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10 Food and Drinks that are Unexpectedly High in Sugar

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Too much of anything is not good for our health. Especially consuming too much food and drinks that are high in sugar; this can lead to diseases like diabetes. A lot of us are carefully watching our consumption, but there are some food and drinks we wouldn’t expect to contain lots of sugar. We only expect that it needs to be sweet for the food to be considered as high in sugar. Some products that are labeled as “low-fat” and “light” actually contains more sugar than the regular one’s. So here are food and drinks you didn’t know that contains too much sugar:

  1. “Low-Fat Yogurt”

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Although yogurt is rich in nutrients, not all of them are good for you. There are a lot of so called low-fat yogurts that has too much sugar in them to enhance their flavor. A single cup can contain as much as 47 grams of sugar. Its better to have full-fat or Greek yogurt since it has more nutrients compared to low-fat and yogurt that has been sweetened with sugar.

  1. Ketchup

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This is unexpected for most of us, but this popular condiment is actually rich in sugar. Keep your portions smaller when using ketchup. A tablespoon of ketchup contains 1 teaspoon of sugar.

  1. Sports Drinks

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These may seem to be a healthy option for most of us who are into an active lifestyle and sports. Although they are designed to hydrate and fuel the body, sport drinks actually has added sugars in them that are absorbed and used for energy. They are categorized as “sugary drinks” like soda and fruit juice, and are linked to obesity and metabolic disease. A 20-oz bottle can have 32 grams of sugar and 159 calories. It’s better to stick with water when you exercise, unless you’re an elite athlete or running a marathon.

  1. Granola

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Even though it is high in calories and sugar granola is often marketed as a low-fat health food. It contains oats as the main ingredient which has protein, fiber, carbs and fat. Despite that granola also contains honey and other sweeteners that add up to the amount of sugar and calories. 100 grams of granola can have as much as 6 teaspoons of sugar. Choose granola that has less sugar or try making your own. Mix it with fruits or yogurt, rather than consuming the whole bowl.

  1. Protein Bars

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These are really popular with fitness and health buffs. Protein rich food can make you feel fuller and help in weight loss. There are many healthier protein bars we can find, many still has up to 30 grams of sugar in them, also like to a candy bar. Choose a protein bar with less sugar or opt for high protein food instead.

  1. Canned Fruits

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Fruits have natural sugars in them. Canned fruits are sometimes peeled and added with sugary syrups to preserve them. Despite being a healthy snack, the process actually lessens the fiber in the fruit and increase the amount of unnecessary sugar in them. Canning also destroys Vitamin C since its heat-sensitive. Having a whole, fresh fruit is better than eating canned one’s. Opt for canned fruit preserved in juice rather than syrup, since it has lower sugar content.

  1. Barbecue Sauce

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Popularly used as a marinade and even as a dip, barbecue sauce contains sugar as well. 2 tablespoons of it can have 14 grams of sugar. Also as much as 40% of the weight of a barbecue sauce maybe pure sugar. Use it in moderation so that you won’t consume too much sugar. Check the labels and choose the sauce with lesser amounts of sugar in them.

  1. Breakfast Cereals

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Cereals are an easy option for a fast and easy breakfast meal. Eating it every day can increase your sugar consumption. Cereals that are made for children have high amounts of sugar in them, as much as 12 grams for a small 1 ounce box. Choose a cereal that is high in fiber and doesn’t contain added sugar.

  1. Spaghetti Sauce

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There is added sugar in unassuming food like spaghetti sauce. Since they’re mostly made from tomatoes, they contain natural sugar in them, but most sauces have extra sugar in their ingredients. Always check the label and choose the one that doesn’t have sugar in the ingredients.

  1. Iced Tea

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It is usually chilled tea sweetened with sugar or flavored with syrup. Commercially prepared iced teas will contain around 33 grams of sugar per 12 oz serving, which is equivalent to a can of Coke.

Low Carb Vegetables for Diabetics

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Monitoring your food intake is very important when you have diabetes. A healthy diet plan recommended for diabetics usually include foods that are rich in nutrients but low in carbohydrates, added sugar, and fat.

