Why Too Much Sugar Is Bad for You

When it comes to sugar we are told it’s bad for us but yet here we are consuming more and more sugar. Today I discuss the nasty side of sugar and why it’s time for you to consider going totally sugar-free or the very least cutting back on your sugar intake.

From marinara sauce to peanut butter, added sugar can be found in even the most unexpected products.

Many people rely on quick, processed foods for meals and snacks. Since these products often contain added sugar, it makes up a large proportion of their daily calorie intake.

In the US, added sugars account for up to 17% of the total calorie intake of adults and up to 14% for children (total added sugar intakes).

Dietary guidelines suggest limiting calories from added sugar to less than 10% per day (What Are Added Sugars?).

Experts believe that sugar consumption is a major cause of obesity and many chronic diseases, such as diabetes.


Ways Sugar Can Cause Weight Gain

Too Much Sugar

Rates of obesity are rising worldwide and added sugar, especially from sugar-sweetened beverages, is thought to be one of the main culprits.

Sugar-sweetened drinks like sodas, juices and sweet teas are loaded with fructose, a type of simple sugar.

Consuming fructose increases your hunger and desire for food more than glucose, the main type of sugar found in starchy foods (Differential effects of fructose versus glucose).

Additionally, excessive fructose consumption may cause resistance to leptin, an important hormone that regulates hunger and tells your body to stop eating ( leptin resistance).

In other words, sugary beverages don’t curb your hunger, making it easy to quickly consume a high number of liquid calories. This can lead to weight gain.

Research has consistently shown that people who drink sugary beverages, such as soda and juice, weigh more than people who don’t (Sugar-sweetened beverages and weight gain).

Also, drinking a lot of sugar-sweetened beverages is linked to an increased amount of visceral fat, a kind of deep belly fat associated with conditions like diabetes and heart disease (cardiometabolic risk).

Consuming too much added sugar, especially from sugary beverages, increases your risk of weight gain and can lead to visceral fat accumulation.

May Increase Your Risk of Heart Disease: High-sugar “diets” have been associated with an increased risk of many diseases, including heart disease, the number one cause of death worldwide (Cardiovascular Disease).

Evidence suggests that high-sugar “diets” can lead to obesity, inflammation and high triglyceride, blood sugar, and blood pressure levels — all risk factors for heart disease ( Coronary Heart Disease).

Additionally, consuming too much sugar, especially from sugar-sweetened drinks, has been linked to atherosclerosis, a disease characterized by fatty, artery-clogging deposits ( metabolic syndrome).

A study in over 30,000 people found that those who consumed 17–21% of calories from added sugar had a 38% greater risk of dying from heart disease, compared to those consuming only 8% of calories from added sugar (Added sugar).

Just one 16-ounce (473-ml) can of soda contains 52 grams of sugar, which equates to more than 10% of your daily calorie consumption, based on a 2,000-calorie “diet” (Cocoa Cola).

This means that one sugary drink a day can already put you over the recommended daily limit for added sugar.

Consuming too much-added sugar increases heart disease risk factors such as obesity, high blood pressure, and inflammation. High-sugar “diets” have been linked to an increased risk of dying from heart disease.

Foods with a high glycemic index, such as processed sweets, raise your blood sugar more rapidly than foods with a lower glycemic index.

Sugary foods quickly spike blood sugar and insulin levels, causing increased androgen secretion, oil production, and inflammation, all of which play a role in acne development (acne vulgaris).

Studies have shown that low-glycemic diets are associated with a reduced acne risk, while high-glycemic diets are linked to greater risk (The effect of a high-protein, low glycemic-load diet).

For example, a study in 2,300 teens demonstrated that those who frequently consumed added sugar had a 30% greater risk of developing acne (Acne: prevalence and relationship with dietary habits).

Also, many population studies have shown that rural communities that consume traditional, non-processed foods have almost non-existent rates of acne, compared to more urban, high-income areas (The blemishes of modern society).

These findings coincide with the theory that diets high in processed, sugar-laden foods contribute to the development of acne.

High-sugar diets can increase androgen secretion, oil production, and inflammation, all of which can raise your risk of developing acne.

 Increases Your Risk of Diabetes: The worldwide prevalence of diabetes has more than doubled over the past 30 years (National, regional, and global trends in fasting plasma glucose and diabetes ).

Though there are many reasons for this, there is a clear link between excessive sugar consumption and diabetes risk.

Obesity, which is often caused by consuming too much sugar, is considered the strongest risk factor for diabetes (Risk Factors Contributing to Type 2 Diabetes).

What’s more, prolonged high-sugar consumption drives resistance to insulin, a hormone produced by the pancreas that regulates blood sugar levels.

Insulin resistance causes blood sugar levels to rise and strongly increases your risk of diabetes.

A population study comprising over 175 countries found that the risk of developing diabetes grew by 1.1% for every 150 calories of sugar, or about one can of soda, consumed per day (The Relationship of Sugar to Population-Level Diabetes).

Other studies have also shown that people who drink sugar-sweetened beverages, including fruit juice, are more likely to develop diabetes (Intake of Fruit Juice and Incidence of Type 2 DiabetesAssociation between sugar-sweetened beverages and type 2 diabetes).

A high-sugar “diet” may lead to obesity and insulin resistance, both of which are risk factors for diabetes.

First, a “diet” rich in sugary foods and beverages can lead to obesity, which significantly raises your risk of cancer (Obesity as a Major Risk Factor for Cancer).

Furthermore, “diets” high in sugar increase inflammation in your body and may cause insulin resistance, both of which increase cancer risk (The Links Between Insulin Resistance, Diabetes, and Cancer).

A study in over 430,000 people found that added sugar consumption was positively associated with an increased risk of esophageal cancer, pleural cancer, and cancer of the small intestine (Sugars in diet and risk of cancer).

Another study showed that women who consumed sweet buns and cookies more than three times per week were 1.42 times more likely to develop endometrial cancer than women who consumed these foods less than 0.5 times per week (Sucrose, high-sugar foods, and risk of endometrial cancer).

Research on the link between added sugar intake and cancer is ongoing, and more studies are needed to fully understand this complex relationship.

Too much sugar can lead to obesity, insulin resistance, and inflammation, all of which are risk factors for cancer.

Consuming a lot of processed foods, including high-sugar products such as cakes and sugary drinks, has been associated with a higher risk of depression (Sweetened beverages, coffee, and tea and depressionDietary pattern and depressive symptoms).

Researchers believe that blood sugar swings, neurotransmitter dysregulation and inflammation may all be reasons for sugar’s detrimental impact on mental health (Long-term inflammation increases risk).

A study following 8,000 people for 22 years showed that men who consumed 67 grams or more of sugar per day were 23% more likely to develop depression than men who ate less than 40 grams per day (Sugar intake from sweet food and beverages, common mental disorder).

Another study in over 69,000 women demonstrated that those with the highest intakes of added sugars had a significantly greater risk of depression, compared to those with the lowest intakes (High glycemic index diet as a risk factor for depression).

A “diet” rich in added sugar and processed foods may increase depression risk in both men and women.

 

 May Accelerate the Skin Aging Process: Wrinkles are a natural sign of aging. They appear eventually, regardless of your health.

However, poor food choices can worsen wrinkles and speed the skin aging process.

Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) are compounds formed by reactions between sugar and protein in your body. They are suspected to play a key role in skin aging (Advanced glycation).

Consuming a “diet” high in refined carbs and sugar leads to the production of AGEs, which may cause your skin to age prematurely (The rapid increase in metabolic diseases).

AGEs damage collagen and elastin, which are proteins that help the skin stretch and keep its youthful appearance.

When collagen and elastin become damaged, the skin loses its firmness and begins to sag.

In one study, women who consumed more carbs, including added sugars, had a more wrinkled appearance than women on a high-protein, lower-carb diet (Dietary nutrient intakes and skin-aging appearance among middle-aged women).

The researchers concluded that a lower intake of carbs was associated with better skin-aging appearance (Dietary nutrient intakes and skin-aging).

Sugary foods can increase the production of AGEs, which can accelerate skin aging and wrinkle formation.

 

 Can Increase Cellular Aging: Telomeres are structures found at the end of chromosomes, which are molecules that hold part or all of your genetic information.

Telomeres act as protective caps, preventing chromosomes from deteriorating or fusing together.

As you grow older, telomeres naturally shorten, which causes cells to age and malfunction (Nutrition and lifestyle in healthy aging).

Although the shortening of telomeres is a normal part of aging, unhealthy lifestyle choices can speed up the process.

Consuming high amounts of sugar has been shown to accelerate telomere shortening, which increases cellular aging (Effects of nutritional components on aging).

A study in 5,309 adults showed that regularly drinking sugar-sweetened beverages was associated with shorter telomere length and premature cellular aging ( Associations Between Sugar-Sweetened Beverage Consumption ).

