Sneaky Ways Added Sugars Hide in Your Cereals and Other Foods

March 21st, 2014
BEWARE!! High Acidity!! Heavy Sugar!!

BEWARE!! High Acidity!! Heavy Sugar!!

By

Alice Marson BS MS

Would you be shocked if you were told that you were consuming more than 10 times the amount of sugar daily than is recommended by the American Heart Association? That would be 250g or over a cup (8oz) of sugar, or 130 pounds of added sugar a year.

You may be-just maybe, taking in more sugar than you realize or want to.

Sugar offers no nutrients, such as protein, healthy fats, or enzymes, just empty and quickly digested calories that actually pull minerals from the body during digestion.

Dr. David Reuben, author of Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Nutrition says, “White refined sugar is not a food. It is a pure chemical, extracted from plant sources, purer, in fact than cocaine, which it resembles in many ways.”

Troyen Brennan, CVS Drugstore Chief Medical Officer, who announced in February 2014 that CVS is removing tobacco products from their shelves in October 2014. There is speculation that sugary beverages should be next.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the most dramatic findings yet linking high sugar consumption to heart disease. The WHO (World Health Organization) and the American Heart Association recommend that less than 10 percent of a person’s daily calories should come from the added sugars found in processed foods, snacks, and beverages, but 71 percent of Americans exceed that figure. “ The Average American eats 22 teaspoons of sugar a day,” says lead author, Quanhe Yang, of the Journal of American Medical Association Internal Medicine.

Sugar-sweetened beverages comprise 37 percent of American adult added sugar intake. Next at 14 percent were cereals, cookies, cake and candies.

The weekly ads of many groceries and drugstores are dominated by soda, sugary cereals and products, and candy. Close by in the pharmacy are products for diabetes and obesity. What a paradox!!!!!!!!

The leading experts about health issues plaguing Americans are saying our overconsumption of sugar is contributing to a tsunami-sized national health crisis. Not only the diabetes and obesity crises, but also research fingers sugar-overload in the development of high LDL (bad) cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart disease, inflammation, cancer, and early onset Alzheimer’s.

The safe zone for sugar is 25g (about 1 oz.) of added sugar daily. Sugar masquerades on labels, in addition to high fructose corn syrup, as barley malt, sucrose, dextrose, carob syrup, fruit juice concentrate, honey, lactose, maltose, rice bran and sorghum syrups. Manufacturers use these sweeteners to enhance flavor instead of fat. Even your supposedly healthy and organic cereals and foods can have these added sugars. You must read the Nutrition Facts and ingredients’ labels to see the added sugars. For people who are trying to shed pounds or dodge sugars this is a must.

Cereals are not the only foods with added sugars. Soda and sweetened ice tea can have 36-39g of sugar. Others are ketchup, low-fat salad dressings, fat-free foods, mayonnaise, peanut butter, yoghurt, canned vegetables and soup, pasta sauce, coleslaw, bread, salt, and enhanced water. Check your box of salt-it will probably contain dextrose.

The really good news is that you don’t have to go overboard. Once you become sugar smart and know where the sugar is hiding in your diet, you can make smarter choices. You can decide when and where you want to eat sugary foods and what kinds of sugar are acceptable to you.

So, check labels and ingredients for the added sugars. Take a close look at your diet and kick out the hidden sugars so that you can stay in the safe zone of about 25g (about 1 oz.) or about 12 teaspoons a day.

So, currently, you need to right-size the sugar in your diet. You will be amazed at the results; your health, energy, and your waistline will thank you.

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www. wellnessmama.com/15/harmful-effects-of-sugars

www.prevention.com/food/eatong

www.bbc.co.uk

Prevention magazine-Jan.2014

Akron Beacon Journal (02/14/14) article by Derrick Z. Jackson of Boston Globe- Next, Pull Sugar-laden Drinks from the Shelves

Beware of These 4 Food Label Claims (From Oprah Winfrey Network)

