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26
JUN

Good Morning Breakfast!

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
BreakfastThe importance of breakfast is never in question but for some reason some people continue to skip this important meal. Studies have confirmed that regularly eating a healthy breakfast may help you lose excess weight and maintain your weight loss in many different ways but yet some people still start their day with no meal at all.

Eating a healthy breakfast is one of the best ways to establish a well-balanced diet. Research has suggested that people who eat breakfast regularly may reduce hunger later in the day, making it easier to avoid overeating. Skipping breakfast often result in snacks which more often than not are unhealthy alternatives. plus the prolonged fasting can increase your body’s insulin response, which in turn increases fat storage and weight gain.

Additionally, eating a healthy breakfast provides more energy for daily tasks. Think about the time you sleep: let’s say seven to eight hours that your body has no food intake. With no breakfast, you are expanding this time frame to at least ten or up to fourteen hours without new energy. It’s too much as the human body needs food to produce new energy. A healthy breakfast refuels your body and replenishes the glycogen stores that supply your muscles with immediate energy. Routinely skipping breakfast is associated with decreased physical activity as with no new energy, people are less likely to be active and exercise.

Plus, studies have shown that people who eat breakfast tend to eat a healthier overall diet, one that is more nutritious and lower in fat. In contrast, people who skip breakfast are more likely to also skip fruits and vegetables the rest of the day as well.

Lastly, the importance of the word “healthy” when eating breakfast cannot be overviewed. Starting your day with unhealthy choices may lead to continue eating poorly throughout the day.




6
MAY

What’s New? SlimPlate System

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Aids at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Slimplate SystemLucky Vitamin is happy to announce the introduction of a revolutionary weight-loss system product to our customers: SlimPlate System.

SlimPlate System is a complete weight loss plan designed just for you. It includes high-quality china instead of cheap plastic plates, as well as silicone, stainless steel cutters to help keep your food in between the lines. This 13-piece set is a doctor-designed, easy way to lose weight.

SlimPlate System new generation weight loss system is different than all others because it provides a long term weight loss solution, it’s easy to use and maintain, and it allows you to lose weight the right way without changing what you eat. Users have access to a free weight loss coach, exercise videos, helpful hints, and emails that all help keep you on track to reach your goals.

SlimPlate System is a complete four stage weight loss solution. It builds a diet around your everyday food without letting you go hungry. For the price of less than 15 days of diet foods, SlimPlate System gives you the power to create your own diet using the food that you like. Not just simple portion control, but a four-step, progressive portion control of your entire food choices, so you don’t have to think about what to eat or count calories. SlimPlate System is the perfect set that has everything you need to get the right portions for almost any food. No calorie counting, easy-to-use, research proven, designed by physicians, no need to buy diet food, and no side effects, SlimPlate system is a weight loss plan that you can follow to look your best and slim down fast.

You can save even more when you shop SlimPlate System at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter the promotional code MAY15NEW15 to save 15% of this revolutionary product.




17
APR

Thermogenics & Weight Loss: Why It Works

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Concerns & Ailments,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Weight LossThermogenics and weight loss go together but it’s quite interesting to find out why it really works. Thermogenesis is the process of heat production in the warm-blooded animals. The role of thermogenesis is to maintain the temperature of body so that it can function optimally. The human body utilizes most of its calories in maintaining normal metabolic functions such as ingestion, digestion, and essential processes such as heart beat, respiration, brain activity and regular physical activity.

Thermogenesis can be classified in 3 different types. The first one is “exercise induced thermogenesis” in which the muscles are heated up with physical activity or exercise to function more effectively. The second one, is “non-exercise activity thermogenesis”(NEAT) which includes generating heat through shivering. The third type is the “diet induced thermogenesis” (DIT) where the production of heat occurs after eating. The last one is directly responsible for managing weight because some foods can enhance thermogenesis. These foods have high fiber content and are normally low in calories.