There are a lot of low carb vegetables that you can include in your diabetic –friendly diet plan. These vegetables are a good source of vitamins, minerals and fiber, yet they are low in calories. The following vegetables can be included in your diet plan as they will surely benefit your health condition.

  1. Green Pepper. A one-half cup of sliced green pepper only contains 2 grams of carbohydrates. It is rich in folic acid that reduces homocysteine, an amino acid that amplifies the risk of heart disease and stroke and also destroys blood vessels. Green bell pepper also has vitamin A, C, and K.
  2. Spinach. This green leafy vegetable is a good source for antioxidants that prevent the risk of high blood pressure. Flavonoids, an anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory agent,  are also found in spinach. A half-cup cooked spinach has 3.5 grams of carbs.
  3. Romaine lettuce. It’s rich in potassium that helps lower blood pressure. Plus, it’s a nice source for beta-carotene and vitamin C. A cup of shredded romaine lettuce only has 1.5 grams of carbohydrate per cup.
  4. Okra. One-half cup of sliced and cooked okra has only 3.5 grams of carbs. It is high in fiber and protein and it also contains glutathione which helps boost our immune system.
  5. Red Bell Pepper. They are high in vitamin A and C which are great antioxidants. Red bell pepper is also a good source for vitamin K, B6 and folic acid. Half a cup of it only has 3 grams of carbohydrates.
  6. Cucumber. Don’t peel the skin of your cucumber; they have potassium, fiber and magnesium that help lower your blood pressure.They also have caffeic acid that soothes the skin from swelling and irritations.One-half cup of sliced cucumbers contain only 2 grams of carbs.
  7. Sugar Snap Peas. They are rich in antioxidants like Vitamin C, E and zinc. You can’t go wrong with raw sugar snap peas. It has omega-3 fatty acid that is an anti-inflammatory nutrient. Anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory agents can help lessen the risk of diabetes. A half-cup of sugar snap peas contain only 1 gram of carbohydrates.

5 Healthy Yet Affordable Foods You Can Buy Under $10

When we hear the term “clean eating”, our immediate thought would be it’s expensive. Going all-organic, processed-free foods sometimes hurts our pockets. While we do provide healthy budget tips to keep you healthy without overspending, we’re also aware that purchasing some foods may be more expensive than what you’re used to buying. So what can we do to lessen our budget while staying on the fast metabolism diet plan?

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In this blog post, we will feature 5 healthy, affordable foods you can buy in the supermarket.

What’s more? These affordable foods are also FMD-compliant, so you can actually cut down your budget by purchasing them. Now, let’s head on to the list and start purchasing these economical foods!

1. Instead of using Mayo, Opt for Hummus (Phase 3)

Instead of using commercial mayonnaise, opt to use hummus instead. Hummus is a healthy fat that is rich in protein, fiber, and iron. These densely-packed nutrients help regulate your blood sugar and control fight your hunger cravings. It also has the same rich and creamy texture like mayo. Hummus is a great condiment in eating your sandwiches and wraps. You can check out mouthwatering hummus recipes here.

Avocado Hummus Dip - Phase 3

Bonus tip: If you really can’t give up the creamy goodness of mayonnaise, opt to purchase safflower mayonnaise instead.

2. Use Nutritional Yeast If You’re Craving for Cheesy Goodness

I’ve heard you. We all love cheese, especially when served with pasta or our baking recipes. But cheese (at least the dairy ones), does our body more harm than good. Dairy products contribute to our weight-gain. But just because we’re prohibited in consuming dairy products doesn’t mean we need to omit cheese in our life too.

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You can actually use a non-dairy cheese like cashew and almond cheese to create your favorite recipes. If not, you can use nutritional yeast. You can sprinkle it over your pasta recipes and you’ll find yourself tasting the same savory, cheesy bites the Parmesan cheese can offer you.

3. Use Tahini If you Wanted to Use Butter

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Tahini is a flavorful plant-based substitute that gives the same spice and taste on your bread. It’s also rich in protein, fiber, calcium, magnesium, and zinc. Tahini is a good option if you want to have a new spin for your creamy based recipes.

