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SAD: HOW OUR DIET HAS CHANGED IN THE LAST 20 YEARS

THE GOOD

Fat consumption is down

THE BAD
The world is also eating way more meat, cheese, milk, and sugar than we were just two decades ago — and less rice, cereal, and wheat.

Most of that protein is coming from animal sources. Wealthy countries — where people already eat too much protein — account for most of the increase.

THE UGLY

People are eating way less grain.

People are drinking way more alcohol and eating way more sugar.


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WHY I AM WARY OF SUPPLEMENTS?

1. Because they are virtually unregulated

2. The regulation lacks teeth

3. People are too eager to rush for a silver bullet than take the slow but sure road to better health.

· According to a new Harvard study today, as many as 11 supplements on the market contain the potentially dangerous ingredient. They were all available at popular retail stores and online, and are advertised as "all-natural."

· A similar study, carried out by the FDA in 2013, found BMPEA in 9 of 21 tested supplements, but no regulatory action was taken. No public warning was issued.

· Just this week, Human breast milk sold were found to be tainted with cow’s milk.

· In 2013, Researchers identified 27 supplements available for purchase online that were among 274 recalled during 2009-2012. Among sports enhancement or bodybuilding supplements, 85% of those purchased by the researchers remained adulterated with dangerous compounds, including anabolic steroids

· Any more recently, in Feb 2015, GNC, Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens were accused of selling adulterated ‘herbals’. The investigators tested 24 products claiming to be seven different types of herb — Echinacea, garlic, gingko biloba, ginseng, saw palmetto, St. John’s wort and valerian root. All but five of the products contained DNA that was either unrecognizable or from a plant other than what the product claimed to be.

Still not Convinced?

Here are more from Medscape

So, What should a consumer do?

From FDA: consumers should heed these potential warning signs of tainted products marketed as dietary supplements.

  • Products claiming to be alternatives to FDA-approved drugs or to have effects similar to prescription drugs.
  • Products claiming to be a legal alternative to anabolic steroids.
  • Products that are marketed primarily in a foreign language or those that are marketed through mass e-mails.
  • Products that provide warnings about testing positive in performance enhancement drug tests.

Generally, if you are using or considering using any product marketed as a dietary supplement, FDA suggests that you

  • check with your health care professional or a registered dietician on any nutrients you may need in addition to your regular diet
  • ask yourself: Does it sound too good to be true?
  • Be cautious if the claims for the product seem exaggerated or unrealistic
  • Watch out for extreme claims—for example, "quick and effective," "cure-all;" "can treat or cure diseases; or "totally safe"
  • Be skeptical about anecdotal information from personal “testimonials” about incredible benefits or results obtained from using a product
  • ask your health care professional for help distinguishing between reliable and questionable information


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BREAKING NEWS: DEATH FROM BLUEBELL

Texas grocery chain H-E-B is pulling Blue Bell Ice Cream from shelves as a precaution after a recall of some of the ice cream maker’s products that were connected to three deaths in Kansas.

Blue Bell on Friday suspended operations at its Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, plant that officials previously had connected to contaminated ice cream. The company recalled products there and at a Texas plant that’s been linked to a food borne illness connected to three deaths.

Clear out your freezer of Blue Bells for a while.


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BET YOU DID NOT KNOW THESE ABOUT FRUITS AND VEGGIES?

We love fruits in our home. But here are some cool facts about fruits and veggies that you should know:

a) Some fruits and veggies don’t go well with medication. (for example: Never mix grapefruits with cholesterol medications)

b) In many fruits and veggies, such as carrots, apples, and cucumbers, a high percentage of the nutrition is actually stored in the skin. This means that when you peel it off, you’re actually peeling away nutritious benefits. Make sure to wash your fruits and vegetables well before eating them and you’ll get used to eating them with the peel in no time.

c) All fruits and all vegetables are low in calories, this is why you hear nutrition professionals and doctors tell you to eat them for snacks. But be careful. Eat fruits with the fiber. Don’t make it into a fuit juice, which just extracts the sugar and eliminates the good fiber from the diet. A single fruit is about 125 grams on average; where ¼ of it is only water.

d) Calorie for calorie, there is more protein in broccoli than there is in an average steak, and with no saturated and trans fats or cholesterol, you can get all the protein you need with a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease. So if you are trying to grow and strengthen your muscles, broccoli is the food for you.

