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Food Labels: Ingredients Varying by Stores, By States

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Health & Nutrition | 0 comments

When you go to the grocery store, how often do you look at the label of the food item you put into your cart? Most Americans look at total calories and macronutrients (fat, protein and carbs) rather than ingredients when they look at label on the back of a product (if they look at the label at all). Typically, sugar and the ingredients aren’t the focus. With the rise of processed food, and the “low fat” diet mentality, many of us are programmed to choose something with less than 100 calories; what the actual ingredients are that went into making that item and how much sugar (or sugar substitite)...

Your Body Is A Wonderland

Posted by on Mar 9, 2014 in Health & Nutrition | 0 comments

For surgeons, their results are typically seen relatively quickly. Similarly, the same goes for prescription medicine use. You have a rash, you are prescribed a cream and it works or it doesn’t work. You can observe the results. With nutrition, often times such results aren’t immediate or as concrete to show absolute results, at least immediately anyway. The exception to that is, the critical or compromised patient. Clinical dietitians will tell you, that in a critical setting, at times, nutrition is literally what can save that patient. I admire their passion and often you can hear it in their voice. They know firsthand the value of nutrition for their...

Extra Extra: Another Misleading Headline about Food

Posted by on Mar 8, 2014 in Health & Nutrition | 0 comments

A recent study, published in Cell Metabolism, looked at protein intake and link to increased mortality and cancer rates. The authors concluded that: These results suggest that low protein intake during middle age followed by moderate to high protein consumption in old adults may optimize healthspan and longevity.   News headlines around the world reported: Meat, dairy may be as detrimental to your health as smoking cigarettes, study says Diet high in meat, eggs and dairy could be as harmful to health as smoking cigarettes Perhaps many anti-Paleo folks gladly accepted this information and felt they were right to believe it was all a fad…  Yay. Dish out the...

For The Love of Coffee

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Clean Eating, Health & Nutrition | 0 comments

I will admit it, I (formerly) was a Starbucks Gold Card member. I had the app on my iPhone and it made getting my caffeine fix easy… and there is a Starbucks on every corner. Almost every where you go in the city, you see people holding Starbucks in their hands. Starbucks has become a status symbol; brand loyalty exists because they have become the face of coffee. The kleenex of coffee, if you will. Previously, I thought their lattes were better than Dunkin Donuts because the Starbucks espresso seemed to taste stronger. Mistakenly, I considered both Dunkin and McDonalds lattes to be more artificial, as Starbucks has successfully...

Current Events: Sugar Recommendations and New Food Labels Proposals

Posted by on Mar 5, 2014 in Clean Eating, Health & Nutrition | 0 comments

The World Health Organization has announced that they will change their sugar recommendations. Upon hearing the news, it sounded as if The WHO had lowered the recommended sugar intake by 50%, but it may not be their official stance. According to BBC News, this recommendation isn’t set. Announcing the new draft measures, the WHO said in a statement: “WHO’s current recommendation, from 2002, is that sugars should make up less than 10% of total energy intake per day. “The new draft guideline also proposes that sugars should be less than 10% of total energy intake per day. “It further suggests that a reduction to below 5% of total energy...

Is it all Hype: Gluten Free, Paleo and non-GMO

Posted by on Mar 2, 2014 in Health & Nutrition | 0 comments

Gluten free, non-GMO, and Paleo… it is all hype. Right? Hell yes, many shout. Well. Yes and No. Like this blog’s namesake, all those terms are buzzwords and are getting a lot of hype. Gluten free, non-GMO and Paleo are all hype IF you just latch onto the concepts without actually knowing what they mean. So, in that case- YES, it is all hype. Conviction without knowledge tends to muddy the waters of any subject matter.   You no longer have to go to a health food store to find Gluten free products. The food industry willingly is jumping onto that bandwagon if it means profits. Simply swapping out...

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