Should We Increase Protein Intake After Age 65?

A study that purported to show that diets high in meat, eggs, and dairy could be as harmful to health as smoking supposedly suggested that: “[P]eople under 65 who eat a lot of meat, eggs, and dairy are four times as likely to die from cancer or diabetes.” But if you look at the actual study, you’ll see that’s simply not true:

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NUTRITIONFACTS.ORG is a strictly non-commercial, science-based public service provided by Dr. Michael Greger, providing free updates on the latest in nutrition research via bite-sized videos. There are more than a thousand videos on nearly every aspect of healthy eating, with new videos and articles uploaded every day. NutritionFacts.org was launched with seed money and support by the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation. Incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit charity, NutritionFacts.org now relies on individual donors to keep the site alive.

Dr. Greger is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. A founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Greger is licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition. Currently he proudly serves as the public health director at the Humane Society of the United States. Dr. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine.

His latest book, How Not to Die, became an instant New York Times Best Seller. 100% of all proceeds he has ever received from his books, DVDs, and speaking engagements has always and will always be donated to charity. Dr. Greger receives no compensation for his work on NutritionFacts.org.

Workout Supplements That Work

The fitness world is loaded with products that claim to offer you significant increases in muscle mass while also aiding in burning fat. Some of these products have their uses while many don’t hold water. Working out is, as the name would imply, hard work! It’s common for people to want to find shortcuts whenever possible but really there’s no better way to improve your health and physique than by working out consistently and maintaining a healthy diet.

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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer who's passionate about health, fitness, organic cooking and eating, and yoga. When not writing she loves traveling, hiking, and cooking. Find more from Mikkie on Google+.

Do You Have to Combine Plant Proteins at a Meal?

All nutrients come from the sun or the soil. Vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin,” is created when skin is exposed to sunlight. Everything else comes from the ground. Minerals originate from the earth, and vitamins from the plants and micro-organisms that grow from it.

The calcium in a cow’s milk (and in her 200-pound skeleton) came from all the plants she ate, which drew it up from the soil. We can cut out the middle-moo, though, and get calcium directly from the plants.

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NUTRITIONFACTS.ORG is a strictly non-commercial, science-based public service provided by Dr. Michael Greger, providing free updates on the latest in nutrition research via bite-sized videos. There are more than a thousand videos on nearly every aspect of healthy eating, with new videos and articles uploaded every day. NutritionFacts.org was launched with seed money and support by the Jesse & Julie Rasch Foundation. Incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit charity, NutritionFacts.org now relies on individual donors to keep the site alive.

Dr. Greger is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized speaker on nutrition, food safety, and public health issues. A founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine, Dr. Greger is licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition. Currently he proudly serves as the public health director at the Humane Society of the United States. Dr. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine.

His latest book, How Not to Die, became an instant New York Times Best Seller. 100% of all proceeds he has ever received from his books, DVDs, and speaking engagements has always and will always be donated to charity. Dr. Greger receives no compensation for his work on NutritionFacts.org.

Meet Your Meats - Choosing the Best Meat Protein

When attempting to make healthy and informed choices about the food we eat, one of the more important things to consider is the nutritional value of meat and if it has a place in our life. Meat is one of the main sources of protein in food and also contains many essential vitamins such as B2, B6, and B12. Not all meat, however, is equal in nutritional value. Certain meats such as red meat have been linked to increased heart disease due to high saturated fat content.

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Mikkie Mills is a freelance writer who's passionate about health, fitness, organic cooking and eating, and yoga. When not writing she loves traveling, hiking, and cooking. Find more from Mikkie on Google+.

6 Key Benefits of Eating Nutrient Rich Foods for Teens

The Wonder Years

Teenage years are, or were, crucial for the development of each of us. It is the passage between childhood and adulthood. It is also the period when key behavioral and physical attributes are formed. Most of the physical and mental developments in humans occur between the ages of thirteen and nineteen. To grow mentally and intellectually, teenagerssocialize, read books, and watch discovery programs. Also, to grow in physique and statue, frequent exercise, good sleep, and a healthy diet are needed.

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For Gym Rats: Does Protein Before Bed Bring the Best Results?

by Matt Berical | Van Winkle's

Every person who enters a gym wants to see results.

Why else walk through the doors, subject to the Sisyphean act of slinging weights? And all gym-goers, whether they’re Under Armor-clad kettlebell swingers or dumbbell virgins, know the importance of protein to post-workout recovery. Protein is, after all, a muscle-building block that helps you refuel, build mass, and lean out. 