4. Create a Homemade Heavy Whipped Cream

We all love the creamy goodness of whipped cream whenever we make our pudding and dessert recipes. But sometimes we wonder what could be the substitute of whipped cream if dairy is not allowed? Good thing we have a healthy version of it!

Fast Metabolism Diet Heavy Whipped Cream – Phase 1 and 3

You can create our homemade whipped cream made with only natural ingredients! You can use it on Phase 1 and 3.

5. Opt for Fruit Toppings as Your Sweetener

Fruits are rich in fructose by nature, but their fiber helps neutralize the spike in your blood sugar. Making it one of the healthiest and natural sweeteners out there. Fruits are also a good substitute for those who aren’t fond of stevia and xylitol. You can incorporate phase-specific fruits in your smoothie recipes.

Recall Alert! New Seasons Recall Almond Butter for Alleged Peanut Contamination

New Seasons Company had issued a voluntary recall of their almond butter for its alleged peanut contamination. Peanuts were not listed as one of the ingredients in the jars. But one New Seasons staff discovered the mislabeled jars after conducting its routine stock rotation check.

Recall Alert! New Seasons Recall Almond Butter for Alleged Peanut Contamination

New Season’s Recall of their Peanut-Contaminated Almond Butter

Fortunately, the company has yet to receive any complaints or reports of illness from the said jars. But the company took the initiative to recall jars with best-by dates ranging from 06/16/2017, 08/15/2017, and 08/30/2017. So far, 19 locations across Oregon, southern Washington State and northern California had distributed the jar. Moreover, the only affected product was the almond butter with UPC Code 4060010401. No other nut butters were affected and contaminated by the recall.

Those people bearing nut allergy have risks to a serious or life-threatening allergic reactions when they consume nut products. So New Seasons is urging its customers who have peanut allergies to return the almond butter for a full refund. Customers need not bring their receipts upon return. For any questions or inquiries about the recalled product, you may reach them at talktous@newseasonsmarket.com

Recall Alert! Beef Sold In Connecticut Recalled After 2 Residents Were Hospitalized for E.Coli Infection

The Department of Public Health and Safety issued a recall on Adams Farm Slaughterhouse LLC’s beef, veal, and bison products after the hospitalization of two Connecticut residents for E.Coli infection.

Beef Sold In Connecticut Recalled After 2 Residents Were Hospitalized for E.Coli Infection

Beef Sold In Connecticut Recalled for E.Coli Infection

In a statement released by DPH Spokeswoman Maura Downes, she said that the beef recalled originated in Adam’s Slaughterhouse, but they distributed their products to Connecticut farms and farmer’s market.

“This facility slaughters, processes, and packs beef products for some small producers here in Connecticut,” Downes said. “Some of these producers only sell their ground beef products directly at the farm or farmers’ markets throughout the state.”

The DPH conducted an investigation after the multi-state outbreak of E.Coli cases. The investigation revealed that the beef sickened two Connecticut residents. Fortunately, both residents have recovered from the infection.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture categorized the recall as Class I since it imposes high health risk. Some of E.Coli’s deadly symptoms include dehydration, bloody diarrhea, and abdominal cramps. While most of the patients diagnosed were able to recover, a few percentage suffers from kidney failure, pallor, and decreased urine output. They advised anyone who suffers from these symptoms to seek medical care immediately.

The DPH also encouraged customers who still have left-overs to check the agriculture packaging code. Adam’s Slaughterhouse Agriculture code number is #5497. The recall includes products bearing the package code above.

The Fast Metabolism Diet Community’s Friendly Reminder:

The community is urging everyone (especially around the Connecticut state) to call the local farmer and have the products returned or ask for a refund. Moreover, be careful with the products you purchased as cases of E.Coli is predominant recently.

Top 8 Superfoods to Eat this Fall Season

The transitional shift from warmer to colder temperatures signals that fall season is coming soon. Aside from the highly anticipated Thanksgiving and holiday spree, we’re excited to welcome the Fall Season because of the bounty goodness it can offer to us.

