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Have Researchers Produced Fake Chicken That Will Please Meat Eaters?

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Ethan Brown, a researcher who works out of a facility in Maryland, claims he has created a fake chicken product that has the right taste and texture to please regular meat eaters.

To create the new food that will cost LESS than actual chicken at the grocery store, Brown and his team

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Soy OK To Eat After Breast Cancer

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Soy OK To Eat After Breast Cancer

For a long time, breast cancer survivors avoided soy after recovering for fear of it increasing the chance of the cancer coming back.

Fortunately, new research suggest that soy does no such thing.

Said Dr. Xiao Ou Shu, a professor of epidemiology:

"We did not see any evidence that soy intake after breast cancer increases the risk of recurrence or deaths [from breast cancer]. Our study indicated that soy food intake among breast cancer survivors is safe and may reduce the risk of recurrence."

The findings are preliminary, and will not be considered fully legit until they are reviewed by other experts in the field.

But still, good news for breast cancer survivors!

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Celebrity Nutritionist Lisa DeFazio Answers Your Questions!

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Celebrity Nutritionist Lisa DeFazio Answers Your Questions

Hey Lisa,

I had a quick question about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle through vegetarianism. I have been a vegetarian all my life. But now I am at a point in my life where I need the extra protein and iron. I'm only 22 but I live away from home for University so making meals is another issue. When I say vegetarian I mean I do not eat eggs, meat and alternatives, and fish and seafood. I do take supplements like multivitamins, iron supplements, vitamin b and d. I was wondering if there are certain foods that vegetarians should eat more often to boost intake of certain vitamins? Coming to university I have tried to eat more tofu and soy products but I feel that I cannot eat them all the time.

Thanks,

Amisha

Hi Amisha,

I am so glad you asked this question! Vegetarianism is not as simple as many people think. It takes planning, education, and the willingness to eat protein alternatives. My first piece of advice is to see your doctor, and get blood work. Tell your doctor you are a vegetarian and want to check for deficiencies, especially iron, hemoglobin, hematocrit, B12, and Vitamin D. The more complete the better.

Next, take supplements accordingly. You did not mention dairy products. If you eat cheese and yogurt, these are excellent sources of protein and calcium. Women are particularly vulnerable to deficiencies due to our "time of the month" and you will feel especially tired and weak at that time. Protein is critical for energy, muscle function, muscle building and the health of our blood! Try tofu, beans, hummus, protein powders in smoothies (search for my smoothie recipe on fitperez.com), and protein bars. Keep track of your protein intake. The general guideline for healthy people is about 50 to 60 grams of protein per day. If someone weighs more, lifts weights and works out regularly, they should consume more protein. In my experience some vegetarians only get 25 to 30 grams of protein per day — not enough!

Another tip for you is to drink ready-made Ensure muscle building or Muscle Milk high-protein shakes. They are ready to drink, have around 20 grams of protein, and are perfect for your University lifestyle! Vegetarians should take a B Complex supplement, multivitamin, and calcium.

Get your blood iron checked before taking iron, as it can be harmful if levels get too high. Good luck, and keep my posted on your progress.

– Lisa

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