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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.

Chia Seeds Health Benefits

Chia Seeds Health Benefits
Chia seeds have long been recognized as a super food. These tiny, black seeds from the Salvia Hispanic plant originated from South America. Chia is part of the staple diet of the Aztecs and Mayans in the past and the word “Chia” means strength in the ancient Mayan language. Despite its ancient roots, Chia seeds have only been distinguished recently as one of the healthiest foods on the planet.

So what makes Chia seeds among the healthiest food? Here are the reasons:

  1. Full of Antioxidants – It is a good source of antioxidants. These antioxidants help in preventing free radicals which damage the molecules in our cell that can cause cancer and increase the effect of aging.
  2. Rich in Fiber – It is one of the best sources of fiber. They are made out of 40% fiber, by weight. Our bodies need fiber for better digestion. Since chia seeds are almost all fiber, it can absorb up to 12 times it weight when soaked in water. Consuming them make on feel more full and lessens our appetite.
  3. Good Source for Omega-3 Fatty Acids – Our brain and body needs Omega-3. We usually get this from fish. These seeds have more Omega-3 than salmon, per gram.
  4. Packed with Nutrients – These tiny seeds are actually a good source of nutrients. It has Fiber, Protein, Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphorus and as well as vitamins like Zinc, Vitamin B1, B3, B2 and Potassium. An ounce of Chia seeds only contains 137 calories and one gram of carbohydrates.
  5. Source for Protein – Compared to other plant food, Chia seeds are a good source for quality protein. They are composed of 14% Protein.
  6. Contains Essential Bone Nutrients – It is loaded with calcium, phosphorus and magnesium. These are essential to our bones. Chia seeds contain more calcium than other dairy products.

So if you’re looking to try out new food why don’t you give this superfood a try? They’re easy to prepare as part of your drinks, meals and even as a substitute to egg. These seeds may be tiny but they’re definitely a super food. For delicious recipe ideas, you can browse our chia seeds recipes here.

5 Ways To Make Food Healthier While On FMD Diet

One of the most rewarding and fulfilling lessons we learned while undergoing the fast metabolism diet is food awareness, that is to say, which ones are beneficial and which lot could sabotage our metabolism. However, do you know that you can make your every meal healthier than it already is?

5 Ways to Make Your Food More Healthier While On FMD Diet

Here are our top 5 tips on how to make heartier and healthier meals while you’re on fast metabolism diet.

1. Know When To Choose Organic Food

Although we recommend to our dieters to patronize organic food whenever possible, we understand that it is a bit expensive. For our dieters who cannot afford to go all-organic yet, we recommend you start first with fruits and veggies, and animal protein.

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These two types of food group are most vulnerable to pesticides, growth hormones, and chemicals, and we eat consume them on a daily basis. This increases our risks of acquiring mortal diseases such as Diabetes, High Blood, Stroke, and Heart disease. The following are the list of food we recommend for you to switch to organic first:

  • Turkey, Beef, Chicken, Pork
  • Strawberries, Raspberries, and Cherries
  • Apples and Pears
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach and Salad Greens
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Celery
  • Peppers
  • Cucumbers

2. Combine Powerful Food with Better Nutrient Absorption

Fortunately, we’ve already got this tip half-covered. We strategically  designed your meal map, as well the foods you eat to help your body get the optimum nutrition it needs. But if you want to boost your nutrient absorption further, you can combine these powerful, nutrition-house foods into your meal recipes.

Tomatoes and Olive Oil – We all know that the Lycopene found on tomatoes have powerful cancer-fighting antioxidant properties but this nutrient is best absorbed when combined with a healthy fat such as olive oil. It is also revealed that lycopene absorbs more efficiently when you processed it into natural tomato puree and paste.

Spinach and Lemon juice (from squeezed lemons) – Green, leafy veggies contain Iron that promotes healthy blood circulation in your body. The presence of vitamin C enhances iron absorption up to 6 more times.