Top 8 Superfoods to Eat this Fall Season

The fall season is also known as the harvest season of bountiful fresh fruits and veggie produce. Our favorite variety of squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, are at its abundance and they are readily available at local farmers market and grocery stores. This provides us the perfect opportunity to visit markets and stock up kitchen and fridge with healthy foods!

Here are our top 8 superfoods that you can enjoy and cook together with your favorite meals to warm your colder nights this fall season!

1. Parsnips (Phase 1)

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Parsnips are veggies that slightly resembles carrots, but its taste is sweeter and has a nutty flavor. This veggie is rich in potassium and fiber that can help you feeling fuller and satisfied. You can incorporate this to your soups and sauces.

2. Cauliflower (Phase 1 and 3)

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The sweet and nutty flavor of cauliflower is perfect for your fall and winter dishes. It’s known as a perfect pair for your steamed recipes. But you can also have it blended or pureed for your soup recipes. Cauliflower contains phytonutrients that help lower your cholesterol and is an excellent source of Vitamin C.

3. Apples (Phase 1)

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The sweet flavor of apples helps calm our stress hormones and full of antioxidants. This superfood can be eaten as raw or baked into a delicious dish. And oh, be sure to include eating its skin too. Its skin contains ursolic acid that can aid in weight loss and better lung function.

4. Pomegranates (Phase 1)

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This tangy fruit is an antioxidant powerhouse. You can use its juice to prepare your delicious marinades. While you can toss the seeds into your salads. Pomegranates help reduce the pain in your joints, inflammation due to arthritis and balances your blood sugar.

5. Turnips (Phase 1 and 3)

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Turnips are a great alternative to radishes and cabbage recipes. Its roots are a great source of vitamin C while its leaves are rich in vitamins A, K, and folate.

6. Kiwi (Phase 1)

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This high-glycemic fruit adds a tropical flavor to your smoothies. It’s a perfect mix together with strawberries, cantaloupe, oranges, and pineapple to make a tangy smoothie. It has more vitamin C than an orange and a good source of copper and potassium.

7. Grapefruit (Phase 1 and 3)

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rapefruit is rich in vitamin C than any other citrus fruits we know. In fact, it can meet 75% of your daily recommended intake of vitamin C in just one sitting. It is also a great source of lycopene and pectin, that can help lower your cholesterol.

8. Tangerines (Phase 1)

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This sweet and small citrus fruit is a refreshment for our fall recipes. It’s also a good source of vitamin C and beta-carotene. Beta-carotene can help us achieve a healthier skin, boost our immune system, eye health, and healthy vision.

The fall season is the perfect season to get your hands moving and tests your cooking skills! Start crafting delicious and healthy foods as we enter our year-end holiday seasons. Stay healthy and fit as the year ends, everyone!

When Should You Go Wheat-Free or Gluten-Free?

We are well aware that wheat is not allowed in the FMD program. It is highly discouraged to consume it and its other variants. This is due to the fact that wheat is nearly indestructible in our body. As a result, our body will have a hard time digesting it, making it hard to function in healing our metabolism.

Eating wheat can cause bloating, irritated intestinal tract, fatigue, and inflammation. These nasty side effects can leave you feeling irritated and ill. Aside from that, eating wheat can be destructive to those who are gluten-intolerant.

When Should You Go Wheat-Free or Gluten-Free

But did you know that wheat-free doesn’t mean that it’s also gluten-free? Some of the approved grain and starchy products in the fast metabolism diet may contain a little amount of gluten, but it has no overall effects on your weight loss process.

But for those people who have celiac disease, consuming just a little amount of gluten can be menace to their health. In fact, you can conclude that fast metabolism diet is wheat-free, but not totally gluten-free.

The Difference between Wheat-free vs. Gluten-free

If you have a wheat allergy, you are most likely to experience swelling of throats. itchy skin, nasal congestion, difficulty breathing, cramps, etc. This type of allergy can develop during infancy. Most people outgrow this allergy from ages 3-5, but for some, this can be a lifelong disorder.

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If you have an allergy, then it is imperative to never consume all kinds of wheat products as much as possible. And since most processed foods have wheat and gluten in it, you can conclude that you’ve almost eliminated the main source of gluten.

