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Why are Sugary Drinks so Bad?

Why are Sugary Drinks so Bad?

Many people gravitate towards the most frugal style of living. Grocery stores are lined with flamboyant tags under products highlighting the potential savings one can attain if you were to buy their product. These labels tantalize consumers to focus on their cheap products in juices from concentrate and sodas instead of their nutrient values. Trying to get the best deal through shopping economically may keep your wallet from getting thinner, but it is almost surely making your body larger. This article will highlight the dangers of sugary drinks and how it affects your overall health. What does “From Concentrate” Mean? The most common labels one may find when browsing the juice isle is “from concentrate”. One may come the conclusion that it means “fresh squeezed” but it is a far call away from the truth. Juices from concentrate essentially indicates that the product is squeezed, pasteurized and filtered. It is then evaporated to remove the water content and then added to the vessel containing artificial sweeteners and copious amounts of sugar to reconstitute the juices’ appealing flavor. This is a cheaper way of utilizing as much fruit as possible to save on food costs for the company. The consumer is ultimately impacted by this technique because of the overconsumption of sugar, artificial preservatives and food dyes. One should avoid this label in order to maintain a healthy amount of weight-loss. What are the Risks? The risks for consuming sugary drinks daily are numerous. People who consume 1 to 2 cans of soda have a 26% greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than people who rarely drink soda. It...
The World’s Healthiest Food: Seafood

The World’s Healthiest Food: Seafood

This week’s article is for health conscious individuals that love fish. California has an incredible abundance of fresh seafood just waiting to be discovered by adventurous eaters. Fish also contains many beneficial nutrients and protein that will be great for a healthy meal. Here are 3 of the world’s healthiest fish and why you should implement them in your diet. Cods Cod is a readily-available seafood year round. It has a mild and versatile flavor so the usage in different types of entrees is flawless. North Atlantic cod is the most recognized type around the US, but there are many other varieties. Health Benefits Cardiovascular– Cod has a large amount of blood-thinning Omega-3 fatty acids. It also contains an excellent source of vitamins B12 and B6. Omega-3-rich fish consumption improves the electrical properties of heart cells, protecting against fatal abnormal heart rhythms. Protection against Cancer– A diet rich in the omega-3 fats found in cold water cod greatly reduces risk of colorectal cancer. Studies have shown that those whose diets provided the most omega-3s had a 37% reduction in colorectal cancer risk. Salmon Scallops are a type of shellfish used in many different entrées ranging from Italian to French cuisine. The part of the scallop that is generally consumed is called the nut, which is the muscle that opens and closes the shell. They have a chewy and flavorful texture. Health Benefits Protection against Stroke– The vitamin rich fish contains vital nutrients that help thin the blood and prevent blood clots. Eating scallops 1-3 times per month will greatly increase blood flow in order to prevent blood-related ailments. Increases...
The World’s Healthiest Food: Herbs and Spices

The World’s Healthiest Food: Herbs and Spices

This week’s article will be on the seasonings we put in our food that might get overlooked nutrition-wise. There are plenty of small herbs that contain an extraordinary amount of antioxidants and nutrients. Not only can you zest up a meal with these key ingredients, you will highly benefit by consuming these sprigs of health. We will focus on the three healthiest herbs and spices and give you reasons why you want to add them to your diet. Basil Basil is a highly fragrant plant whose leaves are used as a seasoning herb for many different types of foods. Basil has become one of the most recognizable herbs ever since pesto, the mixture of basil, pine nuts and Parmesan cheese, has become popular.While the taste of sweet basil is bright and pungent; it is a great herb for Italian pastas and soups. Health Benifits Anti-Inflammatory– Basil’s perks not only include a high amount of vitamin K, but it also can block the activity of an enzyme in the body called cyclooxygenase. Medicine like Ibuprofen and Aspirin block this same enzyme which reduces swelling and aches. This could benefit individuals ailed by Rheumatoid Arthritis or other inflammatory diseases. Cardiovascular– Basil is a very good source of vitamin A, which helps prevent cholesterol buildup in blood vessels. Basil is also a good source of magnesium, which promotes cardiovascular health by prompting muscles and blood vessels to relax, thus improving blood flow. Dried Chili Pepper Chili pepper is meant to but a hot zest into your meals. For you adventurous eaters that do not mind the heat, chili pepper can lend itself...

