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The right fats help reduce age-related weight gain

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.

The latest flurry of discussion in the nutrition world has been about fat - or rather, the different types of fats. As you probably know, for years the recommendation was for everyone to follow a low-fat diet: the less fat, the better, generally speaking. More recently we've discovered that some fats are in fact good for you: indeed, certain types of fats are considered to be protective against cardiovascular disease.

We also know that overweight and obesity are linked with increased cardiovascular and metabolic health risks. Might a person's consumption of various types of fats be associated with their body weight?

Authors affiliated with Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Brigham and Women's Hospital pored over the massive amounts of data associated with three major, long-term, and large-scale surveys of (largely white) American men and women: the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study (HPFS), the Nurses' Healthy Study (NHS), and the Nurses' Health Study II (NHSII). Reduce age-related weight gain »

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Featured Recipes

Creamy French Onion and Leek Soup

Creamy French Onion and Leek Soup recipe from Dr. Gourmet

OK, so this isn't really French Onion soup, but I titled the recipe that way because of the croutons and Swiss cheese on top. The flavor of this is entirely different: where true French Onion Soup would be more savory, this version is creamy, sweet, and a bit herbaceous.

Creamy Corn and Salmon Salad | Coumadin Safe Creamy Corn and Salmon Salad

Using goat cheese and another flavoring, like mustard, to make the dressing is a simple technique that can work for any salad. Try some tomato paste, sun dried tomato paste, or tapenade, for example. The goat cheese blends well with the mustard (in this case) to create a great creamy dressing.

Salmon with Roasted Hatch Chilis, Corn, and Black Beans

This is a quick and easy two-skillet dish, and when you roast chili peppers with oil, as in this recipe, they infuse the oil with the pepper's flavor. This in turn flavors the salmon.

Sweet Potato Curry

Most curries can be done in a single pot like this Sweet Potato Curry. If you look for similar recipes, there are dozens of variations, and many use lentils instead of the chickpeas. If you do use lentils, add them later in the cooking, after the dish has already cooked for 20 minutes and at the step where you uncover the pot.