Is Oil Really Healthy?

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Chuck Carroll
Chuck shed 265 pounds by conquering food addiction and devoting himself to a healthier lifestyle! Eight years later, he’s maintaining the weight loss by eating a plant-based diet. Going vegan once seemed unthinkable to Chuck, but now it’s going back to eating processed meat and dairy that would be inconceivable.

Neal Barnard M.D.
Neal Barnard, M.D.
Dr. Neal Barnard, a real-life rock star and authority on plant-based living, motivates and inspires both new vegans and those who have been plant-powered for life.

Is Oil Healthy?

Is Oil Really Healthy?

Oils are often portrayed as health foods that can provide all sorts of benefits to your body. You may have even heard that they can improve heart health and cognitive function. But an increasing amount of research contradicts these claims. Join “The Weight Loss Champion” Chuck Carroll, Hana Kahleova, M.D., Ph.D., and Steve Neabore, M.D., as they examine these claims. Plus, you’ll learn how doctors can tell what you ate for breakfast just by examining your blood!

On the Show

What Happens to Me When I Eat Oil?

Limiting oil is best when it comes to protecting our health, according to Dr. Kahleova, director of clinical research at the Physicians Committee. She walks you through what happens to your body on a cellular level when you douse your salad in olive oil or cook with coconut oil.

The Risks of Eating Oil

So, if oil doesn’t actually help the heart or brain, does that mean it’s not healthy for me? That’s a good question and one that Dr. Neabore, a physician at the Barnard Medical Center, discusses in depth as he walks Chuck through the advice he gives his patients when they ask him about it.

Scientists Can Tell What You Ate for Breakfast by Analyzing Your Blood

Did you know that by analyzing your blood, doctors and scientists can guess what you ate for breakfast? It’s true! Dr. Kahleova explains how analysts can zero in on key components in the blood to figure out what you’ve been munching on.

There’s Something Fishy About Fish Oil

It can prevent Alzheimer ’s disease. It’s part of a heart-healthy diet. It’s a supplement you should be taking. These are just a few of the claims that we’ve heard about fish oil. But Dr. Neabore joins Chuck to discuss how proving these claims is harder than swimming upstream in white water.

Dr. Neal Barnard has blogged extensively about studies showing a link between omega-3s and prostate cancer, as well as research showing there is no correlation between fish oil consumption and improved heart and brain health. As for which plant-based foods you should be eating to get the only omega-3 fatty acid you actually need, he’s blogged about that too.

Better Omega-3s

What Happens to Your Cells on a Plant-Based Diet?

The health benefits of adopting a plant-based diet are seemingly limitless. Eliminating dairy and animal products has been proven to reduce the risk of more than a dozen cancers while also preventing and even reversing diabetes and heart disease in some cases. But why is that? Dr. Kahleova shares what happens on a cellular level that creates the healthy changes. The segment is like taking a microscope and looking into your bloodstream.   

Go Vegan and You’ll See Results Immediately

We live in an “I want it now” society. Patience is in short supply, especially when people are looking to lose weight and get healthy. You won’t have to wait long when adopting a plant-based diet. As Dr. Kahleova explains, some results can be felt almost overnight.

New Study Shows Plant-Based Diets Help Manage Type 2 Diabetes

Dr. Kahleova discusses her recently published study that reveals a plant-based diet improves beta-cell function and insulin sensitivity in overweight adults with no history of diabetes. The research conducted by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine was published in Nutrients.

The results of the 16-week randomized clinical trial show eating a plant-based diet increased meal-stimulated insulin secretion and beta-cell glucose sensitivity. When compared to the control group, the plant-based diet group also experienced a decrease in blood sugar levels both while fasting and during meal tests.

Dr. Kahleova will walk you through how the study was conducted, the criteria participants must meet, the dietary restrictions imposed on them, and the results. She says there was no variation of the promising results based on race, age, or sex.