What are the Health Benefits of Grapes?

health-benefits-of-grapesby Holly Klamer March 27, 2015

Grapes are full of valuable nutrients including fiber, potassium, iron and various antioxidants. The antioxidant resveratrol is found in the skin of red grapes and associated with heart health and may offer protection against other chronic diseases. A cup of grapes provides about 100 calories, 1.5 grams of fiber and is a source of vitamin A and C. Like most fruits, grapes are high in water content and the energy from grapes comes primarily from […]

What is Vegetable Oil and is it Bad for You?

vegetable-oil-good-for-youby Holly Klamer March 25, 2015

Vegetable oil is a catch all term for oil from plants. It is usually a combination of soybean, palm, corn, canola, sunflower, cottonseed or peanut oil, and it can be a mixture in various amounts of each. Although vegetable oil can be a mixture or plant oils, usually most vegetable oils are primarily soybean oil. Vegetable oil is a common ingredient in much of the food supply and prevalent in processed food because it is […]

What causes your food cravings?

causes-of-food-gravingsby Tanja Knapp March 23, 2015

Changing ones diet would be a walk in the park if it weren’t for food cravings. So one important task while changing your diet is to understand what causes your food cravings. There are many underlying causes for cravings. Let’s discover some of them. You lack micronutrients Your food consists of macronutrients like carbohydrates, protein and fat and micronutrients like minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients. The intake of macro- and micronutrients have to be in balance. […]

Is Truvia Healthy?

truvia-healthyby Holly Klamer March 20, 2015

Sugar substitutes have been common alternatives for sweets, drinks and diet food because they are lower in calories and most do not raise blood sugar levels like real sugar. Sugar substitutes are recognized as generally safe from the FDA, but more research is coming out about some negative effects sugar substitutes could have, especially in large quantities. Stevia and Truvia are marketed as natural sugar substitutes because stevia comes from a South American plant. However, […]

The Very Best Carbs for Weight Loss

good-carbs-for-weight-lossby Holly Klamer March 18, 2015

Carbohydrates can be portrayed as the bad guy during weight loss. Carbohydrates are digested fairly easily and raise blood glucose levels once digested. When this happens, insulin is released. Insulin brings the blood glucose into body cells so they can use it for energy or store for use later. Insulin also promotes fat storage. Therefore, constantly releasing insulin from eating carbohydrates may hinder weight loss. Does this mean carbohydrates should be avoided during weight loss? […]

Why is Diet Soda Bad for You?

diet soda bad for youby Holly Klamer March 16, 2015

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 2010, about one fifth of the population drinks diet soda per day. Compared to data from 1999-2000, people are drinking more diet soda. The concerns for having a diet high in added sugar are numerous including increasing risk for type 2 diabetes and obesity. Non-calorie sweeteners were produced to try get around these health risks while still being able to enjoy something sweet without […]