New Powerful Greek Yogurt Marketed Towards Men

Greek Yogurt for men is now a real thing. “Brogurt” as some food blogs are calling it, has the same items as greek yogurt a known superfood with many different health benefits.

New Powerful Yogurt has 24 – 25 grams of protein, which is designed to help aide in muscle building, recovery and also weight loss. The product comes in strawberry, blueberry-acai, mango, banana, and apple-cinnamon flavors. There is slightly more sugar added for taste.

Overall the product seems like a marketing gimmick and not entirely different than traditional Greek Yogurt. Don’t fall for the marketing ploy and continue to purchase your favorite brand.

Supplements May Not Prevent Bone Fractures

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force advised against the use of supplements containing both vitamin D and calcium, saying that there’s little evidence to show that the supplements do anything to prevent bone fractures.

There was evidence that these supplements might actually increase the risk of kidney stones. The study was used to determine whether items containing over 400 international units of vitamin D and 1,000 milligrams of calcium were effective.

Calcium and vitamin D have been recommended to women to prevent fractures and strengthen bones. Now it is unclear whether these recommendations were ever effective.

Via WSJ

Minestrone, The Soup That Never Fails To Please

A nutritious meal in a bowl is the best way to describe minestrone soup. Minestrone, literally “big soup,” is an Italian classic packed with vegetables, pasta, and beans. A bowl of minestrone can be a meal all by itself. There is no one right way to make minestrone. Recipes vary from cook to cook according to individual preferences, so feel free to improvise with other vegetables, beans, or pasta shapes to suit your taste. Pancetta is a type of Italian bacon. It can usually be found in delis and butcher shops, but if it is unavailable in your area, you can omit it or substitute regular bacon. – See more at: http://enthusiasts.ciachef.edu/minestrone/#sthash.QaXOLnz8.dpuf

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Thai Hot and Sour Soup For A Refreshing Change

Hot soup in the winter warms the body, but too much of the same recipe can be boring. Try something different this time with a recipe from the Culinary Institute of America. Thai hot-and-sour soup creates a fascinating interplay of spicy-hot chili and sour-citrus flavor. All the ingredients are crucial to the overall flavor, so don’t leave anything out. You can find them at Asian groceries and some specialty markets. Once you have all your ingredients assembled, this soup is a snap to put together.

 
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Primary Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease with a Mediterranean Diet

In a multicenter trial in Spain, we randomly assigned participants who were at high cardiovascular risk, but with no cardiovascular disease at enrollment, to one of three diets: a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with mixed nuts, or a control diet (advice to reduce dietary fat).

Among persons at high cardiovascular risk, a Mediterranean diet supplemented with extra-virgin olive oil or nuts reduced the incidence of major cardiovascular events.

Read the full study here.

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Diet Soda Doesn’t Lead to Increased Appetite

North Carolina researchers are refuting the claim that diet sodas actually increase the appetite in individuals who consume these products. This new study goes against previous research that blamed the over-consumption of food on diet drinks.

The news must be considered as a win for beverage companies who market these products to people who are looking to a sugary soda alternative that still has the fizzy reward.

It is recommended to reduce or remove soda entirely from your diet for an optimal diet. Of course you can cheat from time to time, but a diet soda is still not as healthy as other options available to you.

Via Yahoo.

Calorie Counts On Food Are Often Wrong

Researchers at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) proposed that the current system in place to estimate the number of calories in food may have significant inaccuracies.

This leads to major increased and decreased calculations.

What’s causing the error? 

The current system Atwater does not take how the body processes different foods into account. The amount of energy that we actually absorb from these items can be grossly overstated.

This means that while you are setting up a diet or health plan to include 2,000 calories you may be eating way more or way less. A better system that takes into account how we process the food, would serve people better.

Info via AAAS. Image courtesy of mybodyhealth.

Has drinking coffee suddenly become good for you?

Coffee seems to getting a better reputation these days. For years, the mantra coming from most medical people was to lay off the caffeine for better health. Not anymore. Drinking a lot of coffee has been associated with lowering the risk of diabetes, and coffee drinkers seem to be at less risk for colon cancer. There may be a link to better cognitive functions in coffee drinkers, and perhaps even some disease protection.