In fact, each daily 20-ounce (591-ml) serving of sugar-sweetened soda equated to 4.6 additional years of aging, independent of other variables (Soda and Cell Aging).

Eating too much sugar can accelerate the shortening of telomeres, which increases cellular aging.

 

 Drains Your Energy: Foods high in added sugar quickly spike blood sugar and insulin levels, leading to increased energy.

However, this rise in energy levels is fleeting.

Products that are loaded with sugar but lacking in protein, fiber or fat lead to a brief energy boost that’s quickly followed by a sharp drop in blood sugar, often referred to as a crash (A high sugar, low fiber meal leads to higher leptin).

Having constant blood sugar swings can lead to major fluctuations in energy levels (Effects of high sugar and high fiber meals ).

To avoid this energy-draining cycle, choose carb sources that are low in added sugar and rich in fiber.

Pairing carbs with protein or fat is another great way to keep your blood sugar and energy levels stable.

For example, eating an apple along with a small handful of almonds is an excellent snack for prolonged, consistent energy levels.

High-sugar foods can negatively impact your energy levels by causing a spike in blood sugar followed by a crash.

 Can Lead to Fatty Liver: A high intake of fructose has been consistently linked to an increased risk of fatty liver.

Unlike glucose and other types of sugar, which are taken up by many cells throughout the body, fructose is almost exclusively broken down by the liver.

In the liver, fructose is converted into energy or stored as glycogen.

However, the liver can only store so much glycogen before excess amounts are turned into fat.

Large amounts of added sugar in the form of fructose overload your liver, leading to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a condition characterized by excessive fat buildup in the liver (fatty liver disease).

A study in over 5,900 adults showed that people who drank sugar-sweetened beverages daily had a 56% higher risk of developing NAFLD, compared to people who did not (39).

Eating too much sugar may lead to NAFLD, a condition in which excessive fat builds up in the liver.


Other Health Risks

Aside from the risks listed above, sugar can harm your body in countless other ways.


Research shows that too much added sugar can:

Research on the impact of added sugar on health is ongoing, and new discoveries are constantly being made.

Consuming too much sugar may worsen cognitive decline, increase gout risk, harm your kidneys and cause cavities.


How to Reduce Your Sugar Intake

Excessive added sugar has many negative health effects.

Although consuming small amounts now and then is perfectly healthy, you should try to cut back on sugar whenever possible.

Fortunately, simply focusing on eating whole, unprocessed foods automatically decreases the amount of sugar in your diet.


Here are some tips on how to reduce your intake of added sugars:

  • Swap sodas, energy drinks, juices and sweetened teas for water or unsweetened seltzer.
  • Drink your coffee black or use Stevia for a zero-calorie, natural sweetener.
  • Sweeten plain yogurt with fresh or frozen berries instead of buying flavored, sugar-loaded yogurt.
  • Consume whole fruits instead of sugar-sweetened fruit smoothies.
  • Replace candy with a homemade trail mix of fruit, nuts and a few dark chocolate chips.
  • Use olive oil and vinegar in place of sweet salad dressings like honey mustard.
  • Choose marinades, nut butters, ketchup and marinara sauce with zero added sugars.
  • Look for cereals, granolas and granola bars with under 4 grams of sugar per serving.
  • Swap your morning cereal for a bowl of rolled oats topped with nut butter and fresh berries, or an omelet made with fresh greens.
  • Instead of jelly, slice fresh bananas onto your peanut butter sandwich.
  • Use natural nut butters in place of sweet spreads like Nutella.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages that are sweetened with soda, juice, honey, sugar or agave.
  • Shop the perimeter of the grocery store, focusing on fresh, whole ingredients.

In addition, keeping a food diary is an excellent way of becoming more aware of the main sources of sugar in your diet.

The best way to limit your added sugar intake is to prepare your own healthy meals at home and avoid buying foods and drinks that are high in added sugar.

Focusing on preparing healthy meals and limiting your intake of foods that contain added sweeteners can help you cut back on the amount of sugar in your “diet”.

Eating too much added sugar can have many negative health effects.

An excess of sweetened foods and beverages can lead to weight gain, blood sugar problems and an increased risk of heart disease, among other dangerous conditions.

For these reasons, added sugar should be kept to a minimum whenever possible, which is easy when you follow a healthy “diet” based on whole foods.

If you need to cut added sugar from your “diet”, try some of the small changes listed above.

Before you know it, your sugar habit will be a thing of the past.


 Final Thoughts

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Is Cassava Flour Bad For You?

Cassava is a root vegetable widely consumed in developing countries. It provides some important nutrients and resistant starch, which may have health benefits.

On the other hand, cassava can have dangerous effects, especially if it is eaten raw and in large amounts.

This article will explore the unique properties of cassava to determine if it’s a healthy and safe food for you to include in your diet.


What Is Cassava?

Cassava is a nutty-flavored, starchy root vegetable or tuber. Native to South America, it’s a major source of calories and carbs for people in developing countries.

It is grown in tropical regions of the world because of its ability to withstand difficult growing conditions — in fact, it’s one of the most drought-tolerant crops (1).

In the United States, cassava is often called yuca and may also be referred to as manioc or Brazilian arrowroot.

The most commonly consumed part of cassava is the root, which is very versatile. It can be eaten whole, grated or ground into flour to make bread and crackers.

Additionally, cassava root is well known as the raw material that’s used to produce tapioca and garri, a product similar to tapioca.

Individuals with food allergies often benefit from using cassava root in cooking and baking because it is gluten-free, grain-free and nut-free.

One important note is that cassava root must be cooked before it is eaten. Raw cassava can be poisonous, which will be discussed in a later chapter.

Cassava is a versatile root vegetable that is consumed in several parts of the world. It must be cooked before it is eaten.


Contains a Few Key Nutrients

A 3.5-ounce (100-gram) serving of boiled cassava root contains 112 calories. 98% of these are from carbs and the rest are from a small amount of protein and fat.

This serving also provides fiber, as well as a few vitamins and minerals.

The following nutrients are found in 3.5 ounces (100 grams) of boiled cassava:

  • Calories: 112
  • Carbs: 27 grams
  • Fiber: 1 gram
  • Thiamine: 20% of the RDI
  • Phosphorus: 5% of the RDI
  • Calcium: 2% of the RDI
  • Riboflavin: 2% of the RDI

Boiled cassava root also contains small amounts of iron, vitamin C and niacin.

Overall, the nutrition profile of cassava is unremarkable. While it does provide some vitamins and minerals, the amounts are minimal.

There are many other root vegetables you can eat that will provide significantly more nutrients — beets and sweet potatoes, to name two.

Cassava is a significant source of carbs and also provides a small amount of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.

This is because many of the vitamins and minerals are destroyed by processing, as well as most of the fiber and resistant starch.

Therefore, the more popular, processed forms of cassava — such as tapioca and garri — have very limited nutritional value.

For example, 1 ounce (28 grams) of tapioca pearls provides nothing but calories and a small amount of a few minerals.

Boiling cassava root is one cooking method that has been shown to retain most nutrients, with the exception of vitamin C, which is sensitive to heat and easily leaches into the water.

While cassava contains several nutrients, processing methods significantly lower its nutritional value by destroying vitamins and minerals.


It’s High in Calories

Cassava contains 112 calories per 3.5-ounce (100-gram) serving, which is quite high compared to other root vegetables (Cassava for Use as a Staple Food).

For example, the same serving of sweet potatoes provides 76 calories, and the same amount of beets provides only 44.

This is what makes cassava such an important crop for developing countries since it is a significant source of calories (Nutritional Value of Cassava).

However, its high-calorie count may do more harm than good for the general population.

Consuming high-calorie foods on a regular basis is associated with weight gain and obesity, so consume cassava in moderation and in reasonable portions (Dietary energy density). An appropriate serving size is about 1/3–1/2 cup (73–113 grams).

Cassava contains a significant number of calories, so consume it in moderation and in appropriate portion sizes.

High in Resistant Starch

Cassava is high in resistant starch, a type of starch that bypasses digestion and has properties similar to soluble fiber.

Consuming foods that are high in resistant starch may have several benefits for overall health.

First of all, resistant starch feeds the beneficial bacteria in your gut, which may help reduce inflammation and promote digestive health (Resistant Starch: Promise for Improving Human HealthRole of resistant starch ).

Resistant starch has also been studied for its ability to contribute to better metabolic health and reduce the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

This is due to its potential to improve blood sugar control, in addition to its role in promoting fullness and reducing appetite (Acute ingestion of resistant starchimproving human healthmetabolic effects and potential health benefitsStarches, Sugars and Obesity).

The benefits of resistant starch are promising, but it is important to note that many processing methods may lower cassava’s resistant starch content.

Products made from cassava, such as flour, tend to be lower in resistant starch than cassava root that has been cooked and then cooled in its whole form (The resistant starchResistant starch in cassava products).

