Friday, December 22, 2006

Protein rich diet- heart freindly

A combination of protein sources such as poultry and plant sources like nuts, legumes etc is a healthy way of getting all the benefits of a protein rich diet and can prove to be good for heart...

Here is an article published by Zee News....

High protein diet can be good for the heart - Zee News

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'High' Protein diets linked to Cancer risk

We all have heard this before- too much of anything is not good. And very rightly said. Here is a news clipping from Asbury Park Press that talks about recent findings related to high protein diet potentially being a cancer risk. It is interesting to note that prolonged consumption of high protein (more than daily requirement of a human body) over the years appears to be the reason of increased cancer risk in the study subjects.

Read on for details.......

High-protein diets linked to cancer risk - Asbury Park Press

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Friday, July 14, 2006

Protein Powder in your diet

If you are looking to have a lean, muscular, toned and energetic body, you may already be cutting on your carbs and looking into high protein foods.
With more and more people choosing to adopt low-carb high protein diet, be it for health reasons or just to look great, the availability of lowfat protein rich foods such as protein shakes, protein powder, protein food bars in the market has considerably increased over the last decade or so.
This is a good thing especially for vegetarians. Since the plant sources of protein such as legumes, pulses etc are also high in carbohydrates, so therefore defeat the purpose of a high protein diet. I, personally, am a vegetarian and my diet would generally contain lot of rice, curried vegetables, as I'm from south India. I also eat legumes, bread and sometimes eggs. But that basically is it. Like me, pretty much all vegetarians from South Asian background would typically eat the same kind of food high in carbs every day. The amount of excercise one usually used to get by doing everyday chores has considerably reduced over the years, thanks to the increasing comforts provided by the latest technology gadgets. therefore the carbs do not get spent as energy by our body but get converted and stored as fat deposits in our body.
Fortuantely, I came across a very good brand of protein powder and other protein products that helped me tremendously.
first of all they taste great! which is really key for me to continue using them.
second, the shakes provide 35 grams of protein with only 5 grams of fat and about 240 calories which is great. It keeps me full without having to eat extra carb rich foods to curb my hunger.
I was able to lose upto 6 lbs in 4 weeks with this diet and ofcourse 30 min excercise everyday.

Before you go ahead and purchase a protein powder, make sure you do a liittle research of your own to find out a good brand. There are many brands available in the market to pick from. A good place to start is at your local gym. Talk to a few body builders and find out what brand of protein powder they prefer. You may also find that people with diabetes also consume protein powder drinks and can suggest you some good brands. I basically look for these things:

  • Source of protein: I prefer whey protein as that is the best form of protein.
  • Price of the product. I don't always go for the cheapest one. You need to strike a balance between cost and quality.
  • how much grams of protein does it provide.
  • Taste. I usually go for a neutral taste product. That way I can add it my dinner, or a smoothy or a low fat milk shake etc. but it is your personal choice. There are flavored ones available in the market. Chocolate, vanilla are the popular ones.

Lot of women from Indian background who are vegetarians always wonder what can they do to lose some pounds and if possible even get a slim and toned body. But seldom, are they open to other diet options that may most likely would need them to avoid rice or atleast reduce the quantity consumed.

I agree that change is difficult, but some wise person said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

So, if you tend to gain weight easily just by eating a dessert or carb rich food over a weekend, then you may want to consider switching to protein diet low in carbs. But before you do that, read more about it and get more information. Finally, consult your doctor before you make any diet changes to make sure that is what your body needs.

Happy eating...

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Vegetarian Dietary Sources

Vegetarians or people who plan to switch to vegetarian diet, frequently ask this question: what plant foods make a good source of protein? And it is often lack of timely information that lets people sidetrack from their quest of having a balanced healthy vegetarian food rich in proteins. I stumbled upon this one-pager and the author David Ogilvie has done a great job of putting together a short, precise article on vegetarian protein sources.
read the full article here...

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Vegetarian protein- can help reduce cancer risk.

Found an interesting article about research done by Dr. T. Colin Campbell on the relationship between nutrition and cancer risk and presented in his book titled The China Study.
Dr. Campbell found that animal nutrients including protein, casein in particular and other nutrients are promoters of cancers while plant proteins such as soy protein and wheat protein gluten do not have a promoting effect on cancer. In short, animal proteins promote cancer growth while plant proteins do not....
Restricted protein intake may prevent cancer®

Thanks to Sue Mueller for this article.

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Improve overall glucose control in diabetic poeple...

Here is a short note from American Journal of Clinical Nutrition by Daniel Trecroci on...
One More Reason to Consider a High-Protein Diet
Daniel Trecroci
March 2004
The mainstream medical community is starting to take notice:...,2002,3184.html

Monday, July 10, 2006

protein diet Vs Carb diet

Found this article that states how a high protein diet can help overweight people with a condition of insulin resistance ( a good example is diabetic patients) to lose weight faster than a high carb diet.

Read on..

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An insight into why you need a protein diet

Found this great article on how protein diet can help you to build mass and muscle as well as lose weight and tone up...

The high protein diet has become one of the most popular diets around these days. The idea behind it is simple, no matter what your goals are, everyone can benifit from eating a high protein diet and eating high protein foods. Whether your goal is to increase muscle, gain weight and get big, lose weight and lose fat, get and/or stay lean, this type of diet is right for you.

Check it out...

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Sunday, July 09, 2006

Myth Buster on High Protein Diet

High Protein Diets by Brad Schoenfeld - Fitcommerce

I finally found an article about the benefits of high protein diet. Personally being a vegetarian, there are not many sources of protein food that I can incorporate into my diet. and so I try and keep myself updated of different protein foods coming out in market..and tell my mostly vegetarian freinds and family the benefits of protein diet. Here is the article that helps clear many myths associated with high-protein diets...

High Protein Diets by Brad Schoenfeld
Fitcommerce - Jun 26, 2006
... Thus, all other things being equal, a high protein diet would be less likely to cause fat deposition than either a high carb or high fat diet. ...

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Friday, July 07, 2006

Hello protein diet enthusiasts!

Hi everybody!
I look forward to bring you the latest news about protein diet, and the benefits and risks associated with it.
stay tuned...