Coffee does have some beneficial nutrients, but not large amounts. It is high in antioxidants, chiefly due to the amount consumers drink every day. The downside is the things we put in our coffee. Rich creams and sugar are not very healthy for you, however, coffee drinkers are beginning to embrace a touch of cinnamon, vanilla, or nutmeg. These help reducing the harshness of rich coffees, so you can add less of the bad stuff.

Like all stimulants you can have too much of a good thing. More than three eight-ounce cups of coffee a day might be too much. And drinking coffee late in the day can create a restless night of sleep. And certain types of cardiac patients should not drink stimulants in any form.

Has drinking coffee suddenly become good for you? Things look promising, but more research needs to be done.

Is Your Seafood Being Mislabeled?

A new study by advocacy group Oceana found that up to one-third of seafood sold in the United States may be fraudulently labeled.

Fraudent labeling occurs when a restaurant labels a fish on the menu as one thing, but really is serving a much less expensive product. A nationwide test found that if you ordered snapper, 87% of the time something else was served in its place.

The fraud doesn’t just occur on the restaurant end. Suppliers can also benefit from taking advantage of unsuspecting chefs and restauranteurs by offering similar products or by artificially increasing the weight of a fish by inflating them with water.

This problem was most common at you guessed it, sushi restaurants. Oceana found that 95% of the sushi restaurants surveyed were found selling mislabeled seafood.

Darren Lee Norris, co-owner of Kushi Izakaya & Sushi to the Washington Post,

“I think it comes down to a restaurant or chef who’s trying to buy something cheaper and jazz it up and call it something else.”

 

Read the full article at Washington Post.

Nutrition: The Ultimate Guide to Nuts

Nuts are more than just an occasional snack! Nuts are full of protein and nutrients. Recent studies indicate that people who eat nuts are less likely to suffer from heart disease, or have heart attacks. Nuts are full of unsaturated fats, and increase the good (HDL) cholesterol in your body. They also contain vitamin E, folic acid, and fiber.
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Cooking Winter Greens

You see winter greens a lot in the vegetable aisle about this time of year, but the idea of cooking greens can be intimidating for some homemakers. They should not be worried. Greens are easy to cook, are packed with calcium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin A, vitamin K, potassium, and a plant version of omega-3 fatty acids. So why the hesitation? Cleaning and cutting greens is a chore, and getting all the dirt and sand out of the leaves can be tough.

But you don’t have to anymore. Green grocers now offer cleaned and cut greens in bags that make a healthy soup or side dish. You can boil greens in salt water for a few minutes, and have a delicious side-dish to any meal, or you can make greens the center of the table. Try this:

  • Boil a chicken breast in 8 cups of water, some salt (not much) and some pepper. Remove the breast and set aside.  
  • Add a bag of pre-washed kale and slow boil for about 20 minutes. If you like a crunchier green, you can boil to taste. There is no limit. In southern kitchens, greens stay on the stove as long as the cook wants.
  • Add more water if necessary, some kidney beans, and cut up the chicken breast.
  • Serve in bowls with lots of juice.

Greens are a versatile offering. You can add anything to them, and they still taste great. But more important, nutritionists are beginning to notice the rich vitamin content, and low fat that greens offer. You don’t have to use traditional cooking methods for greens. Those include ham pieces, or ham hocks, and fatty additions. That way of southern cooking tended to make greens greasy, and while they tasted great, they weren’t very good for you.

Times have changed. Give greens a try.
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Are Onions The Superfood Your Diet Is Missing?

Onions are often categorized as the cause for foul breath and indigestion, but they may have superfood benefits that your diet could benefit from.

New research shows that onions are nutritional powerhouses and can keep the heart healthy, strengthen bones, reduce cancer and aid in digestion.

Onions contain a carbohydrate known as fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS), that can serves as food for our intestinal bacteria and promote the growth of health, immune-boosting bacteria.

Other superfoods include acai berry, blueberries, oranges, beans, spinach, tomatoes and walnuts.

 

Read more at RunnersWorld.