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The Effects of Drinking a Coke

How much are you influenced by the wise words of a stranger as opposed to the wise words of a physician, nurse or pharmacist? There more than likely is a difference in who we listen to, after all, we seek the advice from those who have experience, knowledge and expertise in an area, right?

In reading this article about what drinking a coke does to your body in a span of an hour piqued my interest -- especially since it came from a pharmacist. As you can guess, a pharmacist is a pretty wise resource to pay attention to, so hence, this article got my attention.

Here's What Happens One Hour After Drinking a Coke. A recording of what occurred within the hour of drinking a coke was recorded, to find out the results, read the article.....


Read about: The Dorito Effect

Doritos is one of those recognizable brands that most everyone knows about -- high, middle and low income and everyone in between. When it comes to a summer party or B-B-Q or the Superbowl, most party planners have several of the Doritos varieties to offer up to their guests, right? What is it about Doritos that everyone loves so much! 
In his book, The Dorito Effect by Journalist Mark Schatzker, he talks about the missing link to what adds to our obesity epidemic -- flavor. While it is true that too much salt, sugar and fat is what we crave, all of those ingredients enhance the flavors of such junk foods as Doritos making them irresistible to just about anyone. 
How is it that BIG FOOD has mastered the production of such products? How has that affected our taste for the fruits and vegetables that mother nature provides us? Could it be that to many, these particular fruits and vegetables and even meat have become bland over time due to the overconsumption of junk food that has assist…

Genome Magazine: Food As Medicine

As I've been diligently reading various articles, magazines, pamphlets, books surrounding our food acting as medicine -- or not -- this article from Genome Magazine gives another fresh perspective. Yes, we already know that food can act as medicine and we already know "you are what you eat", but what if we could "eat for who we are"? 
Genome magazine uncovers more than what we already know about people and their great obsession with food and diets of all kinds, but how do our genetics come into play? Why is it that we know generally that broccoli is really good for us, but why is it that some people react negatively toward it? Now, I'm not talking about those that don't even like the taste of broccoli or those that would prefer eating anything else aside from the vegetable, but it has been found that peoples' bodies can react negatively toward a food.
Nutrigenomics is the scientific study of how our genes interact with nutrition. This can be very h…

Quiz: Best & Worst Foods for Belly Fat

In case you haven't heard: Belly fat is definitely not good. Generally speaking, being overweight is not good for our bodies, but the particular area of the belly is one to avoid at all cost if possible. Why? Belly fat adds more health risk to our bodies, such as diabetes and heart disease among other dangerous risks. 
It is also believed that belly fat is dangerous because it is scientifically believed that abdominal fat breaks down into fatty acids. Fatty acids are essentially the "building blocks" of the fat in our bodies. To learn more about what foods to eat and what foods to avoid, take the quiz challenge.

Nutrition Action Cover Story: 7 Reasons To Walk

Making a lifestyle change that incorporates physical activity on a daily basis may not be as daunting as one would think. The June Issue of Nutrition Action discusses the importance of walking and covers 7 different reasons why walking is so very good for you. 
1) Build a bigger, sharper brain. As Arthur Kramer, a University of Illinois psychologist points out,"Walking definitely affects the brains of adults in their 60s, 70s and 80s. Exercising by walking tends to buy you a few extra years of avoiding Alzheimer's and other dementias. If we had a drug that would do that, we'd pay anything for it". 
2) Live Longer. As Charles Matthews of the National Cancer Institute stated, Americans typically spend two-thirds of their day sitting and that's equivalent to almost two full-time jobs every week! That's a lot of sitting. And it has a really negative effect on our health."
3) Ease your aching knees. Being mobile and "out and about" is very crucial,…

WSJ: 8 Important and Current Food Issues

Food is one of those topics that is talked about, discussed, debated and even loved by just about everyone. Whether it be an elementary student talking about how bad the food tastes in the cafeteria or the college student who is upset that there are no "vegan options" in their cafeteria or the hard-working employee who simply refuses to eat anything from their cafeteria in lieu of bringing lunch from home -- everyone one has something good or bad to say about food. 
We are in a time of complete unrest when it comes to deciding what to make for dinner on a Tuesday night because there is no time to make anything "healthy" -- and well -- let's be honest, there is a Kentucky Fried Chicken on the way home from work. How easy is that? But, perhaps much to the disappointment of many food manufacturers and fast-food restaurant chains, people are putting some thought into what they are eating. Don't get me wrong, there is still a very large percentage of people out…

Check Your Fruit and Veggie Consumption...Really....

While it appears that Fruit and Vegetable Consumption really is down everywhere, what will it take to change that latest finding from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)? It seems that apparently there is not enough reason to make the change. Upon looking at the latest preventable chronic diseases that we currently have worldwide, you'd think that eating your fruits and veggies is good enough reason to make a positive change that will add quality years to a healthy, good life. 
Understandably, it can be hard to make the change to eating a meal with half fruits/veggies on one's plate; especially, if you haven't grown up eating that way, right? But, how is it that there are those people that don't necessarily grow up eating fruits and vegetables regularly, yet they make the change necessary knowing it will only benefit their health in the end? Do they have more will power than another or do they just train themselves to be that way? Isn't the reward…

Cooking Healthy for One

Many people -- including myself from time to time -- cook for one person. And, this can be a tricky ordeal, right? I mean who really wants to make a home cooked meal every night or pack a lunch for work? But, it can be done and the pay off is magnificent. It just takes time to make it a habit, cooking healthy for one that is, a habit worth having in one's life.

Check out the following article that actually does have a grocery shopping list of healthy ingredients to buy -- for one person.



Be Your Own Nutrition Detective!

Yes, this is possible to do. Be Your Own Nutrition Detective!

Don't you agree that there is so much deception with regard to food purchases at the grocery store? What any innocent observer might think of as a food full of nutritious ingredients could actually be the furtherest from the truth! As this article on becoming your own nutrition detective points out, it is important for individuals to take matters into their own hands and learn what ingredients are in their foods. 
So, for starters, try to understand what the food label is saying. If we can remember that food manufacturers are doing what they can to entice the buyer into buying their product -- without regard to nutrition -- then, we can become more aware of potential dangers in food. In other words, they are trying to make a profit off of the consumer from the foods that they market and so are hoping it is their food that is picked!
Would any responsible parent leave their child in the care of a total stranger? Of cours…

Cancer-fighting spices to flavor up your weekend B-B-Q

The beauty of cooking or B-B-Q'g is that it is as creative as you want it to be. Try these spices out in your B-B-Q sauce or latest cooking creation....

Cancer-fighting spices offer flavorful ways to eat healthy


"Diet Shakes Unhealthy for Children"

There is great debate on whether a "smoothie" can replace (or should replace) a regular meal. For starters, several things should be considered such as what's contained in the smoothie to begin with -- like  sugar and extra fat. But, in supplying kids -- whose bodies haven't even fully matured -- is drastic. 
It has been found that the human brain doesn't even fully develop until age 25. So, how will a smoothie that can easily be altered to a sweeter state (kids typically like sweets and more than likely wouldn't even have a smoothie if it wasn't sweet) without the benefits of nature's own nutritious ingredients possibly add up? 
Nutrition experts agree that having parents "indulge" their kids with such food products can actually be causing serious harm to their kids' mental and physical health. Additionally, with our media touting the wonders of being thin and beautiful at any cost is already infiltrating the minds of kids who shouldn&…