The obesity epidemic is a major health problem. In fact, two-thirds of American adults and one-third of American children are currently overweight or obese and the numbers seem to be rising, according to Roni Caryn Rabin in “The New York Times. The increasing consumption of soda may be a significant contributor to the epidemic of obesity and excessive weight gain, according to an article published in the “The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition” in August 2006. Half of the people in the United States consume sugary drinks every day, notes the Harvard School of Public Health.
Count the Calories
- When you break it down, all soda is made up of only sugar and calories. It contains no nutrients and offers no nutritional benefits. A single can of soda contains 155 calories and 39.5 grams of sugar. If you drank just one 12-ounce can of soda every day without changing any of your other eating habits, you could gain 10 to 15 pounds in a year, according to the Harvard School of Public Health.
Humans are one of the few creatures on this planet who have the capability of ignoring our basic survival instinct. We jump out of perfectly good airplanes — something that still sets off alarms in the most veteran skydivers — and we push ourselves to the edge of death and back with physical demands on our bodies that defy reason with activities like ultra-marathons in the desert, living in microgravity, and setting the world record for holding one’s breath under water.
Yet as contradictory as it sounds, testing these limits is probably what makes us feel the most human or the most attuned to nature and our own potential — particularly when it comes to soaring above the skies, jumping eight feet in the air… and eating the most bizarre, even dangerous, dishes set in front of us on the dinner table.
What are some of the deadliest foods the world has ever seen? Poisonous or harmful by design, not accident, and something that has us questioning our sanity when we choose to take a bite?
1. Fruit Seeds
Like apples, cherry pits contain a type of hydrogen cyanide called prussic acid. Don’t go
If you’ve logged onto Facebook in the past few days, you may have seen a viral video demonstrating how you can prepare the seed of an avocado for consumption. The video claims the seed is the most nutrient-dense part of the fruit, and that by drying it, chopping it up into pieces, and blending it, you are left with a powder-like substance that you can mix into smoothies or use for baking, adding an extra nutritional boost to your diet. The video has gained more than 25 million views since it was published on March 13.
So what’s the deal? Have we been missing out on a highly nutritious part of one of our favorite superfoods?
Not so much, says Health‘s contributing nutrition editor, Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD.
“I’m a huge avocado fan. I eat them daily, and recommend them to my clients, but I have reservations about eating the seeds,” she said. “While there is some research about beneficial compounds in the seed, the safety of ingesting it hasn’t been established, so the risks versus benefits aren’t fully known.”
The research on avocado seed consumption is very limited. In the studies that do exist, scientists conclude that additional research needs to
Is there any ingredient that conjures up as much love — and guilt — this time of year as butter?
According to the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board, about 25 percent of all US butter sales take place in November and
December, when home chefs are preparing their office Christmas cookies and presents of spiced nuts and rugelach. The Calorie Control Council warns that when you sit down for that big Yuletide meal, you could end up downing the equivalent of 3 1/2 sticks by the end of the night.
And that might not be such a bad thing.
“Butter is delicious,” nutritionist Sally Fallon Morell — one of the ingredient’s biggest boosters — told The Post. “It is the queen of fats, the healthiest fat in nature. We should be eating more of it!”
Since the first cattle arrived in Plymouth Rock, in 1624, the US has had an intense on-again, off-again love affair with butter, praised as virtuous and nutritious in some periods and decried as corrupt, unhealthy and even poisonous in others.
At butter’s peak, in the 1920s, the average American consumed 18 pounds — or about 72 sticks —
Being an entrepreneur isn’t easy. There are constant ups and downs and often it will feel like everything that could potentially go wrong is exploding in your face. There will be roadblocks, unplanned obstacles, arguments and setbacks that all contribute to one thing — stress, and lots of it.
While you can’t avoid stress altogether, simply letting it build up and consume you can lead to a meltdown. A clear mind is a healthy, productive mind. Here are eight ways that you can rid your mind of stress, allowing you to remain focused oncrushing any goal you set.
1. Talk to a friend.
Discussing your problems, obstacles and potential solutions with a friend is a great way to reduce stress. Often we, as entrepreneurs, get so intertwined with our work that we actually cause our own stress.
Simply talking things out can clear up a situation and you learn that things aren’t as bad as you are imagining them to be. Also, just knowing that you have someone in your corner that is always going to be there for you gives you that extra confidence to tackle any situation.
2. Read a great
I am somewhat of a food junkie, meaning that I am picky about what I eat. I follow food news and indulge regularly in food documentaries, but for the most part, I try my best not to preach about food — nobody wants to hear about calories and nutrition while lurching over a double-bacon cheeseburger.
Recently, however, I watched a film by Stephanie Soechtig called Fed Up. The premise is that the food most of us consume every day is wreaking havoc on our body and minds, and that low energy and moodiness is the result for us eating poorly. Our physiology is causing us to become addicted to our bad diet, a result of the incredibly high amount of sugar and additives in our foods.
Avoiding these bad and addictive foods requires discipline and a strategy, but Mike Kamo, a nutriionist and founder of NutritionSecrets.com, suggests that you can break from your bad eating habits today by simply adding a few high impact foods to your diet.
Here are 10 foods Kamo recommends you start eating right away to get on the road to a healthier and more energetic day.
1. Chicken breasts
Toenail fungus is unfortunately pretty common and can be caused by several contributing factors, such as wearing sweaty socks for too long, sharing shoes, and walking barefoot in public places like pools and gyms. The fungus has a variety of symptoms: change in toenail color, a smelly odor coming from the nail, and a hardening of the toenail. It’s important that the fungus is treated as soon as possible. Follow this simple home remedy to help kill the fungus without the use of harmful chemicals.
Step 1: Pour 3 cups of antiseptic mouthwash and 3 cups of apple cider vinegar into a large basin.
Step 2: Soak the irritated foot (or feet) in the basin for 30 minutes.
Step 3: Remove your foot and dry thoroughly with a clean towel.
Step 4: Pour equal parts tea tree oil, thyme oil, and olive oil into a 6-ounce bottle with a dropper.
Step 5: Shake the bottle to mix the ingredients. Use the dropper to apply the oil mixture to the infected nail(s).
Step 6: Allow the oil to sit on the nail(s) for at least 15 minutes.
Step 7: Use a toothbrush
Rice cakes can be eaten plain or combined with a number of different foods for a quick, healthy snack. The cakes are a popular choice for people on a gluten-free diet and for low-residue dieters. The low calorie and fat content helps dieters who have used the cakes in an attempt to lose weight. Despite its popularity as a food that can prevent unhealthy snacking, a number of problems are linked to consumption.
- Rice cakes are usually made from puffed whole grains of rice, but some from other countries, such as Japan and China, are made from ground rice. A plain rice cake has low fat content and contains little sugar. The protein content is low or absent, and the main source of calories is from carbohydrates. The cakes are lower in calories per serving compared with other starchy products — 35 calories for a plain 3/10 oz. cake compared with 58 calories for a 2 2/3 oz. serving of white potato.
- The main minerals in rice cakes are manganese, selenium, magnesium and tryptophan. Overall, the cakes have low nutritional value, and