Cassava in its whole form is high in resistant starch, which is known for its role in preventing certain metabolic conditions and promoting gut health.

Contains Antinutrients

One of cassava’s major downfalls is its content of antinutrients.

Antinutrients are plant compounds that may interfere with digestion and inhibit the absorption of vitamins and minerals in the body.

These aren’t a concern for most healthy people, but their effects are important to keep in mind.

They are more likely to impact populations at risk of malnutrition. Interestingly, this includes populations that rely on cassava as a staple food.


Here are the most important antinutrients found in cassava:

The effects of antinutrients are more prominent when they are consumed frequently and as part of a nutritionally inadequate diet.

As long as you only consume cassava on occasion, the antinutrients shouldn’t be a major cause for concern.

In fact, under some circumstances, antinutrients such as tannins and saponins may actually have beneficial health effects (ProanthocyanidinsSaponins as cytotoxic agentsEffects of Saponins on Lipid Metabolism).

The antinutrients in cassava may interfere with the absorption of some vitamins and minerals and may cause digestive distress. This is mainly a concern for populations that rely on cassava as a staple food.


May Have Dangerous Effects in Some Circumstances

Cassava may be dangerous if consumed raw, in large amounts or when it is prepared improperly.

This is because raw cassava contains chemicals called cyanogenic glycosides, which can release cyanide in the body when consumed.

When eaten frequently, these increase the risk of cyanide poisoning, which may impair thyroid and nerve function. It is associated with paralysis and organ damage and can be fatal (The toxic effects of cassava).

Those who have an overall poor nutrition status and low protein intake are more likely to experience these effects since protein helps rid the body of cyanide (Chronic poisoning by hydrogen cyanide).

This is why cyanide poisoning from cassava is a greater concern for those who live in developing countries. Many people in these countries suffer from protein deficiencies and depend on cassava as a major source of calories (Chronic poisoning by hydrogen cyanide in cassava).

What’s more, in some areas of the world, cassava has been shown to absorb harmful chemicals from the soil, such as arsenic and cadmium. This may increase the risk of cancer in those who depend on cassava as a staple food (Cancer and non-cancer health risk from eating cassava).

Frequent consumption of cassava is associated with cyanide poisoning, especially if it is consumed raw and prepared improperly.


How to Make Cassava Safer for Consumption

Cassava is generally safe when it is prepared properly and eaten occasionally in moderate amounts. A reasonable serving size is about 1/3–1/2 cup.

Here are some ways you can make cassava safer for consumption cassava,Cassava Processing):

  • Peel it: The peel of cassava root contains most of the cyanide-producing compounds.
  • Soak it: Soaking cassava by submerging it in water for 48–60 hours before it is cooked and eaten may reduce the amount of harmful chemicals it contains.
  • Cook it: Since the harmful chemicals are found in raw cassava, it’s essential to cook it thoroughly — by boiling, roasting or baking, for example.
  • Chronic poisoning by hydrogen cyanide Chronic poisoning by hydrogen cyanidePair it with protein: Eating some protein along with cassava may be beneficial since protein helps rid the body of toxic cyanide
  • Maintain a balanced diet: You can prevent adverse effects from cassava by including a variety of foods in your diet and not relying on it as your sole source of nutrition.

It’s important to note that products made from cassava root, such as cassava flour and tapioca, contain extremely little to no cyanide-inducing compounds and are safe for human consumption.

You can make cassava safer for consumption with several strategies, including using certain preparation methods and consuming it in reasonable portions.


How to Use Cassava

There are many ways you can incorporate cassava into your diet.

You can prepare several snacks and dishes with the root on its own. It is commonly sliced and then baked or roasted, similar to the way you would prepare a potato.

Additionally, cassava root can be mashed or mixed in with stir-fries, omelets, and soups. It’s also sometimes ground into flour and used in bread and crackers.

You can also enjoy it in the form of tapioca, which is a starch extracted from the cassava root through a process of washing and pulping.

Tapioca is commonly used as a thickener for puddings, pies, and soups.

Cassava is typically used in the same way that you would use potatoes and makes an excellent addition to just about any dish. It can also be ground into flour or enjoyed in the form of tapioca.

Cassava contains some healthful properties, but its negative effects appear to outweigh the benefits.

Not only is it high in calories and antinutrients — it can cause cyanide poisoning when prepared improperly or consumed in large amounts.

While this is mostly a concern for those who rely on cassava as a staple food, it is still important to keep in mind.

Additionally, cassava-based products like tapioca have been processed enough to remove toxic chemicals and are not dangerous to consume.

Overall, cassava is not a food that needs to be a regular part of your diet. If you do eat it, prepare it properly and eat it in reasonable portions.


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Worst Things About Chocolate

Sorry, but filling your sweetie up with gross additives and tons of nutrient-deficient calories doesn’t sound so sexy to me does it sound sexy to you? Although it’s true that dark chocolate is full of anti-inflammatory antioxidants and has been shown to provide mental and cardiovascular benefits, these bonuses don’t extend to the low-quality candies you mindlessly pick up in a drugstore on your way home from work.

It may appear like a well-intentioned gesture, but your loved one isn’t going to be happy with you once they read these nasty facts about certain Valentine’s Day candies. My vote that you stick to the flowers, spa treatments, and homemade cards instead.

Most of It Is Made With Alkalized, or “Dutch,” Chocolate

cocoa spice

Cocoa powder is naturally acidic, and this can be a major flavor turnoff for many people’s palates. Thus, most American candy manufacturers process their cocoa with alkali, a process known as alkalizing or “Dutch processing” the chocolate. This results in a more mild-tasting, neutral cocoa. There’s just one problem: this technique significantly reduces levels of the main antioxidant that lends its anti-inflammatory properties to chocolate. And when we say significantly, I’m talking a nearly 90 percent decrease in these flavanols, according to a study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. So don’t try to justify another piece by referencing chocolate’s known benefits.


Sorry, but Chocolate Is Probably Not an Aphrodisiac

couple in bed sad

Unless you’re eating super dark chocolate, which may help turn you on, don’t rely on that box of wax-coated chocolates to be a libido-booster. Most factory-made chocolates are low in the antioxidants that can increase your energy and sexual desire, and chocolate isn’t the magical aphrodisiac we think it is. In fact, according to a 2006 study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, when adjusted for age, women who reported high chocolate consumption had similar levels of sexual desire and satisfaction than those who reported low chocolate consumption.


White Chocolate Is Barely Even Chocolate

various chocolates

White chocolate is a little like white, refined flour: they’re both over processed and devoid of nutrients. The only “chocolate” part of white chocolate is cocoa butter (the rest of the treat is milk solids, milk fat, and a sweetener), and even that ingredient typically loses any traces of antioxidant properties during a “deodorizing” step. Without the dark cocoa solids, white chocolate doesn’t contain any antioxidant flavanols or gut-healthy prebiotics, which help reduce inflammation and fight weight gain. It also lacks the ability to stimulate the euphoria-inducing chemicals that real chocolate does, including serotonin.


Chocolate Triggers Loss of Consumption Control

godiva chocolate heart valentines box

Don’t worry, you’re not alone in feeling out of control when gifted a chocolate box. It’s a combination of construction and the nature of chocolate itself. First, the variety of flavors entices you to try each one and eat more than you had planned. Second, the combination of sugar and cocoa in chocolate make it hard to stop yourself from going back for seconds. According to a 2011 Drexel University study, this dynamic duo is extremely addictive, and just tasting chocolate can trigger feelings of euphoria, just like addictive drugs can. As a result, you may feel a loss of control when gifted with a box. Even if a food is considered healthy, portion control is still key.


You May Get a Stomachache

woman holding stomach

You didn’t plan for this to happen, but as we just explained, it’s almost too easy to overeat those creamy chocolates. Whether it’s because they’re bite-size, downright delicious, or we get caught up in the holiday-esque moment of Valentine’s Day, many of us can miss certain satiety cues that we’ve eaten enough. As a result, you could suffer from the post-overindulgence stomach ache of pain, gas, and indigestion.


You Might Experience Acid Reflux if You Eat Too Much

man holding chest in pain

It’s unfortunate but true. Chocolate is one of a group of foods that causes your lower esophageal sphincter (a muscle that normally works to keep the acid down in the stomach) to relax. As a result, it causes the acidic stomach contents to travel back upwards and gives you a burning sensation in your chest, aka heartburn. It’s all thanks to two compounds in chocolate, caffeine, and theobromine, which weaken your lower esophageal sphincter. Something tells me having chest pains wasn’t on your checklist of sexy V-day activities.


You’re Eating More Sugar Than Chocolate

sugar spoon

After looking at all the popular Valentine’s Day candy sold in drug stores, we found that the average serving size of chocolate contains over 21 grams of sugar. Although serving sizes range from one piece to three, when I took a look at nutritional information per gram of candy, most pieces of chocolate were made up of more than 50 percent sugar. In other words, you’re eating more sugar than you are chocolate. That’s not so sweet if you ask us.


