In today’s digest we bring you articles on Red Hot Dogs vs Brown Hot Dogs, Which Is Better for Your Health?, 10 Easy Ways to Add More Fiber to Your Diet, The Best Adventure Holidays In The UK and Tip: Deadlift Heavy, Protect Your Back. Hope you enjoy them…
Red Hot Dogs vs Brown Hot Dogs, Which Is Better for Your Health?
Frankfurters get a bad rap for being unhealthy, and for many reasons. They are laden with preservatives, flavorings, colorings, and god-knows-what other chemicals. But admit it, it’s hard to resist not eating them once they are cooked. The sausage’s firm texture and meaty taste just seem to invite a bite. So, for the many of…
Frankfurters get a bad rap for being unhealthy, and for many reasons. They are laden with preservatives, flavorings, colorings, and god-knows-what other chemicals. But admit it, it’s hard to resist not eating them once they are cooked. The sausage’s firm texture and meaty taste just seem to invite a bite.
So, for the many of us, the solution is not to X out hotdogs completely from our diet, but rather to limit our consumption and be choosy with what type of frankfurter we eat. This leads us to the question: Which is healthier, red hot dogs or brown hot dogs?
Let us take a look at the ingredients used in red hot dogs and brown hot dogs according the Scientific American blog.
- Mechanically separated turkey – Forget poultry meat, this product is made of poultry bones (with attached edible tissue) forced to a sieve or similar device under high pressure to produce a paste-like and batter-like poultry product, according to the USDA.
- Pork – Now, at least you can be assured that you’re really getting pork meat – that is, without smashed bones – as per 1994 USDA rules.
- Water – All hot dogs are added with less than 10% water to create that paste-like consistency.
- Corn Syrup – Not to be mistaken with high-fructose corn syrup, which is linked to some health concerns, this ingredient adds texture and sweetness to hot dogs.
- Salt – Frankfurters contain about 20 percent salt as per the recommended daily allowance.
- Potassium lactate – A popular meat preservative because of its capability to kill harmful bacteria.
- Sodium phosphates – Usually added to add texture and sometimes as a food preservative.
- Beef stock – Muscles, bones, joints, connective tissues and other parts are boiled with water to make hot dog taste meatier.
- Sodium diacetate – This is used to help fight fungus and bacterial growth.
- Maltodextrin – This compound is made from cooked starch and is used as a thickening agent in hotdogs.
Red hot dogs and brown hot dogs use the same ingredient, so you can say that health-wise, they’re basically the same. However, there’s one ingredient that makes the former less “healthier”. Sodium erythorbate. This is commonly used in red hot dogs to keep meat products pink. Health studies associate it with some side effects like gastrointestinal problem, dizziness and headache. If consumed in large amount, sodium erythorbate can cause kidney stones.
Red or brown, excessive hotdog consumption is not healthy. Carolyn Brown, a registered dietician and nutritionist at New York-based Foodtrainers, told Health.com that consumers should go for hot dogs with less than 150 calories, fewer than 14 grams of fat, no more than 450 milligrams of salt.
Red Hot Dogs vs Brown Hot Dogs, Which Is Better for Your Health? was originally published at https://www.stethnews.com/0425/red-hot-dogs-vs-brown-hot-dogs-which-is-better-for-your-health/
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10 Easy Ways to Add More Fiber to Your Diet
Owing to its association with bathroom visits, dietary fiber isn’t the most glamorous nutrition topic to bring up on the start line. But here is my public service announcement: you should increase fiber intake. Beyond being essential for keeping food moving through your digestive system (hence, its roll in keeping you regular), fiber also plays…
Owing to its association with bathroom visits, dietary fiber isn’t the most glamorous nutrition topic to bring up on the start line. But here is my public service announcement: you should increase fiber intake. Beyond being essential for keeping food moving through your digestive system (hence, its roll in keeping you regular), fiber also plays an important part in regulating appetite, steadying blood sugar numbers, improving cholesterol levels, and boosting the microbiome–an important element of an athlete’s gut health and immunity.
A study in the May issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed eating more fiber can offer protection against some of today’s biggest killers like cancer and heart disease.
Sadly, surveys show that most Americans fall well short of consuming the recommended 25 and 38 grams of daily fiber for women and men respectively. And all those sports drinks and gels that are powering your workouts aren’t exactly fiber heavyweights. Thankfully, you don’t have to eat like a gopher or spike your morning coffee with Metamucil to get the fiber you need. Instead, it’s a better idea to sneak in a little bit of extra fiber to dishes you already eat.
