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"7 Foods You Had No Idea Were Loaded With Sugar" Review

These foods may have more sugar than you think. I always tell my personal training clients in Chicago to think twice about these items before tossing them in the cart (Source: 7 Foods You Had No Idea Were Loaded With Sugar).

WHOLE-GRAIN BREAD


The danger with eating foods high in sugar stems from their effects on blood sugar, says Perlmutter. "Foods are rated in terms of how they elevate blood sugar by their glycemic index," he explains. "The higher the glycemic index, the higher the blood sugar elevation and the length of time the blood sugar will remain elevated." When those levels skyrocket, it can lead to health complications like heart disease and diabetes. So while it's still better to opt for the whole-grain version of bread over the white variety, you don't want to chow down on sandwich after sandwich—it clocks a 71 on the glycemic index, while a Snicker's candy bar, shockingly, has a lower rating of 51, according to the Harvard School of Medicine.

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BALSAMIC VINEGAR


"Creamy dressings often create a high sugar impact, but balsamic can contain just as much," says JJ Virgin, celebrity nutritionist and author of JJ Virgin's Sugar Impact Diet. The reason: A lot of American-made balsamic vinegar is made with caramel coloring and cornstarch—two sugary substances—with the vinegar base being white wine vinegar. Why? The authentic, Italian versions require a 12- to 25-year aging process that negates the need for coloring and thickening additives, but not everyone wants to pay—or wait—for those products to be imported over. So if you're ordering a salad in a restaurant, Virgin advises against their version of balsamic. "Instead, ask for extra-virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar for all the flavor without the sugar impact."

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OATMEAL


Here's the good news: Not all oatmeal is on the too-much-sugar list. But those who rely on the take-along pouches (or have an aversion to waiting for a pot to boil) are most likely beginning their day with a serious blood sugar kick. "It seems like most everyone agrees that oatmeal is a good choice for breakfast," says Perlmutter. But in actuality, many instant packets contain 13 grams or more of the sweet stuff because of all the additional flavorings (think maple and brown sugar, apples and cinnamon). If you've got the time, opt for steel-cut oats for a higher dose of fiber. Otherwise, you can still choose the quick-cooking variety, just grab the plain packet and add a dollop of almond butter—which research shows can help stabilize blood sugar throughout the day—for flavor, protein, and healthy fats.

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GLUTEN-FREE FOOD


Hyman refers to this group—the one with gluten-free cookies, cakes, and processed food—as junk food. "Just because it's gluten-free doesn't mean it's healthy," he says. "Gluten-free cakes and cookies are still cakes and cookies," which means they're made with sugar. In fact, most contain excess sugars and gum to make up for the missing ingredients, and those are even more difficult for the body to break down. When you're craving something sweet, but still want to follow a low- or gluten-free plan, Hyman suggests playing with natural fruit instead. Grilling or broiling stone fruit, like peaches and plums, will bring its natural sugars to the forefront, giving you that sweet bite sans sugar crash.

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FRUIT JUICE


Bummer: One of the most popular breakfast drinks in America isn't doing wonders for your waist. "A 12-ounce glass of orange juice contains about 36 grams, or seven teaspoons, of sugar," says Perlmutter. "Almost all fruit juices are concentrated sources of sugar" because they strip the fiber out of the fruit when it's sent through a juicer. Now, it probably won't kill you if you sip a 4-oz. glass of juice in the a.m. (and you're still getting a dose of healthy veggies if you grab a green juice), but it is something you need to keep track of so you don't go overboard throughout the day. Because doing so—like drinking a glass at breakfast, a green juice after your workout, and a soda in the afternoon—can send sugar directly to the liver, says Hyman. "It turns off a fat storage machine, which can lead to dangerous belly fat. [These juices] also don't help you feel full, so you end up eating more all day and craving more sugar and carbs," propelling you into that sugar-cycle that's hard to break.

