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Eat More Meat for Muscle Mass

New research published in the journal Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism shows that middle-aged men who want to maintain or increase muscle mass as they age need to eat more protein-rich meat than what current health guidelines recommend. While the US Department of Agriculture recommends eating two to three ounces of meat per serving and Canada’s Food Guide recommends three-ounce portions, researchers at the Exercise Metabolism Research Group at McMaster University found that six-ounce servings of 85% lean ground beef offered better results for maintaining muscle mass. The study involved 35 middle-aged men (about 59 years old), and found that […]

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Tricks to Boost Morning Energy

Writer, editor, and diet and fitness expert Liz Vaccariello shares some tips on how to boost one’s energy in the morning while keeping one’s weight in check. Based on a recent study, Vaccariello recommends starting the day with a breakfast that is rich in protein, such as hard-boiled eggs and some yogurt to send satiety signals to the brain and body. This will prevent early feelings of hunger that can encourage one to eat more unhealthy snacks. On the other hand, chronic-fatigue specialist Jacob Teitelbaum, MD advises starting the day with some dark chocolate which provides theobromine, which is similar […]

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High Blood Pressure in Kids Who Eat More Salt

Results of a recent study support previous findings that an increase in sodium (salt) intake among children is associated with an increased risk for high blood pressure (hypertension). Researchers report that for every 1,000 mg salt taken daily, systolic blood pressure (the upper number of a reading) could increase by 1 mm Hg overall. But among obese or overweight children the change in blood pressure could be higher. For the study, investigators analyzed data from the 2003-2008 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) which involved more than 6,000 participants aged 8-18 years old. Fifteen percent of the participants had […]

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A study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reports that school-based nutrition programs which encourage children to eat more fruits and vegetables have been somewhat successful. Charlotte Evans, author and nutrition researcher at the University of Leeds in the UK, believes that although the results showed that the children ate just a little more fruits than vegetables, the good health habits they acquire during childhood may be carried through adulthood. The study involved 21 school-based programs which included about 900 students per study, who were aged 5-12 years old. The programs included various strategies which ranged from simple […]

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Posted in: Appetite Control, Diet, Disease Prevention, Healthy Eating, Kid's Health, Meal Preparation, News Briefs, Nutrition, Obesity, Parenting, Teenage Health

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Is High Fructose Corn Syrup Similar to Sugar?

Makers of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) have sued a sugar industry trade group for allegedly maligning their product by claiming false advertisements that say HFCS is similar to natural sugar. This group of food companies that includes Cargill Inc., and Archer-Daniels Midland Co., says that their sales are jeopardized by the misleading allegations made by sugar companies that HFCS makers are falsely advertising their products as nutritionally equivalent to sugar. High fructose corn syrup is produced from corn and is used as a sweetener in many foods and drinks. On the other hand, natural sugar comes from sugar beets […]

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