High-Sugar Chocolates Can Harm Your Immunity

sugar sick valentines

Since chocolate is so bitter, manufacturers love adding sugar to it. But sometimes, they go a bit overboard. Consider this: If you eat just 10 pieces of Ghirardelli’s Dark & Strawberry squares (three times the recommended serving size, but hey, it could happen), you’ll be consuming just shy of 100 grams of sugar. It sounds extreme, but a 2015 study found that consuming this amount of sugar could drastically decrease the number of white blood cells (your immune system’s first responders) in your body. Even if you don’t eat a whopping 100 grams in a single sitting, just eating the three squares will set you back 29 grams of sugar or 58 percent of your recommended daily intake of added sugars per day. Too much of the sweet stuff can lead to issues that range from dental cavities to insulin resistance and metabolic disease.


You’ll Consume a Lot of Calories

woman eating chocolate bar

Thanks to being high in fat and sugar, chocolate is usually very high in calories. And you know the drill: eat more calories than you burn and you can pack on the pounds. That being said, one day of indulgence isn’t likely to break your clean-eating streak.


You May Be Consuming a Carcinogen

palm fruit oil

Palm oil, a vegetable oil that contains mostly saturated fats but also polyunsaturated fats, comes from the palm fruit. Although a well-researched 2015 review published in the journal World Journal of Cardiology found that palm oil can be consumed as part of a healthy, balanced diet without concern of its limited effects on cholesterol levels, a different conclusion was reached by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA, similar to the U.S.’s FDA). In May 2016 and after reviewing a study published in the world-renowned journal Nature earlier that year, the organization claimed that palm oil “generated more of a potentially carcinogenic contaminant [palmitic acid] than other vegetable oils when refined at temperatures above 200 degrees Celsius.” The EFSA did not recommend consumers to stop eating it—yet—and are now looking into the potential risks.


Or a Banned Substance

chocolate candies

A few V-day heart-shaped boxes (like those from Russel Stover and Elmer) still list partially hydrogenated oil (PHO) among their long list of artificially-manipulated ingredients. In this case, you can see the heart-shaped box as a sign that you should watch your heart health. PHO is a type of man-made trans fat that the FDA has banned from being used in our food beginning in 2018.


You’re Not Eating Quality

hershey chocolate valentines day triple

If your standards are high for your partner, you should at least maintain those high standards for the candy you’re about to gift him or her. Candies like York Peppermint Patty Hearts and Hershey’s XOXO bars contain an ingredient called PGPR in their bite-size candy bars. Instead of using high-quality cocoa butter as a fat and emulsifier, lower-grade candy bars use PGPR (Polyglycerol polyricinoleate): a yellowish, viscous liquid of fatty acids. It’s cheaper to manufacture the candy with this ingredient than to use the real stuff, so the quality gets sacrificed for quantity in this situation. 


You Could Be Eating Insects or Mouse Poop and Hair

mouse eating

Excuse my language, but yes, the FDA actually allows mouse poop in your food—although, they do use a pretty scientific term for it, “mammalian excreta.” According to their guidelines, trace amounts of the brown stuff, up to 10 mg per pound, can be found in cocoa beans. At least you can take solace in knowing there are over 450,000 milligrams in a pound, so that’s a very small fraction. Additionally, you’re only allowed a single rodent hair per 100 grams. That’s comforting—I guess. Want to be grossed out even more? The FDA has a pretty lax upper limit on insect pieces: 60 insect pieces per 100 grams of chocolate. Apparently, an average chocolate bar contains 8 insect parts. Yuck. Part of this gross fact makes sense, though, since cocoa beans are harvested and then fermented on-site outside in large wooden vats.


Your Sugar-Free Chocolate Can Be a Laxative

bathroom stall

Think you’re safe having just one more of those sugar-free chocolates? Think again. Because chocolate is already high in calories thanks to the energy-dense cocoa butter or vegetable oils added to emulsify the cacao solids into a creamy bar, many manufacturers opt to include zero-calorie sweeteners like maltitol. When eaten in excess (which can be likely when you think a food is “healthier” for you since it doesn’t have sugar), this sugar alcohol effectively acts as a laxative and can cause stomach pain, excessive internal gas, and flatulence. That just put a damper on your night.


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What Causes Gluten Sensitivity

Welcome if you’re new and welcome back if you’ve been with me for a while. In yesterdays post I talked about how certain allergies environmental and food could cause for your weight gain. In that post, I mentioned Gluten Sensitivity. I’m sure I missed some key facts sorry.And finally, I want to say that this is for Gluten Sensitivity and not Celiac Disease. And like always if you believe you may have Celiac please go to your doctors for proper testing. And if you think you may have sensitivity I don’t believe there is a blood test I got put in the direction of a food intolerance test and gluten came up high (3) on that test.

If you want to take a food intolerance test you can purchase this one and if you are looking for a more in-depth intolerance test that test over 100 different foods and drinks you can click here. 


 

It’s not clear at all whether gluten really causes gluten sensitivity

wheat bread

 

 

When talking about the health condition that many clinicians now call “non-celiac gluten sensitivity,” it’s easy to focus strictly on the gluten protein. After all, it’s gluten that leads to intestinal damage in celiac disease, and so it didn’t seem like a major stretch, when this new condition was first described, to assume gluten was to blame for symptoms here, as well.

In addition, the gluten-free “diet” is well-known largely because people can remember that gluten is the problematic protein in celiac disease. Therefore, if someone gets relief from symptoms by following the gluten-free “diet”, but that person does not have celiac disease, it’s still fairly logical to assume that the person is reacting to gluten.

But what if the culprit causing the symptoms of “gluten sensitivity” isn’t gluten? What if, instead, it’s some other compound—or even multiple compounds—found in the gluten-containing grains wheat, barley, and rye, and possibly even in other foods, too?

This is an idea that’s getting some attention. Possible problematic compounds found in those grains include fructans (a complex carbohydrate that can cause symptoms in people with irritable bowel syndrome) and amylase trypsin inhibitors (which are proteins), in addition to the protein gluten.

Here’s what the research shows on all of the three-grain components, and how they might be related to non-celiac gluten sensitivity.


Gluten Is the Primary Suspect

This is the grain component on which most people focus. Gluten is a protein that grain plants use to store nutrients for the next generation of plants. It’s found in the seeds of grain plants — the part of the plant we think of, and use, like food.

The initial research on non-celiac gluten sensitivity fingered gluten as the problem in the newly described condition. That study said gluten made some people’s intestines leaky and inflamed without causing celiac disease. The researchers concluded these people were reacting to gluten in the foods they ate.

Since that initial study, there have been several more studies that used pure wheat gluten to try and induce symptoms in people who believed they were gluten-sensitive. These have had mixed results.

One study, for example, removed all gluten grain-based foods from 37 subjects’ diets, and then fed them with pure wheat gluten (the subjects didn’t know when they were eating gluten and when they were eating a placebo). The people in the study didn’t experience digestive symptoms while eating pure gluten, but some of them did get depression.

Another study used the same technique to “challenge” people who said they were gluten-sensitive with gluten and found that some of them did react to pure gluten. In that study, 101 people said their digestive symptoms improved when following a gluten-free diet, and 14% of those got worse when they unknowingly ingested gluten as part of the study.

The bottom line: Some people who say they’re sensitive to gluten grains do seem to be reacting to gluten, but many others don’t react when fed pure gluten unknowingly. More research on this is needed.


FODMAPs Is a Problem in IBS

It’s possible that the problem with wheat is its fructans. That’s what one of the recent studies on gluten sensitivity—the one with the 37 people who didn’t get digestive symptoms from pure gluten—concluded.

Fructans are a complex carbohydrate that ferments in your large intestine, potentially causing gas, bloating, cramping, pain, diarrhea, and constipation. This particular study fingered FODMAPs (fermentable, oligo-, di-, monosaccharides and polyols), which are sugars found in wheat grains and multiple other foods when the people in the study did not see their intestinal symptoms worsen with pure gluten.

 FODMAPs seem to cause digestive symptoms in many people with irritable bowel syndrome, and a low-FODMAP diet is proven to reduce symptoms in nearly three-quarters of those with IBS. But it’s far from clear whether the problem in “gluten sensitivity” is really the FODMAPs, and whether the solution is a low-FODMAP diet, rather than a gluten-free diet. Again, more research is needed.

Amylase Trypsin Inhibitors Are Drivers of Inflammation

There’s a third component of modern gluten grains that scientists have identified as a potential problem: amylase trypsin inhibitors. These proteins are actually natural pesticides — they’re made by the plant to protect itself from insects.