March 10th, 2014

by Johannah Sakimura

Bold nutrition claims often over-promise and under-deliver.
You can hardly grocery shop without being bombarded by products promising you more vitamins, more fiber, more nutrients, more everything. According to a 2013 USDA report, 43 percent of all new items that made their way to store shelves in 2010 carried at least one health claim on their packaging. We reality-check the lingo, so you know exactly what you’re getting from your favorite foods.
The Claim: “With Omega-3s”
The Real Deal: Heart-healthy omega-3s get top billing on everything from peanut butter to milk to bread. But don’t get too excited. Some products contain only 32 milligrams of the healthy fat per serving — one-tenth the amount in a half ounce of salmon. You’re better off following the American Heart Association’s guidelines, which recommend eating at least two weekly servings (3.5 ounces cooked) of fatty fish like salmon or trout to get the most omega-3s in your diet.
The Claim: “Good Source of Antioxidants”
The Real Deal: Packaged foods need to contain only 10 percent of your daily intake of antioxidants, like vitamins A, C, and E, to be considered a “good source,” according to the Food and Drug Administration. Instead, consume a full spectrum of antioxidants from natural sources like fruits and vegetables. One small carrot, for example, provides more than twice the amount of vitamin A that a full serving of one antioxidant-enriched cereal does. Aim for four servings of fruits and five servings of veggies per day — the more colorful they are, the higher the antioxidant levels.
The Claim: “High in Fiber”
The Real Deal: Some loaves of bread, energy bars, and even waffles can deliver up to 35 percent of your daily fiber requirement per serving, but much of the added fiber can be man-made or extracted from plants. And while studies have shown that a high-fiber diet may reduce the risk of heart disease, the research applies to naturally occurring fiber. To meet your daily needs, stick to natural sources like beans, oats, berries, and broccoli.
The Claim: “Made with Whole Grains”
The Real Deal: Crackers, breads, and cereals that carry this promise must offer some whole grains (higher in fiber, vitamins, and minerals than their refined counterparts), but companies aren’t obligated to disclose the actual amount, and there’s no required minimum. In fact, one popular brand of “whole wheat” crackers contains a measly five grams of whole grains per serving — 1/16 of your recommended daily intake. Avoid confusion in the bread aisle by choosing foods that say they’re “100 percent whole grain” — that label ensures that the product contains no refined flours.
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Little Pieces of Thought….

March 3rd, 2014

Note From The REV:

Wow! VERY Deep...!

Wow! VERY Deep…!

Numbers of little thoughts have been collected over the weeks and months; some profound, some silly, some actually philosophical. ENJOY!

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Love without Respect is as cold as Pity.

Respect without Love is as grim as Fear.

Loyalty is the offspring of both Love and Respect. It is born Blind, blinded by Belief; and Belief knows not Reason.

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Politicians are folks who, when they see the Light at the end of the Tunnel, go out and buy more Tunnel!                                                                                                                                                                                   —John Quinton

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He who Opens a School Door, Closes a Prison.

–Victor Hugo

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You are Meditating every moment of every day. Every time that you focus on a task or a state of mind where you lose track of time, you are only in the present. But in the present, we elevate our conscious, focus our concentration, move into “The Zone”,  our “Game” is “on” . We raise our own vibrations to make that potential next step toward our Union with the Infinite.  Capture that frame of “No-Mind”, and you have mastered your life.

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Bow to No One. For the Humble shall make peace with the Earth, and the Mighty shall be struck with awe at their own Blindness.

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What we are and what we seem is but a Dream within a Dream. — Dr. Fred Alan Wolfe, Ph.D., Theoretical Physicist

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COINCIDENCE — What you have left when you have a Bad Theory!

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“I am Not a Saint, Unless you count a Sinner Who Keeps On Trying…”                                                                                                                            — Honourable Nelson Mandela

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When one does not give up, one cannot fail. Abraham Lincoln lost 8 Elections before becoming President of the United States in 1861.

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When someone wears a belt AND suspenders with his pants, something is wrong!

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REMEMBER! — NO Heaven, NO Hell — Just You, only you — No Exception!                                                                                                    –excerpted from Abraham Hicks Collection

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Never Trust an Atom — they make up everything!!

