National Nutrition Month: The Best Bites for your Blood

By Diana Licalzi Mar 23, 2016

 

Did you know March is National Nutrition Month? We take nutrition pretty seriously around here, so we figured it's a perfect time to pay homage to foods that best fuel our blood. Forget the Oscars — we're joining the action with the inaugural InsideTracker Food Awards! Actors get a nod for their great performances; why shouldn't the modest mushroom, or the stellar steak?

We’ve grouped the body's biomarkers into eight categories and awarded each category a "winning food," based on its nutritional content and ability to pack a performance and health punch.  Plus, we’ve created a recipe around each food (free to download) so you can whip up a healthy storm in the kitchen!

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Are You Drinking Too Much? How Alcohol Consumption Can Affect Your Health

By Perrin Braun Jun 05, 2013

 

Many people enjoy a drink now and then. But how is that alcohol affecting your body? When you drink, alcohol goes into your bloodstream. Your liver processes what you eat and drink into energy and nutrients for your body, and filters out harmful substances, such as alcohol and toxins, from your blood. Your liver also produces bile to help you digest food, stores blood sugar in the form of glycogen, and performs many other essential functions. So a healthy liver is critical to your overall well-being and performance. How can you find out whether your liver is healthy, or whether you may have liver damage?

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Going gluten-free? Make sure you get these nutrients!

By Perrin Braun Jan 16, 2013

 

Avoiding foods with gluten has become a lot more common. You can find gluten-free breads, cereals, pastas, and crackers at most supermarkets, and an increasing number of restaurants offer gluten-free dishes. When you remove gluten from your diet, though, which nutrients might you be missing?  

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Are “natural” foods better than “artificial” foods?

By Perrin Braun Jan 02, 2013

 

Have you been buying more “natural” foods lately? Because the word “natural” has become synonymous with safety, health, and wholesomeness, marketers have been labeling more foods as “natural” to imply the superiority of their products over more “artificial” foods. But does “natural” equal better?

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The Great Grain Debate: Whole Grains vs. Multigrains

By Perrin Braun Dec 19, 2012

 

According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, we’re supposed to be eating 3-5 servings of whole grains every day. But what is a “whole grain”? What is the difference between “multigrain” and “whole grain”? You’re in good company if you’re unsure! Due to the fact that these two terms are not interchangeable, there’s a lot of misunderstanding about which product is healthier. An InsideTracker plan can help you figure out which nutrients you need and which grains may provide them. In the meantime, let’s look at the nutrition science behind the terms “whole grain,” “refined grain” and “multigrain” on food labels.

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How Nutritious Are Your Nutrition Bars?

By Perrin Braun Oct 03, 2012

 

Do you frequently find yourself stuffing a nutrition bar into your purse or pocket before dashing out the door? You’re not alone—convenience is important for many busy people. Whether you’re seeking to add muscle, increase your stamina, or lose weight, there is a brand of nutrition bar that seems to fit every diet and exercise need. While these bars are certainly a convenient way to stock up on calories and carbohydrates, being overly dependent on these foods means that you’re missing some opportunities to add the benefits of whole foods to your diet.

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Juicing vs Whole Foods

By Perrin Braun May 21, 2012

 

Fruits and vegetables are rich in the vitamins and minerals that help your body stay healthy and help you feel good. One way to eat your produce is juicing, or extracting the liquid from fruits and vegetables with a specially designed machine. For many busy people, drinking fruits and vegetables is a convenient way to increase daily servings of produce (like apples, spinach, and oranges). InsideTracker can tell you which fruits and vegetables have the optimal mix of nutrients for your individual needs. But does drinking juice really offer the same health benefits that you get from consuming whole foods?

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