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While it is true that a large portion of added sugars in our diet come from hidden sources (like sauces, snacks and other packaged foods), a major contributor of our sugar intake is from the obvious foods like desserts, candies and chocolates. This being said, moderating our intake of these foods can help us to reach that 5% goal. Of course, having the occasional baked good at the coffee shop or a slice of pumpkin pie at a holiday dinner is nothing to concern over (after all, treat yourself sometimes!). But, if you tend to rely on sugary foods for a quick energy fix, you may want to consider breaking the habit to help you achieve your health goals.
In my opinion, sugar has to be one of the most controversial topics in the nutrition and health field today. It has been associated as the cause of several different chronic diseases including diabetes, cancer, and heart disease, and positioned as the root of the so-called “obesity epidemic”. To complicate matters further, there is much confusion about what sugar actually is, and whether different types of sugar are less harmful to our health than others. In today’s blog post, we will discuss the difference between added vs naturally occurring sugars, which types of sugar you need to be mindful of in your diet, and how to know if you might be getting too much “added” sugar.
You’ve heard it over and over again… breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Some of us live hard to this mantra and never skip an AM meal, and for others, just the thought of eating something in the morning is a no-go. If you’re in the latter group, are you missing out on benefits or potentially causing harm to your health?
With so many alternatives to sugar available, and more and more diet products popping up on the market, there has been growing controversy about their safety concerns and potential health benefits. Because of this, I was inspired to take a deep dive into the world of artificial sweeteners and sugar substitutes, and look at what the research says in terms of safety and benefits for weight management.
I love pancakes! But I also love PROTEIN pancakes, because they are a fun way have a treat breakfast without the carb crash that comes from your conventional pancake blend. This is one of my staple pancake recipes.
Prunes, also known as dried plums, make a tasty sweet treat, and have a variety of health benefits, some of which may come as a surprise to you. Most prunes come from California, where the fresh plums are grown in optimal sunshine and soil quality, leading to an exceptional fruit product. California prunes (aka the highest quality of dried plums) can be found under multiple labels at your favourite grocer and are relatively inexpensive.