Amylase trypsin inhibitors in gluten grains actually make it difficult or impossible for bugs to digest the starches in the grain kernel. Modern wheat has been bred to have lots more of these proteins.

The problem is, amylase trypsin inhibitors in wheat (and possibly other gluten grains) seem to cause inflammation in some people, both in their intestines and elsewhere in their bodies. Researchers studying these proteins speculate that they could play a role in celiac disease, in non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and possibly in other conditions that are driven by inflammation.

 Amylase trypsin inhibitors may contribute to or even cause what people call non-celiac gluten sensitivity. However, right now they’re the least studied of these three possible causes.


Gluten Sensitivity And Intolerances Causes Are Unclear

It’s nowhere near clear right now what might cause the condition we’re calling “non-celiac gluten sensitivity” or (NCGS).  It could wind up being gluten, FODMAPs, amylase trypsin inhibitors, some combination of the three, or something else entirely.

If gluten isn’t to blame but something else in gluten grains is, then people who have the condition might need to follow a “diet” free of all components of wheat, barley, and rye … not just gluten.

Research over the next several years should tell us more about what causes non-celiac gluten sensitivity and how many people have it. That, in turn, should help us figure out how to diagnose and treat it.


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Most Popular Fruits In America

Ladies and Gentlemen, I can’t believe that I forgot to post yesterday my streak has ended at 9 months (insert sad face). I’ll be honest It did slip my mind because I have been doing home Improvements or a.k.a my days are spent In a Lowe’s or Homedepot and the nights are spent doing those said home Improvements. So with that being said the most popular fruits In America is going up today and saturday, I will do two blog posts to catch up.

Fruits are an important part of the human diet. They contain vitamins and other nutrients that help keep the body healthy. Because of their nutritional benefits, fruit consumption has grown over the years. The consumption of fruits varies in different parts of the world with some fruits being consumed around the world while some being restricted to certain areas because of their limited availability. Some of the fruits that are most consumed in the world are as discussed below.


Most Popular Fruits of the World

Tomatoes

Although tomatoes are considered as a vegetable in culinary communities, by botanical/scientific descriptors of fruits and vegetables, tomatoes are classified as a fruit. By that description, tomatoes hold the title for the world’s most consumed fruit! In fact, tomatoes are considered a must-have in most households around the world. The annual production of tomatoes stands at 170.75 million metric tons. Tomatoes are produced through normal farming, but mostly through irrigation and greenhouses. Tomatoes can be consumed raw or cooked. In addition, several metric tons of tomatoes are processed to form sauces, most of which are used to make pizzas and pasta.


Bananas

Banana is almost everyone’s darling across the world. The annual consumption of bananas stands at 114.13 million metric tons. They are mostly consumed ripe in most parts of the world. However, raw bananas are also cooked in some parts of the world. Bananas are also used to make flavors that are used to bake cakes. They are a preferred fruit because of their availability all year round and their high nutritional value.


Watermelons

Annual consumption of watermelon in the world is at 111 million metric tons. Watermelons are readily available in most parts of the world, even in dry area where most fruits would not thrive. Watermelons grow well in mild conditions and only take a few months to mature. Besides, as cultivating watermelon is less labor intensive than other fruits, farmers prefer it over other crops. The watermelon’s sweetness and nutritional value make it among the most preferred fruits.


Apples

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, they say. Apple is the fourth most consumed fruit in the world with an annual consumption of approximately 84.63 million metric tons. Apples are not produced in most parts of the world. However, the top world’s producers like China, the US, Turkey, and Poland export their surplus production to the countries whose production cannot sustain the consumption demand. Apples are preferred for their nutritional value. They can be consumed raw or cooked, or as apple juice. Apples are also good antioxidants.


Grapefruits

Grapefruits are the fifth most consumed fruit in the world. The annual world’s consumption of grapefruits stands at 83.97 million metric tons. The nutritional value of grapefruit makes it among the topmost consumed fruits. It is rich in vitamin C. Besides nutritional value, grapefruits are also consumed in most parts of the world due to their medicinal properties. Grapefruit can be consumed as a fruit or as a juice.


Top Producers and Exporters of Fruits

Other fruits that are consumed widely around the world include grapes, oranges, mangoes, and pineapples. In 2014, Asia produced over 370 million metric tons of fruits, making it the leading global fruit supplier. Africa, South America, and Europe produced 90 million, 79 million, and 73 million metric tons respectively. Some of the top fruit exporters include Netherlands, Guatemala, South Africa, Spain, Ecuador, Costa Rica, the US, and Mexico.


The Most Popular Fruit in the World

In A Chart

Rank Fruit Produced Million Metric Tons
1 Tomatoes 170.75
2 Bananas 114.13
3 Watermelons 111
4 Apples 84.63
5 Grapefruit 83.97
6 Grapes 74.5
7 Oranges 70.86
8 Mangoes 45.23
9 Plantains 30.67
10 Tangerines 29.87
11 Pears 25.8
12 Pineapples

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Warning Signs That You Might Need To Change Your “Diet”

When you’ve eaten way too much ice cream and get a stomachache immediately after, it’s pretty obvious what you’re eating had an effect on your body.

But sometimes, the body communicates in more subtle ways telling us that our bodies aren’t loving what we’re eating. INSIDER spoke with several medical professionals and nutritional experts to determine what signs your body may be giving you to change up your diet.

 Weight gain isn’t the only indicator of an unhealthy “Diet”. Our “Diet” has a much bigger influence on your body than you may think. Obviously, what you eat affects your waistline, but it also makes or breaks almost every aspect of your body as well. What you decide to add to your diet has an impact on everything: your productivity, memory, even your skin clarity.

 


 Your Skin Is Dry

Your skin is dry.

A lack of water could explain your dry skin problems, according to Dr. Shah. Water is an essential part of the body and, in the midst of a busy day, many people forget to drink enough of it, he added.

Your skin depends on adequate water intake in order to maintain its health and elasticity, and for many, inadequate water leads to dry skin, he explained. If you find that your skin appears dry, keep track of your water intake throughout that day and make sure you drink enough.


You Constantly Have To Pee

You constantly have to pee.

A classic sign of a diet that is high in sugar is frequent urination, according to Ghazarians. This is due to the effect the high glucose levels in the blood have on your kidneys, which remove extra water from your blood to produce urine.

If there is too much glucose in the blood, it can damage the blood vessels in the kidneys making the filtering process less efficient and causing you to pee more.


You’re feeling anxious

You're feeling anxious.

Another issue that can arise from improper nutrition is anxiety. This is usually the result of too much caffeine, but a B12 or magnesium deficiency could also be the culprit.

This is often common among those following a plant-based “diet” and not getting enough proteins and amino acids in their “diet” along with B12 to make up for the nutrients they are missing from eggs, honey and meat,.

Of course, anxiety affects everyone differently, so it’s best to talk to your doctor or a mental health professional first.


You’re Gassy All the Time

Woman holding stomach cramps digestive problemsConstant bloat is a major indicator of a bad diet. If you notice that you’re constantly bloated and gassy after drinking milk or eating cheese, you might be lactose intolerant. Many people have a mild intolerance to dairy and don’t even realize it, so make sure you’re reading the signs your body is sending you.


You’re Constipated

Weight gain
Having some trouble on the toilet? Constipation and other irregular bowel movements are a big indicator of something being wrong in your “Diet”. If you’re having constipation issues, you probably don’t have enough fiber in your “Diet”. Fiber regulates your digestive system and makes everything run smoothly, so it’s important to keep have a balanced “Diet” with tons of fiber. Foods like beans, oats, and whole grains are great sources of fiber.


You’re Always Hungry

Hungry woman looking for food in fridge
You keep telling yourself that you’re ready to go on a diet, but by the end of the day you crack and eat a whole bag of chips and a pint of ice cream. Although your willpower does have something to do with this, your diet may also be the root of the problem. Binging is your body’s way of responding to not getting the nutrients that you need—it’s a biochemical response and signal from your brain that you’re not giving it what it needs.


You’re Cutting Out Food GroupsA healthy diet should never cut out whole food groups, unless for medical reasons (like lactose intolerance or celiac disease). Each food group is essential for providing all of the vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy and fit. That doesn’t necessarily mean if you are vegetarian or vegan that you have to start eating meat products, but make sure you get your essential nutrients from elsewhere that fits into your “Diet” (beans are a great source of protein for veggie lovers!).


You’re Fatigued

If you’re constantly tired, your “Diet” may be causing your sluggishness. Harvard University noted that a bad “Diet” can lead to a feeling of tiredness all of the time due to lack of vital nutrients to get you through the day. Make sure your “Diet” incorporates all of your essential nutrients, like healthy fats, proteins, and complex carbs, to keep fatigue at bay.