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Then there was a Buddhist Monk who, walking up to a hot-dog vendor in Central Park, New York, said, “Make Me One With Everything!”
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There is NO right, there is NO Wrong, but only our perception makes it so.
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BE QUIET and LISTEN!! Your God is Speaking to you….
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I am Well.
I am Happy.
I am Peaceful.
I am Sorry.
Please Forgive Me.
Thank You.
I Love You.
                    — inspired by Dr. Jor Vitale, Ph.D Metaphysician
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REMEMBER! What Happens Next?
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“The Kingdom is inside of you, and outside of you; when you know yourself then you will become known, and you will understand that you are Sons of the Living (God).  But if you know not yourself, you will dwell in poverty, and it is you who are that poverty.
                                      — from The Gospel of Thomas
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I cry my eyes out until there are no more tears left to shed. I weep for all the contributions to the world, by the forever forgotten — those who were ignored, those who were disempowered, those who were coerced by the Powers that were, that are and that are yet to be.
 I acknowledge them.
I worship them.
I lift them up.
I Identify.
I AM THEM.
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Know Thyself  — Aristotle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Senior Citizen

February 7th, 2014
 We senior citizens are constantly being blamed for every conceivable deficiency of the modern world, real or

We Are the Wise, and the Humorous!

We Are the Wise, and the Humorous!

imaginary. We take responsibility for all we have done
and do not try to blame others.

HOWEVER, upon reflection, we would like to point out that it was NOT us senior citizens who took:

The melody out of music,
The pride out of appearance,
The courtesy out of driving,
The romance out of love,
The commitment out of marriage,
The responsibility out of parenthood,
The togetherness out of the family,
The learning out of education,
The service out of patriotism,
The Golden Rule from rulers,
The nativity scene out of cities,
The civility out of behavior,
The refinement out of language,
The dedication out of employment,
The prudence out of spending,
The ambition out of achievement or
God out of government and school.

And we certainly are NOT the ones who
eliminated patience and tolerance from
personal relationships and interactions with
others!!
And, we DO understand the meaning of
Patriotism, and remember those who have
Fought and died for our country.
Just look at the Seniors with tears in their eyes and pride in their hearts, as they stand at attention with their hand over their hearts, as the American Flag passes by in a parade!
 
 
YES, I’M A SENIOR CITIZEN!  
I’m the life of the party…..
Even if it lasts until 8 p.m.
 
I’m awake many hours before
my body allows me to get up.
 
I’m smiling all the time,
because I can’t hear a thing you’re saying.
 
I’m sure everything I can’t find is
in a safe secure place, somewhere.
 
I’m wrinkled, saggy, lumpy,
and that’s just my left leg.
 
I’m beginning to realize that aging is not for wimps.
Yes, I’m a SENIOR CITIZEN
and I think I am having the time of my life!
Now if I could only remember who sent this to me so I don’t send it back to them.
Or, maybe I should send it to all my friends anyway.
The one who sent it won’t remember it, even if they did send it.
Spread the laughter
Share the cheer
Let’s be happy
While we’re here.
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Attributed to Steve Schwegel, Wisconsin, U.S.A.

The Americans With No Abilities Act

January 17th, 2014
The  Americans With No Abilities Act (ANAA)

NOW They Tell Us...!!

NOW They Tell Us…!!


President Barack Obama and the Democratic Senate are considering
sweeping legislation that will provide new benefits for many more
Americans. The Americans With No Abilities Act is being hailed as a
major legislative goal by advocates of the millions of Americans
who lack any real skills or ambition.



” Roughly 50 percent of Americans do not possess the competence
and drive necessary to carve out a meaningful role for themselves in
society,” said California Sen. Barbara Boxer. “We can no longer
stand by and allow People of Inability (POI) to be ridiculed and passed over.
With this legislation, employers will no longer be able to grant special favors
to a small group of workers, simply because they have some idea of what
they are doing.”


In a Capitol Hill press conference, Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority
Leader Harry Reid pointed to the success of the U.S. Postal Service, which
has a long-standing policy of providing opportunity without regard to performance.
At the state government level, the Department of Motor Vehicles also has an
excellent record of hiring Persons with No Ability (63 percent).


Under the Americans With No Abilities Act, more than 25 million mid-level
positions will be created, with important-sounding titles but little real responsibility,
thus providing an illusory sense of purpose and performance.


