Something as easy as including a daily serving of peanuts as part of a high-fat meal could protect you from cardiovascular disease, according to a study lead by Xiaran Liu, a graduate student in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at Penn State. “Previous studies have shown that individuals who consume peanuts more than two times a week have a lower risk of coronary heart disease,” said Liu. “This study indicates that the protective effect of peanut consumption could be due, in part, to its beneficial effect on artery health.”
Food alarmists, with all their shouting about toxic compounds in food, would be shocked if they actually knew something about food. Of course, if they continued learning, the shock would give way to the kind of calm that can only come with a true understanding. But what is the shocking revelation about our food, even the most "natural" that "they" don't know?
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Large amounts of arsenic will kill you. Large amounts of mercury can damage the brain and nervous system, and eventually lead to death if exposure continues. Large amounts of radiation can damage your organs, cause various cancers, and kill you if the amount is high enough. Large amounts of Vitamin A are toxic, and can kill you in a high enough dose or with continued ingestion of large doses. Did you know that the same is true of other vitamins, especially fat soluble ones? In fact, you will find that many nutritious and healthful substances can be harmful in large doses.
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About the article in Forbes and the lawsuits over the protein supplements, first, big surprise, second, let's get some things straight.
Did you know that everything in our food chain is processed? Harvesting crops, slaughtering livestock or catching and killing game or fish is the first step of processing.
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When it comes to Education About Food, We Are Full of It: Fear-Laden and Romanticized Messages Go Hand in Hand
On a blog called "Fooducate" which I have been aware of for some time, and which is chock-full of unreasonable fear messages about food, I came across an article by a dietician speaking out against food fear-mongering. This is sure to confuse the regular blog readers. Linked on the very same page was a short non-fact-filled article about mechanically separated meat or so called pink slime. This article seems to exist for no other reason that to induce fear. The comments, perhaps, are even more revealing than the lack of a consistent message in this blog.
The following is a basic overview of artificial or non-nutritive sweeteners that are allowed for use in the United States. Not all of these sweeteners are classified as food additives, which means that they do not all have to have proof of safety (to be explained). The word approved should be taken to mean "allowed," in this regard.
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As I've pointed out so many times in the past, much of today's "nutrition" advice is actually medical advice, but of a spurious nature. One of the main contentions of this type of advice is that most diseases, health conditions, or just symptoms are caused by a lack of proper nutrition. There are hundreds and hundreds of nutrition "experts," some of which have grown to celebrity status, that tell their audience that just about anything that ails them can be cured by eating a certain food, adhering to a certain diet, or taking a certain vitamin, mineral, or supplement.
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The video below goes very deep into the lore of whey protein, including the way it is perceived as a nutraceutical which should be "taken" instead of consumed. The case is made that whey is a food and not a medicine, and should and can be treated as such. Myths about the danger of whey and many other details are discussed, including warnings about consuming too many "liquid calories," the anabolic window of opportunity, and nutrient timing in general. Of special interest may be the discussion concerning strength trainees with poor appetites. How does whey fit in with this problem?
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Sugar alcohols, also called polyols, are alternative, nutritive sweeteners that are common in dietetic food products. They can also be found in many sugar free products like sugar free candies, sugarless gum, and jams and jellies. To interest to bodybuilders and strength trainees is that sugar alcohols may also be found in large amounts in some "low carb" protein bars. The video below provides a thorough overview of sugar alcohols, including their advantages and warnings. The U.S. labeling regulations for sugar alcohols are also explained. Individual sugar alcohols discussed are sorbitol, mannitol, maltitol, xylitol, isomalt, lactitol, and erythritol. See also the sugar glossary, a quick reference to simple sugars.
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There are some companies that sell "Sweet Dairy Whey Powder" in bulk to consumers. This is very cheap, by the pound, compared to the typical whey protein supplement powders most strength training or bodybuilding trainees buy, and the price of whey protein has gone way up in the last year or so. The price of sweet dairy whey powder ranges from 3 to 4 bucks a pound, but it's possible to get it as low as one dollar a pound, if you buy in bulk. These powders are not flavored, and, despite the word sweet, are not sweetened.
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This explanation of nutrient density and empty calories takes the form of a video presentation. The article contains the exact transcript of the video.
Chelated Mineral: A mineral that is chemically bound to another substance, which is usually an amino acid. Some examples are ferrous fumarate, chromium picolinate, and selenocysteine (chelated zinc). Chelated mineral supplements are often claimed to be better absorbed by the body since these forms are closer to how the minerals appear in the foods we eat. There is little direct evidence to support this claim. These minerals may be easier on the stomach, though.
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The term we use to describe the energy derived from foods is Calorie. In other words, the terms energy and Calorie, when applied to foods, are synonymous. One calorie is defined as the quantity of heat necessary to raise one kg (1 liter) of water 1°C. What we call a calorie, therefore, is actually a kilogram calorie or kilocalorie, which is abbreviated kcal. If a food contained 100 kcal, then the energy the food contained would increase the temperature of 100 liters of water by 1°C. A capital C is used here, in the word Calorie, to indicate the kilocalorie, since one calorie would actually be the amount of heat needed to raise the temperature of 1 gram of water by 1°C. For more on the calorie, and its problems, see Calorie Confusion.
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It makes sense that someone with Celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity might see glutinous rice on a menu and wonder whether this has something to do with gluten. But you don't need to worry. Glutinous rice is just a kind of rice, and like all rice, it does not contain any gluten. The word glutinous refers to the rice being sticky and gummy. It is also sometimes called waxy rice, sticky rice, or since it has a natural sweetness, sweet rice. This is the kind of rice used in the classic Thai dessert Sticky Rice with Mangoes and, if you've never tried it, you should. The two together are a perfect combo.
