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Healthy Meals

The four classes of simple sugars that are considered harmful to health are fructose, malts, sucrose and honey. Let’s look at four sugar alternatives that are better for you than sugar and lower on the glycemic index scale. They offer more in the way of nutrition and will give you the sweet taste you are looking for. These alternatives are listed in order of healthiest first.

1. Stevia – this is the best alternative to sugar. It is 200-300 times sweeter than refined table sugar, however, stevia is not sugar. Stevia is an herb. It has a glycemic index of less than one and will not feed candida or cause other health problems that are associated with refined sugar consumption.

2. Agave Nectar – derived from the Blue Agave plant, and has a glycemic index of between 15 and 30. It is extracted and purified from the sap of the agave plant and then broken down with natural enzymes.

3. Raw Honey – used in moderation, honey is a healthy alternative to refined sugar. It is considered

Reduce Sugar in Diet

1. Pay special attention to breakfast. If you start the day with a sugar rush and a sugar crash, you may have just started a cycle that will perpetuate itself all day. My favorite breakfast: a slice of whole wheat bread with a tablespoon of nut butter (almond or cashew butter.) Or try some homemade granola with yogurt (both without added sweeteners, of course.)

2. Satisfy your sweet tooth with naturally sweet foods. Eat fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts.

3. Stock up on whole grains. Look for whole grain breads, brown rice and wild rice instead of white. Add ground flaxseed to your diet as well. Use these whole grains – along with a bit of lean protein – to help sustain your moods and energy levels all day. Instead of reaching for a hunk of milk chocolate around 3, have a cup of green or herbal tea and a snack of carrots dipped in hummus or cashew butter on a slice of whole grain toast.

4. Use protein to moderate energy levels. Having a small portion of protein in your snacks

Tricks to Detox Sugar

The sudden rush of sugar into your blood stream can give you an quick energy boost but over time your body becomes depleted of nutrients, your metabolism becomes inefficient, you suffer from lack of energy and poor weight regulation.

Your blood fats increase as your liver converts excess sugar to triglycerides and bad cholesterol. Eventually this leads to a number of health problems such as diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, mood swings, yeast overgrowth, osteoporosis, premature aging, poor immunity, degenerative diseases and increased risk of cancer.

A sugar detox is well worth it if you want to lose weight, curb sweet cravings, control diabetes, improve your energy levels, and lower your risk of many health problems. But be prepared for some withdrawal symptoms such as headache, fatigue, anxiety, depression, irritability and sleep problems if your diet is high in added and hidden sugar.

Avoid adding sugar to your food and drinks and avoid obviously sweet foods. Exclude sugar hidden in many processed foods such as ketchup, many sauces, pickles, soups, dips, peanut butter, salad dressings, frankfurters, bread

How to Get Your Kids on Board With Healthy Eating

As adults, we know all too well just how much age can affect our bodies. It happens slowly and without notice, until one day, you realize that you need help getting out of a chair! If only you could go back in time and tell your younger self about the importance of eating healthily and staying active.

While there isn’t much you can do about the childhood version of yourself, or your aching bones and pains, it isn’t too late for your kids.

If you are looking to get your children interested in eating healthily and making better food choices when you aren’t with them, this article can help.

Take Your Time

Here’s the usual scenario.

  • A parent decides that their child needs to eat better.
  • One night, all of the delicious foods are removed and replaced with vegetables.
  • The child screams, yells, cries and throws things around (including the food).
  • Everybody gets stressed out.
  • At the end, the vegetables haven’t been eaten.

Seem familiar? We thought so.

Here is a better way to do it.

  • One night, include a vegetable on the plate as an additional item. Don’t say anything about it,

Coffee is Bad For Health

Caffeine is a psychoactive stimulant drug that acts on the central nervous system that can result in mood and behavior change. For people who could not tolerate a certain amount of coffee, drinking it could cause anxiety and fast cardiac rhythm. Coffee-addicts on the other hand, could find it hard to stop drinking because of the false energy alarm caused by the rapid heartbeat. For example, after several hours of having his drink shot, an addict might think that his plummeted energy can be increased by drinking it again and the cycle repeats a few times a day.

The combination of coffee with milk, cream or sugar can increase the cholesterol level if taken in excessive amount, which is the case for coffee-addicts. The variation of the drink like cappuccino, cafe latte and latte macchiato contains excessive milk and sugar that can increase the chance of diabetes, high cholesterol and blood pressure. Whereas unfiltered coffee contains cafestol and kahweol that could lead to high cholesterol level.

Types of Sugar We Consume

1. Glucose. This simple sugar, along with fructose is considered a monosaccharide, which are the simplest and most basic form of sugar. This is considered the least sweet, and its main sources are grapes and corn. It would be found on the ingredients label as dextrose.

