Members of Aquabatix, a synchronised swimming team, practice at Clissold Leisure Centre in north London after coronavirus restrictions were eased
Members of Aquabatix, a synchronised swimming team, practice at Clissold Leisure Centre in north London after coronavirus restrictions were eased
When you think of staving off heart disease, some preventive measures that likely come to mind right away include limiting your consumption of red meat, avoiding cigarettes, and regularly exercising. But, what about calcium intake? New research suggests the mineral may play a key role in preventing heart complications later down the road, specifically in women.According to a new study published in the BMJ, women between the ages of 50 and 80 who have osteoporosis, also known as brittle bone disease, have a 79% higher risk of developing heart disease.RELATED: The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right NowMany factors are believed to contribute to the development of osteoporosis, which is characterized as the thinning and weakening of bones. One major factor is a lifelong lack of calcium consumption, as it contributes to diminished bone density and heightens the risk of fractures.However, the reduction of estrogen levels is also a strong risk factor for developing osteoporosis, which is why women who are at the age of menopause are more likely to develop it. Previous research has indicated that people with osteoporosis also often have atherosclerosis, aka the hardening and narrowing of the arteries due to plaque buildup. In short, the research suggests the conditions could be linked.In addition, the authors of this study point out that the risk of a woman dying from heart disease is greater than a man's risk at 21% and 15%, respectively. However, it's important to note that this is an observational study, which just means that the authors are unable to establish a direct cause—only a correlation.Still, this study may serve as a great reminder to make sure you consuming enough calcium on a regular basis, and plenty of plant-based foods offer calcium including chia seeds, kale, and tofu.For more, be sure to read 50 Foods That Can Cause Heart Disease.
Protein shakes are wildly popular for muscle building and body slimming thanks to some research that suggests the potential benefits of getting more protein in your diet. This macronutrient has been linked to such benefits like:Preventing muscle loss and building lean muscle.Reducing appetite by keeping you feeling full longer.Boosting metabolism.Dropping pounds. The National Academy of Sports Medicine calls protein "one of the key 'levers' in a diet that increases the likelihood of someone's ability to lose weight."It's safe to say that many people have become obsessed with protein. And food and beverage marketers have taken note. Simply using the word "protein" in packaging seems to anoint the food with a halo of health that drives purchases "by symbolically linking [protein] to wellness and lifestyle values," according to a paper in Food Culture&Society that examined how protein snacks are marketed as good food choices through their packaging.But getting extra protein can backfire, especially when it's delivered in the wrong kind of protein shake. (See: 7 Ways Eating Too Much Protein Can Harm Your Health.)Some protein powders, premade shakes, and smoothie shop protein drinks can lead to weight gain and the tagalong health downsides of extra pounds, say nutrition experts. Weight gain is just one major potential side effect of drinking protein shakes that you'll want to avoid if you are using them to muscle up or slim down. And it can be true no matter the source of protein—from plants (peas, soybeans, rice, hemp), eggs, or milk (casein or whey protein).Related: Check out our recommendations for best and worst store-bought protein shakes.How do protein shakes pack on pounds?The answer in two words: calories, sugar. Many protein beverages are very high in calories and contain lots of added sugars.Check the nutrition facts and ingredient lists. A serving of Gatorade Recover Chocolate Protein Shake packs 280 calories and 19 grams of added sugars—that's more added sugar than you'll find in a serving of Breyer's Chocolate ice cream!"Liquid calories are sometimes not as well acknowledged by the brain as calories from solid food," says physician and medical writer Leann Poston, MD, of Invigor Medical. "So, you may not feel full after drinking a protein shake and follow it with a full meal."A Purdue University study published in Nutrition Reviews suggests that drinking protein shakes as snacks may end up causing you to swallow more daily calories and gain weight. The analysis of research papers found that when people consumed protein supplements with meals, they tended to adjust the number of calories they ate at mealtime to account for the protein supplement calories. But when they had protein in between meals, they didn't reduce the number of calories eaten at mealtime and they gained weight."People who consume protein supplements in between meals may be less successful in managing their body weight," said study author Wayne Campbell, PhD, a professor of nutritional sciences at Purdue.Too much protein can add weightRemember, while protein contains fewer calories per gram than fat does (4 calories versus 9), those calories still add up. And when you consume more protein than your body needs, those protein calories are stored as fat. A study in Clinical Nutrition demonstrated this: Researchers analyzed dietary protein using a food-frequency questionnaire and found a significant association with risk of weight gain when protein replaced carbohydrates in people's diets but not when protein replaced the higher