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Arsenic in Rice! -Educate Yourself

Rice and Arsenic? Whats the Truth?

A study done on all 60 varieties of rice – brown, white, organic and non organic, found that all had levels of arsenic! 

The study informed parents that they should not be serving their infants more than 1 serving of infant rice cereal a day and to be including other grains instead. The FDA actually recommend that everyone, especially pregnant women, infants, and toddlers, should watch their consumption of rice and try to use whole grains, and other grain cereals for food.

Photo from: https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2015/01/how-much-arsenic-is-in-your-rice/index.htm

An image of test tubes with different kinds of rice and grains, each labeled with its specific advantages and disadvantages of possible lead contamination.

ARSENIC- Where Does it Come From?!?!

Arsenic is released from the environment through the use of pesticides and poultry fertilizers. Animals are also fed arsenic, (especially chicken.) Due to this – it’s now in our soil and rice, and other grains. 

“The USA Rice Federation says, “Studies show that including white or brown rice in the diet provides measurable health benefits that outweigh the potential risks associated with exposure to trace levels of arsenic.”

While this is said by the rice federation, they have a benefit in a higher consumer consumption of rice and the truth about its safety is still not clear. Regular exposure to small amounts of arsenic has been shown to increase the risk of bladder, lung, skin disease, and type 2 diabetes as well as a weakened immune system – especially for babies. 

So What Now? I Can’t Eat Rice Anymore?!?! 

No, the idea is that you buy rice from areas that have shown to have less arsenic like, basmati rice from: California, India, and Pakistan, and sushi rice from the U.S. 

Basmati rice from California has shown to have 38% less arsenic then from other parts of the world. 

Brown rice has 80% more arsenic than white rice, however is has lots of other health benefits. If you choose to eat a serving of brown rice try to get basmati from California, India or Pakistan.

SOME TIPS AND TRICKS! 

To reduce your consumption, rinse rice thoroughly before cooking. When you cook rice use this method: 6 cups water  to 1 cup rice and drain the excess water after. 

Yes, you may loose some nutrients the water absorbs but you can also reduce arsenic amount by 30%.

The Consumer Report Blog recommends eating no more than 7 points per week! 

2014 Consumer Reports. All rights reserved

  1. To afford the most protection, we used the arsenic levels at the highest end of the range in our analysis of each food.
  2. From California, India, or Pakistan
PRODUCT SERVING SIZE CHILD POINTS 1 ADULT POINTS 1
Infant Rice Cereal 1/4 cup, uncooked 1-1/4 NA
Rice Cereal, Hot 1/4 cup, uncooked 8-1/4 3-1/2
Rice Cereal, Ready to Eat 1 cup 4-1/2 2-1/4
Rice Drinks 1 cup 4 2
White Basmati2 or Sushi Rice 1/4 cup, uncooked 2-1/2 1-1/2
All Other Rice 1/4 cup, uncooked 5-1/2 3-1/2
Rice Pasta 2 ounces, uncooked 7-1/4 3
Rice Cakes 1 to 3 rice cakes 6-1/4 2-1/2
Rice Crackers 16 to 18 crackers 2-3/4 1-1/4
Cake or Muffin Mix 2 to 3 ounces 3-3/4 1-1/2
Brownie Mix 1 to 2 ounces 1-1/4 1/2
Cookies 1 to 3 cookies 1-3/4 3/4
Rice Pudding about 1/3 cup 1-3/4 3/4
Pie- or Pizza-Crust Mix 2 ounces 2 1
Snack Bars (Cereal, Granola, or Energy) 1- to 2-ounce bar 2-3/4 1-1/4
** This article is a summary from the original blog posted on: 
https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/magazine/2015/01/how-much-arsenic-is-in-your-rice/index.htm

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EAA vs. BCAA

What are EAA? 

EAA stands for essential amino acids and contains 9 amino acids the body needs. Meaning – it contains more than just the 3 in a BCAA: Leucine, Isoleucine and valine.

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While there is come controversy over which product is better or if you should take either, most high level body builders take an EAA and find many benefits as shown below.

The Concept:

EAA’s allow for better absorption because they contain the full spectrum of amino acids similar to whey protein or a piece of meat.

The concept of taking EAA’s during your workouts makes sense. They provide a similar benefit as taking protein during your workout, however – your body doesn’t have to break it down like protein allowing you to still train without feeling heavy and full.

BCAA may be better for people who hit their protein goal efficiently, as their body will still have circulating essential amino acids from their food. EAA’s can benefit people who struggle to eat protein, are vegetarian and don’t get as high of amino acids in their diet, or who struggle to absorb protein.

What most people don’t realize is that they may be struggling to absorb protein and not realize it. Bloated, bleaching, burps, tired, and gassy, could all be signs of inability to absorb protein efficiently. This can be a result of an over worked liver, over use of antibiotics, or over use of products with chemicals or pesticides in it.

