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Foods that seem good….but aren’t so good for you

Diet Soda

Hello Fitness friends. I hope life is treating you well. I wanted to post tonight about foods that seem good for you, but aren’t so good for you. Let’s start with diet soda. I have been known to drink a diet soda or two…I have done some research and it is not good for you.

Diet Soda can cause…

  • An increase in appetite and weight gain. People who drink diet soda are prone to eat more. Artificial sweeteners trick your brain into thinking it’s getting sugar without the calories, but some studies have shown it has the same impact on your blood sugar. We know stable blood sugar leads to fat loss. Unstable blood sugar leads to weight gain, so you can gain weight drinking diet soda.
  • Memory fog. Studies on soda have shown it has the potential to cause brain fog and memory problems.
  • Acids, preservatives can erode your teeth, cause kidney problems, and intestinal issues.

I’ve seen so many uses for soda to clean toilets, corroded batteries, and more…Soda is not our friend.

Wheat Bread can cause….

  • Spikes in blood sugar. I was watching Dr. Oz do a special on wheat bread. It raises your blood sugar the same way a candy bar does. Yikes!
  • Allergic reactions. Wheat bread today has a higher gluten content than it used to. Gluten makes our bread softer, makes you feel full longer, but it’s also causing problems for people. You can have a gluten intolerance and not test positive for Celiac disease. Gluten intolerance can cause headaches, bloating, or other intestinal issues. Gluten causes inflammation in the intestines.

Orange Juice and most juices can cause….

  • Elevated blood sugar! You are better off eating an orange. The amount of sugar in a serving orange juice is close to what’s in a candy bar. Better yet if you have a juicer, run some fresh fruit through it.

Milk can cause….

  • Elevation of blood sugar. Look at the sugar content on your milk carton. We don’t need as much dairy as the commercials say. There is calcium in other foods.
  • Hormone disruption. Some cows are given hormones to increase their production of milk. These hormones can interfere with your hormones. If you must drink milk, shoot for non treated cows milk.

Here are some alternatives…

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Are You Gluten for Punishment?

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You’ve probably noticed ads everywhere claiming a product is gluten-free. Unless you have an allergy you may not know what gluten is or how it affects the body.

Gluten is a protein. It is normally found in breads, flours, cereals, beer, and soy sauce. Here’s another definition from Wikipedia.

Gluten (from Latin gluten, “glue”) is a protein composite found in foods processed from wheat and related grain species, including barley and rye. Gluten gives elasticity to dough, helping it rise and keep its shape and often gives the final product a chewy texture. Gluten may also be found in some cosmetics, hair products, and other dermatological preparations.[1]

The problem with gluten is that for some it causes an allergic reaction or some may have an intolerance to the protein. Those who have celiac disease are allergic to gluten and are unable to tolerate foods containing the protein. Your doctor can perform a blood test to determine if you do in fact have celiac disease.

Disclaimer: For more information on celiac disease consult your doctor. The purpose of this post is not to treat or diagnose, as I am not a Physician. I am presenting information based on my own experiences with gluten.

Some of the symptoms of a gluten allergy include:

“Gastrointestinal symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain, bloating, gas, or indigestion
  • Constipation
  • Decreased appetite (may also be increased or unchanged)
  • Diarrhea, either constant or off and on
  • Lactose intolerance (common when the person is diagnosed, usually goes away after treatment)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Stools that float, are foul-smelling, bloody, or “fatty”
  • Unexplained weight loss (although people can be overweight or of normal weight)

Taken from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001280/. Please check out this link for more information.

Some people have swelling, fatigue, irritability, and numerous other issues when consuming gluten. Others have a slight intolerance to gluten. I do not have celiac disease, however, I don’t feel well when eating bread. I went to my Primary Care Physician because it seemed that whenever I ate bread I was immediately fatigued; I felt horrible. So, after the test came back that I did not have an allergy, I started eliminating most gluten from my diet to see if I simply had an intolerance to gluten rich foods. After a few weeks of no gluten I felt increased energy, etc…

Beware though there are many companies trying to make a buck off of people who do not know what gluten is. They place labels on food that read, “Gluten Free,” when the item should not have gluten. Do some research on foods that contain gluten. If you suspect that you have an allergy, talk to your doctor. Gluten may be the cause of your diet being sabotaged. See link above for more info on gluten hindering the body’s ability to absorb nutrients.

Here are some resources for you:

Foods that contain gluten from the American Diabetes Association: http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/planning-meals/gluten-free-diets/what-foods-have-gluten.html

Gluten free carbs. http://www.diabetes.org/food-and-fitness/food/planning-meals/gluten-free-diets/what-can-i-eat-gf.html?loc=what-foods-have-gluten

I hope this post will help you with your food choices.

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References:

  1. ^ Harding, Anne (31 October 2011). “Gluten in cosmetics may pose hidden threat to celiac patients”. CNN Health. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
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