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  1. Fat helps your body absorb plant-based nutrients

    Don't toss out the oil when you toss your salad

    Finally... a bit of good news.

    The talking heads of the mainstream are finally catching on that carbs -- NOT fats -- are the primary culprit in expanding waistlines and chronic diseases like diabetes.

    This is a welcome change from the past few decades, the time of the "low-fat craze" when we were told that skim milk was in... nuts were out... and if you were going to dress your salad, you had to use something fat-free (or, at least, with reduced fat).

    And since eating salad is hard enough for some folks -- much less without any dressing at all -- most people complied.

    But according to a new study, you'd be better off dousing your greens with a glug of olive oil -- because fats can actually BOOST the health benefits of your veggies by helping your body absorb their nutrients.

    In the study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a group of women ate salads with varying amounts of oil, from none to about two tablespoons.

    When the researchers tested their blood, it turned out that as the amount of oil on their salads climbed, so did their blood levels of seven nutrients: alpha and beta carotene, lutein, lycopene, vitamin K, and two forms of vitamin E.

    Not only that, but the oil also kicked up their levels of vitamin A, which your body makes from alpha- and beta-carotene.

    And that's fantastic news, because studies have shown that many of these nutrients can help preserve your eyesight... fortify your immunity... and even protect you from cancer as you age.

    Fat unlocks these benefits because many vitamins are "fat-soluble," which means they actually NEED fat to get broken down in your stomach and soaked up by the rest of your body.

    So, when it comes to salads and other veggie dishes, drizzle on some oil... to keep your "machine" well-oiled!

    Now, I wouldn't necessarily recommend what the study used, which was soybean oil, often found in commercial salad dressings. Soybeans can be genetically modified, and their oil can be highly processed and even hydrogenated.

    A better choice would be olive oil, which studies show lowers your risk of diabetes, slashes your risk of heart disease, and fights inflammation. Look for a high-quality olive oil that's "cold-pressed" and "extra-virgin," so that you know it's minimally processed.

    Avocado oil and grapeseed oil are also tasty choices with a barrel of benefits.

    Just be sure to read the labels of store-bought salad dressings carefully -- because even if they use one of these good oils, they can still be PACKED with sugar and food additives.

    Better yet, make your own dressing at home with a splash of oil, a squeeze of lemon, and a pinch of herbs.

    And try adding some heart-healthy nuts to your salads for crunchy texture... and an extra fat boost.

  2. What fat can do to your energy levels

    Could this be why you're so tired?

    If there's one thing I treat more than just about anything else at my clinics, it's fatigue.

    I see patients all the time who wake up each morning feeling like they were hit by a truck... and who can't make it through the day without a nap.

    But studies show that instead of pouring yourself another cup of coffee, what you may actually need to do is get more FAT.

    Unless it's the right kind of fat, though, it may have the opposite effect -- and actually make you feel even sleepier!

    A study published last year in the journal Nutrients found that the fats in processed snacks like chips, cookies, and fries can actually MAKE you sleepy.

    In other words, we're talking about trans fats here, which are terrible for your health, can cause insulin spikes and crashes, and have no redeeming nutritional value.

    And in the study, men who ate a lot of that junk were 78 percent more likely to suffer from daytime sleepiness.

    On the other hand, your body's preferred source of energy is a diet of protein-rich, Paleo-friendly foods like fish, nuts, and even red meat -- all of which contain good amounts of healthy fats.

    And THOSE are the types of fats that can even prevent the "crashes" you get from eating refined sugars and processed carbs.

    If there's any question as to whether a fat is healthy or not -- and whether it will make you sleepy during the daytime or not -- stick to eating foods that don't come in a box, a bag, a can, or a jar.

    If you're going to eat peanuts or almonds, stick to the ones in the bulk food aisle and skip the ones that have been roasted in honey or glazed with just about anything.

    Get your meat from a butcher and not the drive-thru... and choose a cheese from the dairy aisle instead of a cheesy snack being pitched by a cheetah.

  3. Heart Disease study finds it's time to chew the fat

    A massive analysis of 48 years' worth of research proves sugar – not fat – is the greatest risk to your heart.
  4. Are you too fat to beat cancer?

    A new Oxford study claims overweight people are 30% less likely to survive cancer.
  5. Low-carb diet conquers diabetes, heart disease

    A top research university proves avoiding sugar and loading up on fat can prevent inflammation, a key marker of diabetes and heart disease.
  6. Fuel your body's fat-torching furnace

    Dr. Mark Stengler's latest weight-loss breakthrough SlimSuccess targets the real reason diets and workout plans fail.
  7. Cholesterol tests being pushed for fourth-graders

    A new recommendation for cholesterol screening for children as young as nine is part of a Big Pharma plan to force statins on kids.
  8. Being thin is deadlier than being fat

    Being too thin can be 50% deadlier than being overweight.
  9. Muscle-feeding fat the secret to longer life

    Keeping muscle mass is even more important than maintaining your weight when it comes to living longer. See how delicious fat could add years to your life.
  10. High-fat diet slashes symptoms of aging 39%

    Study proves men who load up on meat and fish are living longer and more active lives.

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