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The Yolk’s on You!

Time (time.com) had an article asking the question, “Are Egg Yolks Unhealthy?” This provoked the Victor crew to find out more about this. Here are some highlights from the article:

The yolks have the bulk of an eggs iron, folate, vitamins, and minerals. The downside: eggs yolks are a source of cholesterol. This is why we have things like Egg-Beaters out there, and why egg white omelets are a thing. But here’s the rub: dietary cholesterol does not translate into high levels of blood cholesterol. Current data does not justify eschewing eggs.

Eggs seemed to be vilified for so long, it is a relief to be able to eat them every day if you so choose. You shouldn’t eat five eggs in an omelet, just as too much of any one food is not as healthy, but feel free to eat them. The only questions that some data show is that high egg consumption by those with type 2 diabetes may have a higher risk of coronary heart disease.

Source
You Asked: Are Egg Yolks Unhealthy?

Let’s go take a Hike!

Hiking is a good exercise. It is economical and there are a lot of health benefits. The Victor crew would like to share some benefits:

It is aerobic. Hiking provides moderate-intensity aerobic exercise.
It can lower cardiovascular risk by lowering triglycerides and elevating your good cholesterol levels.
Aerobic exercise like hiking can increase your energy levels.
Hiking burns calories. Of course the longer you hike and more mountains and uneven terrain you encounter, the more you will burn.
If you hike regularly, you can improve bone density. It can also keep joint stiffness at bay.
Hiking can help relieve stress.
Being outdoors can help you gain more essential Vitamin D.

Start out slowly and build up. Start hiking for a shorter amount of time on flatter ground and slowly add time and terrain. You can even prepare by using the different settings on a treadmill before conquering that hill or mountain.

Steve Victor

Sources: http://www.livestrong.com/article/556850-ten-reasons-why-hiking-is-good-for-you/
http://www.fitnessblender.com/blog/calories-burned-hiking-what-muscles-are-used-in-hiking

Superfoods for your heart from Health.com

Healthy eating and exercise can lead to a healthier heart. The Victor crew found some tips from Health.com to help prevent heart attacks, like avoiding unhealthy food and eating foods rich in nutrients, fiber, and healthy fats.

  1. Salmon and other fatty fish (like sardines and mackerel) – they contain omega-3 fatty acids
  2. Oatmeal (and other whole grains) – high in soluble fiber
  3. Blueberries – antioxidants, flavonoids
  4. Dark chocolate (yum!) – flavonoids (make sure it’s 60-70% cocoa)
  5. Citrus fruits – flavonoids, vitamin C
  6. Soy – protein without unhealthy fats and cholesterol
  7. Potatoes (not fried) – potassium
  8. Tomatoes – potassium, antioxidants
  9. Nuts – fiber, vitamin E
  10. Legumes – protein without unhealthy fats
  11. Extra-virgin olive oil – monosaturated fats
  12. Red wine – (only one per day) resveratrol (you can also get this from peanut butter and grapes)
  13. Green tea – antioxidants
  14. Broccoli, spinach, kale – antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals
  15. Coffee
  16. Flax or chia seeds – omega-3 fatty acids
  17. Avocado – monounsaturated fats, antioxidants, potassium
  18. Pomegranate – antioxidants

~ Steve Victor

Heart-healthy tips for Valentine’s Day

From ConsumerReports.org comes some heart-healthy tips just in time for Valentine’s Day.

  1. Consider a home blood pressure monitor. If you already have high blood pressure, here are some tips to help lower it.
  2. Get the right cholesterol-lowering medication. Here are some tips for keeping your cholesterol in check.
  3. Know your heart age. You can use this online tool.
  4. Recognize a heart attack. Some things to watch for can be found here.
  5. Find a good heart surgeon. This would only apply if you already have heart disease. Best to be ready.

The Turkey Tryptophan Myth

Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that is important for good health. You need tryptophan to build certain proteins. Your body also uses tryptophan in a multi-step process to make serotonin, which is a neurotransmitter in your brain that regulates sleep. I asked Jody Victor to tell us all about it.

Jody Victor: Turkey has tryptophan, but all meats have tryptophan. Chicken and pork contain more tryptophan than turkey per gram. Even cheddar cheese has more tryptophan per gram.

What really triggers your Thanksgiving after-dinner sleepiness is not the turkey. It?s the carbohydrates-rich meal (not the protein-rich meal) that increases the level of tryptophan in your brain, which leads to serotonin synthesis. The carbs stimulate your pancreas to secrete insulin. When this happens, some of the amino acids that compete with tryptophan leave your bloodstream and enter your muscle cells. This causes an increase of tryptophan in your blood stream. You then synthesize the serotonin that makes you sleepy. A high fat meal also contributes to your sleepiness. Fats take a lot of energy to digest. Your body redirects blood to your digestive system to break down the fats. Your energy level declines. Overeating in general takes a lot of energy and more blood is directed away from your other organ systems to your full stomach to aid in digestion. Sleepiness ensues.

Nutritionists say that the tryptophan in your Thanksgiving turkey probably doesn?t trigger your body to produce more serotonin because tryptophan works best on an empty stomach. It?s not the turkey that makes you sleepy after your Thanksgiving feast because it has to compete with all the other amino acids in your body. The truth is that you could leave out the turkey in your Thanksgiving meal and still feel the sleepiness factor after dinner.

Thanks Jody

All the Best

Steve Victor