Good examples of thermogenic foods include spices such as red hot peppers, which contain capsaicin, a pungent flavored substance that enhances thermogenesis. Piperine is another thermogenic substance found in black pepper. It promotes thermogenesis by stimulating the sympathetic nervous system. The good-for-everything coconut oil can also promote thermogenesis as it contains great amounts of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) known to retard the accumulation of fat in the body.

Ginger and green tea can also be considered thermogenic foods. Green tea contains two important chemicals polyphenols called the catechins and caffeine, which are both known to encourage thermogenesis. Ginger has anti-inflammatory, anti-hypertensive, glucose-sensitizing, and stimulatory effects on the gastrointestinal tract and can enhance thermogenesis with a potential impact in weight management.




21
JAN

7 Fitness Trends for 2015

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Fitness Trends1. High Intensity Interval Training (HITS)

One of the hottest trend in fitness in recent years, HITS continue to be a popular choice for 2015. High-Intensity Interval Training involves short bursts of activity followed by a short period of rest or recovery. These workouts are generally 30-minute sessions or less and can provide multiple health benefits such as improving cardiovascular health, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels, not to mention help shed weight fast.

2. Online Training Classes

An excellent choice for busy folks, online training classes have been increasing in popularity in the past few years. This affordable option gets more followers due to its amazing flexibility: you can’t do it now, just do it later, whenever it fits your schedule. You can sign up for online training programs as well as just use some online videos to do it on your own.

3. Strength Training

Strength training is exercising with the goal of increasing your physical strength and, at the same time, getting additional health benefits. It burns fat and calories, regulates your metabolic rate and can be helpful to make you stick to your diet better. Additionally, strength training increases endurance, bone density and testosterone levels as well as it strengthens your joints and promotes better sleep.

4. Outdoor Activities

Outdoor activities are always a great option. Along with the no cost benefit, outdoor recreation has psychological benefits, including the prevention or reduction of stress. It can also provide physical benefits, such as aerobic, cardiovascular and muscular fitness, as well as improve functioning of the immune system. Moreover, outdoor activities can help increase environmental awareness.

5. Yoga

Yoga increases flexibility and reduces stress, but the longtime practice also offer some hidden benefits. Yoga is known to help boost immunity, strength muscles, and promote better sleep. Another great reason to do yoga: flexibility, it can be done pretty much anywhere, anytime.

6. Body weight Training

Bodyweight exercises are strength training exercises that do not require free weights as practitioners use their own weight to provide the resistance for the movement. Movements such as the push-up, the pull-up, and the sit-up are some of the most common bodyweight exercises. Because they do not require weights, bodyweight exercises are the ideal choice for individuals who are interested in fitness but do not have access to equipment.

7. Group Personal Training

How about sharing a personal trainer? The obvious advantage of group personal training as compared to one-on-one training is cost. People will pay a lot of money a month for good instruction, great workouts, and solid results but you can save a little if you share a personal trainer with a few other folks and still get some great training. In addition to cost savings, group personal training offers the benefit of motivation from both the instructor and the other participants as there is always good, high energy in a group workout.

 




19
JAN

6 Herbs to Shed Pounds

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Herbs,Supplements at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
6 HerbsLosing weight is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions but as we start the fourth week of 2015, many people have quit or are close to give up on it. Lack of results is often the reason for a stop but natural herbs can be a helpful and healthy way to get you a little boost. Here’s a list of 6 herbs to help you shed pounds this year.

Cinnamon

Adding just one scoop of cinnamon to your diet can help with your weight loss. Cinnamon has a regulatory effect on blood sugar levels which is important since high blood sugar levels can increase storage of fat by the body. Additionally, cinnamon simultaneously increases insulin levels and influence the manner in which sugar is metabolized by the body.

Black Pepper

Often used for seasoning meals, black pepper may help stop the formation of new fat cells. Studies have shown that piperine, a substance in black pepper, can reduce fat levels in the bloodstream as well as boosting your metabolism.

Ginseng

A well-known immune system enhancer, ginseng can also accelerate weight loss by revving up a sluggish metabolism. With a faster metabolic rate, it is less likely that excess calories that you eat will be converted into fat.

