Mar 26

Everywhere you turn, whether it be on grocery store shelves, or any variety of restaurant, we are bombarded with high salt options more than ever before.  Why do we have this obsession with this age old ingredient?  We love our flavor!  Ironically, the more salt we eat, the more we damage our taste buds which requires us to use even more of it over time! The American Heart Association recently dropped their recommended daily amount of sodium intake from 2300 mg to 1500 mg.  The average daily dietary intake of sodium in the U.S. today sits at more than two times that amount at about 3500 mg per day.  Again, we like our taste, and the food industry is happy to fill that need, even if its to our detriment health wise.   What are the consequences of having a high sodium diet?  Most notably, raising blood pressure which leads to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.  Americans have a 90% chance of developing high blood pressure in their lifetimes.  Every year in the U.S., 780,000 people die from heart disease.  Coronary heart disease causes 1 out of every 6 deaths in the U.S. every year.  On average, someone dies from heart disease every 39 seconds.   To put this in perspective, the amount of annual deaths related to heart disease is the equivalent of 9-11 occurring 260 times annually.  Sadly, the vast majority of those deaths are entirely preventable if people would just be willing to change their diets instead of the popular choice of using prescription medications which don’t address the root cause and only treat the condition. I am in disbelief at the number of people I hear that are having heart attacks at younger and younger ages in this country.  I’m sure all of you reading this post can think of loved ones or your friend’s loved ones who were lost at an early age to this, the number one cause of death in our country today.  Let’s take a look at how we can make sure that we and our loved ones don’t fall pray to this silent killer by taking control of our diets.  Here’s three helpful tips to help you fight heart...

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Mar 17

Many of you who read my blog know that my youngest son Kyle is somewhat of a sugar-a-holic. When we started to learn the truth about many of the harmful ingredients in the candy that he loved to eat, we knew that we had to make changes.  We learned that what he loved not only made him hyper active, but it literally damaged brain cells and that many of the types of candies he loved had known carcinogens which have the potential to cause cancer when ingested consistently. For this reason, we set out to find alternatives.  One of the biggest ingredients that we were dead set on removing from his diet was aspartame for a number of reasons.  If you’re not familiar with what it can cause, please read my February 7th blog that covers it in detail.  We had always thought that we were doing Kyle a favor when buying sugarless gum until we realized that aspartame is in all of it!  We then figured that buying gum with good old fashioned sugar in it like Big Red and Juicy Fruit was a better option as long as we made him brush to avoid cavities. It wasn’t until today when he asked me for some when I filled up at the gas station that I realized that these options along with regular old bubble gum have aspartame and a number of other terrible ingredients that should be avoided at all costs!  Let’s take a look at the Big Red gum that I almost bought.  The breakdown of ingredients below was provided by Big Red ingredients: Sugar, gum base, corn syrup, natural and artificial flavors; less than 2% of: Glycerol, soy lecithin, aspartame-acesulfame, hydroxylated soy lecithin, color (red 40 lake, blue 1 lake), BHT (to maintain freshness).Phenylketonurics: Contains phenylalanine. 1. Sugar: A sweetening additive. Made mainly from sugar cane and sugar beet. Health effects: Safe if eaten in small amounts. Consumption of large amounts over time has been  linked to tooth decay, periodontal disease, obesity, hyperactivity, B vitamin deficiencies, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. 2. Gum base: A non-nutritive masticatory substance used as a support for the edible and soluble portion of chewing gum. Gum Base is made from a mix...

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Mar 04

Every day, we are bombarded by ads telling us about the latest deal or addition to the menu that fast food companies are offering us.  It’s estimated that the fast food industry buries us in $4.2 Billion in annual advertising.  Compare that to the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion’s annual budget of $6.5 Million, and it’s easy to see why we’re the fattest and least healthy nation on the planet.  That’s 1/10th of a penny for every dollar spent by the fast food juggernauts. You can’t drive a block in any given town in America without seeing one of the logos above as a choice to fill our stomachs.  We’ve even exported our unhealthy way of life around the globe to see other country’s health statistics moving in the wrong direction.  How about a late night “4th meal” to satisfy those cravings?   Just what are the statistics that can be connected to our fast food addiction?  68.8% of U.S. adults are either overweight or obese.  It’s involved in 5 of the top 10 contributing factors of death in America.  In adults 20 and older, more than 1 in every 10 people suffers from diabetes, and in seniors (65 and older), that figure rises to more than 1 in 4.   How about children?  Today about 1 in 3 American kids and teens is overweight or obese, triple the rate in 1963.  It is estimated that 1 in 3 children born after the year 2000 will develop Type 2 diabetes.  This epidemic could prove to be devastating if we don’t address it soon.   I strongly believe the main culprit in all of this is what is in the foods we eat, and today we’ll tackle it head on.  There is a direct correlation to the number of times a family eats fast food, and  whether or not they become one of the statistics previously mentioned.  Unfortunately, most people have no idea what these companies put into their foods to attract their customers and keep them coming back by adding addictive substances.  This post will make it perfectly clear as to what is in them, and how it impacts the human body so that you can make an...

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