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How much protein do you really need a day?

Certainly, everyone needs protein, as the body breaks it down to its amino acids, and then uses it to build other proteins such as enzymes, or proteins that make up collagen, just as you need proteins to build new structural muscles. How much protein does the body need in order to meet all these requirements? The problem with consuming too much protein is not to affect certain organs, such as the kidneys, but to refrain from eating other nutrients. If you only eat meat, for example, you may not actually eat any amount of carbohydrates, although you need it to nourish the brain and muscles with easily accessible glucose molecules, and you also need fat for use in cellular membranes and in the preservation of hair and skin. If you refrain from eating these many other nutrients in order to consume protein, then you are among those who eat a lot of it. But what about the rest of the people who usually eat a mixture of all the nutrients? How much are we supposed to eat? The answer depends l

Most Beans Are Off Limits on the Keto Diet, So What About Green Beans?

Since you eat very low-carb on the keto diet (it's also a high-fat, moderate-protein diet), you may be curious about certain starchy vegetables and legumes. But if you're feeling a little discouraged by everything you can't eat on the keto diet , here's a bit of good news: green beans get the green light. While green beans share a name with off-limits legumes like kidney and pinto beans, they are much lower in carbs. "In one cup of green beans, there are about 10 grams of carbohydrates , with four of those coming from fiber," Jaclyn Shusterman, RDN, CD, CNSC, a health coach at Arivale , told POPSUGAR. That's only six grams of net carbs , making green beans about as virtuous as a side of broccoli or Brussels sprouts. When preparing green beans, try sautéing them in oil and topping them with herbs for a flavor-packed bite. (On keto, you can even serve them with bacon or prosciutto .) If you're craving the comfort food of green-bean casserole, there

How to Get Your Body Summer-Ready While Stuck at Home

Everyone’s stuck at home. Even our heroic essential workers finish their shifts, come home and are confined to their houses. The social distancing is, of course, good for everyone’s health to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). And if we’re lucky, all of this good work could mean that everyone gets back outside for summer—hopefully, we’ll be able to gather at barbecues, head to the beach, bond with family on vacation, take in a ballgame or just head to the park for a sunny day together. If you’ve got the time and energy, you can use this extra time at home to make sure your body is ready for all that summer fun. Achieve your fitness and energy goals in order to do all of the outdoor things you want to do this season. Keep reading for some simple ways to help turn this stuck-inside time into a summer-ready body—at the kitchen table, on the couch and when you’re moving around in and out of the house. Here are some simple ways to get your body summer-ready while stuc

These Healthy Granola Bars Taste Like Rice Krispies Treats and Offer 8.7 Grams of Protein

There's something about the convenience and instant deliciousness of a packaged granola bar. But since I've been trying to cut back on packaging, I hate to buy individually wrapped bars. Plus, regular granola bars don't offer a ton of protein, so I just had to whip up my own recipe. These vegan, protein-packed bars come together in just 10 minutes, and the recipe is so versatile - you can choose the nuts, seeds, and dried fruits you like best. These are made with peanut butter, pepitas, pecans, and raisins, but I've also made other batches that were equally delicious. One was made with with sun butter, shredded coconut, hemp, chia seeds, sunflower seeds, and sesame seeds. If you love Rice Krispies treats , these bars are very similar to that chewy crispy texture you love, but they're healthier and more satisfying with the addition of nuts, seeds, and protein powder. Whip up a batch of these cinnamon-y, protein-packed, chewy granola bars, and keep them in the frid

Superfood Saturday: Why Eggs Are So Egg-cellent

Surprised that eggs are considered a superfood? It wasn’t too long ago that eggs picked up a reputation as an unhealthy food to avoid because they could contribute to serious health problems. Now we know that just the opposite is true: Eggs are a concentrated source of potent nutrients and provide many health benefits. They can play a vital role in our diets, especially when we’re trying to shed excess pounds. Here’s a breakdown of some of the many benefits of eggs… and a few tasty ways to prepare them: Nutrition Highlights Eggs are PowerFuels on the Nutrisystem program because they are a source of high-quality protein with only about 80 calories per serving. One large egg (one serving) comes with five grams of fat, including 1.6 grams of saturated fat. The concerns about egg consumption were based on the 187 milligrams of cholesterol in an average egg.  High blood cholesterol levels are associated with heart disease, but recent research has determined that eating foods high in ch