calorie fat."Most of the time you should be able to get all of the protein you need from your normal diet, eating meat and dairy as well as plant-based sources like beans, nuts, and whole grains," says Heather Hanks, MS, a nutritionist in Plymouth, Michigan, with Instapot Life. "Drinking too many protein shakes may contribute to blood sugar fluctuations and weight gain."Carbohydrate, after all, isn't the only macronutrient that stimulates the release of insulin from the pancreas. Protein does, too. More insulin is released when both macros are consumed together than when either is eaten alone.Other potential negative side effectsIn addition to weight gain, consuming too many protein shakes can cause other negative side effects.Nutrient deficiency. If you use protein powder shakes as replacements for several meals a day, "there could a risk of not getting enough of other important nutrients," says registered dietitian nutritionist Trista Best, RD at Balance One Supplements.Constipation. Many protein powders lack fiber, which can cause constipation, says Best. And long-term use of protein supplements may cause a gut microbiota imbalance, according to a 2018 study in Nutrients.Impaired kidney function. Before drinking high-protein shakes, "check with your doctor if you have kidney disease to ensure added protein is safe for your kidneys and what your limits should be," says Dr. Poston. Protein metabolism can be taxing on the kidneys, according to a 2020 study.Making your own protein shakes at home may help you avoid some of these potential side effects. Spark up your blender and try these 13 Best Protein Shake Recipes for Weight Loss.For more healthy eating news, make sure to sign up for our newsletter!
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Zaxby's award-winning chicken sandwich has a new (old) sidekick! Fried pickles are back on the menus at select locations of the beloved chicken chain, and fans are rejoicing."Fried Pickles are a perennial favorite with our guests, and we can't wait for you to try them with our Signature Sandwich," said Zaxby's chief marketing officer Joel Bulger. "They're crispy and tender at the same time while that tasty dill pickle flavor cuts right through."RELATED: McDonald's Just Brought Back This Popular Menu DealThe popular side dish is made of thin slices of dill pickles coated in a cornmeal breading—a nod to Zaxby's Southern roots—which are then deep-fried. They're perfect for snacking or adding to any of the chain's chicken items. If ordered as a Shareable, they also come with a side of Zaxby's ranch sauce.Fried pickles will be available at participating locations for a limited time.The chain just recently rolled out its Signature Chicken Sandwich, and while they may have been outsiders in the Chicken Sandwich Wars, the patience seems to be paying off—the sandwich was rated as the best one in the category by food publication Thrillist."When it comes to portion size, flavor and quality ingredients, Zaxby's is in it to win it," Bulger said of the sandwich. "While we may not be the largest brand competing in the sandwich war, I'm confident we have the right ingredients to win on taste and make chicken sandwich enthusiasts switch to Zaxby's."For more, check out Chick-fil-A Is Experiencing a Major Shortage of This Staple, and don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.
“Come see the characters that I’m playing that are much more deeply integrated in … the Asian American experience,” she says “Grey’s Anatomy” has welcomed back a number of former cast members this season, including Patrick Dempsey, T.R. Knight and Sarah Drew, but don’t expect to see Sandra Oh’s Cristina Yang back on the show anytime soon. When asked about returning to the ABC medical drama on the Los Angeles Times’ “Asian Enough” podcast, Oh replied with a decisive “No.” “This is also why I really appreciate the show … that I still get asked this,” she said. Oh said that while she is grateful for having had the opportunity to be part of the show, she has “moved on” from the role. “I left that show, my god, seven years ago almost. So in my mind it’s gone, but for a lot of people it’s very much alive,” she said. “I so appreciate [Cristina] and that character. It was just such a privilege to play that for a decade, it really really was,” she said. “As time goes by and I’ve gotten further away from her, I’ve been able to appreciate that even more.” “Grey’s Anatomy” broke barriers when it premiered in 2004 with its diverse cast, and the show was hailed at the time for its color-blind casting process. But Oh noted that as a result, Cristina’s cultural background never became a point of focus for the show or the character. “It wasn’t the time, and it wasn’t part of the show,” she said. Oh invited fans to follow her work on other projects, like “Killing Eve” and Netflix’s “The Chair,” characters she described as “much more deeply integrated in … the Asian American experience.” Read original story Sandra Oh Will Not Return to ‘Grey’s Anatomy': ‘I Have Moved On’ At TheWrap