2. Fructose. Known as the fruit sugar, it is derived from fruits and vegetables, but also honey. This is the sweetest of all sugars. It is often used to extend the shelf life of baked goods.

3. Sucrose. This is a disaccharide, meaning it is a combination of glucose and fructose molecule bonded together. It comes from plant sources such as sugar beets and sugar cane, and is what we now refer to as table sugar.

All of these forms of sugar provide about four calories per gram. But there is now evidence that they react in the body quite differently. This has not been conclusively confirmed, but if fructose is metabolized differently than glucose, for instance, then our bodies may react in different ways to those sugars. More research has to be done on the subject, but we now see strong indicators that there is a link between

Must know about Best And Worst Sugars

Worst Sugars

Having discussed the damaging effects of glucose and fructose, the following three types of sugars are the absolute worst for your health. They provide empty calories with very little nutritional value.

(Please note that artificial sweeteners are not mentioned here because these chemicals are almost like poison. If this were a perfect world, they would have already been made illegal and banned!)

1. Agave Nectar

Agave is currently the king of healthy sweeteners because of its low glycemic index and effect on blood sugar. It has been heavily promoted by its manufacturers and is used in almost all the “healthy” food products.

But knowing the detrimental effects of excess fructose on our health, how can agave be healthy when it contains up to 92% fructose?

Agave is a highly processed sweetener derived from the plant that makes tequila. No matter whether the agave is raw, organic, or blue, it is definitely the worst sweetener available on the market.

2. High Fructose Corn Syrup

For many decades, food manufacturers have been using this sweetener because it is cheaper than sugar. It contains 55% fructose and 45% glucose. It is

All about Sugar and Dental Decline

We all know that sugar consumption is linked to dental decay. But what isn’t so obvious is how much our sugar consumption has increased in the last 50 years; over this period sugar consumption has tripled worldwide, mainly as a result of it being added to soft drink and cheap processed foods. However, the issue is not merely about “hidden” sugar but people living in a way that means they are eating carbohydrate rich meals, sugar laden snacks, biscuits, sweets and chocolates, drinking soft drink full of sugar and caffeine or having excess fruit and fruit juices and smoothies which are nothing more than concentrated sugar under the guise of a healthy choice. Our waistlines are expanding while at the same time, the incidence of heart disease, diabetes and dental decay continues to soar.

While excess sugar is thought to be a key cause of the obesity epidemic, obesity itself is not the root cause of disease, but it’s presence is a marker for metabolic damage and changes that lead to heart disease and diabetes. Metabolic damage, oxidative stress and systemic chronic illness also impact on oral health. Sugar is so harmful to health that there are

Balance Your Blood Sugar

Increase Risk of Heart Attack

According to studies, glucose levels that rose above 4.6% in the hemoglobin HA1c test showed a direct correlation to an increase in heart attacks. As your levels rise above this, so does your risks of heart attack. This number corresponds to a fasting blood sugar level of only 86, or a one-hour test after meals of 140mg/dl. These numbers are typically said to be OK by your doctor; however, studies indicate damage is occurring at blood sugar levels much lower than previously believed.

Blood sugar is a better indicator of potential heart attack then total cholesterol levels. Only about 50% of people with high cholesterol have a heart attack. This means people with no indication of high cholesterol, have as many heart attacks as people with high cholesterol. Blood sugar on the other hand, shows the risk increases in direct proportion to how high your glucose rises over 4.6% in the HA1c test. This test shows how much glucose attaches to your blood cells over a three-month time frame, which indicates how often you have elevated glucose during that time frame. High blood sugar causes triglycerides to be stored in heart

Eating For Blood Sugar Control

1) your pancreas has to make insulin repeatedly throughout the day, which means;

2) your blood-insulin level remains high throughout the day, and because of this;

3) over time you develop a resistance to the blood-sugar-lowering affect of insulin, which means your pancreas has to work harder and pump even more of that powerful hormone into your blood to lower your blood sugar… and this is where the problems really begin.

Insulin lowers blood glucose by converting the sugar in your blood into fat, so instead of having high blood sugar, you have high blood fat. To get rid of the fat, the insulin causes your body to stop burning stored body fat for energy and causes you to start burning new fat that started out a few minutes prior as a soft drink, candy or chips, a piece of bread, or anything high in sugar or carbohydrates.

Your body makes substantially more fat from any food or drink high in sugar or carbohydrates than you will ever burn sitting at a desk or puttering around the house.  And all the fat not immediately burned for energy, is shoved into your fat cells, which grow, and expand,

Info of Diabetes Health Supplements

Diabetes can be a difficult balancing act. But with the proper diet, exercise, medication, and the will to stick to your program, you can have as close to a normal life as you want. One way to control diabetes is to keep a close watch on your blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol. When too much sugar stays in your blood it damages blood vessels and nerves. You need to make sure that your blood sugars stay within the levels set by you and your health care provider.