Mandatory non-performance-based raises and promotions will be given to guarantee
upward mobility for even the most unremarkable employees. The legislation provides
substantial tax breaks to corporations that promote a significant number of Persons of
Inability (POI) into middle-management positions, and give a tax credit to small and
medium-sized businesses that agree to hire one clueless worker for every two
talented hires.


Finally, the Americans With No Abilities Act contains tough new measures to
make it more difficult to discriminate against the non-abled, banning, for example,
discriminatory interview questions such as, “Do you have any skills or experience
that relate to this job?”


“As a non-abled person, I can’t be expected to keep up with people who have something
going for them,” said Mary Lou Gertz, who lost her position as a lug-nut twister at the
GM plant in Flint, Mich., due to her inability to remember righty tighty, lefty loosey.
“This new law      should be real good for people like me. I’ll finally have job security.”
With the passage of this bill, Gertz and millions of other untalented citizens will
finally see a light at the end of the tunnel.


Said Sen. Dick Durbin,II: “As a senator with no abilities, I believe the same privileges
that elected officials enjoy ought to be extended to every American with no abilities. It
is our duty as lawmakers to provide each and every American citizen, regardless of
his or her inadequacy, with some sort of space to take up in this great nation and      a
good salary for doing so.”


This message was approved by Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Diane Feinstein, Barbara Boxer,
Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama.
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(This piece of Satire was originated by Steve Schwegel, of Wisconsin, and sent to us by Barbara Purdy Gilbert, of Illinois)
It is published in its entirety, without edit, redaction or deletion.

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January 8th, 2014


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Sleep

November 19th, 2013

Good Morning!

No Melatonin Needed....

No Melatonin Needed….

Some Surprising things about sleep that you didn’t know — and some you may have guessed.

Click HERE.

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Sources of Medium Chain Triglycerides

October 2nd, 2013

Nov 23, 2010 | By Jill Andrews

Olive oil is a good source of medium-chain triglycerides.

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According to a 2010 study in the “International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition,” medium-chain triglycerides, or MCT, are triglycerides with a fatty acid chain length of six to 10 carbon atoms. These fatty acids differ from long-chain triglycerides because of their solubility in water, which leads them to be absorbed at a faster rate. This study reports that these triglycerides are less susceptible to being stored into adipose tissue stores. They are primarily researched for benefits in relation to health and exercise. There are several sources of these triglycerides.

Coconut Oil

According to the Mayo Clinic, coconut oil is a good source of medium-chain triglycerides. A report in Medical News Today states that when you consume coconut oil, it is not stored in the fat and also may boost metabolism. The report informs that unlike long-chain triglycerides, this source of triglycerides may therefore promote weight loss and prevent obesity.

Olive Oil

Medical News Today reports that olive oil may also have a beneficial effect in helping you lose weight an fat. Olive oil consists of medium-chain triglycerides, and like coconut oil, is not readily absorbed or stored in the adipose tissue of your body. As a result, it does not contribute to fat gain. Using olive oil in place of oils made with longer-chain triglycerides, such as corn oil, may help protect you from obesity.

Supplements

The National Institutes of Health reports that supplements containing medium-chain triglycerides may be used during cancer treatment. This is because patients with cancer may not be able to digest fat in their diet. As a result, alternative sources of healthy fat are required. Since medium-chain triglycerides are soluble in water and more readily absorbed by the body than longer-chain molecules, these are the focus for patients with cancer. Today they can be found in supplemental form.

References

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/316430-sources-of-medium-chain-triglycerides/#ixzz2gZs5r1FH

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Jill Andrews

Jill Andrews began writing professionally for various online publications since 2009. Andrews holds a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry/nutrition from Memorial University in St.John’s, Newfoundland. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in occupational therapy from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

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Olive Oil, and Fat Content

October 2nd, 2013
Olive oil is composed mainly of triacylglycerols (triglycerides or fats) and contains small quantities of free fatty acids (FFA), glycerol, phosphatides, pigments, flavor compounds, sterols, and microscopic bits of olive. Triacylglycerols are the major energy reserve for plants and animals. Chemically speaking, these are molecules derived from the natural esterification of three fatty acid molecules with a glycerol molecule. The glycerol molecule can simplistically be seen as an “E-shaped” molecule, with the fatty acids in turn resembling longish hydrocarbon chains, varying (in the case of olive oil) from about 14 to 24 carbon atoms in length.