Turmeric

Adding spices to your food can be an easy way to shed some unwanted pounds. Turmeric or curcumin is widely used in cooking and can provide some weight loss benefits. Scientific research has shown that turmeric may help prevent the regrowth of fat after weight loss, which is important not to regain back all these pounds you worked really hard to get rid of.

Cayenne Pepper

One of the best natural herbs for weight loss, red cayenne pepper can help in many different ways. It has been proven to speed up metabolism by 25%, helping burn ten times more calories, and also curbing appetite.

Ginger

This root can also help with weight loss as ginger can improve digestion by increasing the pH of the stomach and stimulating digestive enzymes. Ginger can also slightly increase metabolic rate, helping burning off fat stored in the body.




15
JAN

8 Tips to Prevent Mindless Eating

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Nutrition at 2:48 pm | By: Jessica Justh, Senior Editor
kitchen-slimdown

Dr. Brian Wansink and researchers at the Food and Brand Lab at Cornell University have proven that when it comes to the psychology of eating, perception is deception. You can train your brain by making a few easy changes to your eating habits.  Here are a few simple tips for optimizing your home for overindulgence prevention.

  1. The Power of Suggestion– Having a bag of chips casually lying around your countertop is a recipe for disaster. To fix this, try having a fruit bowl on display on your counter or kitchen table. Take this even further to have some fruits and veggies easily accessible in your fridge instead of tucked away in the produce drawers.
  2. Plate Size Matters– Science reaffirms this common sense notion: the larger the plate, the larger the portion. Try making the switch from a 12-inch to a 10-inch plate. A two-inch difference in plate diameter would result in 22% fewer calories being served.
  3. See it to Believe it– You will be less likely to eat more if you portion out what you want on a plate first. We’ve all been there. Sitting on the couch with a bag of chips watching television, our bodies going through the repetitive motion of hand, bag, mouth. Next thing you know you’ve eaten the whole bag! Oops!
  4. Out of Sight Out of Mind– When eating at the dining room table keep serving dishes in the kitchen, or at least six feet away. This gives you the chance to ask yourself if you’re really hungry for more before you line up for seconds.
  5. Location, Location, Location– Where you eat is as important as what you eat. A study reported in JAMA Pediatricsfound that each additional hour of TV watched by children results in the consumption of 167 more calories.
  6. Stop Plate Overload– Refrain from over serving yourself by repeating this mantra: “20% less”. Most studies show that people can eat 20% less without even noticing it. Even better, replace that 20% with vegetables to really make a difference.
  7. Gone but not Forgotten – One of Dr. Wansink’s studies revealed that people ate more chicken wings if the bones were cleared away. When the bones where left on the table, it served as a reminder to the diners of how much they actually ate.
  8. Unplug – You will definitely eat more in front of the TV, reading or on our phone. Take the time to unplug and chew your food slowly.Let your mind focus on the flavors in your mouth. Taste your food.

Making small and consistent changes in your eating behavior will help you gradually lose weight and develop a healthy appreciation for food. It’s not a diet — it’s a lifestyle.

 

 




23
DEC

Best Foods to Eat Before and After a Workout

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Exercise and Fitness,Sports Nutrition at 2:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Workout FoodsA good workout plan should be much more than just exercising. Of course, the actual physical activity is a big part of it, but eating and drinking properly is extremely important to maximize your efforts and results. Proper nutrition can vastly improve your performance, energy levels and, consequently, help you get the results you want. If you really want to get the most out of your training program, here’s the best foods to eat before and after a workout session:

Aerobic exercise: for running, jogging, biking, walking and any other activity which stress endurance over long periods of time, your body initially uses carbohydrates as fuel but, as the duration increases, your body begins to burn fat.

Anaerobic exercise: for short-term, high-intensity activities such as weightlifting or intensive workouts, the primary fuel source for your muscles is carbohydrates in the form of glycogen. These repetitive, vigorous activity can use up most of the carbs stored in your muscles.

