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More Sugar Blues?

English: Earl R. Dean's 1915 contour Coca-Cola...

English: Earl R. Dean’s 1915 contour Coca-Cola prototype bottle (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Coca Cola has recently pulled its funding from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) that represents thousands of registered dietitians.   AND has been criticized for its associations with “Big Food” corporations.  Some of their members have canceled their memberships and formed the Dietitians for Professional Integrity group based on their criticism of this practice and conflicts of interest by AND. Coca Cola will no longer exhibit at the annual Food  Nutrition Conference and Expo, meeting this week in Nashville, TN.  Don’t worry, though, AND still has financial ties with PepsiCo, Inc. and many other large food companies.

Good Riddance to Coca Cola!


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FYI: Fruit Juice?

English: Orange juice. Italiano: Succo d'aranc...

English: Orange juice. Italiano: Succo d’arancia. Português: Suco de laranja. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

1 cup of orange juice (no pulp)  has 26 grams of carbohydrate with 22 grams as sugar. That equals 5 1/2 teaspoons of sugar.  This seems small but they can add up quickly.  The American Heart Association recommends only 9 teaspoons per day for men and only 6 teaspoons a day for women.


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Sugar Wars?


Sugar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sugar is in the news quite a lot lately due to the proposed Nutrition Facts Label change of including an Added Sugars category.  Of course the food industry is against this change for obvious reasons.  Many hope (including me) that the “big sugar” industry does  not succeed in stopping this proposal since once again consumers have a right to the best nutrition information about the foods they eat that may affect their health either positively or negatively.   The second article from Food Politics supports this change as well as reporting that the FDA has finally proposed some guidelines for sugar intake of Americans.



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Put Down That Soda?

taste bud (nerve missing)

taste bud (nerve missing) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is an excellent article on cutting down on soda consumption – something we all know is a healthy change in our diets.  The article stresses why and how you need to cut back.  The best suggestion (in my opinion) is to try to cut down for a couple of weeks or so.  When you do, you will retrain your taste buds and the next soda or sweet sugary food will be too sweet.  I cut back on salt this way and it worked very well.



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