Eggs and Avocado – These two types of food are match-made in heaven. The healthy fats found in avocado helps the absorption of fat-soluble vitamin D found in eggs.

3. Eat Slowly and Chew

Tip of the Week: Chew your Food Thoroughly! A study says people reported feeling fuller when they ate slowly, thus helping you lose weight.:

We may sound like a broken playlist by now, but we’ll never get tired of reminding you of this simple and gentle advice: Chew your foods well and eat slowly. Breaking your foods into smaller chunks will ease your digestion. It can also help your gut to absorb the energy and nutrients from digesting foods.

Aside from that, your brain normally takes 20 minutes before it sends a signal that you’re full. So take time and relish in the foods you’re eating to avoid overeating.

4. Know when to soak, crush, or sprout your ingredients.

Our nutrient intake is not only determined by the food we eat but also with the way it is cooked. In order to get the optimum nutrition you need, here is a guide on when to apply the necessary cooking method for your meals.

Soak – Soaking legumes and beans overnight will help improve the nutritional value of your meals. Since legumes and beans have water-soluble nutrients after soaking, it will help your body to absorb minerals such as iron, calcium, zinc, and magnesium easier.

Sprout – This method is good for pulse veggies such as alfalfa, mung bean. and chickpeas since they require more effort to soak. Sprouting can also increase the availability of nutrients stored in these veggies. Sprouting is best recommended if you’re making salads since it gives an extra nutrient boost.

5. Know when To Eat Raw/Cooked/Frozen Foods.

Whether you prefer to eat raw or cooked foods, we cannot deny that foods are nutritional powerhouses. But do you know when is the best time to eat them?

If the foods are rich either in Vitamin B1, B5, Folate, and Vitamin C, we recommend to eat them as raw. It’s because these veggies are sensitive to heat. When heated, their nutritional value decreases, so it’s best to eat them in their natural, uncooked state.

If the foods are rich in beta-carotene, (such as squash, carrots, and sweet potatoes) lycopene (tomatoes), we recommend to eat them best when cooked.

For fruits, you can eat them either as fresh or frozen. But research found that frozen fruits and veggies actually have richer nutrient compounds like vitamin C, antioxidants such as lutein and beta-carotene than their fresh alternatives. Frozen carrots and blueberries are the living proof of that.

Philadelphia: The First Major City to Tax Soft Drinks

We’ve all known how the health and fitness advocates are battling against the consumption of unhealthy soft drinks. The high concentration of sugar found in these processed drinks not only triggers our intense sugar craving but it also increases our risk of Type 2 Diabetes. Most health advocates strongly advises us to stop soda consumption as much as possible in order to improve our current lifestyle and well-being.

Philadelphia Tax Soft Drinks

If you still find yourself having a hard time reducing your soft drinks intake, this news might encourage you to stop consuming it.

Philadelphia has become the first major city in the United States to slap a 1.5 cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks in which many cities like New York, City of Brotherly Love have failed to pursue. The city council voted 13-4 in favor of taxing sugary drinks.

The Philadelphia tax was marked as one of the major victories for health advocates who are leading a movement against giant soda manufacturers. This victory could stir up movement in Oakland, San Francisco, and Colorado as they vote on similar taxes this coming November this year. If the result of all cities will be deemed positive, it is projected to create a fatal blow to the soft drink’s industry.

Interestingly, the positive health impact that came from the tax campaign was not Philadelphia Mayor Kenney’s primary concern. His campaign pledge was to provide a universal pre-kindergarten. The funds that will be used in supporting the program will come from taxation. And the taxing on sugary drinks just happened to be the best option to raise the revenue. The Mayor stated in the rewritten version of soda-tax advocate playbook that the tax is projected to raise up to $91 million in its first year, which will be used in funding the program.

The Fast Metabolism Diet Community’s Opinion:

Mayor Kenney may have a different path in pursuing this movement, but it is no doubt that the health industry of Philadelphia will greatly benefit from this. More taxes on sodas could mean less consumption. Most Americans will be encouraged to patronize healthier drinks, improving their health and well-being in the process.

