Should you care about animal research in nutrition?

Should you care about animal research in nutrition?

Health
Understanding nutrition research is like trying to hit a pinata blind-folded- but with no pinata in the room. Even the savviest can fall in the trap of cherry picking unmeaningful studies to support a preconceived idea. Understanding a studies place among the hierarchy of evidence is an important skill to your nutrition toolkit. Despite not being a researcher myself, this blog will investigate the limitations and strengths of extrapolating nutrition research from animals to practical human recommendations. Animal Studies are Important for Research These types of studies are key to the development of nutrition research. Performing studies on humans require strict compliance with ethical parameters. This excludes many of the new or unsafe trials to cell-based and animal studies. These studies are not subject to the same level of ethical…
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7 Underrated Nutrition Tips

7 Underrated Nutrition Tips

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It’s 2019, and already there is enough nutrition advice to fill a textbook. Among this, there is helpful and practical nutrition information that people are missing out on. In response, we asked a group of dietitians for their top underrated nutrition tip. Tim Crowe from Thinking Nutrition There is no need to try and keep up with the latest 'superfood' trends - just let colour be your guide for choosing what fruits and vegetables you eat. The more colours on your plate, the greater the diversity of beneficial natural plant compounds you'll be eating. Those colours come from a range of pigments that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects in the body. Erin Colebatch from Calvary Healthcare I think that the power of real food enjoyed at the dinner table with…
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Trying to Eat Healthy? Why You’re Probably Undereating

Trying to Eat Healthy? Why You’re Probably Undereating

Health
It might be your aunt, maybe a friend, or even you. We all have someone in our life on some new healthy eating endeavour. It’s not long before the first social media post goes up. It usually features a plate without carbohydrates (because carbohydrates are the devil’s food), and heavily filled with some sort of salad and protein. To most people this seems great, I mean, they’re healthy foods? There is a common misconception by people who are trying to improve their diet that always eating less, and being restrictive, is good for your wellbeing and health. In some instances, this may be true, but for most, probably not. To understand this, we must define a healthy diet. The Australian Guide to Healthy Eating is a good place to start.…
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Weight-Cuts for Powerlifting

Weight-Cuts for Powerlifting

Sports
Anything that involves lifting weights and broscience are a match made in heaven. Unfortunately for powerlifters, following potential negative practices during a weight-cut can be the difference between hitting a PR and disappointment. The weight-cut refers to the short-term loss of weight before competition, usually within 7 days. This blog contains a guide on how to safely approach a weight-cut while decreasing the negative impacts on performance. Why a Weight Cut? In theory, the idea of a weight-cut is to temporarily reduce body mass to achieve a certain weight-class. This can therefore replace losing potentially important muscle and fat mass that come with chronic dieting, and help an individual make a certain lift. Short-term weight-cut practices can be very detrimental to performance if done incorrectly. Therefore, it makes sense to…
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