5 Vegan Myths That Need to Die (Humanely)
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by Kayne Toyosato
1d ago
In recent years, veganism has proven that it’s no fading fad: The number of people identifying as vegan continues to rise, plant-based food sales and demand are steadily growing, and recommendations for meat-free living by healthcare giants like Kaiser Permanente and the American Institute for Cancer Research ensure the lifestyle is here to stay. Veganism, in dietary terms, is defined as a diet free of animal products like meat, fish, and poultry as well as dairy, eggs, gelatin, and (for some practitioners) honey. Whether you’re considering going vegan, have ..read more
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How to Combine Complementary Proteins on a Plant-Based Diet
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by Kayne Toyosato
1w ago
Among the dietary challenges of vegetarians and vegans, perhaps none receives more attention than the eternal search for sufficient protein. For those on a plant-based diet, it can be hard enough to compete with the sheer density of protein provided by meat and dairy products, but throw in the need to combine complementary proteins and it can seem nearly impossible. If you’re new to the concept of incomplete proteins, read on. Below we’ll discuss what they are, how they vary, and which to combine in order to make them complete. What Are Complementary Proteins? Protein pair ..read more
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Chicory Root: Coffee Swap, Weight-Loss Aid, and More!
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by Kayne Toyosato
1w ago
You might not know chicory root, but chances are you would recognize its periwinkle blue flowers. Let’s take a look at the benefits of chicory root fiber, the side effects of chicory root extract, and why some people use it as a coffee substitute. What Is Chicory Root? A relative of dandelions, chicory (or Cichorium intybus) is a wildflower that blooms abundantly along roads and in meadows all summer. The use of chicory root and leaves dates back to ancient Egypt, and since then, its presence in herbalism, as well as the kitchen, has only grown. Its long, serrated leaves look and taste si ..read more
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Tea vs. Coffee: Which Drink Is Better for You?
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by Michael Martin
2w ago
In Shakespeare’s time, average folk believed the body contained four essential “humours,” including blood and bile. Today, many of us would add to that list the coffee and tea that seem to flow through our veins. So many of us can’t (or won’t) start our day without one of them. Both brews provide energy, along with a constant stream of studies proclaiming their health benefits. But, in the battle of tea vs. coffee, is one “better” than the other? You might be surprised by the answer. Caffeine in Tea vs. Coffee Coffee has about twice the caffeine of black tea, which is more caffeinated than gre ..read more
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When to Drink a Protein Shake
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by Mascha Davis
1M ago
If you’re tuned in to your nutrition, you may have wondered: When’s the best time to drink a protein shake? But…that’s not really the question you should be asking. Despite the focus on the “perfect” time to consume protein, how much you consume is more important than when, according to researchers. We metabolize proteins in our bodies over a period of time, so as long as you are eating enough overall spread across each day, there is a “pool” to use whenever you need it. However, if you’re looking to get stronger and build muscle, you should pay some attention to timin ..read more
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Pea Protein vs Soy Protein: Which Is Better?
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by Kayne Toyosato
1M ago
The number of plant-based protein powders is constantly increasing, which is great for vegans and vegetarians! But too many options can lead to confusion and indecision. Even if you manage to drill it down to two popular options — pea protein vs soy protein — how do you know which is best for you? You want a product that tastes good, provides the nutrients you need for your goals, and won’t cause any negative side effects. So, to help you decide, we compare these two options so you can determine which will work best for you. How Are Pea and Soy Protein Powder Made? To make protein powder, man ..read more
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Is Saturated Fat Bad for You?
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by Michael Martin
1M ago
Consuming saturated fat and the effects it can have on your overall health — specifically heart disease — has become a controversial subject. It was once labeled the worst kind of fat, but trans fat has since inherited that role. So what’s the deal with saturated fat? Here’s what we know: Replacing saturated fat with unsaturated fat may provide health benefits. Current research supports that saturated fats are better for us than trans fats. In the world of dietary fat, saturated fat gets stuck in the middle. So how does it fit into a healthy diet? What Is Saturated Fat? With their sing ..read more
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How to Cook Chicken Breast: 9 Easy Cooking Methods
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by Kirsten Morningstar
1M ago
When you cook chicken breast, is it bursting with flavor? Does it excite you to sit down to a nutritious, protein-packed meal? If your answers to those questions were “not really” and “meh,” it might be time to learn how to cook chicken breast the right way. If you’re a meat-eater, chicken breast is most likely a staple on your healthy meal plan. But when it’s prepared wrong, it can be dry, flaky, and… well, boring. But when you learn how to cook chicken properly, it will be tender and juicy — and the perfect base for experimenting with different herbs, spices, sauces, and marinades. (It can e ..read more
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10 Simple Ways to Eat More Vegetables (That Aren’t Just Salads)
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by Chelsea Frank
1M ago
Diet trends come and go, but one golden rule has remained the same: Eating a variety of vegetables is important to maintain good overall health. But learning how to eat more vegetables usually requires a little more subtlety than shoveling handfuls into your mouth every day. According to the CDC, only 9 percent of American adults are consuming the recommended daily amount of two to three cups of vegetables per day. So even if people know the rule, it doesn’t mean they follow it. Why is it so important to get your daily does of vegetables, anyway? One reason is that they’re just strai ..read more
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13 Low-Carb Fruits, Ranked From Least to Most
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by Eric Alt
2M ago
Fruit is a staple of a healthy diet, a perfect snack, and a great on-the-go breakfast. But if you’re on a low-carb diet, does the sugar that’s naturally present in fruit make it off limits? Are there any low-carb fruits you can eat and still stay on-track? Overall, the answer is yes. “People believe that fruits should be restricted or avoided all together because they are high in sugar. However, this is a very common misconception,” explains nutrition therapist Karin Kaplan Grumet, RD/CEDRD. There are plenty of benefits to fruit, and according to the USDA, adults should get abou ..read more
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