How To Read A Nutrition Label And Win Your Health Back!

Reading a nutrition label

Reading the Nutrition Label can be a bit intimidating. Have you seen how long those things are? Who can make sense of it? I hear ya. But the truth is, understanding the food label is vital to your health. And your health is important. That’s why I’m here to help you decipher the code and step into a healthy lifestyle.

First off, I want to stress that what we put in our mouth is the most important thing when it comes to our health. There are people who begin exercising in an effort to be healthy, but keep eating the same foods that are destroying their body. Plus, once you switch to the foods you were meant to eat, your body will feel incredibly different. Exercise will become easier!

If you’re ready to change your health like no way before, continue reading. There’s no turning back now!

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What Is The Serving Size?

In order to give you a proper listing, the company has to use some sort of measuring. The serving size tells you the amount of food you need to eat to receive all the nutrients/toxins listed below. Usually, the serving size is an amount that’s easy to measure like a cup or a package. Think of it this way, “This much gives you these results.”

For example, if the serving size is 1 cup and there are 2 servings per container, that means you’ll be eating 2 cups per container. You’ll be consuming 2x the nutrients on the label if you eat the whole thing. It’s pretty simple. Ask yourself, “How many servings am I eating?” Read more

Yes! Too Much Sugar Can Kill You! Here’s Why.

Deadly side effects of sugar including multiple diseases and chronic pain and inflammation

It seems like sugar is such a hot topic.  Health experts are constantly talking about reducing sugar intakes, switching from one form to another, and more. What’s the truth though? How can someone possibly know what to avoid when it seems like we have to avoid everything?! No wonder so many people give up trying to live healthily! It’s too confusing!

I hear ya! But I’m here to break this sugar thing down the best I can so you can know exactly how to avoid sugar and which sugars to avoid.

First off, let’s take about the negative side effects of sugar and why you don’t want to eat it in excessive amounts.

What Does Sugar Do To The Body?

In today’s world, it’s no surprise sugar is in everything we eat. From soda pop to fruit juices, candy bars to granola bars; there is literally sugar everywhere! About 200 years ago, the average American only consumed around 2 lbs of sugar per year. Today, our intake has increased to about 152 lbs of sugar per year. [1]

Why? Because the food industry is more concerned about making a buck than our child’s health. I mean, if your child gets sick then the medical industry will be booming. It’s a win-win for them, but a lose-lose for us.

The American Heart Association and the World Health Organization recommend that adults should only consume about 5% of their total calories from sugar. For men, this can be 38 grams and for women, it’s less than 25 grams of sugar daily. However, the average can of soda contains as much as 39 grams! Yikes!

So then, realistically, how are we supposed to drink things like soda and still live a healthy lifestyle? This part sucks, but you really can’t. Products like soda have no nutritional value and are void of anything healthy. I wish these kinds of products didn’t exist, but since they do, we just have to say no.

Kick sugar out of your life

For example, I started removing all sorts of added sugar from my diet. I only allow myself to consume a lot of sugar in one sitting if the food is a fruit. Other than that, I don’t consume soda, juice, sweets, and the like. I haven’t felt bloated and I’ve had more energy.

The good news is once you rewire your taste buds, natural foods (like fruits) will taste so much better! I mean, waaayyy better!

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Acne Breakouts

Does it seem like you’ve tried everything under the sun and still cannot get that annoying acne off of your face? The cure may be simpler than you think! Foods filled with sugar cause insulin and blood sugar to spike. This leads to an increase in oil production, androgen secretion, and inflammation. All of these factors greatly impact the skin and can cause acne. [2]

Who would’ve known the foods we eat can have such a powerful effect on our skin?

Don’t believe me? A study conducted with 2,300 teenagers concluded that those who constantly ate foods with added sugar had a greater risk of breaking out with acne by 30% [3] Also, studies prove that diets with low-glycemic (low sugar) levels are directly connected to a lower risk of developing acne. On the other hand, high-glycemic (high sugar) diets yield a much higher risk of producing acne. [4]

The next time you’re about to indulge in that entire box of chocolates, ask yourself if the acne you’ll experience afterward is worth it.

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The Difference Between Corn Syrup and High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)

High fructose corn syrup vs corn syrup

Fructose goes right to the liver and triggers lipogenesis, which causes liver damage to 70 million people around the world annually. [1]

How’s that for an eye-opener? Liver damage is no joke. Unfortunately, it’s only one of the horrible effects of regularly consuming high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). One of the questions I’ve recently come across is, “Is high fructose corn syrup and corn syrup the same?” This is a great question because they sound so similar! However, they are certainly different and in this post, I will tell you why!

Can you do me a favor? I want you to do some critical thinking and identify a clear difference in naming. Are you ready? High fructose corn syrup and corn syrup. Do you see the difference? That’s right! The only real difference between the two is the fact that one has high fructose. Sometimes we use the term HFCS so much that we tend to group the words as one. However, we have to remember the ‘high fructose’ part makes HFCS unique.

Fructose is sweeter than glucose, which is the substance table sugar is made of. Therefore, by finding a way to incorporate more fructose to sugar is genius! The only problem with this solution is it’s causing massive harm to those who are consuming it.

How Is High Fructose Corn Syrup Worse Than Corn Syrup?

While sucrose can be digested throughout the whole body, fructose can only be digested in the liver. When a person consumes large amounts of fructose, the liver can become overloaded.

Picture this: You’re at work and your boss is giving you too much work to get done in your shift. You start off fine, but as the final hour approaches, you begin cutting corners and doing things wrong. You begin shoving work in areas for the next shift in hopes your boss won’t find out. That person you’re imagining is your poor liver! Read more

Health Benefits Of Pomegranates

Health benefits of pomegranates

Health Benefits of Pomegranates

I absolutely love pomegranates! They’re so tasty and filled with juice that burst as soon as you bite into it! I began eating half of one a day and found myself craving it more and more. I decided to look up the health benefits of pomegranates and was completely surprised! Although I knew this fruit was good for you, I had no idea how beneficial pomegranates are to the human body. I hope that after you read this list, you’ll make the decision to add this wonderful fruit to your daily diet as well!

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Antioxidant Rich

Antioxidants are such an important part of a healthy lifestyle. They protect cells from becoming damaged, reduce inflammation, and remove free radicals.Amazingly, pomegranates contain 3 times the amount of antioxidants found in green tea and red wine. [1]

Full of Vitamins

Pomegranates are filled with Vitamin C. Fresh juice from one pomegranate supplies you with 40% of your daily recommended intake! Plus, they’re rich in Vitamin E, potassium, Vitamin K, and folate, fiber, and iron. Read more