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Nutrition expert can help save your life

Forty years ago, with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and few job opportunities, I realized it was time to reevaluate where my professional passion was and whether could I make a living following the dream. As a child I spent weekends working in my father’s deli, making thick roast beef sandwiches and trying my best to slice a thin sliver of lox. I also saw my father suffer most of his life with ulcers, ultimately getting half his stomach removed. It seemed the study of nutrition would combine my love of food with the tools to help people with digestive disorders.

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Adding peanuts to your meal may lower your triglycerides

In a study of 15 overweight or obese men between the ages of 20-65, those who drank a shake with 3 ounces of peanut powder after a meal reduced the postprandial (after-a-meal) triglycerides than those who hadn’t. Similar findings have been reported for eating walnuts or pecans after a meal.

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How olive oil can help boost your good cholesterol levels

Researchers working on a large study of the Mediterranean diet randomly selected about 300 subjects who were at high risk of cardiovascular disease. Everyone was on a nutrient-rich Mediterranean style diet but one-third of them added four tablespoons a day of virgin olive oil, one-third added a handful of nuts and the last third followed just the prescribed diet.

About Sheah Rarback

Sheah Rarback

@SheahRarback

Sheah Rarback, a registered dietitian, is on the faculty of the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami. She answers your questions about nutrition.

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