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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

ketchup

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.

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?

affordable foods

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.

nutritional yeast

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

tahini

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.

Fast Metabolism Diet Heavy Whipped Cream – Phase 1 and 3

As you probably noticed, we feature heavy whipped cream as ingredients on some of our mouthwatering Fast Metabolism Diet recipes such as Raspberry Frozen Fruit Mousse, Blueberry Cheesecake Waffles, and a whole lot more. Most of you are wondering if FMD allows the use of the heavy whipped cream in recipes since it’s mostly made with milk.

heavy whipped cream

To help you ease your anxiety, the fast metabolism is here to tell you that yes, you can use heavy whipped cream on this diet . After all, we’re not using those conventional, commercial whipped cream full of chemically-induced ingredients! We’ll create an FMD compliant, healthier version of whipped cream made with natural goodness!

You can use heavy whipped cream in Phase 1 and 3 since it does not use any dairy milk. You can use this recipe as you prepare your delicious desserts, parfait, mousse, and dessert recipes.

Ingredients:

Directions:

1. Mixed the egg whites and non-dairy milk until there are no more lumps in your mixture.
2. Spread and apply the heavy whipped cream to your favorite fast metabolism diet recipes!
3. Lastly, serve and enjoy eating!

4 Types of “Healthy Fat” You Should Include in Fast Metabolism Diet Plan

It was once a popular myth that in order to lose weight, one should avoid eating fats. What we don’t know is that there are healthy benefits we can gain from consuming fats. Healthy fat can actually help us lose weight as it prompts the release of fat-melting enzymes. That’s why we keep on telling, you need to “Eat fats to lose fat”.

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But you might be wondering just what type of fats you should eat, and which ones you should avoid?

Here is a comprehensive list of healthy fat you should incorporate in your fast metabolism diet plan.

1. Fish Oil

Fish oil is rich in omega-3 oil and fatty acids that are good for your heart. The fish oil helps prevent the development of cardiovascular diseases, chronic illness. Most of all, it can help you lose weight. You can read more benefits of fish oil below.

Lose Weight: Another Benefit from Fish Oil

2. Medium-Chain Triglyceride (MCT)

You’ve probably heard how MCT oil is rising in popularity recently. New-York based researchers have found that MCT oil also aids in weight loss. MCT oil increases your fat burning capacity, and I couldn’t help but agree!

As you can see, your liver metabolizes MCT oil than regular long-chain fats. Because of this, our liver is more likely to burn MCT oils for energy rather than storing them as fats. You can have coconut, coconut milk, and coconut oil in Phase 3 as your healthy fat. This food is rich in MCT oil and is FMD-compliant!

3. Polyunsaturated Fats

This type of fat is known for their cholesterol-reducing capabilities. these foods also help in reducing your blood pressure. Salmon, sunflower oil, and safflower oil are rich in polyunsaturated fats.

4. Monounsaturated Fats

Monounsaturated fats help lower your bad cholesterol and increase your good cholesterol. The greatest catch is that it is easy to find! Monounsaturated fats are found in your favorite on-the-go snacks like almonds, cashews, hazelnuts, and avocado!

Let us debunk the old myth that fat will make you fat. With the right mindset, you can find that the healthy, good fats can help you lose weight and achieve a healthy lifestyle. Start embracing the “good fats” right now and incorporate them in your fast metabolism diet plan.

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.

5 Astounding Health Benefits of Almond Milk

Eliminating milk as part of our morning beverage and dairy products has been difficult for us at first. But thankfully, there are alternative type of milks that can be used as substitute that are also way healthier meeting our calcium requirements and aids in weight loss contrary to dairy products. One of the best healthy foods we substitute over dairy products is the almond milk.

almond milk

Almond milk may be dairy-free and contains less calcium, but it contains nutrients and vitamins our body can greatly benefit into. For one, almond milk is a healthy fat richer in omega-3 that aids in weight loss, among others.

In this blog post, you’re about to find out why you should incorporate almond milk to your diet. Here are the top 5 astounding benefits you get from drinking this healthy milk.

1. It helps lower down blood pressure

Almond milk contains the exact same amounts of minerals and vitamins you can find in soy and dairy products. It contains vitamin D and phosphorous that helps promote blood flow circulation and frees the blockage and clog in your veins that cause blood pressure.

What’s great about almond milk is it is naturally soy-free and lactose-free. So it’s safe to consume whether you have an intolerance problem or not.

2. It Lowers Down Your Risk to Heart Disease

It has no cholesterol, sodium, and saturated fats that helps decrease inflammation throughout your body. The omega-3 fatty acids found in almond milk decrease triglycerides (that can damage blood vessels and lead to heart disease and stroke). Aside from that, it contains potassium and magnesium that are good for your brain.

3. It Promotes Bone Growth

Almond milk may not offer much calcium as dairy products do, but it does offer at least 30 percent of your recommended daily intake. Calcium, along with its vitamin D reduces your risk of arthritis and osteoporosis. These two vitamins are known to promote healthy bones and teeth formation.

4. It keeps your skin’s glow

Almond milk contains about 50% of vitamin E and antioxidants that protects your skin from sun’s damage. It also repairs your damaged skin to maintain your natural, youthful glow.

5. It Does Not Impact Your Blood Sugar Level

Lastly, raw, unprocessed, almond milk is very low in carbs and sugar. That’s why we recommend buying this one as it does not spike your blood sugar level. Unlike dairy products that contain lactose (milk’s natural sugar) that contribute to weight gain. Because it is low-glycemic in nature, your body will use the carbs for energy rather than storing them as fats.

organic almond milk

Have you tried incorporating almond milk (in Phase 3) in your fast metabolism diet plan? If not, we hope the information we shared will shed some light and hesitation from drinking this healthy food. You can purchase it here.

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)

Pomegranates

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)

 turnips

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)

 kiwi

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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grapefruit

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.

wheat allergy

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.

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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