Family Health & Wellness Blogs
Health Begins at the Cellular Level 0Once you truly understand the statement, health begins at a cellular level, you will possess the key to reaching a truly optimal level of physical health.
- Maday Labrador
Is Natural Sugar From Fruit Bad? 0
Fructose, or fruit sugar, has received a lot of mainstream attention. Several studies suggest that high amounts of fructose can negatively affect your health. But if fruit is good for you, can a natural sugar from fruit be bad?
Although fructose is a natural sugar found in fruits, it's also a component of industrial high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), which is often made from corn starch. As well as sucrose (table sugar). Sucrose is a disaccharide made up of glucose and fructose. HFCS and sucrose are found in many processed food and soft drinks.
Studies show that only these industrial fructose (table sugar and high fructose corn syrup), not fruit fructose has been associated with health concerns such as liver fibrosis and hypertension. No real evidence suggest a negative effect of fruit fructose. Actually the opposite. Fruit can have a positive affect on health. Fruit contains powerful nutrients and antioxidants.
For example soluble fiber in fruit may be part of the reason fruit does not effect the body the same way industrial fructose does. Fiber has a gelling effect in our intestines that slows the release of sugars. Also there are phytonutrients in fruit that can cause an inhibition of intestinal update and transport of glucose. Studies have shown that polyphenols in apples and strawberries, can block some of the uptake of sugars by the cells lining our intestines. This means, less of an insulin spike.
Main takeaway: Eating whole fruits and avoiding foods and beverages with added fructose, can actually help prevent chronic health issues.
- Maday Labrador
Human vs Bovine Colostrum 0Commercially available colostrum typically consists of bovine colostrum. So what does human colostrum and bovine colostrum have in common? Although different, both have important components that support the body.
- Maday Labrador
The Keto Diet 0
Friend or Foe?
A keto, or ketogenic diet, consists of meals that are high in fats, moderate in proteins, and very low in carbs. With promises that you won’t feel hangry and that you’ll have great energy while the weight quickly fades, the keto diet has become very popular amongst dieters. There are still questions though, as some have said that low carb diets are only a fad. So is this diet a good route to take on your next weight-loss venture?
As mention before, the keto diet is mainly based around low-carbs and high-fats. More specifically, somewhere around 55-60% fat and 5-10% carbs per day, leaving about 30-35% leftover for protein. Now at first glance most are surprised and ask, “How could eating more fat help me burn fat?” Thankfully, there is research that shows this can be affective. To summarize, the glycogen stores in our body start to deplete when we are deprived of carbs. Eventually our body will enter a state that is called “Ketogenesis”. When our bodies enter this state ketone bodies replace glucose as our primary source of energy. This and more leads to a steep decline in fat and glucose storage. Simply, it’s hard to deny that a keto diet can help you lose weight.
There are plenty of other benefits to keto as well. A substantial amount of research shows that the diet can have significant benefits for various health conditions such as, Alzheimers, heart disease, and even cancer. In fact, Russel Wilder, the man who coined the term “ketogenic diet” used the diet to treat epilepsy as far back as 1921.
All of these benefits do seem great, so why are there those who think keto is just a fad? Or even those who say it’s actually unhealthy? Well, certain individuals are concerned that the diet is short term and that most of the weight lost is merely water weight. Another concern is brought to attention are those of Francine Blinten, R.D.. who is a certified clinical nutritionist and public health consultant. She says, speaking of the keto diet, “It can do more harm than good. It can damage the heart…”
Friend or foe, when it comes to the keto diet, like many other popular topics, there may be controversy. As far as if it may be a good idea to try a ketogenic diet will have to be your decision. Listen to your body and don’t push yourself past your limits for the sake of weight loss. Remember there are always plenty of options when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle.
- Ethan Sturtz