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You already worry about the calories in fast food (at least, you know you should). Now the good folks at the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene are giving us something else to agon
The report couldn’t be more timely. Just last week, the Institute of Medicine released a report urging the Food and Drug Administration to set limits on the amount of sodium that’s acceptable in processed foods, and the FDA pledged to put pressure on the food industry. Sodium intake is important because too much salt can cause high blood pressure, an important risk factor for heart disease.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’scurrent dietary guidelines suggest that Americans limit their salt intake to 2,300 milligrams per day – about the equivalent of one teaspoon. The American Heart Assn. says a better cap is 1,500 mg per day. At the moment, both recommendations are a fantasy – the average Americanconsumes 3,500 mg of sodium each day.
More than 75% of that salt comes from prepared foods, including restaurant offerings. So the health department sent interviewers out to 300 restaurants throughout New York City’s five boroughs and asked lunchtime patrons to show them their receipts. They got 6,580 receipts for meals that included at least one entrée.
How salty were those meals? The average lunch contained 1,750 mg of sodium, and 20% topped the 2,300 mg the government recommends for an entire day, the researchers report in Tuesday’s edition of Archives of Internal Medicine.
The saltiest meals were purchased at Kentucky Fried Chicken and Popeye’s – 55% of chicken chain lunches exceeded 2,300 mg of salt. The average chicken lunch had 66 more calories than the average burger-chain lunch (999 vs. 933) but contained 900 mg of additional salt, the researchers calculated.
Is it possible to eat at fast-food chains without going overboard on sodium? Apparently so. One in every 36 meals was limited to 600 mg of salt, an amount the FDA considers healthy. But the researchers didn’t say what was in those healthier meals.
In addition to KFC and Popeye’s, the researchers collected receipts from patrons of Burger King, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Au Bon Pain, Subway, Domino’s, Papa John’s Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.ize over – the salt content of those calorie-laden fast-food meals.
June 13, 2010 1 Comment
When it comes to detoxing your body, there are many techniques you can follow and supplements you can take. But, the best way, is to eat lots of foods that detox the body. Below is a list of detox foods that I thought would be an great addition to everybody’s diet.
Fruits are extremely high in liquid-content, helping the body wash out toxins. They are also very easy to digest and are high in antioxidants, nutrients, fiber and many important vitamins like vitamin C.
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June 3, 2010 Leave a comment
If your looking to keep your body rite for the summer you should definitely avoid drinks of these types. Read ingredients its your health take control of it
Worst Drive-Thru Shake
McDonald’s Triple Thick Chocolate Shake (large, 32 fl oz)
27 g fat (16 g saturated, 2 g trans)
168 g sugars
Sugar Equivalent: 13 McDonald’s Baked Hot Apple Pies
There are very few milk shakes in America worthy of your hard-earned calories, but few will punish you as thoroughly as this Mickey D’s drive-thru disaster. Not only does it have more than half your day’s caloric and saturated fat allotment and more sugar than you’d find in Willy Wonka’s candy lab, but Ronald even finds a way to sneak in a full day of cholesterol-spiking trans fat. The scariest part about this drink is that it’s most likely America’s most popular milk shake.
Worst Juice Imposter
Arizona Kiwi Strawberry (1 can, 23 fl oz)
0 g fat
81 g sugars
Sugar Equivalent: 7 bowls of Froot Loops
The twisted minds at the Arizona factory outdid themselves with this nefarious concoction, a can the size of a bazooka loaded with enough of the sweet stuff to blast your belly with 42 sugar cubes. The most disturbing part isn’t that it masks itself as some sort of healthy juice product (after all, hundreds of products are guilty of the same crime), but that this behemoth serving size costs just $.99, making its contents some of the cheapest calories we’ve ever stumbled across.
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May 26, 2010 Leave a comment
To Transform Your Traditional Food Favorites
The Healthy Soul Food Recipes Guide is your answer to transforming your traditional recipes into healthy adaptations.
Warning, your Grandma’s recipes may be hazardous to your health. It’s a known fact that those mouthwatering recipes that were handed down from generation to generation contain some unwanted ingredients that don’t mix well with today’s lifestyle.
So what is a cook to do about this unfortunate situation? The quick answer is use healthy soul food recipes that remove or reduce bad cholesterols, fats, sodium and sugars. I know what you’re thinking at this point, if you’ve experienced some great tasting soul food and know your way around the kitchen. My food will surely lose its flavor and appeal if I remove all the cholesterol, fat, sodium and sugar.
Yes that’s true if you strip out everything all at once. And that’s not what I’m going to ask you to do. Why not you ask? Because if I do you want take action and you’ll miss out on a life altering change.
For the tips and techniques I’m going to explain to be effective, you must proceed very cautiously…more to follow on this subject. But for now, let me tell you how to transform your traditional family recipe favorites into healthy soul food recipes.
There are numerous ways to reduce the cholesterol, fat, sodium and sugar in your favorite recipes. The secret to reworking your old recipe into a new healthier recipe is substitution of ingredients and a change in your cooking methods. Use the following simple and easy cooking methods and substitutions to make healthier adaptations of your favorite soul food meals.
- When a recipe calls for dairy products choose a low-fat, reduced fat or non-fat version. For instance instead of whole milk opt for 1% or 2% milk.
- Remove or reduce salt from your recipes. Most foods actually require little to no salt, so give your food a taste test to determine if salt is needed. Salt should be substituted with herbs, lemon or lime juice and spices.
- Use fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and fresh meats in your recipe, because canned products are high in sodium. If you must use canned products choose the healthier reduced sodium or sodium free versions.
- Try a different cooking method when you cook up your next chicken or pork chop dinner. Baked, broiled, roasted or grilled meats are a much healthier alternative to pan and deep fried foods that contain too much fat and cholesterol.
- Use lean cuts of meat and remove any visible fat from you meat before cooking. Also, by removing the skin from poultry before cooking you can eliminate fat and cholesterol.
- If you must fry your meat and vegetables, avoid cooking in lard and oils high in saturated fat. Substitute with a vegetable oil that’s low in saturated fats and high in healthy fats.
- Cut back on the amount of meat in your recipes and add more vegetable and whole grain products. Use ground turkey when the recipe calls for ground beef. If you have not substituted turkey for beef in your chili or meatloaf recipes, you’re missing out on a great tasting low fat meal.
Now back to the more to follow subject. The key to preparing healthy soul food recipes is not to go cold turkey all at once. You have to ease your way into the process and only make small changes until you are comfortable with the taste of the newly prepared food.
Healthy Soul Food Recipes Practical Example:
Let’s say you want to reduce your intake of fat and cholesterol by grilling your chicken instead of deep frying. Initially you will only make this change. Later on you might want to remove the skin before cooking for greater health benefits. Even much later down the line, you might reduce your sodium intake by using a herb and spice seasoning blend that doesn’t use salt.