How sweet it is!


Since we looked at “low-fat” labels, let’s visit another advertising trick. “Sugar” claims also lead us to believe that we are buying something “better” for us.

During a grocery store tour, I picked up an individual bottle of juice that said “No sugar added”. I showed the bottle to someone and asked what he thought of the juice, he answered: “That’s good because it has no sugar”.

I then had him turn the container over to look at the Nutrition Label, and to our surprise, there are 26 g of sugar in one serving. Not only that, but there are 40 grams of carbohydrate in HALF the bottle! To put this into perspective, most of us should eat 60 g of carbohydrates per meal. One bottle (2 cups) of this juice has 80 g of carb, but is advertised as: “no sugar added”.
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Does “low fat” mean “healthy”?

With heart disease sweeping the nation and the push for lifestyle change to prevent and manage chronic disease, food companies are working hard to  label foods as: “heart healthy”, “low-fat”,  etc. But, do those words really mean “healthy”?
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Is Glycemic Index the Best Way to Manage Blood sugar?

Carbohydrates turn into sugar in the body. No matter what, all carbs increase the blood sugar, but glycemic index and load give more information about HOW certain foods affect blood sugar. Let’s clarify the 2 terms first:

1. Glycemic INDEX: change in blood sugar after eating 50 g of carbohydrate from a specific food.
2. Glycemic LOAD: change in blood sugar after eating a normal portion of a specific food (better indicator of how a snack/meal affects blood sugar)
***These terms do not tell how FAST the blood sugar responds, but rather how MUCH the blood sugar rises. High glycemic index foods = higher blood sugars when compared to low glycemic index foods.
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Refueling after exercise

Exercise helps weight maintenance, heart health, and muscle toning (among other things). But, what are we burning? And, how should we refuel?

Protein, fat, and carb can all be used for energy, but what is used depends on type and duration of exercise. Carb (sugar) is easy energy, so we use sugar from blood/muscles/liver first. Most of us hope (and probably assume) that we burn fat; but, depending on the workout, we may not burn as much as we want.
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Sleep away the pounds

Weight loss tips generally focus on food; but, weight depends on lifestyle, and food is not the only factor in lifestyle. A commonly overlooked aspects that impacts weight is: sleep! Our society seems to almost brag about how little sleep we get or feel like we need; BUT, research shows that people who sleep less weigh more, and there are lots of reasons why.
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“Magic” Diet Pill?

Weight loss is hard, and it can take a long time. No one said it is easy…or did they?

Our culture is “fast paced”. We like improvement, and we like it ASAP. Because of this, diet pills promising quick results get lots of attention.

Recently, Garcinia Cambogia takes the spotlight, thanks to Dr. Oz. The pill is advertised as an appetite suppressor and fat blocker, great for weight loss. Sounds nice, but how does it work?
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