Our culture has programmed us to think of meat and dairy products whenever protein is mentioned, especially when it comes to working out and athletic performance.
This brings us to the age-old question; can you be a vegetarian or vegan athlete and still meet your protein needs? The simple answer is yes, but there is more to the story. Read on to find out why protein is so important, how much is needed, and how plant-based proteins can be more than enough to meet those needs.
What superfoods have you been eating these days? Have you been making room in your diet for one of the most nutritious, superfood seeds on the planet?
If not, we highly recommend that you should be! Not only do these tiny seeds contain a variety of important nutrients like protein, fiber, vitamins, and minerals; they also contain a high concentration of antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids (aka health benefits galore!).
Guess That Vitamin: This nutrient is associated with this popular ad campaign. Besides helping to keep our bones healthy, it has many other vital functions in the body. Is drinking milk and consuming dairy products the only way to get enough of this essential nutrient? (Read on to find out!)
If you heard someone mention buckwheat, what thoughts would come to mind? Maybe you never tried it before and know little about it. The name might not sound very appealing, but the powerhouse of nutrients that it contains sure are! We are here to enlighten you on this amazing superfood and all that it has to offer to athletes, anyone who works out, and all humans in general.
Vitamin D has many important functions in the body:
- Helps the body absorb and retain adequate levels of calcium and phosphorus (extremely important for bone health)
- Needed for bone growth and repair
- Strengthens immune function (especially important in the time of COVID-19!)
- Reduces inflammation
Picture this—you sit down to eat fancy steak dinner complete with shrimp and scallops (this clearly wouldn’t be the case for all you vegans out there!). Your gut bacteria begin feasting on the choline and carnitine found in this meal and produce a byproduct called TMA (trimethylamine). Your liver takes that TMA and converts it into TMAO (trimethylamineN- oxide).
Choline is found in foods such as meat, eggs, poultry, fish, shellfish, dairy foods, and to a lesser extent in plant foods such as cruciferous vegetables and beans.
Carnitine is found in foods such as meat, eggs, poultry, fish, shellfish, and dairy. In general, the redder the meat, the more carnitine it contains.
*Animal products are the best sources of both choline and carnitine*
You may have seen us using the term "mylk" throughout our website and you've probably asked yourself "Is this a typo?"
Today we answer that commonly asked questions with... no! It is not a spelling error, but rather a call to action to encourage our customers to use "mylk" instead of "milk."
Whats the difference?
We have another nutrition riddle for you. In 1862, this nutrient was name after the Greek term for bile (chole) because it was first isolated from ox bile. It was not considered to be an essential nutrient until 1998 when its adequate intake (AI) was established.
You guessed it—Choline!
The USDA has an ambiguous stance on the definition of processed foods, which is:
“Any raw agricultural commodity subjected to washing, cleaning, milling, cutting, chopping, heating, pasteurizing, blanching, cooking, canning, freezing, drying, dehydrating, mixing, packaging, or other procedures that alter the food from its natural state.”
This definition does not address the different types of processed foods that exist in our food system. Luckily, the NOVA Food Classification system (developed at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil) was developed to classify processed foods into different categories, based on the degree to which the food is processed.
What vitamin is made by bacteria, including bacteria in the soil, bacteria in bodies of water, and bacteria that are housed in the stomachs of grazing animals, such as cows or sheep?
Drumroll please.... Vitamin B12! This is the only vitamin produced exclusively by microorganisms.
When did restrictive, fad diets become a thing? Have you ever tried a “fad” diet before? I bet we all have! I remember drinking my grandmother’...
Wild blueberries are different from regular blueberries (aka cultivated blueberries) in many ways. For instance, wild blueberries are referred to as “lowbush”, while cultivated blueberries are called “highbush”. What does this mean?