Why do people think humans need meat or dairy?
because we don’t. we simply don’t. in fact, both of those things are bad for us.
i don’t need to show you anything. you need to look for yourself. but you haven’t.
i have six siblings.. all alive. k?
Of course they are bad for us. The USDA food pyramid is made up and promoted by the Beef and Dairy industry in a roundabout way.. There are many pockets and wallets involved, you could say. If people stopped buying beef, eggs and milk, they would be out of business. People would definitely be much healthier if they followed a vegan lifestyle. It has been proven and is becoming more and more mainstream with each passing year. The educated, enlightened people are of course first to start doing it. It has been estimated that in about 20 yrs, the vegan diet will be replacing the current USDA Pyramid. Doctors that don’t specialize in Nutrition only receive about 4-6 hours of nutrition classes in their whole medical training. They are trained to treat the effects, not the causes of poor health. It will all just depend how long it takes the idiots to smarten up. I say, if kids could visit a slaughterhouse or a factory farm on a school field trip, instead of an ice cream factory, then things would be very different. We are only allowed to see the “good, happy” side of the industry. But just like everything else our government is involved with, we are kept stupid and unaware (well, most of us). Spread the word, but don’t preach. They’ll all know you were right eventually. Good luck!
What should I eat if I want to gain muscle?
Not just what, but how much. How many eggs should I eat each morning? Is the yolk good or bad? Skim milk or whole milk? Those types of answers.
Scooby is a good source for information about diet as it relates to bodybuilding and overall health maintenance. Check out his YouTube channel and look for all the videos which relate to diet using the search feature of just scrolling through the menu. He has a lot of short videos, his information is very good, he’s fun to watch, he’s got the bod to prove his methods work, and he isn’t going to try to sell you anything. Find Scooby here –> SCOOBY (YouTube) – http://www.youtube.com/user/scooby1961
The simple fact is very little is known about the effects of lipids on long term health problems such as atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease, etc. Francis Collins, head of the HIH, has stated that their criteria for heart health are based more on “best guessing” than scientific fact. He said (paraphrasing) It’s an imperfect world and sometimes we just have to make the best decisions even if we know them to be questionable. Therefore, it’s not known if egg yolks or whole milk are foods which should be avoided. However, the conventional wisdom and the best guesses of the NIH suggest their lipids (fats) are.
In general, what you should eat to gain muscle is the same thing you should eat on a regular basis; a diet of high quality and nutritious foods with the calories balanced as follows…
55% to 65% of calories should come from carbohydrates.
20% to 30% of calories should come from fat.
15% to 35% of calories should come from protein
Supplements should be avoided unless recommended by a health care professional. And don’t listen to anyone who recommends protein shakes, creatine, whey or soy, etc.
Here are some other links which you may find helpful.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE for HEALTH – http://nih.gov/
A MUST FOR DIETERS — http://www.freedieting.com/
BEST DIET TOOL ON THE WEB – http://www.myfitnesspal.com/
NUTRITION DOT GOV – http://riley.nal.usda.gov/
SCOOBY (Website) – http://scoobysworkshop.com/general_philosophy.htm
CALCULATORS – http://www.caloriesperhour.com/index_burn.php
Good luck and good health!!
Why is that doctors and nutritionists will tell you that your body needs meat and dairy?
I know they’re going to say that lots of fruits and veggies are always good for you, but I heard that they’re going to recommend that you include meat and dairy when it’s clearly horrible for you. Why would they say this and why would they look down upon vegetarian/veganism?
Your doctors and nutritionists shouldn’t be making up their own guidelines. They should be going by one of the established nutritional guides. Both the 2005 USDA MyPyramid and the 2008 Harvard Healthy Eating pyramid give vegetarian options for meeting the same nutrition requirements as meat. This is unlikely to change in the future.
The 2005 MyPyramid includes a “Meat & Beans” group. Within this group, the USDA considers all the food interchangeable, though it recommends more fish, nuts and seeds, and less meat and poultry, due to fat content. The USDA does not give any vegan alternatives to the “Dairy” group, however.
The 2008 Harvard Healthy Eating pyramid also gives alternatives, so you’re free to ignore the “Fish, Poultry & Eggs” group if you’re getting your protein from the “Nuts, Seeds, Beans & Tofu” group, and you’re free to ignore the “Dairy” group if you’re taking calcium and Vitamin D supplements.
The milk/dairy group is the biggest difference between the two pyramids. The USDA says “calcium-fortified foods and beverages… May not provide the other nutrients found in milk and milk products.” In fact, soymilk, on the USDA MyPyramid, counts as “Meat & Beans” not “Dairy.” Harvard, on the other hand, says “milk isn’t the only, or even best, source” of calcium. Harvard lists baked beans, bok choy, collard greens, and fortified soymilk as examples of calcium sources.
