Fat or Sugar? A Pair of Twins Set Out to Find Out Which is Worse

Fat or SugarFat or Sugar? That is the debate that has hit the health world by storm. For years people have said that a low-fat diet was the answer to healthy living. This led to the explosion of “light” food. But experts have moved away from this philosophy believing that low-fat foods are unhealthy because they have a lot of additives and sugars in them. Now we are hearing more and more about the evils of sugar. But which is worse?

A pair of twins set out to find the answer. Because of their genetic makeup, identical twins make good test subjects, ruling out genetics as a possible variable in the study results. In this experiment, the twins went on a diet for a month. They were allowed to eat as often or as much as they wanted, but one twin ate a low-fat diet and the other a low-carbohydrate diet. Their exercise and activity levels were very similar and so the results of the study came down to diet alone.

Neither twin enjoyed their diet. They found little joy in eating or their meals. The one on the low-fat diet constantly felt hungry and ended up snacking a lot. The other, never felt hungry on the low-carb diet, but he had difficulty performing physical tasks and had issues with cognitive functioning and fatigue. As soon as the diet was over, he began eating carbohydrates again and found more energy and clarity.

Each twin lost weight, the one on the low-carb diet losing more. But tests showed that in the absence of carbohydrates, his body began breaking down muscle to find its energy, causing some of the fatigue and slugishness he experienced.

The results of this experiment showed that neither diet was ideal. You can lose weight on a low-fat diet, but eating an unregulated amount of sugar is definitely not healthy. Eating a diet high in protein and eliminating carbs could help you lose weight, but it has its drawbacks as well.

They discovered that it wasn’t really sugar or fat that caused food addiction or obesity, but that it was the combination of the two often found in processed food. Moderation in all things is important and if you want to lose weight, stay away from processed food and find a diet that you can keep for the rest of your life.

Click here to read more about the twins and their experience: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2546975/One-twin-gave-sugar-gave-fat-Their-experiment-change-YOUR-life.html


Entomophagy: The Food You’re not Eating for the Wrong Reasons

772px-ChapulinesWhen we think about all of the foods that are healthy for us, bugs are probably not top on that list. But many cultures, especially Asia, Africa and South America, rely on insects as their main source of protein. In many countries bugs are considered delicacies, served in the fanciest restaurants. In the United States and other urban areas, the thought of eating insects (also known as entomophagy) gives people the creepy crawlies and is reserved for reality shows like Survivor and Fear Factor. But actually insects are chock-full of vitamins and minerals and are a more nutritious form of protein than what we usually eat. Here is a fun, informational video about entomophagy and its health benefits. It might not make you dash out the door to gather some crickets or ants, but it is quite interesting.

For more info check out this site: http://travel.usnews.com/features/Countries_That_Eat_Bugs/




Winter Safety Tips for Kids

Half of the nation has been in a deep freeze with temperatures hovering around 0 degrees Fahrenheit and even more frigid when considering the wind chill. Schools are closing down and with a shortage of propane, rates are going sky high. Some are even going without food to heat their home. The thought of even going outside might be completely daunting. Here are some winter safety tips that will help you and your kids endure this winter.

Winter Safety Tips for Kids

winter safetyWhen your internal body temperature gets below 95 degrees Fahrenheit, you are in danger of hypothermia and frost bite. Children are even more susceptible because their body proportions are different than adults and they might not see or understand the warning signs.

Layer Clothing— Dressing in layers is important because it can keep moisture away from the skin. It is important to take off wet clothing because it will make you colder. It is possible to layer too much, causing you to get overheated and sweat which will actually make you colder. Choose fabrics such as fleece or wool. Cotton fabrics absorb moisture and will not keep you insulated.

Wear a Hat— Most of your body heat escapes through your head. By wearing a hat you can retain up to 60 percent of your body heat.

Watch Your Extremities— When you’re cold, your blood starts rushing to your vital organs to keep them warm, making your extremities such as ears, hands and feet cold. Make sure you have gloves, earmuffs and appropriate boots to keep them warm.

Take Breaks— Make sure you come inside and take frequent breaks from the cold weather. Many times, kids will be busy playing and not realize that they are getting too cold.

