Whole Eggs vs. Egg Whites: Is One More Effective for Muscle Protein Synthesis?

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They call it the incredible, edible egg for a reason. Eggs are one of the most nutrient-dense foods in existence. They’re also a source of high-quality protein. In fact, egg protein is often used as a standard by which the protein content of other foods is judged. With a biological value of 100%, a measure of how bioavailable the protein in eggs is, it’s not surprising. Compare that to beef which has a biological value of 80. So, eggs top beef in … [Read more...]

Tips for healthy eating

Healthy eating does not always revolve around strict dietary limitations, depriving yourself of certain foods, or staying unrealistically thin. Instead, it involves eating the right foods, making conscious food choices, and eating foods that provide the body with additional energy and nutrients. The best thing about maintaining a healthy eating habit is that it helps in improving the body’s immunity. It, therefore, becomes easier for the … [Read more...]

Why You Need Magnesium

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Magnesium is an extremely important mineral to both your loss goals and your health. In fact, it’s the 4th most abundant mineral in your body and it’s constantly being depleted. Half of your magnesium is contained within your bones. The rest is found in your cells and blood. It’s needed to carry out more than 300 processes and reactions in your body. A deficiency in magnesium could cause complications and problems. Increasing your intake of … [Read more...]

5 of the Worst Ingredients in Processed Foods

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You’ve heard the mantra, “eat whole foods.” There’s a reason whole foods are better for you. Unlike processed foods where vitamins, minerals, and fibers are destroyed or removed by processing, whole foods retain the nutritional goodness that nature gave them. Plus, when you bite into food in its whole, unaltered state, you’re getting a blend of nutrients and phytochemicals that act in synergy to offer health benefits. It’s not just that whole … [Read more...]

Why Whole Foods Are Better Than Supplements

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The supplement business is a multi-billionaire industry and one that continues to grow with no signs of slowing down. Why are nutritional supplements so popular? People like the ease of swallowing a pill to make up for dietary shortfalls. Some see it as an inexpensive insurance policy against illness. In fact, up to half of all Americans take some form of vitamin, mineral, or antioxidant supplement. Despite the slick advertising, taking … [Read more...]

6 Myths about Organic Foods

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The interest in organic food has never been stronger. Why is organic so trendy? These days, more people are concerned about what goes into their body and where the food they eat comes from – and organics are thriving in response. In fact, some supermarkets struggle to meet the demand for organic produce when there simply aren’t enough growers. The type of food people are most likely to buy organic are fruits and vegetables. A breakdown of … [Read more...]

Can Diet & Nutrition Prevent or Slow the Development of Osteoarthritis?

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One of the most common health problems in men and women over 50 is osteoarthritis, although they’re not always aware of it. If you looked at x-rays from people in this age group, you would likely see the telltale signs of this degenerative condition in the knees, hips, hands, or other joints. That doesn’t mean that everyone with x-ray evidence of osteoarthritis has significant joint pain or stiffness. Some people only have evidence on imaging … [Read more...]

A Nutritional Look at Ghee vs. Butter

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Ghee is gaining notoriety in the health world lately, thanks in part to the popularity of Paleo diets. We even predict it'll be one of the most popular healthy foods of 2017. But it's not new — ghee's roots date back centuries in India (ghee is the Hindi word for "fat"), and it has been used in both Ayeurvedic medicine and Indian cooking. Should you swap your butter for ghee? To find out how it compares to regular old butter, we talked to … [Read more...]

What’s the Catch? Barramundi: Go Buy Some Damnit

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image source hereBy Crabby McSlackerTired of long-ass blog posts that take forever to get to the point? Well hey, it's a new year, and mixing things up is good, so I thought I'd try something different for a change: succinctness!So here are your five most important takeaways about barramundi, I fish I have come to love, brought to you with 95% less meandering.1. Barramundi is a safe and extremely nutritious protein source, with a hefty dose of … [Read more...]

