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SOS is an old abbreviation, and in the plant-based lifestyle, it stands for Sugar, Oil, and Salt. These three sneaky ingredients are found just about everywhere, and they have detrimental impacts on our health. This collection of articles will shed more light on the subject of why it’s important to consider reducing your consumption of SOS ingredients.

The Real Truth About Sugar

Are you confused about sugar? While we have all heard about its addictive, negative qualities, the topic of sugar is still a confusing one. Here are some common questions: What is the difference between ‘sugar’ and carbohydrate—or are they the same thing? Should sugar be eliminated altogether or is there an acceptable level of consumption? Together, let’s explore the real truth about sugar.

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Are You Addicted to Sugar?

The addictive nature of sugar is the stuff of legend. In fact, sugar is often compared to drugs. In this article, we explore the issue and take a closer look at sugar’s addictive qualities, and give you some tips on how to shake your sugar habit once and for all.

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Are Sugar Substitutes the Solution?

Overconsumption of sugar can have serious health consequences, from excess weight to diabetes. For many, the solution is simply to discard sugar and use sugar substitutes instead. But before you trade in your maple and brown sugar oatmeal for a stevia-sweetened cinnamon roll, let’s take a closer look at sugar substitutes and whether or not they really should have a place in a healthful lifestyle.

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Coconut Oil—The Ultimate Guide

With its reputation as a quick energy fix and a weight loss aid, coconut oil seems to do it all. But are these healing properties real, or is dietary coconut oil simply an overvalued—and potentially unhealthful—fad? In this article we explore the truth about coconut oil as it relates to saturated fat levels, weight loss, cholesterol and Alzheimer’s.

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Why You Should Opt out of Olive Oil

Considered by many as a staple in any serious kitchen, olive oil has also achieved mythic stature as the ultimate healthy ingredient, protecting us from heart disease. But does olive oil really deserve its ‘heart healthy’ reputation? In this article, we explore the real truth about olive oil in depth.

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Fish Oil—Is It Your Friend or Foe?

Among the many myths that swirl around food these days, fish oil consumption is a recurring one. Over the years, fish oil has gained an unassailable reputation as a cure-all, protecting against heart disease, fending off arthritis and diabetes, and improving cognition and mood. In this article, we are going to sort out the fact from fiction when it comes to fish oil.

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A Pinch of Salt?

Americans love their salt. In fact, a whopping 89% of adults and over 90% of children exceed daily recommendations of sodium intake. So the big question is this… If we are already eating healthfully, is excess salt really such a bad thing? The short answer…yes. In this article we explain why.

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Rosane Oliveira, DVM, PhD

President & CEO, Plant-Based Life Foundation | Dr. Rosane Oliveira combines a lifelong passion for nutrition with 25 years of genetics research to create programs that help people develop healthy habits on their journey towards a more plant-based lifestyle. She is a Visiting Clinical Professor in Public Health Sciences and was the founding director of the first Integrative Medicine program at the UC Davis School of Medicine. She completed her postgraduate studies in Brazil and did her postdoctoral training in immunogenetics and functional genomics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.