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YOGURT


Yes, even though Greek yogurt is a fabulous source of protein, calcium, and probiotics, not all varieties are created equal. Some contain naturally occurring sugars, while others—those with fruit on the bottom, dessert-like flavorings, or mix-in nuts, for example—have extra doses added. The American Heart Association recommends women only eat 30 grams of sugar a day, but some of these contain 24 grams or more per serving—meaning you could be downing your entire sugar quota at breakfast. But all this doesn't mean we want you skipping out on those healthy benefits we mentioned before. Just think simple—or plain—when it comes to yogurt, and forego the extra flavorings. If it's too tart for your taste, stir in fresh fruit for a natural hit of sweetness.

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DIET FOODS


Many foods labeled as a "diet" product, like 100-calorie snacks and desserts, are anything but because of their fake sugar content, says Hyman. "We're surrounded by low-calorie, 'health-conscious foods' and diet soft drinks that contain sweeteners," he says. "As a result, the number of Americans who eat products that contain sugar-free sweeteners grew from 70 million in 1987 to 160 million in 2000. At the same time, obesity in the United States has doubled from 15 to 30 percent." That's because the sugar substitutes, such as aspartame, acesulfame, saccharin, and sucralose, confuse your body. Research shows that these non-calorie, sugar-like imitations increase appetite and interrupt the body's ability to regulate blood sugar, which causes a metabolic change that could lead to diabetes. "If you have a desire for something sweet, it's better to have real, naturally-occurring sugar than the imitation stuff in 'fake foods." In other words, grab that big bowl of fresh, delicious fruit and enjoy.

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The hidden sugar amounts in these food have affected the weight loss results for my personal trainer clients in Chicago. How does your grocery list affect your success?

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Author: Michael Moody Fitness with excerpt sourced from the article " 7 Foods You Had No Idea Were Loaded With Sugar " on MSN.com.
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"10 Trendy Health Foods That Can Threaten Your Waistline" Review

Even with the right foods you should still be careful. The number one reason: Portion control. Check out this list to see which foods you should eat with a leash (from the article 10 Trendy Health Foods That Can Threaten Your Waistline)!

ACAI


Google “acai berry” and a slew of purported benefits like weight loss and antiaging results will return, but can this trendy health food hailing from Brazil really live up to the hype? While the fiber-rich fruit does tout more antioxidant properties than pomegranates and blueberries, many health claims don’t mention that it logs in 247 calories per 100 grams, 26 grams of which are carbohydrates. The kicker: Unless you are using acai at home and controlling your portions, an acai bowl -- the healthy breakfast du jour -- could cost you almost 600 calories per serving. Need a complete overhaul of your breakfast? Read "30 Best Breakfast Habits to Drop 5 Pounds".

DARK CHOCOLATE


Dark chocolate is typically comprised of at least 35 percent cocoa powder and is full of flavonols -- chemicals loaded with antioxidant benefits that help reduce free radical damage. But before you hit the candy jar too hard, this supposed health food also has a remarkable amount of fat and sugar. Depending on the brands, just one ounce can contain up to 170 calories, 12 grams of fat and 24 grams of sugar (four grams over the amount that the American Heart Associate recommends in an entire day for an adult woman). If you still want to indulge, keep the portions small.

Moody Wisdom: The stats depend on the brand. Either way, a decent amount of sugar is usually added to offset the bitterness of the dark chocolate.

CHIA SEEDS


A great source of omega-3 fats, fiber and antioxidants, this superfood is taking the food world by storm. But before you stir this add-on into your meals and smoothies, know that two tablespoons totals 120 calories, 80 of which are from fat. And while it may be considered a source of healthy fat, those calories can add up, especially when added to an already-high-calorie smoothie.

FLAX SEEDS


A nutritional powerhouse, this seed delivers protein, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids among a host of other vitamins. Two tablespoons of whole seeds will also deliver 100 extra calories to your meal, with 78 of those coming from fat. But when eaten whole, the body doesn't absorb all of the great omega-3s and antioxidants. Instead, grind your flax seeds; otherwise your healthy gesture will be for naught. And two tablespoons of ground flax, on the other hand, contain about 60 calories.