Increase Fiber Intake: 10 Easy Ways
Here are 10 effortlessly ways to amp up your intake.
1. Boil up alt-pastas: For your next pasta night, why not go for one that offers up more fiber for your buck? Noodles made with chickpeas like the brand Banza instead of those produced from wheat flour contain about twice as much fiber–5 grams per 2-ounce serving. As a bonus, you get an extra wallop of plant-based protein to show your muscles some love.
2. Power up on fruit bars: You can’t go wrong snacking on fruit like apples to increase fiber, but what also works is opting for packaged bars made with real fruit instead of fruit flavoring for an extra hit. For instance, KIND Whole Fruit bars deliver up to 4 grams of fiber and contain no added sugars.
3. Don’t discount green bananas: If bananas are already a fixture of your smoothies, consider whipping in underripe ones. In contrast to a banana with yellow browning skin, the fruit with a green peel contains a few grams of resistant starch which is a special type of prebiotic fiber that serves as a food source for the beneficial bacteria in your gut so they can flourish.
4. Dive into a bowl of popcorn: We are all cozying up for more movie nights at home these days, so make sure to arm yourself with a bowl of fluffy kernels. A 3-cup serving of air-popped popcorn will deliver 4 grams of fiber making it a blockbuster snack option when binging on Netflix.
5. Sweeten up your salads: A bowl of greens is already a great way to boost fiber intake, but tossing on a handful of raspberries ups the ante. A cup of the sweet-tart fruit contains 8 grams of fiber to give any salad more staying powder. Or try whipping up a fiber-packed fruity vinaigrette by blending together raspberries, olive oil, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard, and a couple pinches salt.
6. Add a taste of the tropics to oatmeal: Want to make a steamy bowl of oatmeal an even bigger fiber powerhouse? Then stir in a few spoonfuls of coconut flour. Made by finely grinding up dried coconut, this power flour supplies a whopping 7 grams of fiber in a mere 2-ounce serving. You can also experiment baking with this nut powder to increase fiber.
7. Grab hold of a rye sandwich: When stuffing sandwich ingredients between two slices of bread, opt for rye. A slice of hearty rye bread can have up to 6 grams of fiber, two to four times more than even whole wheat bread. Just be sure to choose brands that list rye flour or rye meal as the first ingredient.
8. Add chia seeds to your yogurt: Proving that great things come in small packages, every 2 tablespoons of chia seeds give you an impressive 6 grams of fiber. That makes them an easy way to elevate fiber numbers in everything from yogurt to oatmeal to smoothies.
9. Spill the beans into scramble eggs: Whenever you get cracking in the morning, toss in some canned pinto beans. For each ¼ cup serving you’ll start your day with 4 additional grams of fiber along with an extra dose of protein and a range of essential vitamins and minerals.
10. Flip oat bran: When mixing up pancake batter, try swapping out a quarter of the flour a recipe calls for with oat bran. Do so and you’ll be flipping flapjacks with an extra 4 grams of fiber.
One Caveat: Sometimes Less is More
There is one time where too many high-fiber foods shouldn’t be on your menu: before a training session or race where fiber’s power to delay digestion can lead to stomach woes while you are working up a sweat. Try to limit the amount of fiber in any pre-exercise meal or snack to about 5 grams.
The Best Adventure Holidays In The UK
Take our paltry pound off the table and put the global pandemic to one side, and we’ll argue that the UK is still a great place to holiday till the cows come home, with plenty for those who crave an injection of adrenaline and a satisfying ache in the muscles. And it’s worth moving quickly…
Take our paltry pound off the table and put the global pandemic to one side, and we’ll argue that the UK is still a great place to holiday till the cows come home, with plenty for those who crave an injection of adrenaline and a satisfying ache in the muscles. And it’s worth moving quickly if you want a break this summer: while centres are reopening to customers, each is having to make good on postponed bookings. Still, if the adventure that floats your boat isn’t going to happen until 2021, there’s no harm lining up something to look forward to now. Start with our picks of the best heart-racing holidays, and if you find you need a cup of tea and a nice sit-down afterwards, perhaps these more sedate UK activity holidays will be more your speed.
Climb 15 Welsh Mountains
When three peaks just aren’t enough to satisfy your urge for adventure, perhaps 15 will do the job? You have five days to tackle 15 of Snowdonia’s highest mountains, starting with big poppa Snowdon itself, with expert guidance provided by instructors from National Outdoor Centre Plas y Brenin (£694). In total you’ll be taking on over 4,250m of climbing, and hitting the summits of five 1,000m-plus mountains. And if that still doesn’t sound tough enough then make sure you sign up for the winter version of the challenge, rather than the less snowy summer option.