Recall Alert! Health Risks on E.Coli Contamination on General Mill Flour

Recall Alert! It has been announced that some products of General Mill are advised for recall due to E.coli contamination. We therefore warn our dieters to watch out for the flours they might have purchased days ago. So if you are planning to bake something this week, pls. make a double check of your flour brand or cake mixes.

General Mills Flour

Fortune recently reported that General Mills Wondra flour (which was named in the recall) was used in three other Betty Crocker Cake Mixes namely:

  • Betty Crocker Delights Super Moist Party Rainbow Chip Cake Mix
  • Bett Crocker Delights Super moist Carrot Cake Mix
  • Berry Crocker Moist Rainbow Bit Mix Cake Mix (Canada only)

The recall for the said products was a result of the recent outbreak of deadly bacteria E.coli case. Since December 2015, 42 people have already fallen ill caused by the said bacteria. However, there’s no need to fret about it!

The good news is that no illnesses have been reported by the company about the potential harmful risks of said mixes. There’s also no General Mills or Betty Crocker products added to the recall list. The company’s spokesperson also told Fortune that the retailers were already notified about the recall last Monday. The recalled products shall be removed from the shelves quickly.

Italian Scientists Claimed that Pasta Does Not Make You Gain Weight

We’ve all heard how the wheat and gluten found in pasta can make us gain more weight and trigger deadly diseases in our body, especially to those who are gluten intolerant.

In fact, eating pasta made from wheat is not allowed in this diet. The fast metabolism pasta brands we’ve recommended in the diet are made from natural ingredients.

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But recently, the health and fitness world are thrown into hype again as two studies from Italian Scientists revealed that Pasta does not contribute to weight gain and obesity. Let’s hear more about these studies below:

The research which was published in Nutrition and Diabetes journal was conducted over 23,000 adults who have undergone a healthy Mediterranean diet. This diet, rich in veggies, fruit, fish, and whole grains, promotes better overall health and lowers the risk of heart attacks, strokes, and Alzheimer’s disease.

The researchers at Neuromed (Istituto Neurologico Mediterraneo) in Italy also found out that the correlation between having a healthy BMI and pasta consumption was not affected by the diet was followed closely. Let us read some of the critical claims stated by the principal authors of the research.

“We have seen that consumption of pasta, contrary to what many think, is not associated with an increase in body weight, rather the opposite. Our data show that enjoying pasta according to individuals’ needs contributes to a healthy body mass index, lower waist circumference and better waist-hip ratio” George Pounis, the paper lead author.

“In light of this research, we can say that this is not a correct attitude. We’re talking about a fundamental component of Italian Mediterranean tradition, and there is no reason to do without it.

“The message emerging from this study, as from other scientific analyses conducted in the context of the Moli-sani Project and INCHES, is that Mediterranean diet, consumed in moderation and respecting the variety of all its elements (pasta in the first place), is good for your health”. Licia Iacoviello, Head of Laboratory of Molecular and Nutritional Epidemiology at Neuromed Institute.

Associate Professor of Nutrition and Health at the University of Reading also added that the pasta consumption conducted in the research was not an isolated case. But rather, it was consumed as part of the diet.

“In this study, people who consumed a lot of pasta also followed a traditional Mediterranean diet, which is not surprising as the study was conducted in a Mediterranean population. Pasta intake could, therefore, be mainly a marker for adherence to this kind of diet.

“What is interesting however is, that these results clearly show that it is wrong to demonize carbohydrates as the data clearly show that consumption of a carbohydrate-rich food such as pasta does not have to have an adverse effect on body weight.

“The results of this study confirm current dietary recommendations and support the recommendation for a balanced diet.”

The Fast Metabolism Dieter’s Question:

What is your stand on this controversial issue, dieters? Share your thoughts below.

5 Powerful Ingredients in Speeding Up Your Metabolism

It is a common concept that maintaining a healthy body requires perseverance, discipline, and commitment. Eating the right food is the biggest aspect that helps metabolism to function well. But sometimes no matter how much we adhere to the program, our metabolism won’t cooperate the way we want it to be. In short, this is not as easy as pie! So how do we speed up and boost our metabolism to burn fats away?