AVOCADOS


n 2015, The Washington Post declared Americans were having a “love affair” with avocados, and there are no sign it's slowing down. With today’s trendy avocado toast, everyone seems to have gotten on the bandwagon. It’s even been touted as the world’s most perfect food, containing all the nutrients one would need to survive. Sounds like a dream, right? Except that one medium avocado weighs in at 232 calories, with 188 of them coming from fat. Instead of piling a mound of mashed avo onto your sprouted grain toast, think of it this way: According to the Hass Avocado Board, one medium avocado provides five one-ounce servings that are 50 calories each.

ALMONDS


Here’s some trivia from the Encyclopaedia Britannica: The almond is actually a seed because it’s enclosed in a hard fruit! It’s also a handy snack and a great source of protein. Whether eaten raw, pressed into a butter or showing up in a carton as milk, almonds are everywhere and (dare we say) more popular than peanuts at the moment. Just remember that a handful of almonds (i.e., an ounce or about 23 seeds) is around 164 calories. And we can all admit that these yummy seeds are so addictive that one handful is never enough.

WALNUTS


Possibly the most underestimated nut around, the walnut is purported to contain powerful antioxidants as well as heart-healthy amino acids. Plus it supports brain health and reduces insulin levels, which is great news for diabetics. Makes you want to eat them by the handful, right? Unfortunately, one cup of shelled walnut halves has about 654 calories and 65 grams of fat. You can still get the aforementioned benefits by limiting your portion to one ounce (about 14 halves), which puts you around 185 calories.

QUINOA


This gluten-free superfood is technically a seed, but it acts like a grain. It is also (shockingly) a complete protein, unlike rice and beans that need to be eaten together to gain that benefit. Plus, being a good source of fiber and minerals have caused people to be prepping quinoa for dinner as well as breakfast. It all sounds fabulous -- except if you’re trying to lose weight. One cup of cooked quinoa can contain 222 calories, slightly more than one cup of brown rice. With all the marketing surrounding this food’s benefits, it’s hard to remember that you can’t eat as much of the stuff as you may want. Keep your portion around the size of your cupped hand to stay on the safe side of this grain.

What other foods do you think will affect your weight loss with a Chicago personal trainer if you're not careful?

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More to Read:
While these foods are still healthy with proper portion control, you may want to avoid the following list: "50 Foods You Should Never Eat".

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Article Credit:

Author: Michael Moody Fitness with excerpt sourced from the article " 10 Trendy Health Foods That Can Threaten Your Waistline " on Livestrong.com.
"10 Trendy Health Foods That Can Threaten Your Waistline" Review
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"The Most Unhealthy Drink Orders at the Bar" Review

I think you'll find one of your favorite drinks on this list. Mine: An Old Fashioned :( (from the article The Most Unhealthy Drink Orders at the Bar)!

CRAFT BEER


We all know the beer belly is aptly named. And while you know to stay away from the heavy Guinness’, you may not be much safer turning to those light craft beers. Why? “The trend in stronger beer means more calories,” Brissette points out. Remember: The higher the alcohol content, the higher the calorie count. “Have a pint and you'll easily take in 270 calories or more. That's like eating a chocolate bar (or several)!” she adds. Not to mention the bloat factor from all those carbs. Dogfish Head IPA clocks in at 450 calories while Sierra Nevada Bigfoot is a whopping 330 calories.

HARD CIDER


Cider may seem healthy—it’s an alternative to beer and it’s gluten-free, after all. But while brewskies packs in the empty calories and unnecessary carbs, cider is rich in another black-listed nutrient. “A pint of cider can have 10 teaspoons of sugar. That's more than your daily limit for sugar in the one cider,” Brisette says.

IRISH CAR BOMB


Car bomb or carb bomb? “The dark Irish stout in this drink plus the cream and liquor pack in the extra calories (and carbs!),” Holthaus says. Sixteen ounces delivers a whopping 310 calories!