If hiking isn’t really your thing, there are plenty of other opportunities for adventure with Plas y Brenin too, with mountain biking and sea kayaking trips available for all abilities. pyb.co.uk/adventure
Go Diving At Scapa Flow
Five of the Orkney Islands – Mainland, Graemsay, Burray, South Ronaldsay and Hoy – combine to shelter the waters of Scapa Flow, making the area a haven for ships. And where there are ships, there are shipwrecks, which means these waters offer some of the best diving in Europe. Divers of all levels can see the wrecks, which include seven German ships scuttled at the end of the First World War. If you’ve never dived before you can get your PADI qualification by doing a course (from £625) with Kraken Diving, which also offer guided dives (from £170) of the area or a snorkel safari (£60pp). krakendiving.co.uk
Blokarting In Jersey
A windy day in Jersey is the setting for this adventurous activity, where you jump into a gokart with a sail and set off over the sands of St Ouen’s Bay at high speed. Absolute Adventures promises that it’ll take just ten minutes to learn how to control the blokart, which is steered like a bike, so you’ll be tearing around the beach in no time. That’s good, because you’ll want to get as much blokarting in a possible before the tide comes in and you end up sailing out to sea. absoluteadventures.je
River Tubing In Perthshire
As if the sensation of near-drowning wasn’t terrifying enough, the sport of river tubing ups the ante by throwing the threat of concussion into the mix. Actually, clinging to an inflatable donut as it pinballs from rock to rock through raging rapids is all fun really (we promise), and you can do exactly that with Nae Limits, based in Perthshire. If/when you come out alive and gagging for another hit of adrenaline, the adventure experience company offers an Awesome Foursome package (£180) – a four-activity weekend with white-water rafting, canyoning, cliff jumping, quad biking and clay pigeon shooting to choose from. Nae Limits will even help you out with some wonderful local B&B options to calm your frayed nerves in after a hard day of not dying. naelimits.co.uk
Caving In The Peak District
Leave all the meeting requests, mortgage repayments and visits from the in-laws to the surface dwellers and head underground, where nobody can get a hold of you on WhatsApp or send a morning catch-up request to your iCal. Bliss. OK, you’ll have to deal with your fears of dark confined spaces, but Pure Outdoor’s two-day beginner’s caving course (£165) in the Peak District is the perfect way to escape modern life’s minor irritants. Learn to navigate through tight underground walls cut by ancient waterways and made entirely of fossils and minerals, and take in some remarkable crystal formations, before emerging topside and heading back to any one of the company’s recommended local B&Bs. And then do it all over again the next day. pureoutdoor.co.uk
Cable Wakeboarding In The New Forest
You no longer need the shaggy locks of Patrick Swayze in Point Break and the vernacular of Bill and/or Ted to try your hand at wakeboarding. Cable schools – a revolving line around a lake, removing the need for a boat – have made the sport accessible, and the New Forest Water Park’s the perfect place to get stuck in for the first time. Strap in, hold on and get to grips with the adrenaline-pumping sport under expert tuition, before drying out and resting your aching thighs beside a campfire, then retreating to your tent or trusty campervan for some much needed kip. newforestwaterpark.co.uk
4×4 Motor Safari In Cheshire
Love the idea of a go-anywhere, tackle-anything adventure in some stunning surroundings, but would rather not have to empty your loafers of puddle water after every step you take? You’re in need of some Top Gear-approved petrol-scented 4×4 action. Master an all-terrain vehicle at Motor Safari’s weekend breaks in Cheshire by smashing it through water and climbing it along “surely not up there!?” inclines, before resting up in a range of accommodation options that include bushcraft-style lodges for the Bear Grylls fans among you, and five-star spas for you more demanding Clarkson types. motor-safari.co.uk
Mountain Biking In Wales
When a holiday company tells you to “just bring booze”, you know that first, it’s talking your language, and second, it’s about to really look after you. Such is MudTrek’s advice when talking about its mountain biking escapes to the rugged countryside of Carmarthenshire. With home-cooked meals, BBQ cookouts, options from weekends to full week stays, three types of accommodation to choose from, personalised photos and movies to take away as mementos, as well as more off-piste riding than your legs can handle, you’re gearing up for a seriously cool break in the saddle. mudtrek.com
Sea Kayaking In Scotland