You’re Constantly Cold

Woman cold drinking tea
If you need a sweater in the summer, chances are that you’re “Diet” is off-balance. A study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition shows that a low-carb diet can have a negative effect on your thyroid, which regulates your body temperature—a slow thyroid will make you constantly feel chilly Instead of ditching all carbs, make sure you’re eating complex ones that come from whole grain bread, pasta, and other baked goods.


You’re Breaking Out

Woman with problem skin
Acne and wrinkles are two major indicators of an unbalanced “Diet”. A review published in the journal Dermato-Endocrinology found that a diet lacking in vitamin A can impact your skin. Vitamin A plays a crucial role in regulating retinoid production, and a deficiency in this crucial nutrient could also lead to dry hair and brittle nails. Consume foods such as sweet potatoes, carrots, and winter squashes to make sure you’re getting your daily intake of vitamin A.


You’re Depressed

Tired man in bed
If you’ve been feeling down, what you consume on a daily basis may be the reason. The Indian Journal of Psychiatry found that a deficiency in vitamins, minerals, and/or Omega-3 fatty acids can actually lead to depression and other mental illnesses. They also noted that taking nutritional supplements containing folate and vitamin B12 helped patients boost their mood and combat their mental illnesses.


You Can’t Remember Anything

Man holding his head
Even your memory is affected by the things you eat. According to a study by Annals of Neurology, women who consume more saturated fats scored lower on memory and thinking tests in comparison to those who avoided these fats. Keep your memory sharp as a knife by ditching the fast food burgers and fries and going for something low in saturated fat, like a salad or whole wheat avocado toast.


You’re Always Sick

Woman sick cold
What you eat influences your immune system. If you’re on a low-protein diet, you may be compromising your health. According to a study conducted by the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine’s Department of Surgery, protein helps strengthen your immune system; when you have a lack of the essential nutrient in your diet, your immune system weakens and makes you more prone to illness. To keep your body healthy and away from viruses and bacteria, make sure you’re eating protein-packed foods like lean meats, beans, and dark leafy greens.


You Have No Energy

Tired woman with laptopIf it takes too much effort just to get ready for the day, your diet is probably lacking in iron. One of iron’s many duties is to help boost energy levels by transporting oxygen throughout the body. But when you’re not ingesting enough iron, your body isn’t making enough of those essential red blood cells that transport oxygen and keep you energized for the day. One of the biggest symptoms of anemia (when your blood is low in iron) is low energy levels and sluggishness, according to the Cleveland Clinic Center for Continuing Education. If you have anemia, take iron supplements and incorporate some of The Best Iron Rich Foods into your “Diet” to pump up oxygen flow and energy into your body.


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Bone Broth (Updated)

Last week I fell ILL with a stomach bug. It didn’t matter what I tried to eat It just well… You know.. I drank bone broth and if you read the post you’ll know that drinking bone broth has tons of benefits. I was ILL for days and then when I drank bone broth I felt better within hours.
Why Haven’t You Tried Bone Broth Soup Yet?

Bone broth has received some major buzz lately and it’s certainly for good reason. This stock is special because it contains a good amount of calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, amino acids, and many other nutrients.

I suggest that one of the best components of bone broth is its rich collagen content, which can be beneficial to our joint and skin health. “Collagen is made up of different amino acids and is considered one of the most abundant proteins in humans. Consuming collagen is also beneficial for our joints,  especially since it makes up a large portion of them.

With this in mind, it’s worth mentioning that big soup brands like Pacific Foods are definitely getting in on the bone broth action, as the brand has recently released an organic bone broth soup line that features spins on old-time classics such as Pacific Foods Organic Chicken Noodle Soup With Chicken Bone Broth.

And unlike some cans of chicken noodle soup which are jam-packed with unpronounceable ingredients and tons of sodium, Pacific Foods keeps things simple with organic ingredients and a relatively reasonable sodium content (430 mg). So how do Pacific Foods keep up with chicken noodle soup from competitors like Progresso? Keep reading to find out more.


Pacific Organic Chicken Noodle Soup With Chicken Bone Broth

Pacific foods organic bone broth chicken noodle soup

1 CUP SERVING: 100 calories, 1.5 g fat (0 g saturated fat), 430 mg sodium, 13 g carbs (2 g fiber, 2 g sugar), 7 g protein

When compared to the Progresso Traditional Chicken Noodle soup that the two products do not differ much nutritionally. However, that Pacific Foods soup contains less sodium than the Progresso version. In addition, there is slightly more iron, calcium, and vitamin A in the Pacific Foods soup, which can likely be attributed to the bone broth as well as the fresh vegetables.


Progresso Traditional Chicken Noodle

Progresso chicken noodle soup

1 CUP SERVING: 110 calories, 2.5 g fat (0.5 g saturated fat), 690 mg sodium, 14 g carbs (1 g fiber, 1 g sugar), 7 g protein

While Davidson explains that this Progresso soup uses chicken stock, she notes that this is essentially bone broth. This is why the protein content is identical in both soups, she says, along with the fact that they both use chicken meat as well.

In conclusion, when it comes to these two products, Davidson tells us that they don’t differ much because chicken stock is still bone broth, technically. “If you were to compare this soup to a vegetable stock, then you would notice more of a difference.

That being said, Pacific Foods new line of bone broth soups are still a lower-sodium alternative that contains skin-nourishing collagen! (This bone broth-based soup has 280 milligrams less sodium than Pacific Foods’ Original Chicken Noodle Soup.)

If chicken noodle soup isn’t your thing, Pacific Foods also offers Curry Chickpea (8 grams protein), Hearty Italian Vegetable (9 grams protein), and two 10 grams protein per serving soups: White Bean Kale & Millet and Caribbean Black Bean.

Buy a 12-pack of Pacific Foods Organic Bone Broth Chicken Noodle Soup: $4.74 each, Amazon


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


Thank You

I do hope you stick around as I put out different types of content I try to post educational, Informative things that everyone can learn from. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

If you are a company or a person who would like to reach out so we can work together you can reach me here. Leighlei2009@gmail.com

I just want to say Thank you to all of those who read, view, like, comment, and subscribed to my blog It means the world to me ❤️️

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Vegan January (Veganuary)

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It’s officially 2019, and that means New Year’s resolutions are in full swing. American resolutions oftentimes pertain to “diet”, whether it be, “I want to lose 10 pounds by March,” or something more long-term such as, “I want to eat better so I can live longer.” Maybe you even considered overhauling completely and going vegan in 2019? Or, even less daunting, just for the month of January? Veganuary is the nonprofit organization spearheading such lifestyle change. This charity is encouraging people worldwide to, yes, go vegan during the first month of the year. The organization’s end goal, of course, is to help people make the switch to an all-vegan “diet” permanently.


What Is Veganuary?

The team at Veganuary is educating people about how adopting a vegan lifestyle can improve personal health as well as help to sustain our environment. Changing your diet is not an easy task, which is why the organization’s team of experts provide those who want to make this change with plenty of help to make the transition as painless as possible. Such tools include meal plans and recipe guides, as well as nutrition tips and other recommendations. The organization even has a book out called, “How to Go Vegan: the Why, the How, and Everything You Need to Make Going Vegan Easy,” which is an even more in-depth resource.


What are some people are doing it

Research says people are motivated to adopt a vegan diet—or at least try it out—for primarily three reasons.

“Going vegan is important for many different reasons, but according to our research, the top three reasons participants take the Veganuary pledge are for personal health, animal welfare, and the environment,” says Veganuary CEO Simon Winch. “Eating vegan is a great way to improve energy and vitality, halve your dietary greenhouse gas emissions, and address animal agriculture—which is one of the biggest contributors to climate change.”

Winch says that Veganuary is expecting over 300,000 people from around the world to participate in this year’s challenge. Other survey results showed that 62 percent of respondents said they intended to continue following a vegan lifestyle after January, too. Another 82 percent said going vegan was not as difficult as they anticipated.


What exactly does going vegan entail

In case you need a refresher, there is a difference between vegan and vegetarian. According to the Vegan Society, “Veganism is a way of living which seeks to exclude, as far as is possible and practicable, all forms of exploitation of, and cruelty to, animals for food, clothing, or any other purpose.” A vegetarian, on the other hand, avoids eating animals, but may still opt for their by-products such as eggs, milk, and cheese.


What are the health benefits of going vegan

Sharon Palmer, RDN and founder of the food blog, The Plant-Powered Dietitian advises that there is research on how switching to a vegan diet is linked to a decreased risk of chronic conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, cancer, and hypertension, to name a few. Palmer says this is because, “a vegan diet is rich in all of the ‘good’ stuff like vitamins, minerals, fibers, healthy fats, and antioxidants, and low in all of the things we must watch out for, such as saturated fat, cholesterol, and toxins related to the processing of meats.”


How can I start

You can take the pledge on the Veganuary site so you can kick-off this new journey. Who knows: you might decide to keep it up long past this month!


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


Thank You!