Before:

Carbohydrates are the foundation for exercising. Foods such as whole-grain pasta, rice, potatoes, bread, and fruits and vegetables are rich in complex carbohydrates, which are the best sources of energy for your body. Small meals about an hour before your workout is one of the best ways to prepare your body for the work ahead. Allow proper time to digest any meal composed of complex carbs and try to avoid sugars, including sodas, as they may lower your blood sugar levels during exercise.

After

Immediately after your workout, small snacks rich in carbs, such as nutritional bars, are ideal to restore your muscle-glycogen levels but the most important meal come about one hour after training. Try to eat a full meal that includes lean protein, such as chicken or tuna, in order to repair your damaged muscle tissues as well as some carbs to restore those glycogen levels. Since everyone is different, with different diets and exercise programs, there is no perfect rule but a person moderately active may want to get 60% of their diet from carbs, 20% from protein, and another 20% from fat, for a well-balanced diet.

Water

Water is an essential nutrient that is critical for optimal physical performance, resistance to injury, and maintenance of normal body temperature. You must hydrate and rehydrate your body constantly. So, drink a lot of water before, during and after exercising.




4
DEC

25 Unique Uses for Apple Cider Vinegar

Filed Under: Detoxification and Cleansing,Diet & Weight Loss,Supplements at 7:30 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
apple juice

Apple cider vinegar is one of the most useful and versatile supplements for your overall health. This health boosting tonic has been used for centuries for its healing properties as it fights infection, inflammation, eases pain, and helps digestive issues. Additionally, apple cider vinegar is a safe, natural alternative for the treatment of the skin, teeth and hair.  So, here’s 25 unique uses of the amazing apple cider vinegar:

1. Use it for weight-loss as apple cider vinegar may help decrease appetite and increase fat burn

2. Use it as a detox to cleanse the kidneys

3. Use it as a facial cleanser to boost the pH of your skin

4. Use it to relieve the redness and pain of sunburn by adding it to bath water

5. Use it to promote relaxation in sore muscles

6. Use it to reduce swelling and minimize bruising

7. Use it as a skin toner for blemishes

8. Use it to removes nail fungus

9. Use it to balance the body’s pH level

10. Use it as a hair rinse to fight dandruff and add body and shine to your hair

11. Use it to reduce blood glucose level in diabetics

12. Use it to reduce buildup on the scalp

13. Use it as a supplement to lower cholesterol

14. Use it to reduce inflammation from arthritis

15. Use it to soothe bug bites and other skin irritations

16. Use it as supplement as it relieves sinus pressure and fights infection

17. Use it as an energy booster to increase energy and boosts metabolism

18. Use it to relieve gout

19. Use it to relieve allergies and asthma

20. Use it to treat ear infections

21. Use it to help in the removal of warts

22. Use it as an immune system enhancer to prevent flu

23. Use it as a digestive helper to promote bowel movements and ease constipation

24. Use it to whiten teeth and kills mouth bacteria

25. Use it to aid in relieving chest congestion




27
OCT

5 Scary Sweeteners

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 7:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
SweetenersArtificial sweeteners are scary. Many of these products are the result of blended chemicals to create super sweet powders without calories. Breaking the habit of using artificial sweeteners instead of sugar may be one of the most difficult challenges people have to overcome but it is definitely worth it. Switching to natural sweeteners is one of the best ways to not just improve your health but also to avoid toxic ingredients into your body. Here is a list of the top 5 scary sweeteners:

1. Aspartame: one of the most popular sweetener, aspartame is often added to diet sodas and pre-packaged foods. This dangerous sweetener is found in Equal, Sugar Twin, and NutraSweetis and there are an amazing 92 reported side effects, including: birth defects, diabetes, arthritis, severe PMS, migraines, Alzheimer’s disease, aggression, severe depression, and suicidal tendencies.

2. Saccharin: another famous sweetener, saccharin is 300 times sweeter than table sugar, but is often mixed with other artificial sweeteners due to its metallic aftertaste. Sugar substitute’s products such as Sweet N’ Low contain saccharin which was suspected to be a human carcinogen by the U.S. National Toxicology Program for nearly 20 years.

