Up to a quarter of adults in the United States use herbal supplements. It seems the common attitude towards herbal supplements is if it is natural than it is safe. Most people I talk with have strong attitudes against artificial sweeteners because they are not natural, even after I explain that the bulk of research has shown artificial sweeteners to pose little harm (if you are curious about this topic I covered it in this blog). These same people do not realize that artificial sweeteners are FDA regulated and are studied before their public release while herbal supplements are not regulated and are not tested for safety.
I was originally going to write a blog about the different health benefits that endurance training (slow jogging) offered compared to High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). I soon found out that each topic was so complex that I would have to write two separate blogs. I chose to write about HIIT first.
I heard of HIIT training years ago but never really tried it out. I recently grew bored doing incline walks and 25 minute jogs on the treadmill. Instead of walking or jogging, I decided to do sprints on the treadmill (not really all out sprints, more like fast jogs) where I would run quickly for 90 seconds followed by 2 minutes of rest continuously for 26 minutes. This is essentially what High Intensity Interval Training is.
Humans have been eating plant foods for as long as we have roamed the Earth. It is estimated that throughout their time on Earth humans have used around 3,000 plant species and cultivated about 150 plant species for their personal use (11). The major groups of plant foods that supply the most protein are legumes and cereal grains. Around the world, plant proteins make up about 65% of all protein eaten (11).
People in the United States consume a high percentage of animal protein (70% of their protein intake), while countries to the East consume much less animal protein (20% of their protein intake) (11). Some parts of Asia rely heavily on fermented soy for their protein intake. Countries that do not raise livestock also rely on plants for their protein. The United States has some of the highest intake of animal protein per person worldwide. This may be the reason that people in the US think that we must consume animals to meet our protein needs. Fortunately for vegans, it is very possible to meet protein needs without consuming any animal products!