General News

The most common way to track weight loss progress is by stepping on the bathroom scale. Unfortunately, the scale doesn’t tell you how much fat you’ve lost. Since muscle weighs more than body fat, you could end up getting the wrong impression about your body transformation efforts.
 
A story published online by HeathDay News suggests two simple alternatives that can give you a better idea of how much you’ve accomplished. Wrapping a tape measure around your chest, waist, hips, thighs, calves, biceps and forearms can be an effective way to track whole body transformation. You only need to do it once a week or once a month. Even easier is noticing how your clothes are fitting. 
 
 
Nutrition

There are several ways to prepare mushrooms at meal time. You can boil, grill, deep fry and even microwave these nutrient-dense vegetables. A study published in the Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition investigates the best way to preserve all that mushrooms have to offer.
 
There’s a lot to like about mushrooms. Most varieties have relatively low levels of calories and fat. They are a good source of dietary fiber and protein, providing most of the Essential Amino Acids. Mushrooms also contain zinc, selenium along with vitamins B1, B2, B12, C, D and E.
 
Using some of the most globally available and widely consumed mushroom varieties, researchers found that frying reduces protein levels while increasing fat content and calories. Boiling decreased antioxidant activity. Grilling and microwaving mushrooms actually increased antioxidant values. These techniques also prevented significant loses in mushroom nutritional quality.  
 
Nutrition

College football players need muscular strength and physical stamina to perform on the gridiron. That requires hard training and balanced nutritional support. A study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition suggests there’s room for improvement in nutrition knowledge and what these students consume.
 
Eighty-eight Division III players completed food frequency surveys which also included a nutrition quiz. More than 50% of these subjects reported consuming grains, meats and dairy on a daily bases with less than 50% consuming fruits and vegetables every day. Linemen tended to consume high amounts of sodium, potassium and fat, including saturated fat. On the other hand, their consumption of carbohydrates, fiber and essential fats was low. The average nutrition quiz score was 55.2%.