Why You Should Avoid Non-Dairy Creamer

Why You Should Avoid Non-Dairy Creamer

The further we get away from natural, the more we tread on thin ice when it comes to nutrition.  Often times the foods we think are unhealthy for us are actually a whole lot healthier than the substitutes we develop to replace them. We’ve seen this mostly with artificial sweeteners.  Sugar was branded “white death” and our over consumption has been linked the obesity epidemic and the corresponding rise in Type 2 diabetes. As a result we developed artificial sweeteners to replace sugar, and we are now beginning to see that these chemical concoctions have a detrimental effect on the beneficial bacteria in our gut that help us regulate blood sugar.  We also look at the cream and whole milk we use to smooth out the taste of coffee.  Many once beleived that the extra addtion of saturated fat contributed to obesity and heart disease.  So much so that it was branded “heart clogging” saturated fat. So we looked to science to develop substitutes to make our coffee more palatable without the added fat.

Coffee has been found to contain high levels of phenolic antioxidants called Chlorogenic Acids or CGA.  These antioxidants are becoming an interesting topic in the nutrition world, but scientists don’t quite have a handle on their bioavailability, or the body’s ability to use them in a given form.  

Weekend Binge Eating – Insulin Resistance Can Occur in Only 2 Days!!

Over Eating can cause Insulin Resistance in Only 2 Days

Weekend Binge Eating – Insulin Resistance Can Occur in Only 2 Days!!

Insulin Resistance can Occur in Only 2 Days

Thinking of Weekend Binge Eating – Insulin Resistance Can Occur in Only 2 Days!!

Obesity is very common in America, and is often associated with a group of health problems collectively known as Metabolic Syndrome. Insulin resistance is a key component of this syndrome.  For those of us that have insulin resistance, or pre-diabetes as it’s otherwise known, losing weight to get fit is a hard task.  You have to be diligent and stick to your eating regime to see long-term results.  Sometimes though, we get those long weekend getaway trips, where we decide to just forsake the routine and live it up, or maybe we decide to stick to the regime for five days and treat ourselves on the weekend. During football season this is an easy trap to fall into, the tailgating at games, the parties for Super Bowl Sunday. What could it hurt, right?  We’ll go back to eating healthy on Monday. You may want to rethink that idea.  According to a recent study publish in Science Transitional Medicine, eating large amounts of high calorie food can cause changes to your metabolism that lead to a state of insulin resistance, which over time sets the body up to be more likely to develop Type 2 Diabetes. Get this, those changes can occur in as little as 2 DAYS!

The Health Benefits of Green Tea

The Health Benefits of Green Tea

In my never ending search for good nutrition, one of the many healthy foods I’ve come across is green tea. There have been many historical references, reports, news articles, and scientific studies done on the health benefits of green tea. What are these health benefits?

What’s Up with the Weight Gain Yo-Yo?

What’s Up with the Weight Gain Yo-Yo?

Many of us who have struggled to lose weight have experienced the Weight Gain Yo-Yo. It is the frustrating experience of losing weight, only to gain it back and more. Why does this happen?