How Does Sugar Impact Your Body?

This is a straight forward article talking about the impact sugar has on your body.  I think many of you who read the article, will be amazed at all of the different ways in which it does impact you.

The article will explain the impact to each of the following:

  • Brain
  • Mood
  • Teeth
  • Joints
  • Skin
  • Liver
  • Heart
  • Pancreas
  • Kidneys
  • Body Weight
  • Sexual Health

The word cloud below shows you all of the different words used to describe various forms of sugar in products.  It’s kind of overwhelming.  After reading these, you’re ingredient label reading will go to a whole new level.  You will see sometimes as many as 4-5 different forms of sugar in a product, or in the case of the product below, 9 times!

Here’s an example of “Find the Sugar” in an ingredient line of a National brand chewy granola bar:

Granola (Whole Grain Rolled Oats, Brown Sugar, Crisp Rice [Rice Flour, Sugar, Salt, Malted Barley Extract], Whole Grain Rolled Wheat, Soybean Oil, Dried Coconut, Whole Wheat Flour, Sodium Bicarbonate, Soy Lecithin, Caramel Color, Nonfat Dry Milk), Semisweet Chocolate Chips (Sugar, Chocolate Liquor, Cocoa Butter, Soy Lecithin, Vanilla Extract), Corn Syrup, Brown Rice Crisp (Whole Grain Brown Rice, Sugar, Malted Barley Flour, Salt), Invert Sugar, Sugar, Corn Syrup Solids, Glycerin, Soybean Oil, Contains 2% or Less of Sorbitol, Calcium Carbonate, Salt, Water, Soy Lecithin, Molasses, Natural and Artificial Flavor, BHT (Preservative), Citric Acid.

The total sugar is 7 grams, which is 29% of the total weight (24 grams), which is less than 1 ounce.

The easiest way to avoid a lot of sugar in your diet is to eat whole foods!

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LINK: WebMD Article; How Does Too Much Sugar Affect Your Body

The Healthy Guide To Oils

One of the first things you learn on the Primal lifestyle journey is obviously what should eat and what you should steer clear of.  One of the obvious staples in everyone’s pantry for cooking are oils.  Of all the changes I personally have made, fortunately for me, this was one I was pretty good on, but still have learned a lot along the way.

I will keep this short and sweet.  Step away from your computer, or put down your cell, and go to your kitchen and throw out any vegetable, corn, soy, or canola oils you might have!!  I mention these because they are the more common oils you might have on hand.  You will read on the article why I am advising you to do this.

As I mentioned previously, I was pretty good in the oil category.  The one thing I have changed is how often I use Extra Virgin Olive Oil when I roast in the oven.  EVOO has a smoke point of around 405 degrees farenheit.  I typically will roast at 400-425.  When a cooking oil is heated to its smoke point, it breaks down and may produce potentially carcinogenic toxins.  Avocado Oil has a smoke point upwards of 540 degrees farenheit, so this has become my go to when I am sauteing and even coating vegetables and proteins going into the oven.

The three staple oils I keep on hand at all times are:

  • Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil, First Cold Pressed
  • Organic 100% Avocado Oil, Cold Pressed, Naturally Refined
  • Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, Cold Pressed, Unrefined

One other game changer with regards to eliminating the bad oils from your diet is to take notice of the dressings in the grocery store.  Start to read the labels and see what kind of oils they use.  Don’t be fooled by labels that call out made with “EVOO” or “Avocado Oil”.  Other than brands like Chosen Foods and Primal Kitchens, you will be challenged to find 100% Avocado Oil based salad dressings.  My obvious choice is Primal Kitchens, seeing that this is the company I am getting my health coaching certification through, but another family favorite is the Chosen Foods Lemon Garlic Dressing & Marinade.  Funny story about this salad dressing.  My father cannot stand garlic.  If I ever use it, he always makes a comment.  During Christmas dinner, I used this dressing for everyone’s salad.  He asked me what dressing this was.  I responded with “Yes Dad, it has garlic in it.”  I thought for sure he was going to complain, but he actually complimented it.  Go figure!!  Explore your grocery store shelves the next time you shop and you’ll see what I am talking about.

If you don’t find Primal Kitchen dressings in your grocery store, CLICK HERE and you will be directed to the Primal Kitchens website where you will see all of the great dressings, marinades and condiments.  Enter the promo code “JOE” to receive 10% off your order.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Link to article “The Definitive Guide to Oils” at Mark’s Daily Apple

THE SHOCKING SCIENCE BEHIND REAL MILK

This article was shared in an email from U.S. Wellness Meats.  I recently purchased a variety of meats from them.  So far, I have made the boneless pork (4oz portions) and the burger patties (75%/25% blend).  They were both tasty!

I am sharing this article because Dr. Sears does a great job in a short article to provide great direction on the myth about dairy products and fat in your diet.  Unfortunately, for years we have been guided by the “SAD” (standard American diet) to eat and drink low fat dairy products.  Little did we know they were fattening us up by doing this.  I know, it sounds backwards, because it is!

Dr. Sears recommends a diet with 60-70% fat with half of this fat coming from animal fats because they are nutritionally dense.  He also touches on the cooking oils you should avoid using and also the ones you should be using, which is spot on to living a Primal lifestyle.

Enjoy the article!

Link To Article