Category Archives: Health Facts to Consider

Tea

Tea.  My favorite drink next to water.  I like it warm or cold, with a meal or just on its own.  I like green, black, white, red (rooibos), herbal, oolong, they are all good.  Personally, I don’t care for tea bags, I prefer loose tea, and I found a great place to get my tea and an easy (and quicker) way to brew my tea.  I was researching loose teas a couple of years ago and came across Adagio Teas (Adagio Teas – Best Tea Online) and fell in love with their products.  They have high quality, yet affordable teas.  My first purchase was their Tea Starter:
Tea Starter Set

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Mad Cow found in Dairy Products! WHAT!!!

I was just reading the April newsletter from Dr. John McDougall and I am even more thankful that I am not only a vegan, but am lactose intolerant!!!  Just in case you need another reason to stop eating that cheese and using cow’s milk on your cereal, here is a link to the article: Mad Cow Proteins Detected in Dairy Products.  It is the second article (you’ll need to scroll about half way down the page).  They have found not only mad cow, but also bovine lukemia in off-the-shelf milk products.  You can obtain all of the vitamins and minerals that you need from vegetable sources that are more easily digested than they are in milk products anyway, so why eat them!  There are a couple of other good articles in that newsletter, so please, read all of them, they aren’t very long, it’ll only take you a few minutes. 

On a different topic, Dr. McDougall also talks about how to Cut Our Food Costs.  He gives some great tips, like being able to eat for $3.00 a day, check it out. 

Cloned Animals in your supermarket!?!

Well, even though consumers opposed the sale of meat and dairy from cloned animals, the US government approved it, stating that it is safe for human consumption.  They also do not require labeling of these cloned animal products, so you will have no idea if what you are purchasing is from a cloned animal or not (yet another reason not to eat meat and dairy!!!).  Consumer advocates are rightly concerned with the lack of proof regarding issues relating to animal welfare and sustainability, as well as the safety of cloned food!  It will probably be years before it hits the market because of the high costs of cloning, but it is coming.  You can avoid consuming meat and dairy from cloned animals by purchasing certified organic foods (they ban cloned ingredients) and by eating vegan.  One of my concerns is for my dog.  We still feed her normal dog food, but I am sure that they will start using cloned meat in dog and cat food, time to start going organic for her! 

What are Trans Fats?

 What are Trans Fats & how do I avoid them?

Trans fatty acids, or Trans Fats (bad fats) are man-made through a process called hydrogenation. Hydrogenation takes an unsaturated fat that is liquid, like vegetable oil, & turns it into a solid fat. Hydrogenation makes the product more shelf stable & helps it to stay fresh longer. When you consume trans fats, your body treats it like saturated fats. You will find trans fats in cookies, margarines, crackers, donuts, cereals, protein bars, chips, fried foods, & more.

Despite knowing the dangers of trans fats, it is still widely used. Trans fats are still being tested, but they have been shown to be bad for the brain & nervous system, raise your bad (LDL) cholesterol levels & lowering your good (HDL) cholesterol, which increases your risk for cardiovascular disease, as well as raising the insulin levels in your blood, which can lead to diabetes.

How do I avoid trans fats? Check the labels of all of your foods for the words “hydrogenated” & “partially hydrogenated”. Even if a package says “0 grams trans fats”, they can still contain up to 0.5 grams per serving. That 0.5 grams can add up if you are not watching how much you are eating. If you find a product with trans fats, put it back on the shelf & walk away, quickly.  There are much better foods out there for you. 

Things you probably don’t want to know!

Calorie Alert!

Chili’s has added full nutritional info to their web site (for everything, not just their Guiltless Grill items).  And PF Chang’s has added nutritionals to their site as well.  I really like this trend, even though it’s scary to see how many calories and fat grams restaurant chain food contains, at least you know what you’re getting into.  The big unknown in the world of restaurant dining is, of course, The Cheesecake Factory (who keeps their nutritional info under tighter security than our country’s nuclear launch codes).  Let’s change that.  If we all send emails to the Cheesecake folks demanding that they make their info public, maybe they will.

Here are some scary fast food nutritional facts:

Burger King’s Triple Whopper w/ Cheese – This is one MONSTER of a burger.  The size of a small to medium sized pet, this mess of a meatfest is way too big unless you plan on sharing it with a group.  How bad is this burger blunder?  Try 1,230 calories and 82g of fat bad.  82 grams of fat?!?  Are they KIDDING?  Unfortunately not.  HG Tip: When it comes to fast food burgers, it’s all about portion control. Feel the need to bite one?  Go ahead and do it.  Just make it a regular hamburger or cheeseburger.  And be sure to ask for no mayo!  A burger like this (McDonald’s cheeseburger, for example) has around 310 calories and 12g fat.  Or, better yet, if you live near an In-N-Out Burger, opt for a single, protein style, with ketchup and mustard instead of their special “sauce”– it’ll only set you back 160 calories.

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Interesting Water Finds

Here is some interesting water finds:

Fluids can do wonders to your waistline: A recent study found that after men & women drank 17 oz of water, their metabolic rates increased by 30% within 10 minutes & peaked about 40 minutes later.  Drinking at least 8 glasses of water a day has a lot of benefits.  It helps keep you satiated (often what we interpret as hunger is really thirst).  It flushes the waste products your body churns out when processing protein or breaking down fat.  And it transports nutrients to your muscles to keep your metabolism clicking.  Otherwise, the best drinks you can have are low-fat milk & green tea.  (Please, no more than 2 glasses of diet soda a day if you must)