3. Acesulfame Potassium: also known as Acesulfame-K, this sweetener has a potential link to cancer. Studies have showed a link between consumption of acesulfame potassium and cancer in laboratory animals but more scientific study on the artificial sweetener is needed. Concerns have been attributed to contamination of methylene chloride, a known human carcinogen. Products such as Sunett, Sweet One, and Sweet ‘n Safe contain acesulfame potassium, sometimes shorted as ACE on labels.

4. Sucralose: this sweet-bomb is a zero-calorie artificial sweetener that is 600 times sweeter than table sugar and the main ingredient on Splenda products. Though it is deemed safe by the FDA, reports claim that its composition makes it nearly impossible for our bodies to metabolize normally. Reported side effects include skin rashes, agitation, dizziness, numbness, diarrhea, swelling, muscle and stomach pain, headaches, intestinal cramping, and bladder issues.

5. Neotame: originally introduced by Monsanto, before it was sold to NutraSweet, this sweetener is chemically similar to aspartame, and like aspartame, it metabolizes into formaldehyde when consumed. Neotame contains 3-dimethylbutyl, which sits on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) list of the most hazardous chemicals and somehow is available in food products such as NutraSweet and Sweetos.




28
SEP

5 Items From Your Kitchen That Will Make You Beautiful

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,General Wellness & Wellbeing,Health Foods at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
The kitchen is a nightmare place for many people trying to lose weight. Folks on weight-loss diets often avoid this part of the house hoping to prevent an unnecessary snack or meal. But did you know that many items in your kitchen can actually help your weight-loss program?  So, here is a list of five items from your kitchen that can help make you beautiful:

1- Cinnamon:

cinnamon

 

Cinnamon has a regulatory effect on blood sugar levels and simultaneously increases insulin levels in the body as well as speeding up the metabolism of glucose. Cinnamon helps prevent increased storage of fats caused by high blood sugar levels. Plus, cinnamon helps the body to process carbohydrates more efficiently and delays the passing of food from the stomach into the intestine making you feel satisfied for a longer time.

 

2- Coconut Oil:

Coconut oil

 

Coconut oil is known for causing a metabolic boost when taken regularly. Studies have shown that just over a tablespoon for women and just less than two tablespoons for men each day may double the weight-loss in overweight people. Researchers believe that the extra calorie burn produced by coconut oil is the reason for such impressive results after continue use of the product for three months.

 

 

3- Coffee:

coffee

 

Coffee is well-known for helping with weight-loss. Studies have shown that drinking coffee may slightly increase weight loss or in actuality prevent weight gain by suppressing the appetite or the desire to eat. Caffeine is proven to help with calorie burning by stimulating thermogenesis. It is important to note that coffee weight-loss studies are always based on 100% pure coffee without sugar, milk or any additional flavoring.

 

 

4- Honey:

honey

 

Here’s a tricky one. Americans consume too much sugar and processed food but a tablespoon of honey before bed may help with weight-loss as the body begins to burn more fat during those early hours of sleep. Try to replace all sugar from your diet with honey, including artificial sweeteners. Use honey in your tea, coffee and cereal instead of refined sugar. The results of this simple switch may surprise you!

 

 

5- Lemon:

lemon

 

Adding lemons to your water may sound like a silly idea for weight-loss but did you know that lemon water combines powerful agents that improve your chances for weight-loss? The potent vitamin C and antioxidants of lemon and the digestion-improving ability of hot water may be the perfect combination to help your weight-loss program.




30
AUG

What’s New? MCT Lean

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Sports Nutrition,Supplements at 7:00 am | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
MCTLucky Vitamin is presenting another top-quality brand of weight-loss products to our customers: MCT Lean.

MCT Lean offers scientifically researched plant-based dietary supplements and functional foods from naturally cultivated ingredients aimed at keeping you in top physical form and helping you achieve a sense of complete wellbeing and optimal health. Whether you want to lose weight, build muscle, increase energy, or just live a healthier life, MCT Lean has the ultimate fuel product to help you achieving your goals.

