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Tuesday
May032011

What are the best foods are to help offset having eaten too much candy with high fructose in it. Apple cider vinegar? Grapefruit? Help before it all turns to fat! 

Think about this logically for a second. You have eaten too much candy which translates into too many calories. Why would consuming even more calories make you lose the ones you have already ingested, or somehow neutralize them? You can’t offset overconsumption with more consumption; you can only change that behavior. You can’t somehow neutralize high fructose corn syrup (HFCS).
Not to worry - we have all done this, me included, and it isn’t the end of the world. Since you realize eating too much candy with HFCS isn’t healthy and causes weight gain, instead, reach for a healthy alternative. A little dark chocolate, small amounts of dried fruit or better yet, fresh fruit should satisfy your cravings. Also journal your feelings before you reach for something sweet. What drove your desire? Were you really hungry? Were you bored? Were you revisiting a bad time in your past? Were you thirsty? Try waiting 30 minutes before giving into your craving and see if it goes away. Distract yourself by taking a walk or call a friend. If that doesn’t’ work then maybe you really are hungry. If that’s the case, choose whole unprocessed fruit to satisfy your sweet tooth. In the future, try getting a variety of berries and freeze these. When the sweet tooth attacks, put those frozen berries in a glass of soda water instead of ice. You will have a sweet, low calorie snack that fills you up, hydrates you and gives you a boost of healthy nutrition!

Wednesday
Feb022011

Are there ingredients in food that are unsafe? If so, what are they?

There are a number of ingredients in use that are under ongoing investigation for being toxic and dangerous.  Here are just a few of the better known ingredients that are found in foods, mostly processed and refined foods.

Hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated vegetable oils.

These are vegetable oils that have been infused with hydrogen so they become solid at room temperature. Foods that have these oils in them have a long shelve life and don’t decay. Hydrogenated oils resemble natural fats but at the molecular level they are very different and the body has a difficult time processing them.  These oils are believed to contribute to heart disease, cancer, arthritis and may cause nutritional disruptions and deficiencies.

Trans-fats.

Trans-fats are fats and oils that are linked to heart disease. Trans fats consist of molecules that are difficult for the body to use and assimilate so they are stored.  Since fats are used to repair cellular walls, using hydrogenated or trans fats for that purpose makes for inferior repairs that cause the cell to mutate or die. This places a strain on a person’s immune system and can cause cells to become diseased.

BHA & BHT.

BHA stands for Butylated Hydroxy Anisole and BHT stands for Butylated Hydroxy Toluene. Both are chemical additives used separately or together to prevent fats in foods from becoming rancid. They can be used in packing materials or directly in the food. There some studies link BHA & BHT to certain cancers. 

High fructose corn syrup.

HFCS is an artificial sweetener that is widely used in many food and drink products and is less expensive than natural sugar. It is used as a preservative and flavoring in all sorts of foods including season salts, meat sauces and ketchup. Among prepackaged, processed foods, it is hard to avoid. It is one way people end up getting too many sugars in their diet. HFCS is currently seen as a contributing factor in a number of health issues including obesity and diabetes.

Sodium Nitrite.

Sodium Nitrite (NaNO2) is a preservative and color stabilizer used in meat and fish products. NaNO2 has been linked to cancers, migraines and COPD lung diseases.

Excitotoxins.

Excitotoxins include a number of ingredients that are additives used in foods like sugary drinks, snacks, gum and candy. Two of the excitotoxins are Mono Sodium Glutamate (MSG) and Aspartame, an artificial sweetener. Excitotoxins have been linked to nervous system disorders, ADD, ADHD, Parkinson’s disease multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and strokes.