Sports Nutrition for Youth Athletes

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Youth Athletes – Why Didn’t I Make the Team?

One of the most stressful times for a youth athlete is trying to make the team during tryouts. Why do some kids not make the team while others do? Here is a list of the most common reasons. More »

Sports Drink Ingredient Issue – Brominated Vegetable Oil

Brominated vegetable oil, aka BVO, is a patented product that is used as a flame retardant in plastics but is has also been used as an emulsifier in sports drinks since 1931. It took several decades before its harmful effects came to light and countries started banning its use in drinks. More »

Protein Shake Recipes – Series FIVE

Today’s recipes involve a candy flare with tastes like bubble gum, butterfinger, and candy cane and three more recipes for the coffee lovers. More »

 

Bulk Up Tips for Skinny Kids

bulk upI have been answering a lot of questions on blogs from skinny kids looking to bulk up. They feel they are way too slender and want to add weight but can’t seem to be able to. They want a solution that will work and work right now. With the societal trend of ever increasing weight gain creating obesity in our youth, this is the other side of the issue. It is not nearly as common but no less traumatizing for kids.  The problem is, genetics plays a critical role as to why some athletes can’t gain weight or keep it on.

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The TRUTH About White Foods and Fat Loss

white foodsWhite foods refers to  processed grains like white flour and white rice that lose a lot of their nutrients when bleached. They are not good for you due to lower nutritional value and do not help you to lose weight. That being said, not all white foods are bad. Simply saying all of them should be avoided would not being doing your diet justice. Eating just colored foods like fruits and vegetables because of their antioxidant properties is great but you do need other foods as well.

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Vegetable Protein – the Top 6 Choices

vegetables proteinVegetable protein? Really? That is a common reaction as most people do not think of protein outside of the meat food group or from beans. In reality, vegetarians get their protein from plant sources. Here are the top 6 sources of vegetable protein.

Proteins supply amino acids to your body to help build muscle fibres and some hormones but vegetable protein is not a complete protein. They are missing some essential amino acids, the ones your body cannot synthesize on its own. As a result, you will need to look for other sources of protein and not rely  on just vegetable proteins. If you are a vegetarian, that means eating whole grains as well.

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McDonalds Big Mac Facts

McDonalds Big MacThe McDonalds Big Mac is the signature meal for the world renowned restaurant. But do you know the background behind the famous burger? There is more to it than meets the eye! McDonalds is a very popular place to eat around the world and that creates some very large sales numbers.

Here is what I found both from a nutrition and a financial standpoint.

 

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Effect of Microwaves on Food

effects of microwavesThe effect of microwaves has been largely ignored by the general population due to its sheer convenience. It is just microwaves, they can’t hurt can they? Their have been clinical studies done in Switzerland, Germany and Russia that produced a number of valuable conclusions. Here is what they found.

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Nutrition Facts from the CDC

nutrition factsNutrition facts for athletes can come from a number of sources. One of these sources people do not tap into very often is the CDC – the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They do not just educate about diseases. They have an entire section on healthy living that is worth checking out.

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