MCT Lean believes “fats” get a bad reputation and for the most part, deservedly so. However, not all fats are the same and MCT Lean has found extreme value in one particular fat: medium chain triglycerides, or MCTs.

MCTs are the premium fuel for your body’s everyday functions and likely the best fuel for life. MCTs don’t behave like other fats as it is chemically structured to produce energy, not body fat. In fact, MCTs are hailed as the all-natural answer to eliminating stubborn body fat. The Dr. Oz show had a very interesting segment on the MCTs, classifying it as one of Dr. Oz’s top three “fat burner” supplements.

The typical Western diet is largely composed of long chain triglycerides (LCTs), typically consumed in processed vegetable oils such as canola, soy, and safflower. In excess, LCTs acts as the building blocks of stubborn body fat. Unlike LCTs, MCTs are primarily used for energy production and rarely ever stored as fat. In addition, MCTs promote ketones, an alternative power source which can become the main energy source when you eat a diet low in carbs and high in healthful fat. MCT Lean uses these MCTs as the foundation for creating the highest quality plant-based dietary supplements and functional foods to support those striving to live an active, nutritious lifestyle.

Save even more when you shop MCT Lean products at LuckyVitamin.com. Just enter promo code AUG14NEW15 at checkout to save an extra 15% on all items of this new brand.




11
AUG

The Best Sweet Choice: Natural Sweeteners

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods at 5:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
sugarsThe sugar debate never ends. From time to time, a new report suggests that sugar substitutes are not healthy and should be avoided. The term “sugar substitutes” is widely mentioned but not always properly used. Sugar substitutes can be any product that people use instead of sugar. The most common sugar subs are sweeteners which can be divided in two categories: artificial and natural.

Artificial sweeteners have been getting a variety of poor reviews in reports and studies, fading away in popularity, and can’t seem to overcome their sketchy made-in-the-lab connotations. On the other hand, natural sweeteners continue to grown in variety and popularity as have been labeled as a much healthier and overall better product.

Stevia, xylitol, and agave are just some of the popular names of natural sweeteners and if you are not yet familiar with these products, it’s very important that you check out the health benefits from this sugar substitutes. These sweeteners are derived from natural substances rather than synthesized like saccharin and aspartame and most of them are considered low-calorie.  Some of these natural sweeteners are relatively new, so they haven’t been studied as extensively as sugar and artificial substitutes have, but there is no doubt you are getting a product that is much better than any artificial sweeteners as well as conventional sugar.

The US Food and Drug Administration has reviewed provided data and considered most of these products to be generally recognized as safe. In fact, the food-safety watchdog group “Center for Science in the Public Interest” believes this new generation is probably safer than aspartame and saccharin, which it asserts could increase cancer risk. With the exception of agave syrup, the new natural sweeteners are very low-calorie or calorie-free.




23
JUL

Healthy, Delicious Dried Fruit

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods at 1:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Dried-fruitApples, mangoes, pineapples, figs, apricots, cranberries are just some of the fruits you can snack from a bag. Dried fruits may be an excellent alternative if you are looking for a healthy snack. Switch over from chips, candy, or chocolate bars to healthy dried fruit snacks.

Dried fruit products offer multiple health benefits. The majority of natural products generally contain more fiber than fresh fruits. For example, dried apricots contain 6.5 grams per cup, while fresh apricots offer just 3.1 grams. A cup of raisins contains 5.4 grams of fiber versus just 1.4 grams for seedless grapes.

Additionally, dried fruits contain very high amounts of nutrients. Most of the water is extracted from dried fruits and, consequently, the nutrients are condensed into a small package. The European Food Information Council has reported that dried fruits like apricots, raisins, prunes and figs contain high amounts of beta carotene, vitamin E, niacin, iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium.

Dried fruits contains little to no fat. They also contain significant calories per serving, making them a natural source of energy for athletes. They are also a good supplement for people seeking to gain weight healthfully. Lastly, dried fruits offer other advantages over fresh fruits such as longer shelf life and portability.