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- A Daily Serving of Peanuts Could Protect You From Cardiovascular Disease, New Study Says
- Calories from Lipids (Fats), Carbohydrate, and Protein
- Sugar glossary a quick reference to simple sugars
- Changes in Intakes of Total and Added Sugar and their Contribution to Energy Intake in the U.S.
- Dietary Fiber
- Fructose Consumption: What are the Real Health Implications?
- Consuming Whey Protein and Poor Appetite in Strength Training
Essential Fatty Acids (EFA's)
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- Are all Omega-3 Fatty Acids Created equal?
- Are Omega-3 Fatty Acids Like Fish Oil Effective for Treating Asthma?
- DHA: Docosahexaenoic Acid
- Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA): An Ancient Nutrient for the Modern Human Brain
- Epa Eicosapentaenoic Acid
- Fish Oil
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids And Inflammation
- Omega-3 Index and Sudden Cardiac Death
- Omega-3 Fatty Acids
- Food Oil Fatty Acid Content List: Saturated, Monounsaturated and Polyunsaturated
- Grass Fed Versus Grain Fed Beef: Fatty Acid Profiles, Antioxidant Content and Taste
- The Biological Activities of Phenolics in Virgin Olive Oil
- Trans Fatty Acids (Trans Fats)
- Fish, Mercury, Selenium and Cardiovascular Risk: Does the Danger of Mercury Outweigh the Benefits of Fish Intake?
- Food Allergies
- Food And Drug Administration (FDA)
- Acesulfame-K (Acesulfame Potassium)
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- FD&C Blue No. 1: Brilliant Blue FCF Food Dye
- FD&C Yellow No. 6: Sunset Yellow Food Dye
- Guar Gum
- Gum Arabic (Arabic, Acacia Gum)
- Synthetic Versus Natural Food Colorings: Answers to Many Common Questions
- Food Labels
- Food Safety Articles and Information
- Health Benefits Of Nut Consumption
- Milk and Dairy
- Organic Food: The Real Story
- Ten Food Myths: The Truth Revealed!
- The Dangers of Raw Milk and the Claims of its Magical Healing Powers
- The Difference Between Sea Salt and Ordinary Table Salt: Is Sea Salt Really Healthier?
- The Origins of Lactase Persistence in Europe
- Wheat Versus Whole Wheat
- How Do We Know What Substances Are Harmful?
- Mistaken Reasons that People Take Vitamin and Mineral Supplements
- Most Diseases are Caused by Poor Nutrition - Food Quackery Myth Examined
- Natural and Processed Food, Nutritionism and Pollanisms
- Nutrient Timing Articles
- Nutrition is Not a Top Ten Proposition and the Lycopene Bust
- Nutrition Junk Science: Red Flags That Help You Spot It!
- Nutrition Research: Industry Sponsorhip of Nutrition Research
- "Processed" Food Has Become A Dirty Word
- Amino Acids
- Casein or Whey?
- Dietary Guidelines should reflect new understandings about adult protein needs
- Dietary Protein and Kidney Function
- Greek Yogurt: Twice The Protein
- Protein And Exercise
- Protein Powders are Synthetic Poison!
- Whey Protein
- Raw Food Claim: Your Body Has a Limited Amount of Enzymes to Digest Foods
- Splenda Kills Healthy Intestinal Bacteria?
- Colloidal Silver And Other Silver Products
- Can Creatine Supplementation Help Older Adults?
- Creatine And Exercise
- Creatine Ethyl Ester Supplementation Effects with Heavy Resistance Training
- The Creatine Transporter: A Brief Review of Creatine Supplementation in Humans and Animals
- Fatal New Trend in Performance Enhancement? A Cautionary Note on Nitrite
- Forbes Article Says Protein Supplements Being Sued for Failing to Meet Protein Content Claims
- Metabolites, Constituents And Extracts
- Pharmacists and Dietary Supplements
- Phospholipids and Sports Performance
- Supplement Rationale, Behavour, and Expertise
- Tryptophan Supplements: Do They Work and Are They Dangerous?
- Warning: The Hidden Risks of Erectile Dysfunction and Sexual Stimulant Dietary Supplement 'Treatments' Sold Online
- What is Acesulfame Potassium Doing in Whey Protein Products?
- Surprising New Nutrition Finding: Nutrition Articles on News Sites Suck
- The Aspartame Myth-information Campaign: You Can Live Without It
- The Poisonous Apple: A Chemical Cocktail
- The Role Of Soy In Vegetarian Diets
- Top Vitamin C Containing Fruits
- Folic Acid Fortification: History, Effect, Concerns, and Future Directions
- Niacin (Vitamin B3) When, How, and Why to Supplement
- Thiamine (Vitamin B1) How, Why and When to Supplement
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
- Vitamin B6
- The Role of Phytonutrients Like Vitamin E and Beta-Carotene in Skin Health
- Vitamin A and Beta Carotene: What, How, When, Why to Supplement
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin E and C for Strength and Bodybuilding: Should You Take Them for Exercise Induced Oxidative Stress?
- Vitamins and Prostate Cancer Risk
- Vitamins and Sports Performance
- B Vitamins
- What are Coenzymes?
- What Are Sugar Alcohols?
- What are the Major Elements and Molecules in the Human Body?
- What is Denaturing Of Proteins and Why Do Some People Make a Big Deal of It?
- What Is Nutrient Density? What is a Nutrient Dense Food? Plus, What are Empty Calories?
- What is Sweet Dairy Whey and Can I Use it as a Whey Protein Supplement?
- When it comes to Education About Food, We Are Full of It: Fear-Laden and Romanticized Messages Go Hand in Hand
- Whey Protein Processing, Terms and Definitions: Countering the Misconceptions About Whey Protein Including 'Raw' Whey