3/2020

DID YOU KNOW that a study from Systematic Reviews analyzed the evidence on the use of complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies to treat babies with colic and found that probiotics and spinal manipulation help?

Colic can be distressing for both babies and parents, but most of the time it is temporary. Colic is simply a result of babies' digestive systems maturing. 

Unfortunately, many babies are prescribed reflux medication for colic, which has shown to be dangerous, especially for the long-term.

NOTE: Many parts of the country have had long spells of cloudy days over the last few months. This is a good reminder that taking your vitamin D3 is essential to keep your mood healthy and prevent Seasonal Affective Disorder from taking hold. 


Bonnie and Steve: Other than the obvious definition, the word goat has two meanings in current American sports lexicon. The acronym G.O.A.T. in sports is "Greatest of All Time". Goat is also associated with losing.

In a sense, coconut and egg have been assigned G.O.A.T. and goat status, depending upon the food era. Of course, with these foods, it is not as black and white as some want you to believe. Certain individuals tolerate these foods better than others. Recent research has confirmed what they should have always been labeled, a healthful food that can be consumed in moderation for most people.

Over the last few years, much of the negativity towards eggs has been debunked. A new study from American Journal of Clinical Nutrition confirms yet again that eggs are a healthful food in moderation. According to the study, moderate egg intake, which is about one egg per day in most people, does not increase the risk of cardiovascular disease or mortality even if people have a history of cardiovascular disease or diabetes. Also, no association was found between egg intake and blood cholesterol, its components or other risk factors. The results were robust and widely applicable to both healthy individuals and those with vascular disease. If your egg consumption consists of a caloric breakfast sandwich or three-egg omelet with cheese and other meats, the aforementioned safety does not apply. But eating an egg sensibly, as in hard-boiled or cooked with olive oil in a pan, is ideal. Coconut oil, treated like a superfood darling over the last decade, no doubt has benefits, but needs to be taken down a peg. While we were always in the camp of consuming coconut oil in moderation, and not every day, we have since found that many clients have a genetic predisposition to negative effects from too much of any saturated fat. And while not surprising, a new study in Circulation shows that coconut oil can raise LDL and total cholesterol. Before you jump to conclusions, this result was a nine percent increase in LDL from 3 to 4 tablespoons of coconut oil per day, which nobody should ever do. The message should still be that coconut oil is not a panacea. A genetics report can reveal if you carry the gene that suggests avoiding it altogether. Medium chain triglycerides (MCT), which is all the rage because of the keto diet and bulletproof coffee, comes from coconut, so should be treated no different than the real thing. When your eating habits are individualized and foods are consumed in moderation. you can be the G.O.A.T. and not the goat!

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