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Friday
Sep252009

The Power of Meal Replacements

The idea of using a meal replacement powder (MRP) is nothing new in the nutrition and fitness industry. They have come a long way from the high-sugar, very bad-tasting shakes of twenty years ago. The concept has always been the same, and the science tends to support their use. So how does a MRP support optimal nutrition?

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Sunday
Sep202009

Non-Calorie Sweeteners: Pros and Cons

The use of sugar and sugar alternatives is one of the most debated areas of nutrition today. It is also an area of significant confusion. More of the population today understands the negative impact of consuming excess sugar, whether it is in the form of high-fructose corn syrup, sucrose, or other "natural" sugars. One alternative is nonnutritive sweeteners (NNS). In considering the use of nonnutritive sweeteners, people are confronted with very opposing viewpoints. To make this even more complicated...

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Thursday
Sep172009

A Good Fat to Lose Fat

Recently, the type of fat that has received the most attention has been Omega-3 Fatty Acids. Another healthy fat sometimes overlooked is conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). Unfortunately, the average diet today contains a very small amount of, if any CLA. The best dietary source of CLA in the diet from beef and dairy products. However, commercial beef and dairy contains very small amounts. Cows fed commercial diets such as grains and soy produce meat and dairy with...

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Sunday
Sep132009

Beware of "Smart Choices" Next Time You're Shopping

The most recent attempt by the food industry to help people make better decisions about the groceries they purchase will likely make them more confused than ever. The new program called the "Smart Choices Program," aims to highlight foods in stores that could be considered "healthy." Before you run to the store and pick out all of the foods with the new green checkmark, be sure you know what it is you are purchasing.

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Sunday
Sep062009

Non-Calorie Sweeteners: Do they support weight loss?

Last week, we looked at whether nonnutritive sweeteners (NNS) affect hunger. As we saw, research shows an increase only in some individuals, and only when the NNS are consumed in sweet beverages on their own, without the consumption of any calorie containing foods. For the most part, NNS do not affect hunger, but do they actually support weight loss? We'll take a look at this today.

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Wednesday
Sep022009

Glutamine: More Than a Supplement for Athletes

There are many dietary supplements that do one thing well, such as support gains in lean body mass and strength like creatine monohydrate, or support restful sleep like melatonin. Glutamine is one of a few dietary supplements that can benefit the body in many different ways. We'll take a look at some of the benefits of this very important amino acid.

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Sunday
Aug302009

Artificial Sweeteners: Do they increase appetite?

Last week's article discussed sugar consumption and its impact on health. The next day, Monday (August 24), the American Heart Association released a report recommending a reduction in sugar consumption for the US population. The idea of cutting back on sugar sounds easy for those who consume small amounts of sugar. However, for those who have been consuming larger amounts, it may be easier said than done. One way to transition from the use of large amounts of added sugars may be the use of similar foods or beverages which contain non-caloric sweeteners...

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