Most processed foods today have added sugars. With up to 70% of all processed and packaged foods on the market today being infused with more sugar, it is indeed difficult to avoid the white stuff. So what about the substitutes, the low to no cal sweeteners that promise you they are better for your health. Are they any better? What about if you’ve already had a stroke or have heart disease? It makes sense why drinking all that sugar might increase stroke and heart disease risk, with the extra inflammation and triglycerides but is switching to these non caloric sweetners a better choice?
A study on diet soda
No problem,” I’ve switched to diet soda”. I hear this all the time when I speak with a client that has “made the switch”. But by choosing diet soda, can we get the sweet taste we crave, without the downsides? Unfortunately, routine consumption of diet soft drinks is associated with increases in the same risks that many seek to avoid by using artificial sweeteners. Watch this nutritionfacts.org video below!
The video reviews the increased risk of cardiovascular disease associated with regular soda, and the cardiovascular risks associated with diet soda. Key finding: the belief that “making the switch” to diet soda will reduce long-term health risks ” is not well supported by scientific evidence, and instead…may contribute to the very health risks people were seeking to avoid” in the first place.
The following is a recent 5 Star Review of Body in Balance on Amazon
I’ve adopted the simple diet an exercise principles outline in the book and used them to fuel my obsession to get better. –March 21, 2016 By Eddie
This review is from: Body in Balance: Bare Naked Truth on Nutrition Fitness and Food Policies Impacting Your Energy and Your Health (Smart Moves Guidebook Series) (Kindle Edition)
“Following a serious spinal cord injury, I received this book as a gift during my stay at a rehabilitation hospital in Boston, Ma. It has become my bible! I’ve adopted the simple diet an exercise principles outline in the book and used them to fuel my obsession to get better. The author, David Dansereau, understands recovery from both a personal and professional level. He is a stroke survivor and a Physical Therapist/Sports Nutritionist. Using this unique background he has put together the ultimate hand book for both recovery and everyday living. Thank you David for your honest straight forward approach to fitness and well being.”
I get asked often, “Is Body in Balance About your Stroke“?
The short answer to this question is “No” but the actual answer is somewhere in between because much of what is in my book came from my own research and experimentation of how to set goals to best restore balance to my body through proper nutrition and therapeutic exercise. My research can be used by anyone needing to get clear on their goals and follow a game plan to take action getting started on the right path.
Congratulations to all the athletes that achieved their goals and completed today’s 120th Boston Marathon. What a finish especially in the men’s wheelchair race with Marcel Hug from Switzerland finishing first again this year with a time of 1:24:01. Hug was able to hold off ten-time champion Ernst Van Dyk of South Africa and Kurt Fearnley of Australia at the finish line. At one point with less than 15 yards to the finish, the three racers were all side-by-side by-side. What an effort!
If you missed it, watch this video of the finish as Van Dyk (1:24:02) and Fearnley (1:24:03) were a near photo finish and after 26.2 miles the men’s wheelchair race came down to less than a one push difference!
Here’s a photo of the finish line of the men’s wheelchair race courtesy of CBSBoston with only 3/1oth’s of a second deciding the top three finishers.
Making small but positive lifestyle changes such as adding green tea to your daily diet can lower the risk of stroke by as much as 30 percent. This is not new research but small changes like this often go ignored and they can have a significant impact on your health. Researchers at the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center in Japan conducted and published the results of this important study in Stroke, the Journal of the American Heart Association several years ago that explains how drinking green tea on a regular basis is associated with a dramatically reduced risk of stroke. The team also investigated the effect of drinking coffee and found the beverage can yield similar results to those found with green tea consumption. Many health-minded people avoid coffee due to the highly processed nature of the bean and increased levels of homocysteine, blood pressure and blood lipids which may offset the possible health benefits when comparing green tea directly with coffee. I also talk about coffee and my take on how it relates to a Body in Balance in my book.
How does green tea reduce stroke risk?
Researchers concluded that green tea provides a healthy dose of catechins that are potent antioxidants and exert anti-inflammatory properties that help lower stroke risk. The most active and abundant catechin in green tea is known as epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). Cateching also play a powerful role in reducing certain cancer risks and keeping joints healthy. In contrast to green tea, coffee contains chlorogenic acid that helps modulate blood sugar levels to improve vascular health. Green coffee bean extract in supplement form can supply chlorogenic acid without the side effects experienced with coffee consumption.
The perfect cup of green tea is flavorful, not too bitter, weak or watery – in fact, I have a hot cup beside me now that I make this way:
Use 2 grams (roughly one teaspoon) of loose green tea leaves for every 6 ounces of water. Ideally you should use organic, non-irradiated tea leaves. Whether you use tap, filtered, or spring water is up to you – however, fresh cold water that has not been previously boiled is the best option (avoid fluoridated tap water, paying special attention not to re-boil fluoridated tap water as the chemical will concentrate).
To make the tea, place the water in a tea kettle and heat it to 160°-180°F. Alternatively, you could heat the water to just short of boiling. Place the loose leaves in a teapot or cup (you may want to add a small amount of room temperature water − enough to dampen the tea leaves or bag before adding the water). Pour the water over the tea leaves.
Next, place the lid on the teapot. If using a cup, cover it with a lid or a small saucer. Depending on the particular variety of green tea, it should be allowed to steep for 1-3 minutes. Small leaves generally infuse more quickly than large leaves.