Monday, January 10, 2011

10-Pack of Nutrition and Fitness Facts

So much information, and so little time! Let's get to it...

1. The word cellulite first appeared in the April 15th, 1968 issue of Vogue magazine

2. Chlorine dioxide, one of the chemicals used to bleach flour, combines with residual protein in most of these foods to form alloxan. In the lab, researchers use alloxan to induce diabetes in rats. 'Enriched' or white anything, is dangerous, period.

3. There are 47,000 products in the average US grocery store. Only a handful of them will not make you fat.

4. 1/2 Cup of rice is around 300 calories; a 1/2 cup of spinach is 15 calories. This is an example of calorically-dense versus nutrient-dense. Aim for the latter.

5. Most dairy has a low-glycemic index (determines how a certain food affects blood sugar), but produces a high insulinemic response in the body (stores fat at higher rate as compared to other foods with similar glycemic index).

6. Red wine has the lowest residual sugars out of any alcoholic beverage (less than 1.4%). Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are part of most low-carb diets because of this.

7. Spiking caloric intake once per week causes hormonal changes that improve fat-loss, and forces you to plan your meals and look 'forward' to these days of splurging.

8. Cottage cheese is an exception to the no-dairy rule for most diets because of its' high casein (a protein) content, which actually facilitates fat-loss.

9. A 2008 study at Duke University found that giving Splenda to rats significantly decreased the amount of helpful bacteria in the stomach.

10. Eating 1-2 tablespoons of organic almond butter on celery sticks eliminates those mornings where 8 hours of sleep doesn't seem like enough. By increasing cell-repair with quality calories, peanut or almond butter helps decrease fatigue upon waking.

Cheers to new information!

Coach Kev

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