Take the Quiz: Are You Addicted to Sugar?

 

 

Sugar and highly refined carbohydrates affect our waistlines, emotions, cravings and behaviors. Some of us are not aware of how powerful these foods can be – we only experience the results. Take this short quiz to see if you might be addicted to sugar and refined carbohydrates. After each question, select the answer that fits you best. Total the numbers to get a value between 10 and 30.

A. How often do you crave refined carbohydrates or sugary items like pastries, cookies, candy, white rice, soda, smoothies, sugary coffee drinks, pasta and bread?

  1. Rarely or never
  2. Occasionally
  3. Daily

B. Do you ever hide…Read More »

12 Fat-Burning Machine Breakfast Options

 

Breakfast on the Fat-Burning Machine program includes many options. In the left column of the graphic is three options to begin building the base of your breakfast meal. The second column gives topping ideas. The third and fourth columns are options for added fats and carbohydrates. On some days you may choose to have only the main course and toppings. On other days you may add a fat option, without added carbohydrates. On other days you may want added carbohydrate and no added fats. On mornings when you are extra hungry, you may decide to have the main course, toppings,…Read More »

Vegetable Chips – Are They Healthy?

 

Today’s added sugar food is from Sprouts Farmers Market – Roasted & Salted Mixed Vegetable Chips. People may think that roasted veggies must be healthy, it’s vegetables! Surely no one would add sugar to vegetables, right?

Not so fast.

The eighth ingredient, by weight, is fructose. Sugar.

In every serving size that is a ¾ cup, there is one teaspoon of sugar (fructose) added.

Never assume that sugar is not in a processed food unless you look at the label and verify….Read More »

Energy Drinks and Junk Food May Pose Unique Dangers to Teen Development

 

I think there should be a skull and crossbones marker on energy drinks and junk food. I doubt any manufacturer will agree with me, but I suspect many parents will.

Any parent of a teenager will tell you that teens are still developing in many ways. In a word, they are immature. The concern is the effects of additives and junk food on developing brains and bodies.

High consumption of one additive, in particular, taurine, has been linked to adverse effects on learning and memory in young and adolescent mice. For females, there is also an increase in alcohol consumption. Of course,…Read More »

Wine Glass Size Influences Consumption

 

In an interesting experiment, researchers found that by increasing the size of a wine glass – while keeping the actual serving size of wine the same – it resulted in an increase in sales of nearly 10%! So just by increasing the glass size, sales and consumption increased. Why does glass size increase consumption? Is this because people ordered more glasses of wine, feeling like they were getting a bargain? Is this psychology part of our recent “super-size-me” mentality? Why have we been trained to think and feel that more is better?

Certainly, affordability and social factors influence our wine…Read More »

Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri is an herb-based condiment that has roots of origin in Argentina and Uruguay. It is often served on top of or alongside grilled chicken, grilled steaks, roast beef, roast pork and pork sausages. It is made from parsley, garlic, salt and pepper in a base of olive oil and vinegar. Some versions add dried oregano; a pinch of hot pepper; others add chopped cilantro or a bit of chopped onion. The amount of garlic in each recipe varies from a few cloves to a whole head.

The recipe below is from Danielle Polansky and is in the book, “Become a Fat-Burning Machine.”

Ingredients

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What are Sugar Alcohols?

 

Contrary to what the column title may suggest, a sugar alcohol is neither a sugar nor an alcoholic beverage. They are white, water-soluble solids that can occur naturally or be produced industrially from sugars. They are used widely in the food industry as thickeners and sweeteners. In commercial foodstuffs, sugar alcohols are commonly used in place of table sugar (sucrose), often in combination with high-intensity artificial sweeteners to counter the low sweetness. Common sugar alcohols include glycerol, erythritol, threitol, arabitol, xylitol, ribitol, mannitol, sorbitol, galactitol, fucitol, iditol, insitiol, volemitol, isomalt, malitol, lactitol and maltotetraitol. Xylitol is perhaps the most popular…Read More »

Be a Sugar Detective

 

In addition to looking at the ingredient list for added sugar, check the grams of sugar per serving size on the nutrition label. Divide the grams of sugar by 4 and you can determine how many teaspoons of sugar are present in a single serving.

Sugar is added to many, many pre-packaged foods. You might not guess that there is sugar in your blue cheese dressing, your soup or your pasta sauce.

Never assume any processed food is sugar-free until you verify for yourself.

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Ask Gale: What Is a High-Fat Diet?

In 2014 and early 2015 when we were working on refining what would become the book “Become a Fat-Burning Machine,” the medical community defined a “high-fat diet” as a diet that contains over 30 percent of the calories as fat. (See reference below.) Even when the book was published in late 2015, people were still on the bandwagon that touted low-carb and low-calorie diets as the optimal solution for weight loss and good health.

Wow, a lot has changed in the last two years!

Now, it is mainstream knowledge that diets high in sugar and refined carbohydrates are contributors to obesity,…Read More »