Looking forward, the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, the part of the USDA writing the dietary guidelines on which the next USDA pyramid will be built, looked specifically at studies of vegetarian and vegan diets. “In many observational studies,” the CNPP concluded, “vegetarian diets and lifestyle have been associated with improved health outcomes.” (section B2, page 25) So it’s a safe bet that the USDA will continue to provide vegetarian options in their next pyramid. Whether the USDA will add non-dairy alternatives to their next pyramid is uncertain, though the CNPP suggests alternatives: “Those who choose not to consume… Milk products should include other foods in the diet that contain… Protein, calcium, potassium, magnesium, Vitamin D, and Vitamin A.” (section D4, page 19) (Side note: Studies have shown that vegetarian diets are usually rich in potassium, magnesium, and Vitamin A, so the CNPP’s concerns seem to be geared more toward non-vegetarians who don’t drink milk.)
Does Sun Pat smooth peanut butter contain trans fats?
Looking for a replacement for Skippy and its nasty trans fats, but I don’t think the kids will eat unsweetened peanut butter. Not sure whether the peanut oil Sunpat says it contains is (or even can be) hydrogenated. Anyone know?
>Here is a way to tell. There are only TWO sources of trans fats in foods:
Foods or ingredients that have been “HYDROGENATED.”
Foods or ingredients which contain an “ANIMAL SOURCE”
In the first case, look for things like Hydrogenated Oils (any kind, including soybean, corn, canola, olive, sunflower, safflower, etc). If the ingredient, for example, contains the term “Hydrogenated Corn Oil” you will know it has some trans fats.
In the second case, an animal source can be: dairy products, eggs, poultry and meat ingredients. If, for example, you see Egg Yolk as an ingredient you will know the product contains trans fats.
I see you live in Britain and I don’t know what your laws regarding declaration of trans fats is, but here in the US, we have to:
Declare all ingredients in the product by their most common name (so that consumers are not bluffed or tricked by “technical” terms)
Include any information on the Nutrition Facts Panel which meets the requirements of the Nutritional Labeling Law. In the case of Trans Fats, if the amount of Trans Fat is EQUAL TO or GREATER THAN 0.5% (that is one half of one percent) by weight (grams per hunred grams – which is equal to or greater than 500 milligrams per 100 grams), it must appear on the nutritional facts panel and be declared in the product.
In the US, obvious foods such as meat (beef and chicken) come under separate labeling rules because those items are covered by the USDA, not FDA (United States Department of Agriculture) instead of the Food and Drug Administration. I know, its crazy, but the US is wasteful and we have duplication in some cases of labeling enforcement. If we were smart, we would meld both into one single agricultural and food department at the Federal Level – but you see, politics always plays a role in government, even when it comes to common sense! You probably know that already.
What are health benefits of pecans?
I found out, I really like them, so are there any really good health benefits? (I first tried them in my strawberry poppyseed chicken salad from Panera Bread)
Pecans are naturally low in carbohydrates – always have been, always will be. In fact, a handful of pecans (one ounce of pecans) contains only 4 grams of carbohydrates! That means that nutrient-dense pecans can add flavor, nutrition and disease-fighting properties to any diet that limits carbs.
High In Healthy Fat
Pecans contain approximately 60 percent monounsaturated fat and 30 percent polyunsaturated fat. This means that almost 90 percent of the fats (oils) in pecans are heart-healthy! Not only will these fats help curb your appetite, they can help protect your heart. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) felt there was enough evidence of nuts’ heart-healthy benefits that it approved the following health claim, “Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts (including pecans), as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may reduce the risk of heart disease.”
Capable Of Lowering Cholesterol
Many low carb diets allow high-saturated foods, which are known to raise blood cholesterol levels. However, pecans contain an abundance of unsaturated fats, and studies have shown that pecans can help lower cholesterol levels. Pecans also contain plant components with antioxidant properties, which can slow the oxidation or “rusting” of LDL (bad) cholesterol. And, a recent study has confirmed that pecans also contain plant sterols, which have been in the news recently for their cholesterol-lowering ability.
It can be difficult to obtain all the nutrients you need when you follow a diet that severely restricts any nutrient (such as carbs). However, pecans provide a lot of nutritional bang for your buckespecially considering the few carbs that are present in pecans. Pecans contain over 19 vitamins and minerals including vitamin A, vitamin E, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, several B vitamins and zinc. Just one ounce of pecans (a handful or about 20 halves) has more zinc an important nutrient for proper growth and strong immunity than a 3.5-ounce piece of skinless chicken. Most good sources of zinc are foods of animal origin, but pecans offer an excellent plant-based source.
Plentiful In Protein
Pecans belong to the protein group in the USDAs Food Guide Pyramid, along with meat, poultry, fish, eggs and dried beans a group of foods that are naturally low in carbohydrates. Whether they are used as a meat alternative or as a snack, pecans provide a healthful source of needed protein, which is essential for proper body function.
One ounce of pecans has about the same amount of fiber as a medium-sized apple, and provides 10 percent of the recommended Daily Value for fiber. Fiber keeps you fuller longer and will keep your blood sugar steady (an important element to low-carb eating).
Weight Control Benefits
Research suggests that pecans may help with weight control. One reason is their ability to help with satiety – which means that dieters and those looking to control their weight will stay fuller, longer after they eat pecans. Studies have also shown that consumers who eat nuts regularly are leaner than those who dont eat nuts regularly, and suggest that nuts may increase the rate at which the body burns calories.
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