BLOODY MARY


Your hangover may be better off without the hair of the dog. “A morning after drink like a Bloody Mary only delays the metabolism of congeners—a substance contributing to hangover symptoms—and extends the amount of time it will take for your blood alcohol content to come back to normal,” Holthaus explains. Plus, while vodka is usually a great low-cal option, once you add the tomato juice, vegetables, and spices, most Bloodys make their way up to around 300 calories.

MEXICAN BULLDOG


Beer is a tasty addition to your regular ole margarita, but the combo of both beer and tequila in this drink, plus the limeade, pack a punch—both in terms of the amount of calories and also the alcohol you’re getting, Holthaus explains. A 12-ounce drink will cost you around 230 calories.

WHITE RUSSIAN


The Dude may approve, but nutritionists aren’t a fan. “The coffee liquor and the fresh cream make this small drink very mighty in terms of how many calories it brings,” Holthaus says. Just 4 ounces is 210 calories—and it’s a good bet you’re knocking back a bigger cup than that.

OLD FASHIONED


There are few drinks manlier than an Old Fashioned. But the simple syrup in this staple (as well as cocktails like a Whiskey Sour) isn’t so simple, nutritionally speaking. “Just 1-ounce packs in over 5 teaspoons of added sugar,” Holthaus says. “And a 6-ounce Old Fashioned will cost you around 260 calories.”

Moody Wisdom: The best alternative: The traditional way! Only drink an Old Fashioned with 1 muddled cube of sugar (2.5 g). Your great, great grandfather will be proud.

How will you change the way you order drinks? Do you think your drink choices are affecting your ability to lose weight or body fat?

Are you having trouble losing weight? You may need to change your morning routine. Read 30 Best Breakfast Habits to Drop 5 Pounds.

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Author: Michael Moody Fitness with excerpt sourced from the article " The Most Unhealthy Drink Orders at the Bar " on MSN.com.
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"The 67 Worst Frozen Foods in America" Review

I've highlighted the 25 most common products from the article The 67 Worst Frozen Foods in America). My guess: Several of these frozen foods are in your kitchen (and they are killing your efforts to lose body fat).

What other frozen foods should we add to this list? What weight loss foods are better options?

Are you having trouble finding ways to lose weight? Read "The 50 Best Weight-Loss Tips From 2015 " Review. This list helped my personal training clients in 2015 and will help you today.

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Author: Michael Moody Fitness with excerpt sourced from the article " The 67 Worst Frozen Foods in America " on MSN.com.
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"How a Healthy Gut Can Make You Happier" Review

If you're having trouble finding happiness, the solution may be in your gut. This is what you should keep in mind the next time you hit the plate (from the article How a Healthy Gut Can Make You Happier).

If you’ve been following the news over the past year, you know that the wellness world’s golden child is your gut. Though not as glamorous as the heart or brain, studies are showing that the status of your gut microbes can impact everything from your body’s inflammation and weight to your skin and brain health. And now we can add one more important aspect that your gut can influence — your state of mind.

One of the biggest influencers of mood in your body is a neurotransmitter called serotonin. Serotonin is sometimes referred to as the “feel good” hormone because of its ability to impact mood, anxiety, and happiness among other functions.

While some serotonin is created and used in the brain, between 80 and 90 percent of it is created in the intestines — our gut. There is recent evidence that the gut bacteria can even coax the intestines to produce more serotonin, says Erica Sonnenburg, Ph.D., senior research scientist at the Stanford University School of Medicine in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and co-author of “The Good Gut: Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Mood, and Your Long-Term Health.”

How Your Happy Hormones Go From Gut to Brain


Located in the tissues that line the esophagus, stomach and small and large intestines is a network of neurons, neurotransmitters and proteins that send and receive impulses, record experiences and respond to emotion.

This enteric nervous system (ENS) in your gut is also often called your body’s “second brain,” and it connects and communicates with your central nervous system (CNS). Scientists have known that the brain can send signals to the gut, which is exactly why things like stress can lead to gut issues like stomach pain, constipation and diarrhea (we’ve all been there).

