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Keep Calories in Mind with Fall Drinks

Posted on Sep 09, 2014 0 comments

Fall is almost here, school is back in session and pumpkin spice everything is filling the shelves. However, it’s important to note that while many fall-themed drinks (such as lattes, coffee drinks and other beverages) are often extremely tasty, a lot of them are also very high in calories. Many people don`t think about the calories in the drinks they consume, but these calories can quickly add up if you`re not careful!

Drinks like flavoured lattes and hot chocolates often contain a great deal of sugar, which isn’t good for your health. The syrups that give many of these drinks their flavouring is filled with sugar, making the drinks incredibly sweet. This point becomes especially true if you add things like whip cream to your drink. In fact, a pumpkin spice latte can contain between 25 and 62g of sugar, depending on the size and whether or not you add whipped cream. That`s a lot!

Many fall specialty beverages are also very high in calories. For example, a typical pumpkin spice latte from a coffee shop can have between 300 and 400 calories. You`ll need to keep this in mind when ordering.

Are you Eating Too Much Salt & Sugar?

Posted on Mar 25, 2014 0 comments

Eating too much salt and sugar on a regular basis can lead to a variety of different health issues. Eating too much salt can result in high blood pressure, bloating, weight gain and an increased risk of stroke, heart failure, kidney disease and a wide variety of other issues. Too much sugar can lead to weight gain, an impaired immune system and put you at a higher risk for type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases. It can also cause dental cavities.

Studies show that, in general, most people consume more salt and more sugar than they need. So how can you reduce your consumption and improve your health? Here are a few tips:

Are You Eating Too Much Sugar?

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 0 comments

Written by Dr. Mubina Jiwa, ND

Sometimes it can seem impossible to keep track of all of the ingredients you eat in a day. Time is short and ingredient lists are long. To make things worse, in some cases - such as with the food at many restaurants - ingredient lists are not easily available. In other cases, the names of the ingredients are confusing or complicated. This means we sometimes end up eating food that contains ingredients we’re not quite sure of.

However, it’s important to pay attention to the ingredients that are in your food. One ingredient that you should take note of is sugar. A lot of foods that you wouldn’t expect actually contain quite a lot of sugar and too much sugar can be a problem. Eating too much sugar can cause weight gain, health problems, diabetes, tooth decay and a number of other issues.

However, it’s often tough to spot sugar in many foods as sugar goes by many different names. Some of these sugars are natural sugars while others are processed sugars.

Sweetening Without Sugar

Posted on Apr 23, 2013 0 comments

Written by Dr. Mubina Jiwa

Sugar is a very commonly used sweetener. Not only do people add it to everything from coffees to cookies to sauces, but it’s also a part of many prepared foods. Take a look at the label of nearly any sauce, breakfast cereal or prepared meal. There’s probably a lot more sugar in there than you would expect. When you’re buying a food like breakfast cereal, if you see sugar among the first few ingredients, you may want to choose something else instead.

The fact that so many foods contain sugar means that some people consume far more sugar than they should. Eating more sugar than you should can lead to a number of problems including weight gain, diabetes, tooth decay, immune system issues and a number of other medical conditions. In addition, some people are unable to eat sugar due to a medical condition or a food intolerance.

So how can you sweeten foods without adding sugar? There are a number of ways.