Wilderness Scotland’s West Coast Explorer package is the real deal. Not only will you breathe in the breathtaking coastal areas and wildlife of Knoydart, Plockton and the iconic Skye from an unrivalled vantage point atop your very own kayak, but you’ll be paddling with everything you need for a spot of wild camping under (hopefully) clear skies, too. The cherry on top is the promise of an exceptional local pub meal when you come ashore for the final time. Sign us up. wildernessscotland.com
Climbing In The Lake District
There’s nothing like climbing up a cliff face to take your entire body to its limits. Feel that deep burn from fingers to feet at the Lake District’s Via Ferrata Xtreme, a multi-award-winning experience that’ll have you clinging to exposed ridges, scaling vertical climbs, manoeuvring across cliff-edge ladders and scrambling up giant cargo nets at heights twice that of The Shard. And if you’re smart enough to book a stay at Paradigm’s luxury self-catering properties, one ticket for the adventure comes free. honister.com
Road Cycling The Atlantic Highway
Seven days, 920km, one entire landmass, end to end. Sounds like a challenge, right? It sure is, buddy. This is the MizMal, a cycle from the top of Northern Ireland all the way down to the southern tip of the Republic of Ireland. It’s so called because you kick things off at Mizen Head and end at Malin Head, hugging the entire western coast – known as the Atlantic Highway – as you go. Wild Atlantic Cycling, which runs the trip, will help you reach your destination in one piece – and maybe even with a smile on your weary, weather-beaten face. wildatlanticcycling.com
Surfing In Snowdonia
Photograph: Nick Pumphrey
Dream of the perfect wave, and you’ll probably imagine the giant rollers crashing into golden sands in Hawaii, the barreling blue lagoons of Tahiti or the spine-snapping monsters off the coast of South Africa – not Wales. But cool your jets, dude – this is Surf Snowdonia, the head-high wave that peels perfectly for 150 metres in a manmade lagoon nestled in Conwy Valley. It’s the only place to be if you want to unleash your inner Kelly Slater before crashing out in an onsite glamping pod, without leaving UK waters. surfsnowdonia.co.uk
The Best Adventure Holidays In The UK was originally published at https://www.coachmag.co.uk/adventure-travel/5998/the-best-adventure-holidays-in-the-uk
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Tip: Deadlift Heavy, Protect Your Back
Don’t Chase the Dragon Hitting a new deadlift PR is one of the most satisfying feelings you can get. But that feeling of success can lead to “chasing the dragon.” Many times, ego-driven lifters will shoot for a new deadlift 1-rep max every time they do the movement. That may work at first, but sooner…
Don’t Chase the Dragon
Hitting a new deadlift PR is one of the most satisfying feelings you can get. But that feeling of success can lead to “chasing the dragon.” Many times, ego-driven lifters will shoot for a new deadlift 1-rep max every time they do the movement.
That may work at first, but sooner or later they’re going to stall out… or destroy their lower backs. Here are some better strategies to go about training the deadlift.
Strategy 1 – Alternate with a Trap Bar
Stronger is stronger. It doesn’t matter if it’s a straight bar or trap bar (at least for those who aren’t competitive powerlifters). If you’re getting stronger with one, you’ll be getting stronger with the other. The deadlift is a hip hinge movement and you should alternate between these two variations so your spinal erectors get a break every once in a while.
The beauty of a trap bar? The weight is directly around your center of gravity. Since the load isn’t directly in front of you as with a straight bar, you’ll be able still practice your hip hinge with heavy loads and save your back in the process.
Strategy 2 – Have PR’s for Different Grips and Bar Thicknesses
If you only train the deadlift using an over/under grip, hook grip, or straps, you’re missing out on a lot of grip strength. Grip strength is essential because gripping something extremely hard fires up your nervous system. When your nervous system gets lit up, your muscles all fire synergistically which results in you being able to lift some serious weight.
Switch up your grip style and add some thick bar training.
Having PR’s for thicker bars will still allow you to train the deadlift while helping to protect your back. One option for this is to use an axel bar, which is thicker than a normal bar. If your gym doesn’t have one, get some thick grips which can attached to a normal barbell.
Strategy 3 – Learn a Good Bar Path
When you deadlift, keep the bar as close to your body as possible. The problem for many lifters is that they don’t fully engage their upper backs. This causes them to struggle getting the bar past the knees, and they can’t effectively close the gap between the bar and their thighs.
To practice a good bar path, try sweep deadlifts:
This will force you to engage the upper back and sweep the bar back towards your body when you pull. Teaching yourself a proper bar path will keep your whole body tight and will lead to bigger lifts down the road.
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