High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is made from cornstarch. Further processing converts cornstarch into corn syrup. Because corn syrup is almost 100% glucose, enzymes are added to convert some of the glucose molecules to fructose. There are two most common forms of HFCS: HFCS-55 which is added to soft drinks and HFCS-42 which is mainly used in ice-creams, desserts and baked goods. HFCS is also known as Glucose-Fructose, Isoglucose, Glucose-Fructose or Fructose-Glucose Syrup. There are a number of reasons why HFCS is unhealthy and why you should avoid it as much as possible: Continue reading
If you eat it in small portions, it is.
Dried fruit is a fantastic invention. It gives us an instant energy boost, it can be taken anywhere and can be stored for a long time. Best of all, dried fruit retains most of the nutritional value of its fresh counterpart. So including a small portion of dried fruit in your everyday diet will give you similar benefits to eating real fruit. Continue reading
Most of us lead busy lives juggling work, family, friends and hobbies, not to mention trying to fit in some exercise. So it is no wonder that protein bars and shakes are so appealing to us. We reach out for them when we have no time for proper meals, as a snack or after exercise. The adverts tell us everything that we want to hear: the bars are low carbohydrates, they are all natural, with 20g of protein they will keep you full for long, some are even organic. What’s more they come in flavors that are hard to refuse. But is this all too good to be true? Could the bars be actually harming our health? Continue reading
January is the month for making resolutions and losing weight is often top of the list. Dieting and exercising go hand in hand but if taken to extremes can often backfire. If you want to lose weight in healthy way and keep it off, you need to be smart about what you eat and what exercise you do. Here are a few weight loss hacks that have really worked for me. Continue reading
We have all been there. Family or friends come over for dinner and suddenly the everyday meals need a little extra lift. This happened to me a few nights ago when I was making roast salmon. I remembered to buy the salmon but I completely forgot to think about the sides. Luckily we had some broccoli in our fridge. Serving plain steamed broccoli seemed a little dull so I jazzed it up with raw sugar snap peas, chopped parsley, lime juice and some roasted hazelnuts. It took 10 minutes to make, looked impressive on the table and was a big hit with everyone. I have made this side a few times now and I have found that adding lime juice is really important as it adds freshness and reduces the strong taste of broccoli. So even those of us who are not huge fans of broccoli can enjoy this side. Continue reading
We all love sugar but we also know that the sweet taste comes at a price. Price in the form of calories and sugar is full of them. Just one teaspoon of sugar contains 16 calories and the average American consumes 22.2 teaspoons of sugar a day which amounts to 355 calories. This knowledge, combined with the fact that all of us watch our weight at one point or another, had us reaching for the artificial sweeteners. What was not to like? The food or drinks tasted just as good yet no calories were entering our bodies. So why exactly are artificial sweeteners bad for you?
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Like with everything, not all yogurts are created equal. In fact, there is quite a jungle of yogurts out there and you would be surprised just how much they differ. There are those that are really good for you and there are those that are simply not. On my last trip to Safeway I picked up a yogurt, their pantry essential brand, and I was horrified when I read the list of ingredients. Not only did the yogurt contain high corn fructose syrup as the third ingredient on the list after milk and vanilla base, the yogurt was lacking the live and active cultures which make yogurt healthy in the first place. In addition, the yogurt contained colors yellow 5 and yellow 6 not to mention pectin, carrageenan, modified corn starch and phenylalanine. Studies show that yogurt is really good for us, so how do you chose a good and healthy yogurt and where do you begin? Continue reading