Saturated Fats and Omega-6 Rich Vegetable Oils on Risk of Death

I care about my health. And one important consideration when discussing health is death; dying really puts a damper on good health. So when I go to the grocery store and see a bottle of vegetable oil proudly stamped with a sticker about how healthy it is I wonder “Is that true?”. And when I read in a magazine about evil saturated fats I sometimes ask myself “Would replacing my butter and beef fat with corn and soybean oil reduce my chances of dying?”

Of course, extensive personal experience tells me that I would feel much crappier consuming the vegetable oils, but hey, maybe I would live longer?

I decided to examine long term controlled trials who’s only variable was pitting saturated fat against polyunsaturated fat (primarily the omega-6 variety found in vegetable oils). Let’s see what happened to mortality rates, shall we? Continue reading

Does Cooking Potatoes Reduce the Potential Pesticide Residue?

(This post was originally a response to someone asking whether cooking non organic potatoes reduced the amount of pesticide residue. I decided to post my answer here)

Okay, so we’d all probably prefer to buy organic all the time, but it’s certainly not the cheaper option. So let’s say you decide to buy some conventionally grown potatoes, with all the potential lovely chemicals. You of course have to cook the potato to eat it (if anyone out there actually eats raw potatoes, let me know, because that’s weird), so does cooking it make the whole pesticide residue issue less of an issue? Let’s take a look. Continue reading