Food is broken down to sugar and starches and turned into glucose where it is used as the basic fuel for your cells. A good, well planned healthy diet is essential in the management of your blood sugar and is a goal whose importance can not be overlooked. A number of factors influence blood sugar levels after meals, and being aware of the carbohydrates you eat can have a big effect. Controlling your blood sugar is the key to managing your diabetes and you play a major role in insuring this management will be beneficial.

If your health care provider prescribes it, insulin helps sugar in your blood

Some Effects of Sugar

Ever have sugar cravings? A term that most people wouldn’t associate with anything meaningful actually reveals one of the true dangers of sugar. Sugar has addictive properties that can be compared to nicotine or heroin, just with different degrees of addiction.

The effects of sugar on health occurs because sugar interacts with your brain causing it to release opioid, which give the body a feeling of pleasure. Research has determined that certain areas of the brain are activated when you have a sugar craving. These areas of the brain are also activated when a person has a crazing for drugs. This research gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘comfort food’.

Sugar withdrawals are also very similar to drug withdrawals. One will experience fatigue, lassitude, depression, moodiness, headaches, and aching limbs.

For most of us, our exposure to sugar occurs at a very young age. Breast milk from our mothers and baby formulas both contain sugar. Also many of the foods we typically eat on a daily basis contain certain amounts of sugar. Cereal is a good example of this.

Sugar has also been linked to violent behaviour, hypertension, and learning impediments. In

Fruit Simply Replaced Sugar

In fact, all of the negative health consequences of sucrose, a disaccharide that’s half fructose and half glucose, are attributed to the fructose in it, not the glucose. Even though you can find disagreements in science journals on virtually everything, no disagreement on this topic exists in the science lit. Researchers all seem to agree that fructose makes sucrose the junk that it is. (These points have been covered in my previous article, “Fructose: The Sugar No One Thinks Is Sugar”.)

Well, the man became angry and even left before the end of my short presentation. Believe me, I’d seen reactions like that before. Sugar is a topic I’ve presented on many times over the years (since 1990, in fact, when everyone was still obsessing about fats). Audience reactions to sugar information have often been strong, and that’s interesting because those were presentations, not personal consultations.

In a presentation, I have no idea what the audience members eat, so nothing can be taken personally — or at least shouldn’t be. But addiction isn’t rational or logical. One question in a short test for alcoholism is, “Have people ever annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?” The key

Sugar is Toxic to Health

Because balance or homeostasis is so essential to our bodies, the minerals sodium, potassium, magnesium and calcium are utilized to create this balance. For example, in order to neutralize the blood from sugar (sugar creates an acidic body), calcium is taken from the bones and teeth, thus, decay and osteoporosis may occur. If sugar is consumed every day, our bodies eventually will be depleted of these very important minerals and leave you with mineral deficiencies that depletes your health and weakens your defenses against disease. This process allows the dreaded free-radicals to cause major damage. Think of free-radicals as your body’s equivalent to nuclear destruction.

Excess sugar affects every single organ in the body – including the liver. The liver is where sugar is stored in the form of glucose. Eventually, if sugar is consumed every day, your liver will be unable to store the excess sugar and is returned to the blood in the form of fatty acids. Guess where those fatty acids are stored? They are stored in the most inactive areas: The belly, the buttocks, the breasts and the thighs. After these areas have been filled-up, the fatty acids then get distributed to organs

Control Your Blood Sugar

1) Work with your health care provider and make sure you understand all the instructions given and feel able to implement them when you get home. If you do not feel comfortable with any of the instructions, inform him/her at the time of your office visit.

2) Know your sugars and keep them charted. It is impossible to control numbers if you do not know what they are. If you are not checking your blood sugars now, ask your health care provider if “home glucose monitoring” is appropriate for you. If your sugars are at goal sometimes and not at others, try to figure out why and what changes can be made. Bring a copy of your log to your health care provider. He/She will be in a better position to help if you provide this data.

3) The hemoglobin A1C is a 3-month average sugar measurement. If the sugars are consistently at good levels, your health care provider will probably be very satisfied. If a good average is achieved with many high and low sugars, he will probably want to make changes to lower the variation in your sugar level.

4) If the sugar

About Energy Drinks for Healthy

The ingredients contained in the different brands of energy drinks are many. The ingredients common to most energy drinks are taurine, glucuronolactone, inositol, B vitamins, caffeine, sugar, carbonated water, natural flavors, and natural ingredients.

