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Improve Your Fitness (Without Breaking a Sweat)

Health and fitness enthusiasts look for guidelines and health information and articles that can provide them with the best guidance possible. Experts provide tips on quality websites for the people that help in following up fitness programs in the accurate way. It becomes easier for the fitness conscious people to get the best result using tips provided, and this consumes…

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What’s Really in Those Food Labels?

Many people in the US today do not know how to properly read a nutrition label. If they were able to properly read a nutrition label than they might be surprised at the amount of calories they are eating or the amount salt they are in taking in. They might also be shocked to know just how small a serving size is of their favorite food.

On every food package you will find in the grocery store, there is a nutrition label on it. It is important to know what you are reading when you look at these labels.

The first thing that you will come across is the serving size. A serving size is the amount food that is considered to be a single serving. It is commonly measured in grams along with household measurements such as; cups and tablespoons.

The next thing you will find is the amount of servings in each package. You will often find that most packaged products have more than one serving in them. For example, a serving size of cereal might be ¾ of a cup but if you eat the whole box then you will have just ate 10 servings. So you will have to multiply the amount of calories by 10 to figure out the amount you have eaten.

The next thing that you will see is the amount of calories per serving and the amount of calories from fat.

Continuing to read down the line the next thing you will see are the nutrient values and the daily recommended values. This portion of information is where most of your information will come from.

Generally these items will all be listed in the same position every time. First is the total fat. Underneath the total fat will come the amount of saturated fat, polyunsaturated fat, and monounsaturated fat. Certain labels also include trans fat.

Then will come cholesterol.

The amount of salt, also known as sodium, is the next item on the list. Most the time it will be measured in milligrams and remember that 1000 mg equals 1 grams.

This will be followed up with the carbohydrates in each serving. Underneath the carbohydrates you will find the fiber and the sugar values. The sugar value that is listed contain both the sugar that is naturally occurring in the food and any added during the process of making it.

Finally you will have the protein listed.

And underneath all of these items you will be able to see the percentages of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, and iron that are in each serving of the food. This is mandated to be on every food label by the government, regardless if the food has any of these vitamins in them or not. If there are other nutrients in the food in any significant amount, these will also be listed at the bottom.

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Foods That Can Help With Your Blood Pressure

Hypertension is unfortunately the most common disease in people around the world. It is commonly known as high blood pressure. Obesity and food that contains high salt and fats are some of the causes of high blood pressure. Fortunately there are many foods that can be helpful in controlling the high blood pressure levels. So along with taking your regular…

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Are Carbs Really THAT Bad?

So just how bad are carbs for us?

First of all, carbohydrates are not evil entities that should be avoided at all costs. In fact, to maintain a healthy nutrition level, it is very important to make sure that you get a sufficient amount of carbs daily for they are your bodies main source of energy.

There are two different types of carbohydrates and it is detrimental to your diet that you are able to differentiate between the two. For the most part carbs are comprised of cellulose, starches, and sugars which your body breaks down and converts them into glucose, commonly called blood sugar.

The first kind, the enemy to your waste line, are called simple carbohydrates, also known as sugar. So just how bad are carbs like these for us? Well simple carbs such as table sugar, honey, and anything that contains high-fructose corn syrup, are all digested rather quickly and give us the effects of a “sugar high” or a rush of energy.

How bad are carbs like the simple for our metabolism? We have all felt an energy surge after eating a cookie or a piece of chocolate. A good example is the hyper-active children on a playground after consuming their weight in koolaid and sugary snacks and or candies. That is the handy work of the complex carbs. Soon after, a major sugar crash is experienced and a state of low energy levels take over and make us feel exhausted. And most likely these simple sugars will leave us feeling even hungrier than before consumption.

But we must not forget the good carbs, also known as complex carbohydrates. Complex carbs consist of starchy and fiber-rich foods and take much longer for the body to digest. Examples of complex carbohydrates are fruits, legumes, grains, and other vegetables. Starchy foods include potatoes, wheat, rice, and corn.

But wait! Aren’t starches bad for us? How bad are carbs like starches? It is always best to remember to eat anything such as potatoes, rice, and pastas in moderation. Always remember the “calories-in, calories-out” rule. If you are going to eat a plate of pasta, make sure you plan on burning it off. Use the starch to your advantage. You absolutely can enjoy a delicious side of rice with your grilled chicken. But make sure its balanced with a heaping side of vegetables. Its best to over indulge on the more fibrous carbs. The more complex, the better for you.

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