But current research is finding more proof that communication is a two-way street: The central nervous system can impact the enteric nervous system in the gut — and vice versa. So, in short, irritation and imbalance in the gastrointestinal system can send messages to the central nervous system causing mood changes.

Also, according to a 2015 report by Linghong Zhou and Jane A. Foster, various studies in which participants took a course of probiotics showed brain activity in the emotional centers of the brain, a reduction in the levels of the stress hormone cortisol and improved mood. “Overall, these studies in healthy individuals provide clear evidence of a link between microbiota and emotional processing,” the report says.

How Do You Know If Your Gut Balance Is out of Whack?


“We really don’t have the tools to tell at this point what is ‘normal’ [for your gut], but the field is advancing rapidly,” explains Dr. Kirsten Tillisch, an associate professor of medicine in the digestive diseases division at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. If you eat a typical Western diet, though, there’s a good chance your gut microbes could use some help.

So how can you build a strong gut and maybe improve your mood in the process? While probiotic pills get a lot of praise for improving gut health, you don’t need to rely on a supplement, says Tillisch. A change in the foods you consume can alter your gut health and your mental outlook for the better.

“The state of our microbiota is a product of many factors, but we know that one of the major levers that controls this community is diet,” Sonnenburg explains. “Your long-term dietary patterns dictate to a large extent which bacteria you have in your gut and their metabolic output (i.e., what molecules they are manufacturing in your body).”

While supplements might be a quick fix for some, you can make your diet more gut-friendly by making some simple adjustments. “When optimizing digestion and gut function there are certain foods that should be avoided as well as key foods to include,” explains Jacqui Justice, nutritional director, Balance 3H+ Diet Plan, NY Health & Wellness.

Eat These 3 Foods for Optimal Gut Health


1. Fiber


Experts all agree: We need to be eating more fiber — 25 to 37 grams a day, according to the FDA. “Fiber, the complex carbohydrates found in fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds, are the major food source for the bacteria in our gut,” says Sonnenburg.

When your gut doesn’t get this fuel from your diet, it starts to “eat” your gut lining, leading to intestinal issues and a permeability of the gut wall. “This mucous lining is a key barrier that our body erects to keep our gut bacteria at a safe distance from our intestinal cells,” Sonnenburg explains. “If that barrier breaks down it could set off alarm bells within our immune system resulting in chronic inflammation.”

Justice recommends high-fiber foods like beans and legumes, nuts and seeds, cruciferous veggies and fruits like avocados, pears, blackberries and raspberries.

2. Fermented Foods


Noticed your local grocery store stocking more kombucha and sauerkraut? There’s a reason these fermented foods are gaining in popularity. “When foods are fermented or cultured, the bacteria, yeasts or molds used in the process predigest the food, meaning they break down the carbohydrates, fats and proteins to create microflora — friendly, life-giving bacteria beneficial to the gastrointestinal system,” explains Justice.

While most people are familiar with fermented dairy products like yogurt, there is growing interest in other fermented foods like kimchee, sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha, miso and natto. Many of these fermented foods can even be made at home.

3. Anti-Inflammatory Foods


If you’re eating foods that are more likely to inflame your insides, you're certainly warranted to be in a bad mood. What you should avoid may differ from person to person. “People need to be their own experimentalists,” says Sonnenburg. “Since the microbiota is individual, what could be fine for one person may be an issue for someone else.”

While you figure out which gut-busters to avoid, try adding in more anti-inflammatory foods like fish, green tea, flaxseed, garlic and walnuts and spices like cinnamon and ginger, Justice recommends.

What have you noticed about your gut? What dietary changes can you implement?

Are you having trouble losing weight? Read "The 50 Best Weight-Loss Tips From 2015 " Review. This list helped my personal training clients in 2015 and will help you today.

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Article Credit:
Author: Michael Moody Fitness with excerpt sourced from the article " How a Healthy Gut Can Make You Happier " on Livestrong.com.
"How a Healthy Gut Can Make You Happier" Review
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