The only red flag is the amount of calories. If you are on a weight-loss diet, dried fruits should be eaten in moderation as they contain significantly more calories per serving than fresh fruits. Some dried fruits contain sugars added in processing which increase its calorie content. Natural organic dried fruits without additives offer much better health benefits.




14
JUL

Healthy and Delicious Summer Beverage

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Foods at 4:00 pm | By: Mauricio Matusiak, Senior Editor
Pineapple coconutIf you are looking for a new summer beverage but can’t find one that fits that healthy and delicious category, here’s a suggestion: try a coconut pineapple smoothie.

These two tropical fruits can be blended in many different ways but the end result is often a delicious, refreshing and, most importantly, healthy beverage. Pineapple and coconut smoothies lack the unnecessary calories while offering many additional health benefits. When made with coconut milk, an average 12-ounce pineapple coconut smoothie contains approximately 158 calories, not too bad for a good-tasting drink which fits into the healthy diet rules. There are also 30 grams of carbohydrates and two grams of dietary fiber in each smoothie. If you want to have an ever healthier beverage, you can use coconut water instead of coconut milk. Coconut water is a great source of potassium and when adding fresh pineapple chunks and ice, you have a delicious and refreshing drink for the hot summer days.

In addition, a regular pineapple and coconut smoothie contains four grams of protein and average just about three grams of fat, two grams of which are saturated, reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease. The saturated fat in the smoothie is mostly from the coconut milk so when you use coconut water, you have a nearly fat-free version. Each smoothie also contains only three milligrams of cholesterol per serving, considered a very low amount for a smoothie beverage.

Lastly, pineapple coconut beverages also contain important vitamins and minerals. Each 12-ounce smoothie contains in average 40 milligrams of calcium, two milligrams of iron, 325 milligrams of potassium, 80 milligrams of vitamin C, 43 milligrams of folate and 100 international units of vitamin A.




19
JUN

Benefits of Xylitol Chewing Gum

Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss,Health Concerns & Ailments,Health Foods at 8:00 am | By: Jeremy Michael, Contributing Author
 

Xylitol Chewing Gum

The American population, myself included, has definitely developed a bit of a sweet tooth. But what if there was a sugar that could have some health benefits, while also sweetening your foods? Xylitol, or birch sugar, is a naturally occurring sugar alcohol. Most of the xylitol used these days comes from birch wood or corncobs. Xylitol from corn should be avoided as it may be from a GMO source. Xylitol is available in many forms: as a chewing gum, syrup, or lozenges. Scientists believe that this sugar alcohol may actually contain many health benefits.

One major benefit of using xylitol is that it does not spike blood sugar as much as other sweeteners do. Xylitol has a glycemic index of 7, which when compared to table sugar, sucrose (a glycemic index of 58), it is extremely lower.

Xylitol has antibacterial and antiviral properties that helps protect against and fight infections. Research done in 2011 showed that Xylitol was useful in preventing recurrent otitis media in children. More specifically, there was a 25% reduction in the risk of occurrence in children that were given Xylitol versus the control group. Chewing gum and lozenges containing xylitol were found more effective than the syrup. Scientists also discovered that xylitol must be given 3 to 5 times per day for it to be effective. It is important to note that the American Academy of Pediatrics does not recommend chewing gums, mints, or hard candy in children less than four years of age due to risk of choking.

Research has also shown that xylitol can help to prevent against tooth decay. Over 25 years of clinical testing confirms that xylitol is the best sweetener for teeth. This is because xylitol inhibits the growth of bacteria that cause cavities. Bacteria can’t utilize the xylitol and over time it changes the bacteria of the mouth.  It also prevents bacteria from sticking to teeth. A study on xylitol containing gum versus gum sweetened with sucrose versus a control group showed that gum containing 100% xylitol was able to reduce the incidences of cavities compared to the control group. Talk with your dentist to find out if xylitol is safe and beneficial for you.

These are just some of the common benefits of xylitol. Research and other studies are starting to look at xylitol for its benefits in weight loss as it helps appetite and sugar cravings, as well as respiratory/sinus health, bone health, anti-candida properties and much more. Make sure to shop Luckyvitamin.com for all your xylitol needs.