4 Workout fast foods that redefine nutrition

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Peanuts, olives, avocados and chocolates are the new workout foods.

Researchers at Duke and the University of Vermont have added to the pile of knowledge in nutrition journals about monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. The explanation and definition of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats is totally scientific even its in simplicity, but in a nutshell, monounsaturated fat is healthier.

Researchers tested a small sample of subjects with polyunsaturated foods and monounsaturated foods. When the test subjects' diets were stronger in monounsaturated fats, the subjects were 12-15 percent more active than when their plates were heavier with polyunsaturated fats. Foods containing monounsaturated fats include peanuts, olives, avocados and chocolates.

Olive oil is about 75 percent monounsaturated fat. Olive oil, peanut oil, canola oil, avocados, poultry, nuts and seeds are major monounsaturated fat sources.

What foods contain polyunsaturated fats? Polyunsaturated fat can be found mostly in nuts, seeds, fish (salmon, albecore tuna and sardines) , algae, leafy greens, and krill. Polyunsaturated fats aren't bad, except when consumed in excess. The fatty acids in fish and seafood reduce heart attack risks. Fatty acids in safflower and sunflower oils may also reduce cardiovascular disease risks. Researchers deduced that after eating foods higher in polyunsaturated fats, research subjects reported increased levels of anger and hostility.

While Duke and Vermont researchers have found a correlation between an active body and certain foods, there are after workout food recommendations to satiate big appetites after a workout, namely soy and dairy. A combined soy and dairy snack that contains about 20 grams of protein eaten within an hour after a workout helps repair and rebuild muscle much better than pure dairy protein.

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