Posts Tagged: Protein

Soy Sauce

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Well I guess it’s meant to be.  I did a long-winded post about soy sauce, pulling nerdy nutrition crap out of my rear end, and when I went to preview it the whole thing got lost into an internet black hole.  Nothing remained.  So be it.  Instead I’ll leave that out and just say, simply, why I wanted to do a post on soy sauce specifically… After recently seeing the powerful importance of salt in increasing metabolic rate and keeping the nervous system calm, I bought some soy sauce for the first time in a long time.  I was excited to have some because I know it’s super salty and super good.  Imagine sushi without it.  Eesh. In some parts of Japan and China salt consumption exceeds 20, and sometimes even 25… Read more »

How We Get Fat

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No this is not a book review of Gary Taubes’s Why We Get Fat.  Rather, this is a post about the reality of how people pack on extra weight minus Taubes’s incorrect and shortsighted assessment of biochemistry. A question I get as often, or more often than any other, is “Well then, what does cause people to become fat?”  Believe it or not, this question involves more than just a one-word response, such as “carbs” or “fat” or “junk” or “stress” or “calories.” I’m finding it difficult to coax some people who really need a dense calorie supply in order to normalize their metabolic rate into eating common foods.  It seems that many people who gravitate towards strange diets find a lot of comfort in the strangeness of their diet… Read more »

Sarcopenia

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By Matt Stone I’ve been thinking a lot about aging lately.  My grandfather, age 87 and my last living grandparent, ain’t doin’ so hot.  And yes, he’s old.  He’s falling to pieces.  He’s going to eventually die.  I’m not fighting that, and tend to look at whether it happens now or several months or even years from now as pretty inconsequential in the grand scheme of things.  Sure, he’ll miss a few golf tournaments and football games on tv, but from this point forward it doesn’t really matter when the big day arrives.  The world will go on whether he is alive to watch The O’Reilly Factor or not (Yeah I know that’s kinda mean, but he’s at the bedridden diaper stage – the stage where most people promise themselves… Read more »

How Much Protein Do You Need to Build Muscle?

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In short, not very much.  Not very much at all.  That’s the short answer.  Perhaps 5% of caloric intake at the very most. But this is NOT the whole story of course. While many reading this may not be interested in building muscle, it is still a very fascinating topic that provides many insights into how the body works.  Most people are more interested in shrinking, not getting bigger (talking about the whole body, not certain parts!).  And the funny thing is – that’s when protein really is very useful.  Unless of course you want to lose more muscle mass than fat so you can be a marathon runner or runway model or something.  Or you want to be a wealthy Manhattan woman for Halloween or something.  Then by all… Read more »