In the US our addiction to sugar has contributed to the obesity epidemic. The American Heart Association recommends limiting the amount of added for most American women, to about 6 teaspoons per day and 9 teaspoons per day for men. Considering that sugar is a hidden ingredient in most of our foods, we need to look at alternatives.
As people become more health conscious, the demand for organic food has increased and 2015 had record high sales of organic foods to $43.3 billion. Today almost all grocery stores carry some type of organic food, but you need to be careful because just because a food label implies that it’s organic it, may not be so. Food labels can be confusing and marketer, but it’s important to read and understand it in order to know what you are really putting in your body.
Resveratrol is a natural ingredient that many people associate with red wine or grapes, but a few other ways to attain it is by eating nuts, raspberries, and cacao. Resveratrol is known for its antioxidant properties which can help to protect the cells in the body from damage and eventual disease.
Metabolic Syndrome is a disorder that represents multiple conditions such as: elevated blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist and abnormal cholesterol levels, all occurring together. Metabolic Syndrome can put you at risk for diabetes, heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, excess abdominal fat and obesity.
“To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.” ~William Londen
Nuts are a great snack not only because they’re a great source of protein but they also have many other great health benefits. Nuts are filled with heart-healthy unsaturated fats and they’re a good source of fiber as well as other vitamins and minerals too!
If you love sweets and have a harder time than most people in curbing your cravings, it may be in your genes verses a lack of will power.
In a study from May 2008, research shows that people with a variance in the SLCa2 gene ate more sugar than others. According to the research, people with this gene variance feel that they need to eat more sugar to feel full because their brains appear to be less sensitive to the amount of sugar in the blood.