After years of research and hundreds of studies finding links between eating certain meats and cancers, health experts have finally broken out the branding irons.
Today, in a sizzling announcement, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) officially marked processed meat, such as bacon, hot dogs, and sausages, as “carcinogenic to humans,” a “group 1” designation. The agency, an arm of the World Health Organization, also classified red meat, such as beef, pork, and lamb, as “probably carcinogenic to humans,” a “group 2A” grade.
In recent years countless food manufacturers have been “sub-packaging” their foods into smaller portions in an apparent effort to curb folks from overindulging. You can usually find 100 kcal multi-packs of chips, pretzels, chocolates, and all sorts of junk foods. Despite the very obvious negative environmental impact of all this excess packaging, what, if any, impact does such packaging have on people’s consumption.
If a column in honor of heart health suggests a can of Coke as a snack, you might want to read the fine print.
The world’s biggest beverage maker, which struggles with declining soda consumption in the U.S., is working with fitness and nutrition experts who suggest its cola as a healthy treat. In February, for instance, several wrote online pieces for American Heart Month, with each including a mini-can of Coke or small soda as a snack idea.
I don’t think anyone out there is fooled by the advertisement. If they read it at all… I had encountered an article suggesting that soda/pop could be considered hydrating because it is designed to make you drink more of it. And it is a diuretic, so there is some credence to flushing your system. But there’s other things to consider:
When it comes to protein type, timing and quantity, we see conflicting information regarding intake everywhere.
Weight loss? Protein!
Reduce blood sugar swings? Protein!
Body composition change? Protein! Protein! Protein!
But there’s much more to it than just eat more (or less) protein. In this month’s post, I’d like to focus on the athletic population (a way to state a disclaimer that the general population is different and has different nutritional needs).