Dr. Oz, Jamie Oliver and Dr. Mercola all agree that the way we eat in America is killing us. Dr. Mercola explains that obesity is directly linked to Diabetes, Cancer and Heart Failure (and 17 more diseases), making it responsible for over 300,000 deaths each year in the United States alone. Two thirds of the US population is already overweight, and a recent study found it’s possible that every American adult could be overweight by 2048.
Obtaining a healthy weight takes a three-pronged approach. Almost everyone can agree on one and two being diet and exercise, and it should be no surprise that the third is to reduce stress. There is no magic diet or exercise program to fit all, so it is important to find the right program for YOU. Take the Nutritional Typing Test for free to find the foods that are right for your biochemistry. Whether healthy carbs from vegetables/fruits/grains, proteins from healthy meats, or the right mixture of both, I guarantee sugar has no place in your nutritional type.
Once you know your Nutritional Type, take Dr. Oz’s Sugar Detox Challenge.
One hundred and fifty-six pounds. That's how much added sugar Americans consume each year PER PERSON, according to the USDA. Imagine it: 31 five-pound bags for each of us! The largest sources of added sugar come from prepared foods (i.e. ketchup, canned fruits and veggies, peanut butter) and low fat products. Jamie Oliver asks “How can you say something is low fat when it’s full of so much sugar?”
Learn to READ LABELS! That is the #1 lesson Jamie Oliver wants students to walk away with once he’s done with them. To illustrate, here’s a sampling of flavored water, where Dr. Mercola has highlighted the most glaring offenders in the ingredient lists. You may think you’re doing something healthy by grabbing flavored water instead of soda, but READ THE LABEL.
Propel Fitness Water
Water, sucrose from corn syrup, natural lemon flavor with other natural flavors, citric acid, sodium citrate, potassium citrate, sucralose, vitamin C (ascorbic acid), vitamin E acetate, niacinamide (vitamin B3), calcium disodium EDTA, calcium pantothenate (vitamin B5), pyridoxine hydrochloride (vitamin B6), acesulfame potassium (ace-K), vitamin B12.
Vapor distilled, deionized, and/or reverse osmosis water, crystalline fructose, cane sugar, citric acid, vegetable juice (color), ascorbic acid (vitamin C), natural flavor, berry and fruit extracts (acai, blueberry, pomegranate and apple), magnesium lactate (electrolyte), calcium lactate (electrolyte), monopotassium phosphate (electrolyte), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid (B5), pyridoxine hydrochloride (B6), cyanocobalamin (B12)
Sobe Life Water
Filtered water, sugar, natural flavor, citric acid, ascorbic acid (C), grape skin extract (color), sodium citrate, modified food starch, l-theanine, vitamin E acetate, calcium phosphate, gum arabic, calcium pantothenate, yerba mate extract, niacinamide, pyridoxine hydrochloride (B6), cyanocobalamin (B12)
If you feel you must sweeten, follow these guidelines:
Avoid ALL artificial sweeteners. Avoid all conventional agave and high fructose corn syrup. Limit sugar of all types as much as possible. You can buy pure glucose (dextrose) as a sweetener for about $1 per pound, which has none of the adverse effects of fructose if used moderately. Use high quality agave that has fructose in it’s conjugated from. You can also use raw honey in moderation. Use regular stevia in moderation, but avoid stevia-based sweeteners like Truvia and PureVia because they have undergone more processing.
At Each Peach Café we use plain, grass-fed, organic, no-sugar-added yogurt as the base for our smoothies. To that we add organic fruit that is allowed to fully ripen before we freeze it, organic ground vanilla bean, and stevia to sweeten.
Stevia is a small green plant native to Paraguay bearing leaves that can be 30 times sweeter than sugar. The leaf also contains proteins, fiber, iron, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, sodium, magnesium, zinc, rutin, vitamin A and vitamin C. It is a “Superfood”; a food that has a dozen or more unique health properties, not just one or two.
Stevia effectively regulated blood sugar, enhances increased energy levels and mental acuity, lowers elevated blood pressure, and improves digestion and gastrointestinal function. Stevia also inhibits the growth and reproduction of the bacteria responsible for tooth decay and gum disease. It contains no calories and reduces the craving for sweets and fatty foods, making stevia an exceptional dietary aid.
We will share more information about the Superfoods we use at Each Peach Café in our next blog post.
Lori Greenslade and Augusta Barstow
PS. Our Each Peach pick is the Sweetleaf Stevia dropper bottles is available in vanilla and toffee. Take one home today!