5 Powerful Ingredients in Speeding Up Your Metabolism

These 5 powerful foods will help you reduce your inflammation, regulate your appetite, and most of all increase your metabolic rate to burn fats and lose weight faster.

1. Lemon Juice

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If you got bored in drinking plain water, we recommend you add lemon juice, or zest for variation. Not only because it’s good for your digestion. but drinking lemon juice before your meal helps lower your blood sugar levels and since lemon is rich in polyphenols, it helps to suppress your body weight and fat accumulation. Try to squeeze some lemon into your water or dish.

2. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is a great ingredient to pair with your herbal teas or morning beverages. Cinnamon keeps you feel fuller, longer, and satisfied, lessening your chances of food cravings. It also keeps your blood sugar levels in check.

3. Cayenne Pepper

Are you a spicy food lover? A great news is waiting for you! Studies revealed that the phytochemical capsaicin increases your metabolism and fat burning rate. Not only it spices up your food and flavor but it also spices up your metabolic rate! You can read the whole news here. We encourage you to cook your favorite spicy recipes today!

4. Turmeric

One of the key factors that hinderes us in losing weight is inflammation. But fortunately, we have turmeric to counter this. Turmeric has powerful anti-inflammatory properties that help fight inflammation, reduce the risk of obesity and heal other ailments.

5. Flax Seeds

One of our favourite healthy fats, flax seeds are a great source of healthy omega acids that balances our hormones and inflammation. It also contains fibers to help you keep your cravings under control. Flax seeds are great to incorporate in your smoothies, especially in Phase 3.

Get the benefits of these 5 superfoods, get them from your nearest market today and you will be amazed how good you feel after including them in your diet!

5 Spring Cleaning Tips to Enjoy this Season!

There’s no better way to welcome Spring season than to embrace it with some cleaning activities! After all, Spring Season is the best time to perform these cleaning obligations that we’ve been putting off for months now. Spring makes us look forward to witnessing the blooming flowers again and let us listen to the sweet sound of nature like the chirp of the birds. It’s probably one of the most loved seasons by many!

5 Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Fast Metabolism Diet

As what they say, it’s a season where we flush out all the dirt and unhealthy habits we picked up from the previous season. It’s time to clean our environment and revitalize ourselves with healthy foods!

Get back on your fast metabolism diet track this Spring season with our 5 spring cleaning tips!

1. Get rid of unhealthy foods in fridge

Fighting off the cold breeze of the Winter season is difficult. All you wanted to do is tuck in bed and procrastinate. And procrastination often leads to binge eating. So clean up your fridge and get rid of those Easter candies leftovers, chips, and cookies and load it up instead with fresh bounty of fruits and veggies!

2. Buy Local Foods

Since the Spring season is abundant with foods and veggies, you can find them cheaper and fresher if you source them from local farms instead from supermarket. Not only that, you are also helping your local farmers market than buying from a giant grocery store where their foods usually contain pesticides and harmful chemicals that only ruins your metabolism and health.

3. Exercise by Venturing Outside

It’s time to get out from the lair and enjoy the gentle and warm breeze this Spring season, so get out and take a walk into the woods. Walking in the forest helps lower your blood pressure and stress hormones and boosts your immune system. Or if not, you can jog on the streets, play a sport outside, do anything to keep you up and running around! It’s time to pump your legs up and keep your body moving again! Let us make up for some of the lost time for being frozen last season.

4. Cut off Alcohol intake

We highly recommend eliminating alcohol in the fast metabolism diet as much as possible, but special events and occasions where wines are served are inevitable, especially during Winter season where it’s really cold and you drank few glasses of wine to keep yourself warm. Son this Spring time, we have a chance to put the glass down, be sober and enjoy other activities.