The World’s Healthiest Food: Nuts and Seeds

Nuts are great to snack on when you’re in a rush. They do not need to be prepared and taste great as they are. You can add them in salads and they are even used in pastas. They are also used in baking, giving pastries a sweet crunch throughout. Here are three of the world’s healthiest nuts and seeds. Almonds The delicately flavored and versatile almond is available throughout the year to make a healthy and tasty addition to both sweet and savory dishes. Health Benefits • Reduce Your Risk of Heart Disease- Almonds are high in monounsaturated fats, the same type of health-promoting fats as are found in olive oil, which have been associated with reduced risk of heart disease. • Protection against Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease- Almonds appear to not only decrease after-meal rises in blood sugar, but also provide antioxidants to mop up the smaller amounts of free radicals that still result. Cashews The delicately flavored cashew nut is a favorite between meal snack that can be readily found in your local market year round. It also makes wonderful nut butter and a special addition to salads and stir-fry dishes. Health Benefits • Heart-Protective Monounsaturated Fats- Not only do cashews have a lower fat content than most other nuts, approximately 82% of their fat is unsaturated fatty acids, plus about 66% of this unsaturated fatty acid content are heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, similar to those found in olive oil. • Healthier Bones- Magnesium, by balancing calcium, helps regulate nerve and muscle tone. In many nerve cells, magnesium serves as Nature’s own calcium channel blocker, preventing calcium from...
The World’s Healthiest Food: Grains

The World’s Healthiest Food: Grains

Grains are essential for cooking many dishes. Grains are everywhere and they are the perfect source of carbohydrates which is needed for energy. Pasta and bread would nearly cease to exist without grains. Here are three of the world’s healthiest grains. Barley Barley is a wonderfully versatile cereal grain with a rich nutlike flavor and an appealing chewy, pasta-like consistency. Its appearance resembles wheat berries, although it is slightly lighter in color. Health Benefits • Lower Cholesterol- Barley’s dietary fiber is high in beta glucan, which helps to lower cholesterol by binding to bile acids and removing them from the body via the feces. Bile acids are compounds used to digest fat that are manufactured by the liver from cholesterol. • Protection Against Atherosclerosis- Barley is a good source of niacin, a B vitamin that provides numerous protective actions against cardiovascular risk factors. Brown Rice The process that produces brown rice removes only the outermost layer, the hull, of the rice kernel and is the least damaging to its nutritional value. It is great for plenty of healthy dishes. Health Benefits • Energy Production and Antioxidant Protection- Manganese helps produce energy from protein and carbohydrates and is involved in the synthesis of fatty acids, which are important for a healthy nervous system, and in the production of cholesterol, which is used by the body to produce hormones. • Rich in Selenium- Selenium is an essential component of several major metabolic pathways, including thyroid hormone metabolism, antioxidant defense systems, and immune function. Oats What better way to gain the strength and energy to carry you through a hectic morning schedule...

The World’s Healthiest Food: Fruits

Fruit is a great snack for anyone who is trying to stay fit and healthy. They come in so many varieties that contain an excellent amount of nutrients and vitamins. Fruit can be blended into nutritious smoothies or placed in the freezer for a nice frozen treat. Here are three of the healthiest fruits that are available at all markets in the US. Apples Antioxidant Benefits– Since most of the polyphenols in apples function as antioxidants, it’s not surprising to see so many health benefit studies focusing on the antioxidant benefits from apple. Particularly strong is the ability of apples to decrease oxidation of cell membrane fats. Cardiovascular Benefits– The cardiovascular benefits of apples are well-documented in research studies, and they are closely associated with two aspects of apple nutrients: their water-soluble fiber (pectin) content, and their unusual mix of polyphenols. Health Benifits Cardiovascular– Cod has a large amount of blood-thinning Omega-3 fatty acids. It also contains an excellent source of vitamins B12 and B6. Omega-3-rich fish consumption improves the electrical properties of heart cells, protecting against fatal abnormal heart rhythms. Protection against Cancer– A diet rich in the omega-3 fats found in cold water cod greatly reduces risk of colorectal cancer. Studies have shown that those whose diets provided the most omega-3s had a 37% reduction in colorectal cancer risk. Grapefruit Tart and tangy with an underlying sweetness, grapefruit has a juiciness that rivals that of the ever popular orange and sparkles with many of the same health promoting benefits. Health Benifits Vitamin C– Grapefruit is an excellent source of vitamin C, a vitamin that helps to support...