Take Off Wet Clothing— Wet clothing prevents your body from warming up. Make sure you take of wet layers of clothes or wet clothing in order to stay warm and dry.

Warning Signs for Hypothermia and Frost Bite

Hypothermia— Signs to look for in children with hypothermia include shivering, looking pale, and bluish extremities (hands, feet, ears, nose, etc.). In extreme cases they may feel sleepy or confused and have slurred speech. 

If children or adults exhibit this behavior, get them indoors as soon as possible. Get them into dry clothes, wrap them with a blanket, and give them something warm to drink. In extreme cases call 911.

Frostbite— The extremities are especially vulnerable to frost bite. It can happen quickly so be aware of the warning signs which includes: white or gray skin, blisters, or skin that feels numb or burns. If you suspect your child has frost bite, bring them inside immediately and dial 911. The affected area should be placed in lukewarm (not hot) water. Do not rub the skin as this could damage it. Also give your child something warm to drink.

For more information about this and other winter safety tips check out the American Academy of Pediatrics: http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/pages/Winter-Safety-Tips.aspx?nfstatus=401&nftoken=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000&nfstatusdescription=ERROR%3a+No+local+token



17 Things The Princess Bride Taught Me About Autism Parenting

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Scene from The Princess Bride

How many times have you found yourself quoting from The Princess Bride? I know my family have their favorite lines. But what does this have to do with children with autism? More than you might realize. In this fun article, 17 Things ‘The Princess Bride’ Taught Me About Autism Parenting, Bec Oakley takes words of wisdom from the classic movie and relates it to parenting children on the autism spectrum. Humorous and totally insightful. Check it out here: http://www.deseretnews.com/article/765622139/17-things-The-Princess-Bride-taught-me-about-autism-parenting.html

7 Healthy Foods that Might Actually be Unhealthy

healthy foodsPeople seem to be more health conscious these days and many really try hard to make healthy choices about the foods they eat. But some foods that are marketed as “healthy” might actually be deceiving if you’re not careful.

7 Healthy Foods that Might Actually be Unhealthy

1- Muesli— Many dieters turn away from their sugary or high-fat breakfasts and embrace muesli as a morning go-to, but most of the muesli you find at the store contains a high fat content and a lot of sugar. If you’re not careful, one serving could equal 500 calories. If you love your muesli, try making your own and be conservative on the fruit and nuts to keep the calorie count low.

2- Banana Chips— Banana chips seem like a great low calorie snack. After all, bananas are good for you. But you have to be careful because many banana chips are actually deep fried. They also contain a minimal amount of minerals and vitamins that are found in fresh bananas.

3- Tuna Sushi— Some food might not make you gain weight but could still be unhealthy. Even though sushi is low in calories and fat, it can be high in mercury. Eating too much could cause health problems, especially for pregnant women. Try not to eat more than 6 ounces per week.

4- Energy Bars— Energy bars are convenient, especially when you are on the go but most of them are meant to be substituted as a meal and usually contain at least 50o calories.

5- Trail Mix— Trail mix seems like a good option. It’s full of nuts and dried fruit. But it can also be full of sugar coated candy and candied fruit. It can easily become a high calorie snack.

6- Prepared Salads— You go into a restaurant and want to make a healthy choice so you choose a salad. You need to be careful, however, because many times they will add high caloric items such as cheeses, mayonnaise and fatty meats to the salad, making it as many calories as a cheeseburger.

7- Reduced Fat Yogurts— Many dieters reach for reduced fat yogurt as part of their food regime, but it’s important to read the label. Many reduced fat products, including yogurt, add sugar and additives to make them taste better. Try to find yogurt with a minimal amount of additives and check out the grams of sugar in the nutritional information.

If you truly want make healthy food choices, don’t take marketing at face value. Many foods that seem healthy may actually be unhealthy. Be aware what is in your food. Read the labels, nutritional facts and try to find the least processed foods without additives and extra sugar.

For more info: http://www.mydiet.com/7-healthy-foods-that-turned-out-to-be-unhealthy/