If your an athlete and you are looking to build muscle than you know how important food is. You should know that foods are broken up into carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. There are some foods that may work better than others at doing certain things for the body. Some protein sources are more effective at providing the nutrients your muscles need to recover and grow – a good example of this is eating chicken as a source of protein rather than eating pork or ham. In this post we are going to go over a few food facts about certain foods you may or may not be eating.
Celery is a great choice to add to your meals because it is filling. Celery has few calories and contains many vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. But you probably didn’t know that the leaves on celery are the most nutritious? According to an article post on March 13th in Reader’s Digest, the celery leaves contain the most calcium, iron, potassium, beta-carotene and vitamin C.
Capsaicin which is an ingredient found in hot peppers to make them “hot” to the human mouth can be neutralized by casein, the main protein found in milk. So if you ever fall victim to a dare and end up eating a ghost pepper make sure to have a glass of milk immediately after.
Coconut oil is a great source of fat in a diet but it often gets a bad rap because of its saturated fat. Coconut butter does have more saturated fats than butter but the risk of heart-disease from coconut oil is unfounded. On May 13th Well Being Journal noted that “[Coconut] is the staple food of many Pacific Island groups. Cardiovascular disease and other degenerative diseases are absent in these populations even though 35 to 50 percent of their diet consists of coconut oil. The Okinawan Japanese people are the longest living people on Earth. Of those Japanese groups studied, those who ate the most eggs, butter, whole milk and cheese and fish had a 28 percent lower risk of stroke than those who ate the least.”
Complex carbohydrates are made up of sugar molecules. These carbs are found in foods such as peas, peas, whole grains, and even some vegetables. Complex carb’s are best to be eaten prior to a workout because they are turned into glucose which raises your blood sugar converting it to be used as energy.
Hyaluronic acid is found from specific root vegetables and it appears to have amazing benefits for joint pain. In an article on Better Nutrition on September’12, Hyaluronic acid was found in almost every cell of the body, specifically in joints. “The loss of HA within joints appears to be a major contributor to osteoarthritis.” A number of studies confirm the benefits of HA supplementation: “Subjects who had the most severe pain saw significant reductions in their pain and total symptom scores with 200 milligrams of HA.”