This Vitamin May Help You Retain Muscle Mass after Menopause

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After menopause, your risk for developing a number of health issues goes up. We know that heart disease, osteoporosis, and diabetes top of the list of health concerns in women over 50, but there’s another epidemic that you hear less about – sarcopenia. Sarcopenia is the loss of muscle mass and strength that happens due to aging. Not only does sarcopenia change your body composition by gobbling up muscle tissue but it makes you less functional and … [Read more...]

Give me all the chocolate! Why this is the best protein powder on the market!

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My favorite protein powder in the world is now available in CHOCOLATE!!  YAY! Seriously, isn’t everything is made better with chocolate? Why is this my favorite protein powder? Aside from the fact that it has , it TASTES DELICIOUS!   I have tried a lot of powders and most of them taste like chalk.  Trust me, this one will surprise you at how GOOD it actually tastes! More reasons to love it: gluten free plant based  (whey kills my … [Read more...]

Is Oatmeal the Ideal Post-Workout Recovery Snack?

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You probably think of oatmeal as a breakfast food but have you ever re-purposed it as a post-workout meal or snack? What is oatmeal anyway? Oatmeal is processed by steaming, rolling, or crushing oat groats to make it faster to cook them. Another type of oatmeal called steel-cut oatmeal has skyrocketed in popularity recently. Unlike standard oatmeal that’s rolled or crushed, steel-cut oats are made by chopping oat groats into small pieces. All … [Read more...]

Can You OD on Probiotics? Experts Weigh In on How Much Is Too Much

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The probiotic craze is taking over, so it's no wonder we've received a slew of questions all centered on "how much of this stuff can I have in a day?" We love probiotic waters, sodas, granolas, and supplements, but how much is too much? We set out to find the answer and chatted via email with nutritionist Charity Lighten from Silver Fern Brand, Dr. Zach Bush, cofounder and CEO of Biomic Sciences LLC, and Kiran Krishan, the microbiologist from … [Read more...]

Lose Weight, Feel Great, and Stop Getting Sick: It Starts With Your Gut

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Is your gut healthy? Believe it or not, the gut - especially its healthy bacteria - has so much to do with the way your body functions, well beyond your digestion. Related: WTF is Probiotic Water? "When it comes to ensuring women's health, there's nothing quite as powerful as a balanced microbiome," said Jamie Morea, founder of Hyperbiotics. "The amount of good microbes in your gut impacts everything, from your cognitive health and your immune … [Read more...]

How Much Processed Foods Do Americans Really Eat?

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There’s a growing whole food movement in this country, raising awareness of what’s in the food products we buy from store shelves. As a result, more people are questioning what they’re eating, how it’s made, and where it comes from. With so much talk of clean eating and whole foods, you might think processed food is on its way out. Don’t be too sure. According to a recent study, we still have a long way to go before … [Read more...]

Healthy nutrition for the whole family

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Need some healthy nutrition ideas for the whole family?  Keep reading! Every morning I make a plant based protein smoothie for my 8 year old. He is a VERY picky eater and this is pretty much the healthiest thing he eats all day long. Healthy nutrition smoothie recipe: 1 cup baby spinach 1/2 frozen banana 1 cup frozen strawberries 1 scoop of my favorite non-GMO plant based protein.  (why plant based vs whey?) teaspoon of Natural Calm 1/4 ripe … [Read more...]

Nutrition and Hiit Training: Are You Fueling Up Properly?

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High-intensity interval training has taken the fitness world by storm – and why not? If you’re looking for a time expedient way to boost your heart rate and improve your body composition, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is your answer. Because HIIT routines are shorter in duration and you can vary the exercises you do during a HIIT workout, they’re anything but boring and monotonous. Plus, there’s little doubt that … [Read more...]

2016 Food and Nutrition Trends

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Nothing stays the same in the world of food and nutrition. For example, for the past few years, kale has been hot, but recently the focus has shifted to the sea and sea vegetables. In 2016, expect seaweed to give kale a run for its money – but those aren’t the only healthy foods enjoying the spotlight. Here are some nutrition trends for 2016 as predicted by dieticians and the experts at Whole Foods Market More Plant-Based Foods for … [Read more...]