FAQs

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Can caffeine help me increase strength and power?

Caffeine Caffeine is a popular supplement used to improve performance and increase alertness. Americans consume 200-300 milligrams of caffeine per day. As one of the most widely used ingredients in pre-workout supplements, it's important to verify its efficacy in improving exercise outcomes. What is Caffeine? Caffeine is a substance found naturally in...

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fruit juice

Is fruit juice healthy?

Fruit Juice Americans don't eat enough fruits. In a 2010 survey, an insanely high 80% of Americans did not meet fruit recommendations.  Fruit juice is marketed as a healthy alternative to other sweetened beverages and as a way to increase nutrient intake. There is a high degree of controversy on whether...

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What is the anabolic window?

Anabolic Window A few things happen during a workout requiring recovery. First, the body burns through a lot of its energy stores. Once the workout is over, the body needs to replenish these stores. Second, exercising damages muscle tissue. Rest and proper nutrient intake repair this damage leading to "gains."...

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palm oil

Is Palm oil healthy?

Palm Oil Originally, trans fats were produced as a way to solidify unsaturated fats/vegetable oils. This was more desirable than using animal fats in some products. Unfortunately, it turned out trans fats were extremely unhealthy. The FDA is currently in the process of banning trans fats from foods. The logical...

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saturated fat

Is saturated fat unhealthy?

Saturated Fat Saturated fat is known as the unhealthy or "bad" fat. Coconut oil has given saturated fat a makeover in recent years and many openly doubt the negative health effects associated with saturated fat. Some even go as far as touting it for its potential health benefits. What is fat? Dietary fat...

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protein powder

What is protein?

Protein Shakes, tuna and chicken are a bodybuilder's best friend, and as such, protein is often thought of as only a gym rat's food. Protein is an important and essential nutrient for everyone. It has several functions including (but not limited to): providing energy, building/repairing tissue and structural support (skin...

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What are simple carbs?

Simple Carbs Carbohydrates are one of the macronutrients (alongside fats and proteins) whose main function is to provide the body with energy. Carbohydrates are somewhat unpopular due to the misconception that they cause weight gain. This popular misconception leads some to completely eliminate carbohydrates from their diets. Carbohydrates do not...

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Is calorie intake the same as healthy eating?

There seems to be some confusion on the difference between calorie intake and healthy eating. While closely related, the two concepts are not always the same. Many people wrongly assume limiting calorie intake and forcing weight loss equates to healthy eating habits and sound lifestyle choices. While controlling calorie...

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