I do hope you stick around as I put out different types of content I try to post educational, Informative things that everyone can learn from. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

If you are a company or a person who would like to reach out so we can work together you can reach me here. Leighlei2009@gmail.com

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How To Reduce Bloating

I just want to take a moment before I get into today’s post to wish everyone A Happy New Year’s Eve. I also want to take a moment and say thank you to every and each one of you for being on this journey with me. I set out to blog every single day and I have. For 2019 I want to include all of you (my followers) (read below). I hope you all have fun and let’s have fun. Remember to have fun but also drink responsibly.

HAPPY NEW YEAR AND I WILL SEE YOU ALL IN THE NEW YEAR!

PLEASE READ: I have been thinking that I wanted to do something different for my blog next year and that Is more content that you want to see. I know that at the and of every post I ALWAYS ask what you would like to see. I MEAN I REALLY want to do more content related to what you want to see. It can be “Diet” related, fitness, nutrition or even advice posts. I post what I post because It means something to mean I won’t post something if I didn’t believe in it. I want to take this blog to the next level and I want you all of my followers (friends) to be apart of the ride. So please don’t hesitate in reaching out with any and all suggestions. You can find all of my links at the end of every post in the “Thank You” section and in the section “Where You Can Follow Me”. 

If you have missed #Blogmas all the links are listed in the section titled Blogmas which will be in right under this.

Welcome back for #Blogmas Day 30! Blogmas Is flying right by! To catch up here are the links to the first 30 Days of #Blogmas

Blogmas Days 1-30

*I realized that my #blogmas days had repeated tagged posts and that not every post was linked. I caught the mistake and fixed it. Every link should now be clickable and days 1-18 are now linked. If you are new to #blogmas you can catch up below.

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Most people experience bloating at some point. Exercises, supplements, and massages can all help to reduce bloating quickly, and simple lifestyle changes can prevent it from reoccurring.

Abdominal bloating is when the abdomen feels full and tight. It commonly occurs due to a buildup of gas somewhere in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Bloating causes the belly to look larger than usual, and it may also feel tender or painful. Fluid retention in the body can also lead to bloating.


 Tips to get rid of bloating

Bloating usually happens when excess gas builds up in the stomach or intestines. When bloating occurs right after a meal, it usually resolves itself, but it is often possible to speed up this process.

The best way to tackle bloating is to determine its cause. Common triggers for bloating include:

  • Digestive issues. Constipation, food allergies, and intolerances can lead to bloating. When stool becomes backed up in the large bowel, it can cause bloating and a feeling of discomfort. Excess gas may also build up behind the stool, making the bloating worse.
  • “Diet”. Fizzy drinks, too much salt or sugar, and not enough fiber in the “diet” can all cause bloating.
  • Hormonal changes. Many people experience bloating before and during their periods due to hormonal changes and water retention.

Walking

Physical activity can get the bowels moving more regularly, which can help to release excess gas and stool. Getting the bowels to move is especially important if a person is feeling constipated. A walk around the block can provide fast relief from gas pressure.


 Try Yoga Poses

Certain yoga poses can position the muscles in the abdomen in a way that encourages the release of excess gas from the GI tract.

Child’s Pose, Happy Baby Pose, and squats can all help people to relieve a buildup of gas quickly. Learn more about yoga poses for flatulence.


 Peppermint Capsules

Peppermint oil capsules may also be helpful for indigestion and related gas. Manufacturers usually market them as a treatment for the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), but people without IBS can also use them to relieve bloating.

Peppermint works by relaxing the intestinal muscles, which allows gas and stool to move along more effectively. People should always follow the instructions on the packet. Anyone who is prone to heartburn may need to avoid peppermint.

Peppermint capsules are available to buy over the counter (OTC) at drug stores or online.


 Gas relief capsules

Simethicone pills and liquid are anti-gas medications that can help to move excess air out of the digestive tract. It is essential to always take medication according to the instructions on the label.

People can find gas relievers in drugstores or online.


 Abdominal massage

Massaging the abdomen can help to get the bowels moving. A massage that follows the path of the large intestine is especially helpful. People can follow the steps below to do this:

Placing the hands just above the right hip bone. Rubbing in a circular motion with light pressure up toward the right side of the ribcage. Rubbing straight across the upper belly area toward the left rib cage. Moving slowly down toward the left hip bone.


 Use essential oils

A study from 2016 tested the effectiveness of supplements containing a combination of fennel and curcumin essential oil in 116 people with mild-to-moderate IBS. After 30 days, people reported an improvement in their IBS symptoms, including bloating and abdominal pain.

People should not consume essential oils without speaking to a doctor first. This is because some formulations may be toxic or can interfere with medication, and there is no regulation of dosages.


 Take a warm bath, soaking, and relaxing

The heat of the bath can provide relief for a sore abdomen. Relaxation can reduce stress levels, which may allow the GI tract to function more effectively and help reduce bloating.


Long-term solutions for bloating

Quick fixes are not always effective for some causes of bloating. However, people who have frequent bloating may find that certain lifestyle changes can tackle the causes and reduce bloating over time.

People can use these simple steps to try to prevent bloating in the long-term:


Increase fiber gradually

 

Increasing fiber intake may help to treat bloating.

 

Eating more fiber helps to prevent constipation and bloating. Most people in America do not get enough fiber, with only 5 percent of people meeting their recommended daily fiber intake of 25 grams (g) for females and 38 g for males.

However, it is important to bear in mind that eating too much fiber or increasing fiber intake too quickly can cause even more gas and bloat. People may notice adverse effects from eating more than 70 g of fiber a day.

When increasing fiber intake, it is best to start slowly and increase the intake over several weeks to allow the body to adjust to this change in the “diet”.


Replace sodas with water

Fizzy, carbonated drinks contain gas that can build up in the stomach. The carbon dioxide that makes soda and similar beverages fizzy can also cause bubbling and bloating in the stomach.

Sugars or artificial sweeteners in the diet can also cause gas and bloating. Drinking water eliminates these issues and helps to treat constipation as well.


Try to avoid chewing gum

The sugar alcohols in gum can cause bloating in some people. Swallowing air while chewing also may lead to bloating and gas pain. People can use ginger mints or peppermints to freshen their breath instead.


 Get more active every day

Exercise helps your body move stool and gas out of the colon and may make bowel movements more regular. Exercise also releases extra sodium from the body through sweating, which can help to relieve water retention.

It is vital to drink plenty of water before and after exercising to stay hydrated, as dehydration can make constipation worse.


 Eat at regular intervals

Many people experience bloating directly after a big meal. It is possible to avoid this by eating several smaller meals each day, which can help to keep the digestive system moving.

Swallowing food quickly can introduce air into the digestive tract. Drinking from a straw can also lead to people swallowing more air, which in turn leads to gas and bloating. People who have bloating should avoid using straws if possible and try eating slowly to avoid swallowing air during meals.


 Try probiotics

Probiotics are good bacteria that live in the intestines. Taking a probiotic supplement may help to regulate the colon bacteria that can produce gas and cause bloating.


 Cut down on salt

An excess of sodium causes the body to retain water. This can cause a swollen and bloated feeling in the belly and other areas of the body, such as the hands and feet.


 Rule out medical conditions

In some cases, bloating may result from a medical condition. To get rid of this bloating, a person may need help from a doctor to diagnose and manage their condition.

Inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, may cause people to experience bloating. Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), can also cause this symptom.

Gynecological conditions, such as endometriosis and ovarian cysts, can also cause pain, swelling, and feelings of bloating in the abdominal area.

People with these symptoms should discuss them with a doctor, who will also want to know about any relevant family medical history and other medical conditions. The doctor may order diagnostic tests to look for any problems. These may include an X-ray, ultrasound, colonoscopy, or blood tests.


Consider a low-FODMAP diet

FODMAPs are a type of carbohydrate that occurs in many different foods. A 2012 review article of multiple studies concluded that a low-FODMAP diet might improve symptoms in at least 74 percent of people with IBS. Typical symptoms include bloating, flatulence, and abdominal pain.


Keep a food diary

Food intolerances are responsible for many cases of bloating. They can lead to excessive gas in the digestive tract.

Bloating is common in people who have lactose intolerance and are unable to digest the lactose sugar in dairy products. Autoimmune intolerance to gluten, known as celiac disease, is another potential culprit.

For people whose bloating happens after meals, keeping track of food and drink intake for several weeks should help to determine whether specific foods are responsible.

The American Academy of Family Physicians offer tips for keeping a food diary and provide a template for people to get started.


 Look at supplements and medications

Some supplements, such as iron, can cause constipation and other symptoms of indigestion. This can increase bloating. Potassium, on the other hand, may reduce bloating by helping to balance the body’s sodium levels.

Medications may also cause side effects that affect GI function or cause indigestion. If this happens, a doctor or pharmacist can suggest alternatives that are more gentle on the digestive tract.


