Ask Dr Libby

Feilding-Rangitikei Herald - - Your Health -

Email your ques­tions for Dr Libby to askdr­libby@fair­fax­me­dia.co.nz. Please note, only a se­lec­tion of ques­tions can be an­swered.

co­conut oil isn’t go­ing to com­pletely trans­form your health, pos­i­tively or neg­a­tively – no one food will. It is our over­all di­etary pat­tern that is most im­por­tant for our health and well­be­ing, so choose real, whole foods (es­pe­cially plenty of colour­ful veg­eta­bles) that nour­ish you.

Ex­ces­sive con­sump­tion of any one food (even nu­tri­tious foods) is not healthy, so va­ri­ety is an im­por­tant con­cept. The body re­quires dif­fer­ent types of fats for op­ti­mal health, so en­joy some co­conut oil if this nour­ishes you, but be sure to in­clude other es­sen­tial fats as well (from foods like oily fish, flaxseeds, chia seeds, and wal­nuts) as part of a nu­tri­ent-dense way of eat­ing.

Dr Libby is a nu­tri­tional bio­chemist, best-sell­ing au­thor and speaker. The ad­vice con­tained in this col­umn is not in­tended to be a sub­sti­tute for di­rect, per­son­alised ad­vice from a health pro­fes­sional. See dr­libby.com

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