FATTY ACIDS
Please note that we are dealing here with fatty acids forming part of the triacylglycerol molecule. We will address the free fatty acids in the next section. The fatty acid composition of olive oil varies widely depending on the cultivar, maturity of the fruit, altitude, climate, and several other factors.
  • A fatty acid has the general formula: CH3(CH2)nCOOH where n is typically an even number between 12 and 22.
  • If no double bonds are present the molecule is called a saturated fatty acid.
  • If a chain contains double bonds, it is called an unsaturated fatty acid.
  • A single double bond makes a monounsaturated fatty acid.
  • More than one double bond makes a polyunsaturated fatty acid.
The major fatty acids in olive oil triacylglycerols are:
  • Oleic Acid (C18:1), a monounsaturated omega-9 fatty acid. It makes up 55 to 83% of olive oil.
  • Linoleic Acid (C18:2), a polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acid that makes up about 3.5 to 21% of olive oil.
  • Palmitic Acid (C16:0), a saturated fatty acid that makes up 7.5 to 20% of olive oil.
  • Stearic Acid (C18:0), a saturated fatty acid that makes up 0.5 to 5% of olive oil.
  • Linolenic Acid (C18:3)(specifically alpha-Linolenic Acid), a polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acid that makes up 0 to 1.5% of olive oil.
Triacylglycerols are normally composed of a mixture of three fatty acids. Most prevalent in olive oil is the oleic-oleic-oleic (OOO) triacylglycerol, followed, in order of incidence, by palmitic-oleic-oleic (POO), then oleic-oleic-linoleic (OOL), then palmitic-oleic-linoleic (POL), then stearic-oleic-oleic (SOO), and so on.
Olive oil contains more oleic acid and less linoleic and linolenic acids than other vegetable oils, that is, more monounsaturated than polyunsaturated fatty acids. This renders olive oil more resistant to oxidation because generally, the greater the number of double bonds in the fatty acid, the more unstable and easily broken down by heat, light, and other factors the oil is. It is generally accepted that cooler regions (e.g. Tuscany) will yield oil with higher oleic acid than warmer climates. That is, a cool region olive oil may be more monounsaturated in content than a warm region oil.
Trans Fatty Acids
Note that olive oil has no trans fatty acids. When oil is partially hydrogenated, it can be in the “cis” or “trans” conformation; this refers to which side of the fatty acid double bond the hydrogen is on. Olive oil is not a trans fatty acid because it has not been partially hydrogenated in a factory to make it solid at room temperature like margarine has.
Long Chain Fatty Acids
Long chain fatty acids have from 12 to 20 carbon atoms. The primary fatty acids in olive oil are all long chain fatty acids. Very long-chain fatty acids have greater than 20 carbon atoms. These tend to be more solid at room temperature, such as waxes. There are not appreciable amounts of these in olive oil.
Percentage of Linolenic Acid Allowed in Olive Oil
Regarding the polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), there is a wide range acceptable for extra virgin olive oil, however the linolenic acid has to be less than 0.9% per the International Olive Oil Council (IOOC) guidelines. Higher levels, e.g. 1.5%, do not present a nutritional problem, but the IOOC uses the linolenic acid level to establish the authenticity of the olive oil. Seed oils like canola oil have higher levels of linolenic acid.
“Essential” Fatty Acids
In scientific writing the term essential fatty acid refers to all the omega-3 or omega-6 fatty acids. This is a historical convention, not a medical definition. From a medical point of view, essential fatty acids are the ones that the human body cannot make. There are only two, which are the building blocks from which many of the other omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are made in a healthy body: linoleic acid and alpha-linolenic acid.
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SOURCES
Apostolos (Paul) K. Kiritsakis: Olive Oil, From the Tree to the Table, Second Edition
Tous, J. and L. Ferguson. 1996. Mediterranean fruits. p. 416-430. In: J. Janick (ed.), Progress in new crops. ASHS Press, Arlington, VA.
Nutritional composition of Mediterranean crops (per 100 g of edible portion). Source: Goulart (1980); Sawaya et al. (1983); Fernandez Diez (1983); IBPGR (1986); Morton (1987); Cantwell (1994).

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August 31st, 2013

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