Spring season is indeed the perfect time to revamp ourselves, so let’s start reassessing our health goals and get rid of unwanted stuff that hinders in achieving a better and healthier you!

Load up Your Fast Metabolism Diet with Beans to Effectively Lose Weight

If you are doing the fast metabolism diet and is a vegetarian/vegan, beans, legumes, and lentils definitely top your list as your protein source buddy. It has been our alternative source of protein and a substitute in cooking meat recipes. But you must not underestimate the power of beans when it comes to our nutrition as it is surprisingly healthy and nutritious. Nutritionists encourage everyone, vegan or not, to eat and load up their diet with beans, legumes, and lentils because of its notable benefits in our body.

LOAD UP YOUR FAST METABOLISM DIET WITH BEANS!

Still not convinced? Here are the 5 reasons why you should start loading up your meal map with beans.

1. It is rich in fibers and major nutrients

All beans are rich in fiber that helps you keep feeling full until your next meal. Not just with any types of fiber, but it is rich in insoluble fiber and contains folate that protects your mental and heart health, it is good for protecting your body against heart diseases. If you are pregnant, beans help protect your unborn child from birth defects. Aside from that, beans are also high in magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and calcium.

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2. It is loaded with different amino acids

Beans are rich in 20 amino acids like lysine, in which it scavenges fat, leaving you looking lean and fit. The building blocks of amino acids found in beans paved a great way in making an alternative source for meat.

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3. It can help you regulate your blood sugar.

Because beans are complex carbohydrates and are rich in fiber, its content quickly fills your stomach and slows down the rise of your blood sugar level. This helps you stabilize your blood sugar while fending off your hunger and giving you a steady supply of energy.

4. It is a versatile food

Beans are versatile and highly adaptable when cooked as food. Main dish, side dish, salad, appetizer, or a snack, you name it, beans are very easy to incorporate into your foods and their rich flavors add to the delicious taste of your recipes.

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5. It is affordable

Beans are the least expensive source of protein, whether organic or not, so if you wanted to stay loyal and organic throughout the diet without hurting your budget, you might want to start incorporating beans more in your diet than purchasing expensive organic meat!

So there, the stated benefits of beans will give you more reasons to love the veggie. If you are convinced to have it often before, then look for bean recipes here.

How Fermented Foods Promote Healthy Gut Health

We are all familiar with that famous kimchi or sauerkraut every Korean or Japanese munch on TV. It’s gotten our attention because truth be told, there are numerous benefits we can get out from these fermented dishes. Kimchi or Sauerkraut is just one of the popular fermented foods we’ve grown to love. Fermenting foods has been one of the methods used by our ancestors in preserving foods and up to now it is still being practiced in some parts of our world. What’s interesting about fermented foods is it helps in gut healing.

How Fermented Foods Promote Healthy Gut Health

Why are Fermented Foods still popular Nowadays?

Fermented foods are still popular because not only it preserves your food in a natural way, but mainly, it promotes healthy digestion around your gut. It kills off the bad bacteria and only retains the good bacteria which is called Lactobacillus.

Lactobacillus is considered a good bacteria as it converts sugars and carbohydrates into lactic acid. This helps gut to restore the balance of our immune system and alleviate inflammatory diseases in our intestines. This can offer relief especially if you are experiencing bloating and IBS.

Cabbage as one of the most powerful fermented foods

When you think of fermented foods, the first thing that comes to mind is cabbage. It was no surprise why you would think of cabbage immediately, though. Aside from the fact that it is widely used in making the famous kimchi, cabbage is packed with powerhouse benefits you won’t get from other veggies.

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For one, Cabbage is a cruciferous veggie that is important for maintaining your body’s pH balance. It is also a powerful anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory foods. Depending on how you cook your cabbage, you can preserve more nutrients of it. Take, for example, boiling cabbage and drinking its juice create a soothing tonic in your GI tract.

Fermented foods promote good bacteria also called as probiotics that literally meant “for life”. So if you haven’t incorporated fermented foods in your fast metabolism diet plan already, you might want to start reconsidering it!

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