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On the paleo diet? You should have these in your pantry

The paleo diet eliminates processed foods and embraces nutritious, whole foods. It usually includes throwing away soy sauce, canola oil, white sugar, and table salt. However, you do not have to compromise flavor for wellness. You can still create truly paleo meals that actually taste good! Here are some basic ingredients you should keep in your pantry when you’re on the paleo diet. Ghee. If you love butter, ghee is the perfect alternative for you. Ghee is clarified butter, meaning its milk solid components have been almost completely removed, leaving only the butterfat behind. The very pure kind usually contains 99% pure butter oil with traces of casein and lactose. Sea salt. Sea salt is healthier than iodized table salt...

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Sugar Found in Processed Food “Could Trigger” Dementia

A new study is giving us another reason to kick processed foods to the curb. According to a recently conducted research, a sugar common in processed food could alter hundreds of brain genes, which could lead to a wide range of diseases including dementia. This specific sugar is fructose. The study has found that fructose, a sugar common in the Western diet, could actually damage genes in the brain. People usually consume fructose from foods sweetened by high-fructose corn syrup and from sweetened drinks, syrups, honey, and desserts. Fructose can also be found in baby food and in fruits. However, the fiber in fruits actually slows down the body’s absorption of the sugar; plus, fruits contain other healthy components that...

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Starbucks Is Serving You More Sugar than You’d Expect

For most of us, a trip to Starbucks has become a part of our daily routine. Nothing helps us face that looong day at work like a good cup of our favorite coffee. But is our favorite drink actually putting us at more risk for diabetes? A British nutrition advocacy group, Action on Sugar, recently released a report ranking some of Starbucks’ popular drinks in terms of the amount of sugar they contain. And what they discovered is alarming. According to their research, many of Starbucks’ drinks contain more sugar than a can of Coke (33 grams). The amount of sugar in these drinks also go beyond the American Heart Association’s recommended daily sugar intake—9 teaspoons (45 grams) for men...

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Are Your Favorite ‘Healthy’ Beverages Really Good for You?

The World Health Organization recommends that the maximum amount of sugar we consume is less than 10% of our daily caloric intake. That’s the maximum amount. WHO strongly suggests we lower that to 5%, meaning around 25 grams in a 2000-calorie diet.  To help you make the necessary arrangements during your next trip to the grocery store, the Business Insider went through some of your favorite ‘healthy’ beverages to check the amount of sugar they contain. Here are some of them: Vitamin Water XXX Sugar per serving: 32 grams per 20-fluid-ounce bottle Percent of recommended daily intake (25g): 128% VitaCoco pure coconut water Sugar per serving: 11 grams per 8 fluid ounces Sugar per bottle: 22 grams per 16.9-fluid-ounce bottle...

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New Dietary Guidelines Remind Us That Sugar Is Bad

The new Dietary Guidelines have several changes. One is about the dietary cholesterol limit. Instead of setting a strict limit, the new guidelines state: “Individuals should eat as little dietary cholesterol as possible […. Since] foods that are higher in dietary cholesterol, such as fatty meats and high-fat dairy products, are also higher in saturated fats.” Another change (and one that we couldn’t agree more on) is on sugar. The latest Dietary Guidelines tell us one thing: eat less sugar… Yes, lesser than what we are regularly consuming. In fact, the new guidelines recommend we limit our sugar intake to less then 10% of our daily calories, that’s about 12 teaspoons on a 2000-calorie diet. Take note that this is...

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