If you missed February’s Appetite for Life Presentation by Cecilia Kwan, PhD, RD, you can catch up. Watch the entire presentation on video now. The live presentation took place at Rowan-Cabarrus Community College’s Biotechnology Training Center on the North Carolina Research Campus on Wednesday, February 19, 2020.

In her talk, Dr. Kwan, a postdoctoral researcher in the lab of NRI Deputy Director for Science Susan Smith, PhD, debunked some common food and nutrition myths that seem to never fade away! One is the myth that ALL fats are bad. Dr. Kwan explained that there are many different kinds of fats (saturated, unsaturated, and trans) that all impact the body differently. While saturated fats and trans fats can increase the so-called “bad” (LDL) cholesterol in your blood, unsaturated fats can actually decrease LDL cholesterol and keep the “good” (HDL) cholesterol level high in the blood. Fat serves your body in many important ways, by protecting your body organs, serving as a source of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K), and affecting the production and regulation of hormones that are important for appetite control, body metabolism, and reproduction. It’s a FACT: not all fats are bad. Some are good for you and you need them! Intrigued? Learn more about dietary myths and facts by viewing the video here.

Posted: February 26, 2020

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