e) The skin of the fruit can be better than the fruit itself. Orange peels have over four times the amount of fiber then the actual fruit, and contain more antioxidants than the "flesh" inside. Grate up the skin, add cheese and make into an orange zest. You can use is to season all sorts of foods, add to baked goods or mix with your yogurt or cereals. Also, Oranges contain antioxidants that help fight the free radicals that damage and age our skin.

f) Peppers are good. While most people use them as a spice and not as a whole food, peppers (spicy ones in particular) can work wonders to promote the clotting of blood over wounds.

g) There are no negative calorie foods. While there are foods that have very few calories, you still only burn about 10% to 20% of their calorie intake. There is a metric called TEF (Thermal Effect of Food) that measures how many calories are used to digest food. Let’s take, for example, a stalk of celery that’s about 10 calories. While eating and digesting it you will burn about 2 calories, which means you still had an intake of 8 calories.

h) Eating an apple is a more reliable method of staying awake than consuming a cup of coffee. The natural sugar in an apple is more potent than the caffeine in coffee. If you’re finding yourself a little low on energy during the afternoon then consider eating an apple in the morning. Thanks to its high carbohydrate, vitamin, and mineral content, an apple can give you a steady supply of nutrition to help you stay energized all day.

i) Bananas is actually a herb. It has a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief. Because bananas are easy to digest and are very nutritious they are the first fruit offered to babies.

j) Lemons can kill bacteria-as they have high content of acid which makes them suitable for cleaning. Lime oil is useful to cool fevers. It can also stimulate and refresh a tired mind and helps with depression

k) An apple is a very refreshing tonic for oily skin. It makes an excellent remedy for fine wrinkles, cracked skin, itching and inflammation

l) Eating fresh figs during pregnancy helps from prolonged labor and weakness after childbirth. A half-cup of figs has as much calcium as a half-cup of milk.

m) They have tons of fiber. It can help keep your bowel movements regular, help lower cholesterol, regulate blood sugar, and help you feel fuller for longer.

Enjoy.

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Food and PH level

“pH” stands for power of hydrogen. It is a measurement of the hydrogen ion concentration in the body. The pH scale ranges from 1 to 14, with 7 considered to be neutral. A pH level lower than 7 is considered acidic and pH levels greater than 7 are basic (or alkaline). The ideal pH in humans is slightly alkaline (7.30 to 7.45).
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Eat Balanced food

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WHICH MILK IS THE BEST MILK?

Here’s a nutrient breakdown on the most popular choices per 8-ounce serving:

You were looking for a “MAGIC SILVER BULLET” weren’t you?

Look at the chart above. All have their + and -.

When choosing a "milk", a lot of it comes down to a taste preference — which varies from person to person.

If you don’t have any allergies, then any of them can be included in a healthy diet.

Look out for protein, added sugar and saturated fat.


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RESEARCH NEWS: DIET SODA INCREASES BELLY FAT

The trend among obese kids is to drink diet colas.

The new study, from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, set out to determine whether there was any connection between diet soda consumption and Belly Fat. The researchers followed 750 European-American and Mexican-American people over the age of 65 for almost 10 years.

It turned out that people who drank the most diet soda (at least one drink per day) had a much steeper rise in waist circumference over the years than those who didn’t drink the stuff at all. After adjusting for other variables like smoking status, age, activity level, the results were still striking: Waist circumference increased 0.8 inches for “non-users” (that is, non-diet-soda-drinkers), 1.83 in for occasional users, and 3.16 inches for daily users.

WHY?

Artificial sweeteners may shift the assortment of friendly bacteria in the gut. A study last fall found altered ratios of gut bacteria (along with glucose intolerance) in both mice and men after drinking artificially sweetened drinks for a week. Gut bacteria are well known to affect how we digest and metabolize food, and if their ideal ratios are altered in any way, this may pave the way for overweight and obesity.

Last month a highly publicized study suggested the caramel color in some sodas, 4-methylimidazole, was found in amounts sufficient to increase our cancer risk, prompting the authors to call for federal regulation.

REMEMBER

Diet product doesn’t mean being consequence-free!

Source: Forbes & Others