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Protein diet should begin with breakfast

Here’s how you can maintain muscle mass, curb hunger, reduce abdominal fat, and prevent age-related bone loss - starting your day with a high-protein breakfast.

While humans maintain the ability to build muscle at any age, the effects of insufficient protein increase substantially in older adults, often leading to muscle and bone conditions such as sarcopenia (the degenerative loss of muscle mass) and osteoporosis, said Douglas Paddon-Jones, of University of Texas.

Protein makes up about 50 percent of bone volume and 33 percent of our body mass, said dietician and sports nutritionist Marie Spano.

“Higher protein diets (optimally, between 25 and 30 grams of protein per meal) are associated with greater bone mass and fewer fractures when calcium intake is adequate,” she said. In addition, replacing carbohydrates with protein can prevent obesity and obesity-related conditions such as Type 2 Diabetes.

The move toward a more protein rich diet could lower health costs and improve mobility and independence in older adults, said Spano.

These findings were presented during a panel presentation at the 2010 IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo.

Air travel ‘poses no threat to heart patients’

Air travel poses no threat to those with heart conditions, and even those with serious heart disease can fly if precautions are made, according to a new guideline issued by the British Cardiovascular Society.

“The cabin environment doesn’t pose a significant risk to heart health,” New Scientist quoted lead author David Smith at the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust in the UK, as saying.

Smith said that the key for those with a pre-existing heart condition is to make sure that it is fully diagnosed and under control when you fly.

“It’s down to how stable your condition is,” he said. For example, people who have recently suffered heart attacks should make sure they take their medication, avoid caffeine and alcohol, and walk regularly during the flight.

Users ‘not willing to pay for Twitter’

A new study has revealed that Internet users would not like to pay for online services like Twitter.

The study of the Internet on Americans by the Center for the Digital Future found that 49 percent of Internet users said they have used free micro-blogs such as Twitter.

But when asked if they would be willing to pay for Twitter, zero percent said yes. “Such an extreme finding that produced a zero response underscores the difficulty of getting Internet users to pay for anything that they already receive for free,” said Jeffrey I. Cole, director of the Center for the Digital Future at USC Annenberg’s School for Communication & Journalism.

The current study found that half of Internet users never click on Web advertising, and 70 percent said that Internet advertising is “annoying.”

Yet 55 percent of users said they would rather see Web advertising than pay for content.
“Consumers really want free content without advertising, but ultimately they understand that content has to be paid for — one way or another,” Cole said.

However, there are other hitches - large percentages of users who express deep distrust in online information, surprising gaps in Internet use within some age groups, low percentages of users who said that the Internet gives them more political power, and continuing declines of users who say that online technology makes the world a better place.

“Conventional wisdom could have suggested that with such a high level of Internet penetration and several years of use, views and behavior about online technology might be stable - or stagnant,” said Cole.

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