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Carbohydrates are one of the three essential macronutrients the body requires as it does not produce them on it’s own. Carbohydrates are considered a primary fuel source, vital to maintaining blood glucose levels, and assist with performance and appetite control. Complex Carbohydrates should be eaten more than simple Carbohydrates i.e. grains over white sugar. For athletes and bodybuilders, controlled carb reduction can be used with an energy efficient body to reduce weight.
No, they are chemically produced and bleached. A better choice would be to substitute with natural sweeteners such as stevia, agave or organic cane sugar.
In a recent 17-year study by Harvard University, it was concluded through fecal testing that the human body does not absorb calcium from dairy. Therefore, pasteurized milk now has supplemented calcium added in combination with other minerals that increase absorption. To increase your calcium intake, try adding dark, green leafy and fibrous vegetables to your diet.
We recommend liquid calcium over capsules due to increased risk of kidney stones. Liquid supplements began to digest in the mouth with the contact of saliva.
No they are not. Protein is a complex of several amino acids linked together. BCAAs are branched chain amino acids: L-leucine, iso-leucine and L-valine. Being the most abundant three amino acids in muscle tissue, if you take BCAA’s before and after you work out, you protect muscles from breaking down. However, BCAAs do cause the release of insulin which makes them behave like a carb. With this in mind, it is advised to not consume BCAA’s before a low-intensity workout.
The body naturally produces Creatine and thus it is used as an energy source. When Creatine enters muscle cells, it also pulls with it water which causes the muscle cell to become bigger. Bigger cells are considered healthy and, in people with lots of muscle, can actually make the muscle appear bigger. Most people combine a Creatine supplement with carbs and other bulking food which can cause subcutaneous water gain.
The kidney is extremely efficient at filtering unneeded substances. Current research tells us that consuming a high-protein diet does not increase the strain on your kidneys. This is what the kidneys are designed to do – eliminate unneeded substances from the body. We do recommend to increase your water intake when consuming a high protein diet because the body will produce more urine as a means to eliminate any by-products of protein breakdown.
Unfortunately, no. Due to the bioavailability index (a nutrient’s ability to be utilized by the body) plant based nutrients are too high in carbohydrate content to be adequate sources of protein. For example, 30g of protein would be equivalent to 1 scoop of protein whey, 90g of chicken or 565g of lentils. The bioavailability index states that lentils are 50% nutrient absorption therefore the serving size has to be doubled to 1130g of lentils to equal 30 grams of protein. If the average male was to consume 180g of protein daily, you would have to consume 6780g of lentils to meet your protein intake.