But, take note, the keyword here is almost. Almost, but not entirely. It’s because wheat is not the only food where we can source gluten.

Gluten is also present in barley, rye, spelt, and more. Gluten intolerance is the inability of our body to digest gluten and damage our small intestine. Celiac Disease is the highest form of gluten sensitivity. People with Celiac Disease cannot consume a gluten at all.

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For the moment gluten entered into your system, your body treat it as an invader that cause an immune assault and damage your small intestine. And since your small intestine is where it absorbs most nutrients that enter our body, it will have a hard time absorbing it if our small intestine is damaged. This can lead to malnutrition and inevitably, death.

When Should I Go Wheat-Free, Gluten-Free?

Going Wheat-free, or gluten-free is incredibly easy in the fast metabolism diet. After all, we already eliminated wheat in the diet. But as you may know, food manufacturers are sneaky. They try to hide it in disguised ingredients making us unaware about it. Try to look out for possible variants of wheat:

  • semolina
  • triticale
  • seitan
  • bread flour
  • farina
  • couscous
  • bulgur
  • malt
  • malt extract
  • matzo
  • graham flour

If you have celiac disease, we recommend you omit eating gluten at all. Omit rye, Spelt, and barley to your diet. You can replace them with gluten-free grain options you can find in the diet such as:

There is an enormous benefit we can get out of a wheat-free and gluten-free diet. It is extremely iterated in the program that applying this kind of eating habit will make a positive impact in our health through boosting our metabolism first.

Recall Alert! Cases of Hepatitis A Were Reported After Consumption of Frozen Strawberry Smoothies

If you’re fond of drinking “healthy strawberry smoothies” displayed in coffee shops, then beware and take heed! The CDC recently announced an outbreak of Hepatitis A that affects 55 people in 6 US states.

Recall Alert! Cases of Hepatitis A Were Reported After Consumption of Frozen Strawberry Smoothies

CDC Reports Cases of Hepatitis A After Consumption of Tropical Strawberry Smoothies

The local health authorities confirmed reports of 44 cases of Hepatitis infections in Virginia, Maryland with 4, 1 in North Carolina, 1 in Oregon and Wisconsin. 40 out of the 55 cases originated from a Tropical Smoothie Cafe in Virginia.

The 44 Virginia residents were hospitalized and infected with Hepatitis A after consuming the strawberry smoothie. The strawberries used in making the smoothie originated from Egypt, and suspected to be the carriers of the said virus. The Tropical Smoothies Cafe recalled all of its strawberry smoothies after the incident.

Since the symptoms of hepatitis A don’t show up quickly unlike food poisoning, the health authorities are encouraging everyone to watch for its impending symptoms. The symptoms cover jaundice, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, dark urine, light-colored stools and among others.

The affected Tropical Smoothie Cafe released a statement about the issue:

“The Virginia Department of Healthy notified us about several foodborne illnesses in the state linked to frozen strawberries sourced from Egypt. Our cafes and their food handling practices have not been implicated in any way – the health department believes this is a single product issue (strawberries) sourced from Egypt. Egyptian strawberries represent a fraction of our overall strawberries purchased and were predominantly distributed to stores in the Virginia market.

Today, our strawberries are primarily sourced from Mexico and California. However, in an abundance of caution, we voluntarily pulled all strawberries sourced from Egypt from every cafe in our system, not only the Virginia cafes. Our primary concern is for the safety and well-being of our guests and crew members and we will continue to cooperate with the health authorities.”

The Fast Metabolism Diet Community’s Opinion

The community still recommends everyone to make their own smoothies rather than store-bought smoothies. We don’t know for sure how they handled the preparation of smoothies. We’re at risks of acquiring illness (like this).

Aside from that, these commercial smoothies contain artificial sweeteners that contribute to weight gain. You can check our natural fast metabolism diet smoothie recipes here.

Zika Virus Found on Mosquitoes Around Miami Beach Area: Test Confirmed

The first case of Zika Virus in America was recorded in Wynwood, a neighborhood in Miami. Although the case outbreak seemed to have subsided, the CDC public health officials advised pregnant women not to travel there.

