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The White Kidney Bean Diet

The White Kidney Bean Diet

Have you ever heard of this one? The white kidney bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) is supposed to help you lose weight by blocking the absorption of starches. Unfortunately, its effectiveness is questionable. Some studies have shown a 3-4 pound weight loss but this was not considered to be statistically significant when compared to placebo. Although thought to be safe, the most common side effect is gassiness. Long term safety is unknown.

Please be aware that there is no such thing as “A FAT BLOCKER”. The only way to lose weight is to change your lifestyle with diet and exercise. Sometimes it may be necessary to use FDA approved drugs to help, but beware of the next great diet fad.
 

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The effects of energy drinks on the heart

The effects of energy drinks on the heart

A recent study from the University of Bonn in Germany showed more forceful heart contractions in students one hour after ingesting energy/caffeine drinks.

The amount of caffeine is up to three times higher than in other caffeinated beverages like coffee or cola. There are many side effects known to be associated with a high intake of caffeine, including rapid heart rate, palpitations, rise in blood pressure and, in the most severe cases, seizures or sudden death.

However, the research team advised that children and people with an irregular heartbeat should avoid the drinks.

These energy drinks can also interact with medications, especially those used in ADD, to cause unwanted cardiac side effects.

 

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The high price of eating healthy

The high price of eating healthy

There are many reasons people do not eat healthy, but one of the most important may be due to the HIGH costs of eating healthy. According to the British Medical Journal, it costs the average American family more than $2000/year to eat a more nutritious diet.

The next time your are at the food store, check out the prices for junk food like potato chips, cookies or pretzels versus the price for fresh fruits, vegetables and nuts. The costs of whole grain bread can easily cost 4x the price of a loaf of white bread!

People should be able to make their own choices when it comes to buying food, and we do not believe the government has any right in taxing junk food, but it would be nice if the price of healthy choices wasn’t so expensive.

If you would like to learn more about healthy eating, please call our dietitian, Julie Calmes at the MaxHEALTH Kaizen Total Wellness Center nearest to you at 941-315-6182

 

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