Labels should tell you how much exercise will burn off your food
Cold, hard numbers are hard to translate into real life experience, so they often lose their meaning. They are just too abstract. That’s why the calories per serving listed on food labels do not dissuade many people from eating them. Also, they can sometimes be misleading, as one small soft drink can be split into 2 or 3 servings, making the calorie count appear smaller than it actually is.
So what if instead of the number of calories, food companies listed the amount of time it would take to burn off those calories through exercise? Walking at the reasonably brisk speed of 3 to 5 miles per hour and running at 5 miles an hour would be a great way to measure.
Just imagine. A sugary soft drink, listed at 138 calories doesn’t seem like a huge splurge. But when you take into account that you have to spend an extra half hour on the treadmill, it might give you pause before indulging.
Another example is a chicken and bacon sandwich, which rings in at 445 calories but requires one hour and 22 minutes of walking or 42 minutes of running to burn it off. And maybe you should pass up that blueberry muffin unless you plan on spending 48 minutes walking or 25 minute running to burn it off.
This sort of real-life representation might lead people to eat less in lieu of spending more time in the gym. Because, let’s face it, we only have so much time and energy to exercise. You can’t burn off the sandwich, the soda AND the muffin you had for lunch, in just one sweaty session, without going super hard.
We can call this innovative type of labeling, “calories with consequences”. And just maybe, it would make it harder to eat mindlessly and with ignorant bliss. Sure, this wouldn’t dissuade people who don’t watch their health or weight anyway, but for people who are concerned, it’s a much better way to communicate the consequences of what they are eating.
Of course, food companies are not too motivated to make this switch. Their aim is to sell you as much food as you can possibly eat. So if you are intrigued with this way of representing calories you can make the conversion yourself in your head. If 100 calories means 20 minutes of brisk walking or 10 minutes of running, you can do the math yourself. So next time you are eyeing that small bag of potato chips, that ring in at 171 calories, ask yourself if you are willing to spend an extra 31 minutes walking or 16 minutes running to burn it off?
Lastly, if you are interested in maintaining your health or weight loss, don’t just take calories into account. The quality of the food you eat is also very important. Eating sugary foods with fat but little protein or fiber, will stimulate your insulin response and cause your body to store more fat.
Besides, it’s all too easy to slurp down 150 calories of soda, but it’s a lot more work to eat the equivalent calories in baby carrots, as you’d have to consume 45 carrots in a sitting. That’s hard to do, even with yummy dip.
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Disturbing ingredients in Ketchup
Ketchup is an innocent childhood foods that conjures comforting memories. While it’s made mostly from tomatoes, popular ketchup brands like Heinz have strayed a long way from their whole food roots. Despite being one of America’s favorite condiments, ketchup is a highly processed food with little nutritional value.
While no one thinks of ketchup as a health food, few people are aware that it can be downright harmful to health. Below are a few reasons to avoid commercial ketchup brands.
Conventional tomatoes are heavily laced with pesticide residue. It’s very important to choose organic ketchup if you want to avoid these hormone-disrupting chemicals.
High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
High fructose corn syrup is one of the most common yet dangerous ingredients found in processed foods and the standard American diet.
Doctors like Mark Hyman and Peter Lustig say that consuming too much high fructose corn syrup could either kill you or make you sick. Dr. Lustig believes HFCS is a driving force behind the staggering rise of type two diabetes among children.
High fructose corn syrup has been linked to heart disease, obesity, cancer, dementia, liver failure and tooth decay. And that’s in people who use it moderately. Not only does it spike insulin, but high fructose corn syrup is typically made from genetically modified corn.
High fructose corn syrup and regular corn syrup are the third and fourth ingredients in Heinz ketchup. While Heinz is the most popular ketchup brand in America, with 50 percent market share and an international presence in 140 countries, it’s clearly not the best choice for people who want to eat healthier.
Another troubling ingredient ranks number two on the Heinz ketchup ingredient list: distilled vinegar.
Distilled vinegar is great to use as a cleaning product for your bathroom or kitchen, but when consumed, it makes the body acidic. It can also cause hardening of the joints.
In an effort to compete in today’s health conscious food market, Heinz advertises its ketchup as “all natural”. For this, Heinz was sued in a class action suit for false advertising.
There’s little that’s natural about Heinz ketchup. The corn syrup is GMO, the tomatoes are dripping with pesticides and there’s nothing natural about the last item on the ingredient list: “natural flavors”.
Healthier ketchup alternatives
If you can’t live without ketchup, find a high-quality organic brand that uses a higher quality vinegar and no high fructose corn syrup. Or you can always make your own ketchup and control the amount of sweetener that goes in.
And don’t worry about becoming a high fructose corn syrup medical statistic because you’ve been eating Heinz ketchup since childhood. Your body is designed to clean itself out with a little support. That’s why cleansing is so important, it’s the support we all need to clean the toxic ingredients from processed food out of our system.
Doing a comprehensive cleanse, like the 21-Day Body Makeover, helps reset the body and reverse past damage. The 21-Day Body Makeover is not a punishing cleanse based on deprivation, it’s full of whole food nutrients to nourish your body and lighten your load.
If you struggle with the inability to lose weight, dry skin, fatigue, cold hand and feet, high cholesterol or constipation you may be experiencing the symptoms of low thyroid function.
The thyroid is the gland that controls metabolism, determining the speed at which the body uses food as fuel. If you suffer from a slow metabolism or weight loss resistance, balancing your thyroid hormones may fix the problem, making weight loss possible again. There’s also the added bonus of alleviating the symptoms mentioned above, as well as additional symptoms.
Food matters. A high sugar, low fat, calorie restricted diet can throw off thyroid function. This happens when you rob the body of the calories it needs on a regular basis and disrupt blood sugar balance.
To heal from this, the thyroid needs a diet high in nutrients with enough calories to stoke the metabolic fire.
These are the principles that will rebuild your metabolism and increase your energy. Healthy weight loss is not about deprivation and starvation. It’s about giving your body what it needs to thrive.