7 Delicious Ways To Use A Can Of Chickpeas

Looking for some foodie inspiration? A can of chickpeas can be whipped up in several ways to make creative snacks. Photograph by Unsplash So you’re going through your cupboards looking for some foodie inspiration and you stumble upon a tin of chickpeas. This affordable pantry staple (great to add to curries, stews and soups) can be whipped up in several ways to make creative snacks. Roast Them  1. Sriracha It Drain two tins of chickpeas, spread on a foil-lined baking tray and toss with salt, a few squirts of Sriracha sauce and three tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil. Bake at 200C for about 40 minutes (shaking pan in between), until golden and crispy. 2. Dip It Drain chickpeas and place in a bowl with 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 clove garlic (crushed), one teaspoon ground cumin, two tablespoons tahini paste, four tablespoons water, two tablespoons olive oil and one teaspoon paprika. Take a hand-held blender and blitz ingredients until well combined. Add m

Sugary Sodas Wreak Havoc With Cholesterol Levels, Harming the Heart

Sugar-sweetened drinks can play havoc with your cholesterol and triglyceride levels, which increases your risk for heart disease and stroke, a new study finds. Specifically, drinking more than 12 ounces (1 standard can) of sugary sodas or fruit drinks a day may not bode well for your cardiovascular health, researchers say. "Think before you drink. There is accumulating evidence linking sugar-sweetened beverages to adverse health outcomes, and this message is clear," said lead researcher Nicola McKeown, a nutritional epidemiologist at the Jean Mayer U.S.D.A. Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston. According to the researchers, drinks such as sodas, sports drinks and fruit-flavored drinks are the biggest source of added sugars for Americans. "Efforts and policies aimed at reducing sugar-sweetened beverage intake should continue," McKeown said. "When it comes to alternative beverages, we need more information about wha

Lose weight by cutting calories - but eat MORE to blast fat faster, expert reveals

Image YOU don’t have to be an expert to know that eating and drinking more calories than you burn leads to piling on the pounds. So, it would make sense that cutting down on what you consume –… Source:

Prebiotics are good for infant gut health and immunity

Image There are components in human milk that help build gut health and immunity. Breast milk contains components that both actively and passively modify the immune system of an infant. Source:

Dr. Stanley Dudrick, Who Saved Post-Surgical Patients, Dies at 84

Image Why were they dying after “successful” operations? He discovered the cause and came up with a remedy — intravenous nutrition — a technique that has saved millions of lives. Source:

A Cookbook Author's 3 Meal Prep Tips For Keeping Healthy Food On-Hand

Image Cooking simple, delicious food has never been so easy. Source:

Everything You Need to Know About Allulose, the Low-Cal Sweetener You’re Seeing Everywhere

Image Everything you need to know about allulose, including what it is, nutrition facts, health benefits, how allulose fits into the keto diet, where to buy it, and how to cook with allulose—all according to dietitians. Source:

3 Natural Testosterone Boosters You Never Knew About

Image Did you know that your testosterone levels drop from your thirties? Here's how to stall its decline with a few natural tweaks Source:


Image The ketogenic diet is incredibly popular right now, and it's easy to see why. It promises quick weight-loss results while still allowing (and encouraging) you to indulge in foods like steak and cheese. Before you try it, though, it's important to realise that keto can end up costing more than a balanced diet - both financially and in terms of... Source:

14 Healthy Road Trip Snacks

Image When embarking on a road trip, it's not always easy to find nutritious snacks, so you may want to bring your own. Here are 14 healthy road trip snacks. Source:

Orthorexia Is A Growing Diagnosis. Here’s How Experts Treat It.

Wanting to do what's best for your body is an extremely understandable impulse. Messages to eat whole foods and exercise are everywhere and are generally well intentioned. But in a world so marked by toxic diet culture, a desire to live a "healthy" life can quickly turn into a negative obsession. Experts now say this kind of obsession can actually be an eating disorder called orthorexia nervosa. As with other forms of disordered eating, treating orthorexia can require the help of a mental health professional and a solid support network. "Orthorexia nervosa develops when healthy eating becomes an obsession or preoccupation that results in distress or anxiety over 'breaking' one’s self-imposed nutritional rules," says Dr. Elizabeth Barchi, M.D., sports medicine specialist at the NYU Langone Center for Women’s Sports Health. "This rigid adherence to a specific diet, or restriction of certain foods, can lead to nutritional imbalances and other n

TikTok-Famous 'Metabolism Drops' Have Been Pulled From the Market

Image Rae, the wellness company behind the drops, pointed to teen girls "misusing" the product as the reason for the recall. Source:

5 Reasons to Buy the April Issue of Men's Health

Image Our Nutrition Special is packed with smart tips and cheats for men who want to eat well, live well and – yes – look good, too Source:

‘I lost 70kg tracking my macros but never went hungry’ Teri Vallely lost 70 kgs by keeping an eye on her macros and ultimately reversed her obesity before it became detrimental to her health. Source:

How WHEN you eat could improve your wellbeing and help you lose weight

Image WE all know certain foods are healthier than others, but now research suggests it is not just a case of “you are what you eat”, but also “you are WHEN you eat”. According to a recent study, eating … Source: