Spring is knocking on our door. Time to break out the grill for those beloved, backyard gastro-pleasure outings. But wait. Charring animal flesh with open flames—while quite tasty—is not entirely healthy. Heterocyclic amines (HCA) and polycyclic hydrocarbons (PAH) are carcinogens created from the great American pastime of backyard grilling. Click this link to learn how to make grilling a bit more healthful.
“The food industry has an inherent conflict of interest when it funds nutrition research. After all, food manufacturers’ livelihoods rise and fall on how we decide to consume calories. The industry’s deep pockets translate into influence over dietary experts, scientific studies and nutrition policymakers.” Read the short brief at this link.
Spotting the Food Industry’s Influence on Nutrition Research
Our nutrition and fitness plans need not be complicated. Very often, the simplest methods beget the best results. In honor of National Nutrition Month, the US Department of Agriculture starts a new campaign to make nutrition more simple. Follow this link for details.
Many do not think of a diet unless it eliminates carbs or calories or both. Because many believe carbs and calories are both energy sources. But they are not. Calories are a source of energy. Carbs are not. Carbs are macronutrients. And both carbs and calories are necessary for our Sustenance. But most of us could probably do with less of both. Less … not total elimination. Therefore, when we are advised to reduce carbs, we likely only need to drop potato chips, cupcakes, and sugary beverages. We should never drop carbs altogether. Read this link for a short discussion on the difference between carbs and calories.
While it is important WHAT we do to be healthy and fit, it is also important HOW we do our health and fitness. Check out this essay from my friend, Saguren.
A little bit of weekly meal planning and prepping can go a long way toward saving us time, money, and grief later. Follow this link for a handful of tips to help make the process successful.