When you think of a healthy carbohydrate source, do beans come to mind? Maybe they should. You’re probably familiar with the most common beans – kidney beans, black beans and pinto beans – but there are other types of beans you probably haven’t tried. Find out what they are and the potential health benefits they offer.
Learn how to eat better and cleaner to improve your health, build muscle and lose that unwanted fat.
Probiotics are gut-friendly bacteria that offer health benefits. Good sources are yogurt with live cultures and other fermented foods like miso, tempeh and sauerkraut. What you may be less familiar with are prebiotics, the “food” probiotic need to survive. Find out more about the benefits of adding prebiotics to your diet and what the best sources are.
With all the hype about protein, you might worry that you aren’t getting enough. In America, it is rare to be protein deficient. However, not all sources of protein are created equal and some choices might not be good ones for a healthy diet. Understanding what protein is, where it’s found and why it’s important is a good first step in making sure you are getting what you need for good health.
Heart disease – it’s the leading cause of death and a disease that’s greatly impacted by diet and lifestyle. Eating whole foods and cutting back on sugar and two steps you can take to lower your risk. Research also suggests that three nutrients may be especially important for keeping heart disease at bay.
Do protein needs change with age? According to a new study they do. To build lean body mass and maintain the muscle you have, you may need to increase your protein intake as you grow older due to a problem called anabolic resistance. Find out what this new research shows.
Is your diet slowing down the aging process or causing you to age faster? What you eat matters when it comes to cellular health and aging. This article discusses four dietary habits that can age you prematurely and how to avoid them.
Have you ever wondered why some people can eat an unhealthy diet and live to be 100 while another person eats a similar diet and gets heart disease in the fifties? It all comes down to genetics and gene expression. A relatively new field called nutrigenomics, that studies issues like this, is growing rapidly. Find out more about nutrigenomics and “personalized nutrition.”
Change is in the air. It’s a new year with new food and nutrition trends. What’s on the agenda for 2015? Find out what healthy foods dieticians and nutrition experts believe will trend upwards in the future.
Saturated fats have been a source of recent controversy. Once believed to be a major contributor to heart disease, the evidence that they’re heart unhealthy is weakening. Also, not all saturated fats have the same effects on the body, plant-based ones, for example, may have some unexpected benefits. This article discusses saturated fats and the role they play in health and heart disease.
When you hear the word “anabolic,” protein is probably the macronutrient that pops into your head. Did you know that carbohydrates also have anabolic effects by helping preserve lean body mass? Find out why you need carbohydrates in your diet, especially if you do high-intensity endurance or resistance exercise.