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Friday, November 05, 2004

A Guide for Daily Food Choices

A Guide for Daily Food Choices

Good Nutrition Reading List

Good Nutrition Reading List

How Food Preparation Affects Nutrients

How Food Preparation Affects Nutrients

Importance of Proteins

The nutritional key for those of you interested in losing excess body fat or in adding lean, well shaped muscle is protein. In order to shape or sculpt your body, you need sufficient protein intake to fuel the changes. There have been scores of recent books highlighting this fact including the very popular and philosophically sound Zone Diet by Dr. Barry Sears. On average, books such as The Zone Diet point out that we tend to over-eat carbohydrates and under-eat protein. If you understand the simple fundamentals of how your body processes these two food fuels, you will be in a better position to evaluate the critical importance of protein in assisting you in your fat loss and body shaping goals.
Normally our diets are very high in carbohydrates and fats. When you eat carbohydrates, your blood sugar immediately raises. This causes your pancreas to secrete the hormone insulin which removes the sugar from the blood and stores it as fat. Conversely, when you eat proteins your blood sugar levels remain low. This causes the pancreas to secrete glucagon. Glucagon travels to the fat cells and extracts fat to be burned as energy.
As important as protein is, oddly, there is no nutrient more misunderstood. To begin, you should understand that a protein is simply a group of different amino acids bonded together. Different types of proteins are comprised of different amounts of individual amino acids. This might be important, depending on what goal you are trying to achieve with protein use.

How To Use Leftovers Safely

How To Use Leftovers Safely
Storing Leftovers

The chance of food poisoning increases the longer you store a food after it is cooked. Improper handling or storing cooked food is one of the most common causes of food poisoning in the home.
The careful cook can reduce this threat by following the guidelines below for storing, reheating, and disposing of leftover foods.

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