Microbiome, Sugar, and Your Immune System

  Today’s blog post covers the importance of a healthy microbiome, how dietary guidelines have (and have not) changed, and the special way that the immune system adapts to threats.   A Healthy Microbiome Builds a Strong Immune System   The type of bacteria that live in the gut can regulate the body’s inflammation levels. In some cases, a lack of certain strains of “good” bacteria can result in greater susceptibility to infection, whether it is the flu, rotavirus, or … [Read more...]

10 Harmful Health Effects Caused by Excessive Sugar Consumption

Foods taste sweet because they contain sugars which can be naturally occurring or added. What’s the main difference between the two?Naturally occurring sugars are the sugars found in whole foods like fruit, milk, vegetables, and some grains. Fructose and lactose in fruit and milk products, respectively, are naturally occurring sugars. On the other hand, sugars and syrups added to foods during preparation or processing, or added at the … [Read more...]

Are You Hooked on These Highly Addictive Foods?

  Can't resist a slice - or two or three - of pizza?  You may well be addicted. Researchers from the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan and the New York Obesity Research Center at the Mount Sinai - St. Luke's Hospital in New York observed that addictive foods share common traits with highly addictive drugs. Like other drug problems, they say, "food addiction" is characterized by: Loss of control over consumption; Continued use despite negative … [Read more...]

50 Years Ago, Sugar Industry Quietly Paid Scientists To Point Blame At Fat

  According to a newly published article published in JAMA Internal Medicine, the sugar industry funded research that downplayed the risks of sugar and highlighted the hazards of fat in the 1960's. The authors of the new article say that for the past five decades, the sugar industry has been attempting to influence the scientific debate over the relative risks of sugar and fat. The article draws on five-decade-old internal documents from the Sugar Research Foundation (SRF) to show … [Read more...]

Marketing Trickery

When buying processed foods (which we don't recommend) be wary of marketing tricks.  Typical things you may see on the front of the box: Naturally flavored Contains real herbs Made with pure sea salt Zero trans fats per serving Contains whole wheat Pay no attention to that wording. Instead, turn the package over and read the total ingredients (usually the smallest print on the package.) Remember, the majority of what is in the package is listed in the first three ingredients. … [Read more...]

Sugar By Any Other Name

Label reading can be confusing.  Some might say it's from stricter labeling laws or the food industry's attempts to confuse and deceive. Whatever the reason for the confusion, if we are going to consume what is in the package and we are interested in our health, then we need to know what we're putting into our mouths. Refined sugars... · High-fructose corn syrup    · Fructose · Glucose    · Sorbitol    · Maltodextrin · Mannitol ...do not provide good nutrition. High-fructose corn … [Read more...]