Health & Diet

How Much Protein Do You Need If You’re Working Out? — Protein 101

There is a smoothie shop next to my gym that sells all kinds of protein-enhanced smoothies and shakes. It is generally filled with Spandex-clad exercisers drinking from sippy cups of nutritionally enhanced produce, and they look happy about it.

But do they need protein shakes? Do I need a protein shake? Is a lack of lean post-workout protein what is standing between me and the fullest realization of my dormant muscles? Also, how different are my protein requirements — I am what we'll generously call a "moderate exerciser" — from those of an actual athlete, like a marathoner, or a person who stays at the gym for more than 50 consecutive minutes?


Sparkling Water Might Be Making You Hungry, but Here’s Why You Don’t Need to Panic — Food News

Sparkling water is often considered to be a healthy (and delicious) alternative to sodas and high-sugar drinks, but a new study has made some troubling findings about how healthy sparkling water really is. Spoiler alert: It might not be as good for you as you may think.


Here’s How to Figure Out if Your “Organic” Milk Is Actually Organic — Food News

The organic dairy market is booming, with sales reaching $6 billion last year in the United States alone. Part of the reason is that organic milk comes with a "healthy" halo effect; it is deemed to be a better alternative than conventional milk.

But a recent investigation by The Washington Post found that there's a big difference between buying organic from corporations versus directly from farmers. "Consumers look at that cartoon label on organic milk with a happy cow on green pasture with a red barn, but that's not always the reality," Katherine Paul of the Organic Consumers Association told the Post. "What we've said all along is that organic milks are not created equal, and your results show that."


The 5 Recipes That Got Me Through Whole30 — 30 Days of Whole30

When I did my first Whole30 back in January, I did all the things you're supposed to do. I read through all the books, I meal planned for every single meal, and I mostly avoided the SWYPO (sex with your pants on) foods that Whole30 strongly looks down on (enter: small eye roll.) It was challenging, but I felt great after it was over.

During those 30 days I found a few key recipes that made my life a whole lot more enjoyable on such a strict program. These recipes were either so delicious that I forgot I wasn't eating pasta, or made my life a little easier (read: batch cooking). These five recipes in particular I made multiple times and still eat today even though I'm done with Whole30.


10 Sides That Are Vegan, Gluten-Free, and Paleo (So Basically for Everyone!) — Recipes from The Kitchn

Invite a few friends over for dinner and it's not unlikely that you'll have a mix of dietary restrictions around the table. It can feel like a challenge cooking for a mix of vegetarians, vegans, gluten-free folks, Paleo followers, and omnivores but it's actually not impossible. These 10 sides have the ability to fulfill all of these dietary restrictions while keeping those who eat absolutely everything happy and fed. The big trend here is to keep things simple and let veggies do all the hard work.


New Study Suggests You Shouldn’t Eat Gluten-Free Unless You’re Celiac — Food News

Roughly one percent of Americans suffer from celiac disease — an autoimmune disorder that triggers inflammation and intestinal issues. The solution for these individuals is to follow a gluten-free diet that avoids consumption of the protein found in whole grains.

But over the past few years, those without celiac disease have opted to go gluten-free for an array of reasons, from weight loss to general health benefits. In the United States, 0.52 percent of the population without celiac disease maintained a gluten-free diet from 2009 to 2010, according to a study. But that rate tripled by 2013 to 2014, when 1.69 percent of the celiac-free population adopted a gluten-free lifestyle.

Now, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School have found a troubling association between those who go gluten-free without celiac disease and their heart health.


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