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Which is the healthiest animal protein?

Which is the healthiest animal protein? Many of us are meat eaters, but which type of animal protein is the most or least healthy? Some of us are vegetarian while others are vegetarian but eat fish and avoid land animals.  Is this healthier? According to this interesting article originally featured in the Washington Times, Fish and Poultry may be the best proteins available, while red meat is good but in smaller quantities.  The article also offers a few surprises as well. Check out this article which is well-referenced below From Fish to Bacon, A Ranking of Animal Proteins in Order Read More »

Is tofu good for you? The NY Times weighs in.

Is tofu good for you? The NY Times weighs in. Tofu, An Asian soy-based food that is full of protein and is in many of the Asian foods we eat. According to the NY Times, a 3 oz portion of Tofu is full of essential amino acids that include proteins we all require, as well as B vitamins, healthy unsaturated fatty acids, and minerals like calcium, magnesium, zinc, and iron. While there are concerns regarding isoflavones, plant-based compounds that are structurally similar to the hormone estrogen which is thought may give men more feminine characteristics.  This concern often links Tofu Read More »

How much protein do you really need?

How much protein do you really need? It has always been my understanding that older people needed diets more protein-rich and younger people tolerated carbohydrates better. There are many people who have lost weight by doing a keto-style diet where they ignore carbs and just eat meats.  Contrary to many critics, these diets work and help people lose weight and they appear to be healthier. A recent blog post I found disputes the idea that we need so much protein.   While its true that we know a lot of things about the body, its also true that many things that Read More »

If you want to build muscle, here is some advice on when you should eat protein.

If you want to build muscle, here is some advice on when you should eat protein. If you want to build muscle, you need protein.  Sure, there are protein shakes and diets you can do to increase your protein intake, but the time you consume it may also factor in. The foods you consume may also either work for or against your desired goal. According to an exercise expert from Lehman college, your body actually utilizes the protein you consume 4-5 hours after you eat it. According to the latest medical literature, eating 1.6 to 2.2 grams of protein for Read More »

Can you have too much protein and are there side effects according to the NY Times?

Can you have too much protein and are there side effects according to the NY Times? People who are active need a lot of protein to make sure they do not experience a muscular breakdown during exercise.   While it is true that we metabolize protein differently when we are older, and may require more, how much and what type of protein-based amino acids are necessary, and how much is too much. There are many types of protein, and many people are using protein shakes, from different sources.  According to the NY Times, you must be careful to make sure you Read More »