When To See A Doctor

 

Although it is not common, bloating and swelling of the abdomen can signify a severe medical condition. Liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, heart failure, kidney problems, and some types of cancer can cause bloating.

Bloating that continues for days or weeks may indicate a health issue that needs medical attention. It is advisable to speak to a doctor about ongoing bloating that does not go away over time.

People whose bloating occurs alongside these symptoms should seek medical advice

appetite changes or trouble eating, diarrhea, vomiting, weight loss, fever, severe abdominal pain, bright red blood in the stool, black or dark maroon stools.


Ultimately, the outlook for bloating depends on the underlying cause. Most of the time, bloating is due to minor issues that lifestyle changes or OTC treatments can resolve.

People should see a doctor if bloating is ongoing or occurs with other symptoms. Determining the underlying cause of bloating and other digestive issues is the first step to getting treatment and feeling better.


 

Final Thoughts

Bloating depends on the underlying cause. Most of the time, bloating is due to minor issues that lifestyle changes or OTC treatments can resolve.

People should see a doctor if bloating is ongoing or occurs with other symptoms. Determining the underlying cause of bloating and other digestive issues are the first step to getting treatment and feeling better.

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


Thank You!

I do hope you stick around as I put out different types of content I try to post educational, Informative things that everyone can learn from. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

If you are a company or a person who would like to reach out so we can work together you can reach me here. Leighlei2009@gmail.com

I just want to say Thank you to all of those who read, view, like, comment, and subscribed to my blog It means the world to me ❤️️

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The Worst New Year’s Resolutions

In yesterday’s post, I mentioned how that I would be extending blogmas until December 31st. These posts won’t be holiday related as Christmas has since passed (Yesterday) Happy The Day After Christmas. What I will be doing Is adding some New Year’s related content to help you continue to stay on track and I will slowly be adding more of my normal content over the next week or so.

PLEASE READ: I have been thinking that I wanted to do something different for my blog next year and that Is more content that you want to see. I know that at the and of every post I ALWAYS ask what you would like to see. I MEAN I REALLY want to do more content related to what you want to see. It can be “Diet” related, fitness, nutrition or even advice posts. I post what I post because It means something to mean I won’t post something if I didn’t believe in it. I want to take this blog to the next level and I want you all of my followers (friends) to be apart of the ride. So please don’t hesitate in reaching out with any and all suggestions. You can find all of my links at the end of every post in the “Thank You” section and in the section “Where You Can Follow Me”. 

If you have missed #Blogmas all the links are listed in the section titled Blogmas which will be in right under this.

Welcome back for #Blogmas Day 25! Blogmas Is flying right by! To catch up here are the links to the first 22 Days of #Blogmas

Blogmas Days 1-25

*I realized that my #blogmas days had repeated tagged posts and that not every post was linked. I caught the mistake and fixed it. Every link should now be clickable and days 1-18 are now linked. If you are new to #blogmas you can catch up below.

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Another year “might” mean another failed attempt at seeing New Year’s resolutions all the way through. There are statistics that show only 9.2 percent of people report actually achieving their resolutions. Many many people get easily frustrated with themselves if they don’t fulfill the goals they set during the time frame they have also set, Even if they don’t see immediate results from the efforts they do put in.

It’s possible that the types of resolutions you are making are in fact setting you up for failure. You might just be making the worst resolutions possible. Just think about this: do you really want to achieve an unpractical goal? Or worse—one that benefits you in the short term and then backfires in the long term? It’s time to scratch those plans and start fresh. In today’s post I would consider this list to be the worst New Year’s resolutions you can make for 2019 so you know what to avoid.

Saying, “I want to eat healthier” without really knowing what that means for you.

Woman in kitchen

The problem is that they often do not know exactly what this means, and the resolution is not specific enough. It would be more helpful for an individual to first define what eating healthy is and what it means to them. Next, they should be specific about what changes they plan to make in their diet to ensure they are eating healthier.


 

Having this mindset: “I want to have a body like [insert celebrity name here].”

Woman looking in mirror

It’s easy to set benchmarks for physical beauty by the celebrities we see every day, but trying to look like your favorite celebrity isn’t just misguided, it’s downright unhealthy. Everyone is different, including their genetics, body chemistry, and lifestyle. Celebrities often have certain advantages (physical and financial) that the average person doesn’t have, so many people will be disappointed if their efforts of healthy eating and exercise don’t lead to A-list results.


Deciding That Losing Weight Means Restricting Foods.

Woman craving food

Instead of focusing on the number on the scale and having extreme goals that will create unhealthy outcomes, why don’t you instead focus on behaviors you WANT to change. Perhaps you want to engage more in body movement in the new year or maybe you want to be more mindful of listening to your body cues of hunger (and) fullness and not engaging in mindless eating.


Taking A Ton Of Vitamins In Order To Become Healthier

Vitamins

I hear about how people make resolutions to take large quantities of vitamins in the new year. This is not a good idea for many reasons. First, it never lasts—no one continues taking handfuls of supplements forever because it’s frankly too much and it’s neither pleasant nor good for you. And secondly, it is not good for your health. These handfuls of pills are typically excessive and can, in fact, cause more harm than good. I do advocate a personalized approach to taking the right vitamins based on your “diet”, lifestyle, and health concerns. Doing so, via a personalized multivitamin (only one or two pills daily) is typically the best way to get what you need in safe and doable amounts. It is also much more likely to create a lasting and effective habit that will ultimately give you better health, energy, and ability to improve your overall lifestyle.


Having A Vague Exercise Goal

tired during workout

Saying that you want to start exercising or exercising more is a great resolution to make, but it isn’t specific enough. Sticking to this goal will be difficult if you haven’t first defined what exercise means to you, and how you plan to carry out this resolution. Make a clear and specific resolution that includes the type of exercise, the amount, and the length of time.


Opting For The “Quick” Cosmetic Fix To Get Lean

Woman measuring waist

Liposuction is not a weight-loss tool but a body shaping process. It works best in patients who are at or very close to their normal weight, and have stubborn areas of fat that are out of proportion with the rest of their figure


Starving As A Means Of Cutting Holiday Weight

Hungry woman

All too often, people eat and drink too much from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve. People decide to starve themselves beginning Jan. 1 to get rid of the excess weight quickly. This is a terrible resolution because our bodies turn food into energy so we can accomplish the tasks of daily living, including keeping our brains healthy. Without new sources of energy, our bodies rely solely on our stored fat, which turns into ketones, and too many ketones can be unhealthy.

Think About This:

Many people don’t want to hear it, but eating healthy, sensible meals and exercising are the best ways to lose weight year-round. It is not a quick fix, but it’s a long-term solution to live our best, healthiest lives.


Deciding To Quit Smoking “Cold Turkey”

Cigarette

This is another great resolution, but people fail at it because they don’t know the best way to go about quitting. Very often, people attempt to quit “cold turkey” and unfortunately, very few people are successful at this method. What people don’t realize is that the best method to quitting involves a combination of two things: tobacco cessation medications and behavior changes. To increase your chances of successfully quitting smoking, speak with your doctor about medication options, and ask to be referred to a behavioral therapist or seek one out on your own or you can talk to a friend or family member who quit smoking.


Only Exercising Indoors

Weight training

While some exercise is better than none, exercising indoors exclusively can deprive us of exposure to sunlight. Sun exposure helps our bodies synthesize vitamin D, a hormone that is important for bone and tissue health, immunity and other metabolic processes. Exercising outside is a good way to help boost your vitamin D levels in the coming year.


Making Too Many New Year’s Resolutions

Woman stressed

We often put the needs of other people first, so we put off taking the time to make healthy foods, exercise, get enough sleep, relax and other basic needs. To make up for 12 months of not taking care of ourselves, we decide to make the new year the time we are going to get our lives in order…every aspect of our lives. Unfortunately, if we try to do too much and to change too many things at one time, this can set us up to fail at everything.


Final Thoughts

I hope you enjoyed today’s post? If you have any questions about today’s post, any past post or questions, in general, please feel free in reaching out. You can ALWAYS find my email in the “Thank You” section and you can also ALWAYS find all of my social media links in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.

If you or someone you may know is looking for one on one coaching or just looking for advice on how to jump-start a healthy lifestyle or how to stay on track during the holidays you can find all of my links which are ALWAYS provided in the “Thank You” section and in the “Where You Can Follow Me” section.


Thank You!

I do hope you stick around as I put out different types of content I try to post educational, Informative things that everyone can learn from. I am learning what people like to read and what people don’t. The one thing you will get from me Is honesty. If I post something It’s because I believe In It no matter If It’s a beauty review, recipe post, or just me posting a random post.

If you are a company or a person who would like to reach out so we can work together you can reach me here. Leighlei2009@gmail.com

I just want to say Thank you to all of those who read, view, like, comment, and subscribed to my blog It means the world to me ❤️️

………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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