For fitness purposes:

  • EAA’s prevent muscular breakdown during periods of intense physical and mental stress.
  • EAA’s improve, enhance, and protect the mitochondria – our cells’ energy factories.
  • EAA’s can curb hunger and improve metabolism.

Another benefit of taking EAA’s or BCAA’s is that it will help with other single amino acid absorptions. If you are wanting to improve gut health and soreness, taking 15g of glutamine at the same time you take a BCAA or EAA will increase its absorption rate as the other amino acids act as carriers.

Lots of people find a notable difference in recovery and muscular endurance while taking an EAA supplement. Try it yourself and see if you notice a difference!

This scholarly study showed a significant benefit in muscle recovery and reduction of lactic acid build up from taking an EAA supplement:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6107748/

Check out these videos by John Meadows

(IFBB PRO): 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bX52PHIkJNQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PD6aquYtLAg

 

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At the end of the day, you don’t NEED BCAA’s or EAA’s to get gains in the gym. However, they CAN help with recovery, hunger, and muscular endurance.

**BCAA AREN’T JUST FOR FITNESS PEOPLE!**

One study conducted by Wolf evaluated the benefits of older adults taking an EAA supplement. Older adults are at risk of weak bones and tend to have trouble absorbing protein efficiently. Taking an EAA supplement can help to reduce muscle wasting which is crucial as we age.

https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/wj7adx/should-i-be-taking-amino-acid-supplements-when-i-work-out

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The Shocking Truth About Antibiotics!

Antibiotics pose a risk to your #health. Go for gentler safer alternatives like #homeopathy

 

What do antibiotics do your body? How are they affecting your health?!?!

One of the biggest general concerns is that antibiotics tend to be overused and misused. As a result, infections are now becoming resistant and people are developing long term side affects. 

We are forgetting that we’re consuming antibiotics daily in the meat and dairy we’re eating. One study showed that in America each year over 23,000 death are a result of antibiotic resistance. 

A large study published April 2, 2018 showed a link in early childhood use of antibiotics to the rise in allergies and asthma. In the study, over 792,000 babies were linked to this between 2001 and 2013 (1). Another study also showed irregular menstrual cycles for women and a negative affect on estrogen and progesterone metabolism. (2) Read More

Soy Products aren’t the Culprit… Your INGESTING more ESTROGEN than you think!

A dear friend of mine, who happens to be a cancer survivor, loves soy lattes, yet is afraid to indulge. Why? . Like many cancer survivors, she worries that the phytoestrogens will fuel tumour growth. . It’s not just cancer survivors that fear soy. Women worry it will cause breast cancer or reproductive issues, while men worry about ‘man boobs’ or lower sperm count. Others don’t know exactly what they fear but would rather “play it safe”. . My latest article tells the story of soyaphobia including a deep dive into the science. This story also provides insights into the pitfalls of science and its communication to the public. By the end of the story, I hope you will join me in fearlessly embracing this fabulous food. . My family and I enjoy 1 to 3 servings of soy based foods per day - usually soy milk, tofu and edamame. . . . #fueledbyscience #foodfears #foodsafety #soy #phytoestrogens #soya #soyalovers #eatyourveggies #plantpower #healthychoices #plantbasednutrition #foodfacts #soyissafe #goscience

 

“Soy will give me man boobs.”  “Soy is going to give me cancer.”

Have you thought these yourself? Have you ever actually looked at scientific studies proving this?

Soy can be GMO, just as many other fillers in your diet. Soy fillers that contain GMO are bad, just like GMO fillers are bad in the fast food burger you had last weekend. Soy is significantly less likely to give you cancer than the colored dye in your bag of potato chips or the pesticides from the raspberries you never washed.  

Tofu and tempeh with a GMO and organic label are what most vegetarians consume and contain many health nutrients such as: calcium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, C and zinc. Even though tofu and tempeh are great to add to your diet. This article is NOT intend to tell you a vegetarian diet is better than a meat one. Read More

Probiotics after Antibiotics and Its effect on Muscle Gains

Probiotics after Antibiotics and Its effect on Muscle Gains

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If I eat yogurt do I still need to take a probiotic supplement?

  • Yes, yogurt usually contains 1 billion active cells, and with only a few strains. 
  • Probiotic capsules can have 30-150 billion and many different strains.
  • If you can digest dairy easily and don’t find it to be inflammatory, incorporating yogurt with probiotics can be a good addition.
  • If you choose to add in yogurt, using kefir because it has 3x the amount of probiotics in regular yogurt. (see chart bellow)
  • For people who have a hard time with yogurt, try adding in kimchi to your diet. It’s also a similar source of probiotics and is great in a stir fry. 
  • Eating yogurt, kimchi or fermented foods can still be done while you’re on probiotics. Its important to keep them at least 4hrs away from when you take the antibiotic. (this can be further discussed with your doctor based on your medication and dosage)

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