When it comes to building muscle, it takes two to tango. “First we need the stress of exercise to stimulate the need to build muscles, and then we need the extra protein to actually build the new muscle,” says Donald K. Layman, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus in the Department of Food Science & Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois.So making sure your diet doesn’t skimp on this macronutrient is vital if you want to get the most out of your workouts. Plus, research suggests protein dulls your hunger, which is good news for your waistline. “When a higher proportion of calories come from protein, it minimizes the loss of muscle mass during weight loss, and helps drive the weight loss towards body fat,” explains Laymen.But what if you prefer beans over beef? Can you still get all the protein your body needs to look and perform its best on a vegetarian diet? Worry not, tofu lovers. A recent Arizona State University study found no difference in measures of … [Read more...] about 14 Foods That Will Help You Gain Muscle On a Vegetarian Diet
Credit: iStock.com/Derkien Cinnamon is a popular spice that has been used for its healing powers for centuries. Modern science is beginning to look more closely at potential cinnamon health benefits for oral infections, gastrointestinal issues, and skin diseases, among others. Its active compounds cinnamaldehyde, cinnamic acid, and cinnamate appear to give it a leg up on most other spices, and cinnamon’s nutrition facts surely won’t disappoint. The invigorating taste of cinnamon appeals to most and adds a distinguished flavor to virtually anything. It’s a popular gum flavor and addition to cocktails, and can be rolled into sticks or sprinkled on oats, fruit, or bread in powder form to give them some extra kick. It’s also been identified as a potent source of antioxidants, featuring anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-diabetic, anti-diarrheal, and anti-cancer properties while also promoting a healthy heart. All of these cinnamon benefits can … [Read more...] about Cinnamon: Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits
(Natural News) For many years now, scientists have been warning us of the decreasing honey bee population. A new research reveals that honey bees could soon go extinct due to the increased uses of chemical pesticides and the severely low amount of food supplies for these poor creatures. A University of California, San Diego study shows that chemical pesticides, as well as a lack of food for honey bees, are threatening their already low population.Clothianidin and thiamethoxam are two of the neonicotinoid pesticides that are killing off these vital insects. Researchers found that these chemicals, combined with low nutrition, highly impact the life span of honey bees, and severely increased the number of bee deaths by 50 percent. The effect of both these lethal factors are the same as giving poison to a person suffering from malnutrition – both are lethal individually, but together accelerate mortality. The chemicals as mentioned above affect honey bees by decreasing their … [Read more...] about Double threat may WIPE OUT honey bees, scientists warn: Pesticides and dwindling food supplies are killing them off at a record pace
(Natural News) Many believe in the saying “bigger is better”, and it’s this adage that has become a common marketing ploy in the food industry. According to former McDonald’s advertising executive Dan Parker, this is but one of many tricks being used to fool people into eating supersized food portions. Another one is to reduce the size of certain foods without changing the price, leading people to view the family-sized versions being better in terms of value.Speaking to the DailyMail.co.uk, Parker cited two examples that demonstrated these maneuvers. The first was the Mars Galaxy chocolate advert that featured a computer-generated version of British actress Audrey Hepburn. In the commercial, Hepburn chooses to sit at the back seat of a car instead of next to a male admirer so she could consume a large chocolate bar by herself. “This creates the illusion that a 100g or so chocolate bar is a single portion for someone as glamorous, slender and admired as … [Read more...] about You are being conned: Former Big Food ad exec unveils marketing tricks used by food manufacturers that persuade you to “super-size it”
Odds are, if you opened up your kitchen cabinets right now, you'd probably find some kind of canned food in there—canned black beans, some chickpeas, and a few odd cans of tuna. And there's a good reason why we all stock up—canned foods are a staple for meal prep and cheap cooking, and they’re a super-simple way to get more produce and fish—foods all of us could stand to eat more of, says New York-based nutritionist Karen Ansel, R.D. “Canned tomatoes, beans, pumpkin, tuna, and salmon are incredibly healthy. And they’re super convenient because they have such a long shelf life,” she says.What’s more, although it might seem like canned foods have less nutrients than their fresh counterparts, the canning process doesn’t affect foods’ protein, carbohydrate, and fat content, or the amount of minerals and fat-soluble vitamins (like A, D, E and K). But because canning involves high heat, some water-soluble vitamins (like C and B) can … [Read more...] about How Much Canned Food Is It Really Safe For You To Eat?