ZIKA VIRUS FOUND ON MOSQUITOES AROUND MIAMI BEACH AREA- TEST CONFIRMED.

Existence of Zika Virus Around Miami Beach Florida

The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services conducted a test on mosquitoes from 1.5 square-mile around Miami Beach to confirm the existence of the virus  around the area. Much to our dismay, the local authorities announced last Thursday the confirmation of the existence of the virus.

The Zika virus primarily affects the women, especially the pregnant ones. Its symptoms range from rashes, joint pain, and severe brain damages to fetuses. Around 16 babies out of 1500 infected pregnant women was born with birth defects.

As of now, the Zika virus is only circulating around Florida. The authorities are hopeful that the virus won’t spread explosively in the United States as compared to Latin America and the Caribbean. This is because Americans live in a less crowded place and usually have window screens and air conditioning, making it difficult for the mosquitoes to spread the virus.

“The good news is the weekly number of new cases isn’t changing much,” Dr. Weaver said. “If we were seeing at first five cases a week, then 10, 20 and then 100, we’d be very concerned.”

Nevertheless, the local authorities warned the public, especially the pregnant women, to minimize going out in public places to avoid acquiring the virus. Governor Rick Scott also assured that funds are available if CDC would conduct an aerial spraying. The CDC recommended spraying Miami Beach using helicopters.

But as to when it would happen, it still remains unclear. The Miami Beach City Commissioner Michael Grieco said that it’s not practical considering the geography of the area. There are high buildings everywhere. Some residents are also opposed to spraying, he added.

FMD Community’s Opinion and Call Out: 

The community hopes that the Zika Virus will stop spreading around the country. We are calling out to all fast metabolism dieters– especially the pregnant women, to minimize going to public areas to prevent chances of acquiring an infection. Let us all be vigilant and keep yourself and your little bundle of joy healthy at all times.

McDonalds Recalled its ‘Step It Tracker’ After Cases of Flesh Burn Were Reported

The fast-food giant, McDonalds, recently released a promotional package that comes along with purchasing a Happy Meal. They come-up with having “Step It” fitness tracker. Kids can wear this tracker around their wrist as a strapped watch.

MCDONALDS STEP IT TRACKER

Supposedly, the device’s primary purpose is to help your kids to get moving and promote physical activity. The device will count steps or blink as the bearer moves around.

McDonalds Step It Fitness Tracker Blistering and Skin Irritation Issues

But instead of getting positive health and fitness reviews from moms and children, they are now facing a controversial issue pertaining to public health and safety. They received 70 reports of flesh-burning, blisters, and skin irritations from vigilant moms.

As a result, McDonald’s spokeswoman Terri Hickey released a statement that they are recalling all 29 million of these fitness trackers in all U.S and Canadian stores last Tuesday.

“We have taken this swift and voluntary step after receiving limited reports of potential skin irritations that may be associated with wearing the band,” Terri Hickey.

The spokeswoman also said that they are aggressively investigating the issue. They claimed that the wristband fitness trackers complied the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission. Furthermore, they are urging the parents to take the wristband off of their children and have it returned to the nearest local store. They will have it replaced either with a new toy or apple slices.

The Community’s Opinion About the McDonald Issue

While the reason for the sudden blister burn issues from the fitness trackers was still unknown, but we do know one thing is for sure. The McDonald’s promotion strategy totally failed. Even long before they introduced the product, some health and fitness enthusiast were already skeptical about the idea.

“It’s a common tactic used by food manufacturers. They promote their products alongside… healthy lifestyles,” Jennifer Emond, a pediatrics professor at Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine, told CNN

The community also finds it ironic that they are promoting physical fitness activity, considering they sell all these unhealthy processed foods that contribute to our weight issues. We believe that this is just their diversionary tactic to encourage parents of buying low nutritional foods. Bear in mind that nothing beats a healthy food made from tender love, and care. Lastly, we encourage parents to take the time to personally prepare your kid’s meals to ensure their safety and wellness.

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