Peek inside Your Protein Powder

No matter what your diet and exercise goals, adding a protein powder or protein shake can be one of the most helpful forms of nutritional supplementation. Unless you are an 18-year-old male with a rock solid metabolism, some form of added protein is probably necessary to add lean muscle to a flabby or undersized frame. But the benefits of protein aren’t just for hardcore weight trainers. Doctors and nutritionists often recommend increased protein intake to treat a range of metabolic disorders including high cholesterol, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

What Does Organic Really Mean?

Organic can mean many different things depending on whom you ask. Any chemist, for example, will tell you that all food is organic because it contains the element carbon. The USDA, on the other hand, uses a list of criteria to parse “clean” organic food, from chemical-ridden inorganics. As far as the USDA is concerned, a commercial food product can be labeled “organic” as long as:

  • The food was grown without the use of human waste as fertilizer.
  • No chemicals were used at any stage of the growing process (the USDA maintains a list of permitted and prohibited synthetic substances).
  • The food product’s genotype does not include genetic modification (no GMOs).
  • The farmland utilized in the food’s cultivation has been chemical and pesticide free for 3+ years.
  • The food producer maintains a standard on-site inspection schedule with regulators.

Five Real Foods to Add to Your Diet This Summer

Summer is the season of dietary regret. Most of us enter the year with the best of intentions. We’re going to exercise more. Eat better. Cut down on unhealthy vices. Unfortunately, sociological research suggests that most New Years resolutions fall by the wayside before the end of January. This leaves many of us staring down the barrel of another summer without the requisite level of health and fitness to take full advantage of the beautiful weather.

Get Back into Carbs With These Whole Grains

Carbohydrates have been unfairly vilified over the last twenty years. Every fad diet from Atkins to South Beach to Paleo places glucose squarely in the middle of its cross-hairs. This aversion to starch isn’t altogether unfounded. Thanks to GMO wheat farms and the mass production of bleached grain, the vast majority of carbohydrates in the American diet are the bad kind of carbohydrates. The white flour products that line the halls of your nearest grocery store pack all the glycemic index busting punch without any of the off-setting benefits of whole grains. In other words, Atkins works because it eliminates these empty calories, not because all carbohydrates are evil.