New Facts on Added Sugars on Nutrition Labels

Every product has a nutrition facts label that gives you insights into what the product contains, so you can make informed choices when you buy groceries. These labels were instituted several decades ago and until recently there’s not been much change in the facts that have to be on a label.

According to a statement on the FDA website, this is changing. They’ve taken queries and comments from the public into account, as well as the latest nutrition research.

The most significant change is that you can now see how much sugar has been added to a product.  Recent nutrition research has revealed the significant role sugar plays in obesity and related health issues.

“Two-thirds of the US population is either overweight or obese. Obesity is one of the major drivers of preventable diseases and health care costs. In the US, current estimates for these costs range from $147 to $210 billion per year. Obesity is a multifactorial disease: genetics, lifestyle choices, metabolism, and diet. Although the calories from fat in people’s diets have gone down, obesity rates keep climbing. Evidence suggests that diets high in added sugar promote the development of obesity.” Source: The Dose Makes the Poison: Sugar and Obesity in the United States.

While this is a step in the right direction, there is still a need for caution. The definition of added sugars excludes fruit or vegetable juice concentrated from 100 percent fruit juice (e.g. frozen 100 percent fruit juice concentrate) as well as some sugars found in fruit and vegetable juices, jellies, jams, preserves, and fruit spreads.  And although they are still “added sugars,” pure honey and maple syrup have different labeling requirements from other added sugars. 

The best way to limit your intake of added sugars is to avoid anything with sugar in it.
Your Nutrition Response Testing Practitioners can help you discover the perfect, clinically designed diet that’s exactly right for your body’s needs. And once you have that diet, Nutrition Coaching can help you stay on the right path and achieve your health goals.

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3 Tips to Make Whole Fresh Food Easy and Delicious

The best diet is one designed for your body and based on whole, fresh food. Our bodies are not designed to eat highly refined, fast food. Just look around you and you’ll see the evidence that the Standard American Diet is not doing us any good at all.

If you’ve ever wondered why there are so many different diets, it’s because they don’t work for everyone.  Some people do well on Keto, but others don’t.  Or they do well for a time and achieve some of their goals, only to find that it’s no longer working for them.

According to the US National Institute of Health, the intake of fast foods has increased five-fold in the last three decades and 30 percent of children and 50 percent of college students eat fast food daily. This has resulted in an alarming increase in the obesity rate, along with related health issues.

The main reasons people give for eating fast food are convenience, costs, flavor, and taste. Here are five tips to keep your taste buds happy:

  1. A simple meal prep plan can fill your refrigerator with all the ingredients you need to put a nutritious bowl together in just minutes.  Cut and prepare an array of vegetables and roast them in the oven.  Cook a large quantity of either sprouted brown rice, or quinoa, cut up some fruit, and have some toppings on hand.  Put them in containers and pop them in the fridge. It takes a few minutes to put a bowl together and enjoy a delicious and nutritious meal.
  2. By using a variety of local fresh produce, you can satisfy the most demanding of palates. These seasonal, organically grown fruits and veggies are just bursting with flavor. One of the most common complaints about not eating fast food is a craving for the sweet taste. There are ways around this too. And you don’t have to give up all your treats – you can use organically grown stevia and vanilla to sweeten your tea or even in your baking. It’s possible to make healthy ice cream, using the right ingredients.
  3. One of the best recommendations is to “eat the rainbow.”  Look for bright colored foods and eat a variety at each meal.  Beetroots, carrots, tomatoes, and blueberries can give you a wonderful rainbow plate.  Just add some nutritious greens and you’ll be set.

There has been a flood of interest in the concept of personalized diets recently. Scientists have conducted studies on why a personalized diet is a good idea and how every person’s body is different and needs different nutrition.

Some of these studies are based on your DNA and others use blood tests, but there is a simple, non-invasive method of discovering what nutrients your body needs.  It’s called Nutrition Response Testing® and it was developed by Dr. Freddie Ulan.

Once you find a practitioner who has been trained in Nutrition Response Testing, they will evaluate your body and put you on a clinically designed, personal nutrition program so that you are addressing the exact nutritional needs of your body.

The next step is to change to a healthy, nutritious diet of whole fresh food.  Find a local market where you can buy the best possible quality produce, work out a meal prep plan, and start feeding your body the good stuff.

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