Healthy Living

Your Body Can Handle More Caffeine than You Think, Says Study — Food News

Americans drink a lot of coffee. Like, a lot. Roughly 80 to 85 percent of Americans drink coffee on a regular basis, according to the American Psychological Association, and the average daily intake is somewhere around 300 milligrams. That's about three (eight-ounce) cups of plain coffee, if you're wondering.

But when it comes to how much coffee is recommended per day, the jury has been back and forth for a while. The 2012 recommendation from the Food and Drug Administration warns adults from exceeding 300 milligrams of coffee a day. As does the recommendation from the International Food Information Council.

Now, a new study published in the journal Food and Chemical Toxicology reviewed 15 years of data to find that consumers can actually safely exceed 300 milligrams a day. Specifically, the average healthy adult can go up to 400 milligrams of caffeine without doing any damage, while pregnant women should stay within 300 milligrams.

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Protein, Hero of the Plate — Or Is It? — Cover Story

Jim had inched his way up the side of the mountain, pitch after pitch, belay after belay. He and two friends, all seasoned climbers, stopped for lunch on one of the death-drop sheets of rock perpendicular to the earth. Strung up at a dizzying height, safely hooked in, his friends unpacked their whey powders, their protein bars, and their gels, and dug in.

Jim, however, pulled out the slab of hanger steak he'd cooked the night before, waving it in the air, taunting his buddies. (They cursed him angrily.)

It's an idyllic vignette, the man on the mountain, tearing into a steak. It's primal and Paleo and very of the moment. And at a time when the protein powder and supplement industry is such a major force, with more than $7 billion in sales in 2014 and projected to reach $9 billion by 2020 — not to mention beef consumption on the rise in America for the first time in a decade — it's a picture that asks a question: Does protein deserve its nutritional pedestal?

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How Protein Shakes & Bars Stack Up Against All-Natural Protein Sources — Protein 101

It's hard to miss the shelves and aisles and impressive displays devoted to protein shakes and bars at your local grocery store — it doesn't need to be a health food store for the bars to taunt you at the checkout line. If you're not someone who consumes these packaged products, you may very well wonder what all the fuss is about. Or if you are someone who grabs a protein bar as a snack in the middle of the day, you may wonder if it's really a good choice. Here's the truth:

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7 Foods That Are Lower in Protein than You Think — Protein 101

While almost every food contains protein, some foods contain much more than others, giving you a punch of the nutrient in a relatively compact serving.

There are other foods, however, that many eaters believe are high in protein — but really aren't. Here are seven foods that, while still nutritious, aren't particularly high in protein.

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These 5 Exercises Are the Best Ways to Fill Spare Time in the Kitchen — Fit Kitchen

This month we've been taking a look at how to put those wasted kitchen minutes to work for you. All that time we spend waiting — waiting for coffee to brew, water to boil, the oven to preheat, or people to get to the dinner table — adds up. When we're all scrounging for time for other important stuff like self-care, it just makes sense to grab it where we can, even if it's in the kitchen.

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My Biggest Vegan Challenge Was One I Didn’t Expect — Adventures in Veganism

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When I decided to take the plunge into veganism, I anticipated some pitfalls. I thought I'd maybe lose my cool and dive headfirst into a pile of cheeseburgers, or maybe sneak some brie at a party. But the hardest part of going vegan hasn't been cravings, which are surprisingly few and far between. For me, the social ramifications of going vegan were far more discouraging. As someone whose social life has more or less revolved around food for the past several years, the feeling of isolation that resulted from my dietary change hit me really hard.

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