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Van Winkle’s is a new website dedicated to exploring how sleep affects and informs our lives, both at night and during the day. Sleep may account for one-third of our time, but it influences us around the clock. Whether it’s sleep as related to science, health, family, pets, sex, or travel, we’re eager to learn more.

Quinoa: A Super Food That Gives Super Hope

Did you know that most of the quinoa sold in the US market is organic and most of it comes from Bolivia? Are you aware that over 40,000 smallholder farmers in Bolivia have been lifted out of poverty through quinoa production? Quinoa gives hope to people who believe world hunger can be solved through organic, smallholder family farms. Quinoa is the trailblazer of all ancient grains, and it’s also the contributor to a food trend that could lead to instability.

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Melody is the Vice President of Policy and Industry Relations for United Natural Foods (UNFI). In this role she is responsible for communicating and educating all stakeholders on critical organic issues. Her Blog www.organicmattersblog.com covers a range of organic and sustainable food issues.

She is the executive director of the UNFI Foundation which is dedicated to funding non-profit organizations that promote organic agriculture  www.unfifoundation.org. Melody serves as Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Organic Trade Association www.ota.com.

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Couple in the kitchen preparing food with wine
08/07/2019
A study that purported to show that diets high in meat, eggs, and dairy could be as harmful to health as smoking supposedly suggested that: “[P]eople under 65 who eat a lot of meat, eggs,... read more
Shirtless man being hit with cloud of chocolate protein powder
01/25/2019
The fitness world is loaded with products that claim to offer you significant increases in muscle mass while also aiding in burning fat. Some of these products have their uses while many don’t hold... read more
Three containers of combined plant proteins in vegetarian meals.
01/16/2019
All nutrients come from the sun or the soil. Vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin,” is created when skin is exposed to sunlight. Everything else comes from the ground. Minerals originate from the earth,... read more
Man standing at stove with skillet flaring in flames.
12/18/2018
When attempting to make healthy and informed choices about the food we eat, one of the more important things to consider is the nutritional value of meat and if it has a place in our life. Meat is... read more
Three teenage boys jumping on a snowy sidewalk
05/10/2018
Anonymous (not verified)
The Wonder Years Teenage years are, or were, crucial for the development of each of us. It is the passage between childhood and adulthood. It is also the period when key behavioral and physical... read more
Intense weightlifter screaming while pumping iron in Superman shirt.
12/02/2016
by Matt Berical | Van Winkle's Every person who enters a gym wants to see results. Why else walk through the doors, subject to the Sisyphean act of slinging weights? And all gym-goers,... read more
Quinoa plant in flower
08/01/2015
Did you know that most of the quinoa sold in the US market is organic and most of it comes from Bolivia? Are you aware that over 40,000 smallholder farmers in Bolivia have been lifted out of poverty... read more
Couple in the kitchen preparing food with wine
08/07/2019
A study that purported to show that diets high in meat, eggs, and dairy could be as harmful to health as smoking supposedly suggested that: “[P]eople under 65 who eat a lot of meat, eggs,... read more
Shirtless man being hit with cloud of chocolate protein powder
01/25/2019
The fitness world is loaded with products that claim to offer you significant increases in muscle mass while also aiding in burning fat. Some of these products have their uses while many don’t hold... read more
Three containers of combined plant proteins in vegetarian meals.
01/16/2019
All nutrients come from the sun or the soil. Vitamin D, the “sunshine vitamin,” is created when skin is exposed to sunlight. Everything else comes from the ground. Minerals originate from the earth,... read more
Man standing at stove with skillet flaring in flames.
12/18/2018
When attempting to make healthy and informed choices about the food we eat, one of the more important things to consider is the nutritional value of meat and if it has a place in our life. Meat is... read more
Three teenage boys jumping on a snowy sidewalk
05/10/2018
Anonymous (not verified)
The Wonder Years Teenage years are, or were, crucial for the development of each of us. It is the passage between childhood and adulthood. It is also the period when key behavioral and physical... read more
Intense weightlifter screaming while pumping iron in Superman shirt.
12/02/2016
by Matt Berical | Van Winkle's Every person who enters a gym wants to see results. Why else walk through the doors, subject to the Sisyphean act of slinging weights? And all gym-goers,... read more
Quinoa plant in flower
08/01/2015
Did you know that most of the quinoa sold in the US market is organic and most of it comes from Bolivia? Are you aware that over 40,000 smallholder farmers in Bolivia have been lifted out of poverty... read more