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“I think with any large corporation, not everybody behaves well,” the agency’s head of talent says ICM Partners’ head of talent Lorrie Bartlett defended the agency after last week’s blistering L.A. Times exposé, telling TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman on Tuesday that “at the end of the day, our work speaks for itself and the support from the business and our clients has been overwhelming.” Bartlett directly addressed the allegations of sexual harassment and racial discrimination for the first time, saying the incidents were addressed and that she stood by the culture of the agency. “I’m proud of this agency,” she said, adding, “I think with any large corporation, not everybody behaves well.” “I do think that we have an incredible group of professionals that work at ICM and, frankly, in that article, every incident that was that was mentioned had been investigated, had been dealt with, and I certainly can’t provide details only just because of privacy issues but I can tell you with great conviction that we take all of that incredibly seriously and we pride ourselves on the kind of environment and culture that we have created at ICM, and we’ll continue to work hard to make sure that that environment exists,” Bartlett added. “There are things that get written about you that are pleasant and not true,” Bartlett added. “I do think that at the end of the day, our work speaks for itself and the support from the business and our clients has been overwhelming.” Bartlett declined to give further details about what was “not true.” The Times spoke with 30 former and current employees for the piece, which detailed accusations of sexual harassment and workplace misconduct particularly against female employees and people of color. Bartlett pointed to the fact that there are three legendary women who have been at the agency for more than three decades. “One of the things that drew us to ICM were the women who were successful at ICM like Toni Howard, like Binky Urban, like Esther Newberg, who have been there for 30 plus years and who still have thriving careers at the agency and were probably in an environment that maybe wasn’t as conducive to success, as it is today even though it’s still hard,” Bartlett explained. Bartlett went on to say that the incidents mentioned in the L.A. Times story were looked into and handled. According to the individuals who spoke to the Times, ICM has tolerated what one former assistant called an “insane” environment in which some employees were harassed, bullied or subjected to other inappropriate behavior. Some incidents involving top agents and managers have led to disciplinary action, the Times reported. Bartlett made her comments, which you can watch above, at TheWrap’s BE Conference 2021. Her interview was planned before the LA Times piece was published. ICM Partners was a sponsor of the discussion, which will be posted Tuesday. Bartlett’s comments echoed the statement she, Jennifer Joel and Janet Carol Norton issued in response to the Times’ story. See part of statement below. We’ve all chosen to build our careers at ICM specifically for the chance to work with some of the preeminent and most accomplished women in our field – women including Toni Howard, Binky Urban and Esther Newberg – who have over 100 years of combined tenure here, and all of whom continue to thrive in our agency: they are the gold standards the rest of us emulate. Any insinuation that our 50/50 by 2020 pledge was an insincere marketing ploy is utterly irreconcilable with the both the facts and our personal experience. About BE Conference The BE Conference is comprised of three days of mentorship, education and career-building workshops by the most influential women in media and entertainment, WrapWomen. For more information visit: https://www.thewrap.com/be-conference-2021/ Watch the full conversation above. Read original story ICM Partners’ Lorrie Bartlett on LA Times Exposé: ‘We Take All of That Incredibly Seriously’ (Video) At TheWrap
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The actor may be a daredevil when it comes to his stunts but public health protocols notsomuch Tom Cruise is doubling down on comments he made in an expletive-filled rant on the set of “Mission: Impossible 7” that went viral in December. “I said what I said,” the action star told Empire magazine in a recent interview. In the leaked three-minute video, Cruise was recorded reprimanding crew members for breaking on-set COVID-19 safety restrictions. “If I see you do it again, you’re f—ing gone,” the actor was heard shouting, “And if anyone in this crew does it, that’s it – and you too and you too. And you, don’t you ever f—ing do it again.” In the interview, Cruise cited the surge of COVID-19 cases in England at the time of shooting for his frustration. He also noted that he was singling out specific rulebreakers, not the crew as a whole. “There was a lot at stake at that point. But it wasn’t my entire crew. I had the crew leave the set and it was just select people,” Cruise said. Another important piece of context was Cruise’s relief to be working at all. The pandemic had stalled most productions for months, leaving thousands of crew members out of work and out of luck. “All those emotions were going through my mind. I was thinking about the people I work with, and my industry,” he explained. “And for the whole crew to know that we’d started rolling on a movie was just a huge relief. It was very emotional, I gotta tell you.” Say what you will about Cruise’s infamous tirade but it was effective. The star revealed that filming never had to be shut down again. “And here we are, continuing to film,” he added. “I do Zoom parties and kids’ parties also, you know!” “Mission: Impossible 7” is set to release May 27, 2022. Read original story Tom Cruise Defends His COVID Safety Rant on ‘Mission: Impossible’ Set: ‘There Was a Lot at Stake’ At TheWrap
