Should you be eating breakfast before or after your workout?
Sometimes it’s not just about what you eat but when you eat it. A recent study conducted by the Universities of Bath and Birmingham, covered by Science Daily, suggests that eating breakfast after your morning workout could be better for you than eating it beforehand.
The researchers found that, when you eat breakfast after your morning workout you burn more fat. The study looked at 30 males classified as obese or overweight and compared the results of those who ate breakfast before exercise and those who ate breakfast after exercise versus a control group who followed their regular routine.
The study found that those who ate breakfast after exercise burned double the amount of fat than the group who ate breakfast before exercise.
While the study looks to suggest that the benefits of exercise can be increased by exercising in an overnight fasted state, it is worth considering that the study only looked at overweight males and no other groups, so further research would be needed to determine the effects on women and people of different weights.
The importance of sulphur
Sulphur is a mineral that is often overlooked as a dietary requirement, at least according to researchers from Central Michigan University and Nova Southeastern University in a recent review published by NutraIngredientsUSA.
Of the study, the researchers wrote, “It should be noted that intake does not have to be deficient to create physiological concerns. It has been suggested that even when intake is marginally sufficient, the sulphur is directed towards synthesis of proteins and other key metabolic intermediates that have critical roles in brain and organ function”.
While there are currently no defined daily dietary requirements for sulphur, or Methylsulphonylmethane (MSM), it has well documented and researched anti-inflammatory benefits.
The health benefits of apple cider vinegar
People have been touting the benefits of apple cider vinegar for many years but is it actually good for you?
A recent article by Examine.com has explored the health benefits of this vinegar through a wealth of scientific research. Made from apple juice, it contains the acetic acid content of vinegar and a small amount of different phytochemicals found in apples. There have been many studies that have explored the potential health benefits of apple cider vinegar and, while more research is needed to confirm such benefits, one of the primary benefits that is reported is its effect on blood sugar levels, which in turn can help support maintaining a healthy weight.
As a vinegar, it can have a tart taste, which is why some people use apple cider vinegar supplements instead. Capsules can also be a way of consuming apple cider vinegar with reduced acidic damage to teeth.
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