Taurine is a derivative of the sulfer-containing amino acid cysteine. Taurine is often found in infant milk formulas. Taurine helps carry minerals such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium throughout the cells. This helps generate nerve impulses. It is also an antioxidant and is believed to steady irregular heartbeats.

Glucuronolactone is a naturally occurring carbohydrate produced by the human metabolic system. It is believed to improve memory and concentration. It can have stimulant and anti-depressant effects.

Inositol is instrumental in how the brain uses serotonin, a chemical that is the same that is boosted by the anti-depressant drugs prozac and zoloft.

B vitamins are necessary for a variety of things. Vitamin B-3 (niacin) metabolizes energy from fat and carbohydrates and can help the body use energy by releasing it from food. Vitamin B-5 (pantothenic acid) improves mood and boosts energy. Vitamin B-6 helps in the formation of red blood cells, which provides better oxygen utilization. Vitamin B-12 also helps in the

Achieve Normal Blood Sugar Levels


Regular exercise is a vital part of managing and reducing blood sugar levels. It works with the way your body is designed: to use energy from carbohydrates in your food to power your muscles directly when you move. Exercise also has multiple health benefits, both in terms of physical health and in overall well-being. Exercise releases endorphins, which are ‘feel-good’ hormones. This explains the feelings of satisfaction and even exhilaration after a good exercise session or workout. It’s also great if you can exercise outdoors, preferably in the countryside, so you get the benefits of fresh air, more oxygen, sunshine and being in nature.

As you start to exercise, your body uses both glucose and fat to supply your muscles with energy. This could be from food if you’ve eaten fairly recently or from stores in the body. Otherwise, the glucose is released from glycogen stored in the liver and fat is taken from fat stores in your body, so it helps you to lose weight.

Exercise increases insulin sensitivity and for people with type 2 diabetes, it reduces insulin resistance. For people with type 1 diabetes, increased insulin sensitivity means that

Sugar Or Artificial Sweeteners

The average American eats about 145 pounds of sugar per year. That is about 2-3 pounds a week, which is almost a half a pound a day. No one would purposely eat a half a pound of sugar a day, but it really does add up. There is a lot of sugar hidden in our foods that we don’t realize. That’s why it’s so important to read the labels. Sugar can have many names, such as sucrose, dextrose, fructose, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, and many more.

Some experts classify sugar as a drug. Studies show that sugar is as habit forming as any narcotic. Sugar gives you a high, then you crash, just as you would when taking a drug. If you cut out all sugar today, your body would probably go through withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, depression, low energy, cravings and more.

In one 12 ounce can of soda, there are about 10 teaspoons of sugar. Think about that next time your little one says, “I’m thirsty”. Also, if you drink one can of soda, you need 32 ounces of pure water just to neutralize the acid that is formed in your

Sugar Free Diet

Sugar is available everywhere you look. In fact, only when it is cut from the diet, does one become aware of just how many forms of sugars there are in our convenience shops, petrol stations and supermarkets. Confectionary, snacks and even some low fat yogurts are packed with it. It is used to flavour and preserve the shelf life of many processed foods.

Some interesting facts about sugar help to illustrate just how much hidden sugar enters our diet. In just one can of cola, there are 7 teaspoonfuls of sugar. A glass of dry wine can have about 5 grams of sugar. One more hidden sugar trap is tropical fruit such as pineapples and mangos which can raise your blood sugar dramatically leaving you craving more. Sugar comes in many forms. Canned fruits can be absolutely packed with sugar as syrup is often used to help preserve it.

According to some health experts, sugar not only makes you gain fat but can cause depression and lack of concentration too and that the average person is 3.5 stone heavier now than they were back in the sixties due to increases in sugar intake. It destroys collagen

Information of Carbohydrates Pure Sugar

Carbohydrates are long chains of simple sugars, nothing else. When your body digests carbohydrates, the long chains of sugar molecules are broken and converted into the simple sugar, glucose.

The only reason bread, pasta, cereal and potatoes don’t taste just as sweet as the sugar in your sugar bowl is that the long chains of sugar don’t fit into your taste buds to give you the sweet taste. But, the glucose your body makes from the carbohydrates in mixed whole grain cereal, whole wheat bread, mashed potatoes or corn is exactly the same as the glucose your body makes from the sugar in ice cream, cake or table sugar.

Because your body makes sugar from carbohydrates, eating too many carbohydrates will harm your body in exactly the same way as eating too many sweets.

Because It’s so important to understand that carbohydrates are sugar, in my book called “They’re Making You Fat and Sick,”, the word sugar is attached every time the word carbohydrates(sugar) is used.

Small amounts of sugar in the diet never hurt a healthy person. And small amounts of carbohydrates(sugar) don’t threaten your health either. But eating a lot of sugar,