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BE Conference 2021: “For me it was really devastating because I thought, ‘Wow, I’m actually doing pretty great work,'” Bartlett tells TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman Early on in her career before becoming one of the most successful agents in Hollywood, ICM Partners Head of Talent and Board Member Lorrie Bartlett was fat-shamed by an unnamed individual at the William Morris Agency, she says. “Several years ago, I was told by a senior executive that I would never succeed because I was too fat,” Bartlett told TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman during the BE Conference Dealmakers in Action panel, presented by ICM. “That I should lose weight if I ever wanted to move ahead. He didn’t say I was too Black. He decided that I was too fat.” Bartlett added: “For me it was really devastating because I thought, ‘Wow, I’m actually doing pretty great work. What does it matter what size I am?'” Bartlett, who was an assistant at William Morris at the time, recalled, “I didn’t cry for a week, I cried for an hour. That was a very astonishing thing to hear from someone.” Bartlett then turned to her father, Bob Bartlett, the first elected black mayor of the city of Monrovia, who offered keen advice on overcoming adversity. “You’re always going to have adversity. You’re always going to have people who tell you that you can’t do something, right? Your job is to show them that what they think doesn’t matter,” Bartlett said. “You’re going to show them by how you behave, what you do, your work ethic, who you are. You’re gonna show them that they’re wrong.” Bartlett would leave William Morris shortly afterward and landed at the Gersh Agency, where she would learn her craft. “Bob Gersh and David Gersh and Phil Gersh were incredibly welcoming, and, and it provided me with an incredible place to learn how to be an agent,” Bartlett said. In terms of what advice Bartlett would give her 20-year-old self, “It’s the advice I give a lot of young people now, which is pick your battles.” “I think that it’s important not to sweat things that really at the end of the day, probably aren’t as meaningful, but really, find your lines in the sand and work your butt off to make sure that those standard standards are met,” Bartlett added. Looks like Bartlett exceeded those standards and got the last laugh because she boast a stellar client list that includes Regina King, Michael Keaton, rising newcomer Rachel Zegler, and Lucy Liu, among others. In 2019, following in her father’s footsteps as a trailblazer, Bartlett became the first African American woman to join the board of a major Hollywood agency. Watch the full panel above. The BE Conference is comprised of three days of mentorship, education and career-building workshops by the most influential women in media and entertainment, WrapWomen. For more information visit: https://www.thewrap.com/be-conference-2021/ Read original story How ICM’s Lorrie Bartlett’s Overcame Adversity and Fat-Shaming Early in Her Career At TheWrap
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You may not think about it much, but it takes a lot of energy to raise livestock that produces some of your favorite foods, including eggs and cheese. In fact, it even disrupts air quality which poses a threat to the environment and human health.According to a study published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, poor air quality caused by food production in the U.S. causes an estimated 16,000 deaths annually, and about 80% of these deaths are believed to be caused by the production of animal-based foods. (Related: The 7 Healthiest Foods to Eat Right Now)Agriculture is a huge contributor to air pollution, which is the largest environmental risk factor for mortality globally. This study was the first of its kind to detail which foods are most dramatically contributing to the decline of air quality in the U.S. and as a result, costing people their lives.The authors of the study estimated how much agriculture elevated levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5), which is known to increase the risk of heart disease, cancer, and even stroke in those who are routinely exposed. Certain farming activities including plowing land, fertilizing crops, as well as storing and spreading manure all release pollution into the air that increases PM2.5 levels. However, the production of animal-based foods tends to have a more significant impact on air-quality related human health issues than vegetables and legumes.When animals eat corn, hay, and soybeans, their manure (which is then used as a fertilizer for crops) releases large amounts of ammonia into the air, which can then react with other pollutants in the air to form PM2.5. This is especially the case for cultivating the correct breeding grounds for cattle, aka beef.This study, in particular, found that the average air quality-related harm that producing red meat imposes on human health is two times greater than that of eggs, three times greater than those of dairy products, and seven times greater than those of poultry.Even more telling? The air quality-related damage red meat has on human health was 10 greater than those of nuts and seeds and a whopping 15 times greater than the average of various other plant-based foods."Air quality-related mortality from the U.S. food system is comparable to that of other sources of air pollution, such as motor vehicles and electricity production. Nevertheless, food-related emissions are lightly regulated and less studied compared to these other sectors," Jason Hill, professor in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Minnesota said in a statement.While this information seems bleak, there are several possible solutions. As Hill mentions, air quality can be improved at the farming level by improving fertilizer and manure management. In addition, the more people who shift to eating a predominantly plant-based diet can also considerably help to reduce air pollution.For ideas on how to include more plant-based protein into your diet, be sure to check out 11 Best Healthy Plant-Based Snack Ideas.