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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

What is Muscle Mass?

Muscle is tissue in the body that has the ability to contract and also the ability to conduct electrical impulses. Muscle mass can be gained through weight lifting and exercise, which causes the cells to enlarge and create a mass of muscle tissue. There are three types of muscle mass (or tissue): smooth, skeletal and cardiac. Building muscle mass can help build a healthier body and immune system. The best way to build muscle mass is through weight training.

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Monday, October 27, 2008

What is Vegetable Protein?

We need protein in our diet to build lean muscle tissue, allowing us to burn calories. Vegetable protein is the natural protein that comes from eating plants, dried beans, nuts, seeds and whole grains. Most people think that protein comes solely from meats, fish and eggs. The truth is that animal protein offers high fat and cholesterol which is very hard on the kidneys and liver, while vegetable protein has no additional fats and cholesterol. It is thought that vegetable proteins can help prevent cancers, control blood cholesterol levels, prevent osteoporosis and build stronger bones – as opposed to animal protein, which causes many health issues. To get more vegetable protein add soy, broccoli, spinach, peas, brussel sprouts, bean sprouts, dried beans, seeds, nuts and whole grains, such as rye, buckwheat, millet and barley to your diet.

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