Why Orange Juice And Toothpaste Don’t Mix

orange juice and toothpasteHave you ever gulped down that sweet, refreshing orange juice for breakfast in the morning, only to realize it doesn’t taste as sweet as you anticipated.  Oops!  You just brushed your teeth, that’s why!  But, why does toothpaste change the taste of your orange juice? In an article from Chris Weller of Medical Daily, he explains why orange juice and toothpaste don’t mix.

One of the main ingredients in toothpaste, is the detergent called sodium lauryl sulfate, or SLS.  It helps to clean your teeth, but, unfortunately, it suppresses the sweet receptors of the tongue and destroys the compound that inhibits bitter receptors.

So what is it about orange juice?  Well, it just so happens that orange juice is the beverage that most people choose in the morning.  You would have the same reaction if you drank a glass of apple juice, Gatorade, or even sugar water.

Read Chris Weller’s full article here, and see a video!


Breakfast Myths

breakfast mythsBreakfast means many different things to many different people.  Some people may grab a quick cup of coffee or a granola or protein bar for their commute to work.  Others may sit down to a big breakfast of eggs, bacon, pancakes and whatever else sounds good that day. Many people skip breakfast altogether. But how does eating breakfast, or not, really affect weight loss, energy and appetite throughout the day?  Some research from the Mayo Clinic discusses some of the biggest breakfast myths.

  1. Breakfast is essential for weight loss. This is a myth.  Recent research has found that breakfast doesn’t have a direct effect on dropping pounds.  A study of 300 overweight individuals was divided into groups. One group was told to eat breakfast and another group was told to miss the meal.  After tracking weight for 16 weeks, those who had eaten breakfast didn’t lose any more weight than those who didn’t.
  2. Don’t eat boxed cereals. This is a myth.  Yes, you should skip the sweetened cereals that have no nutritional value. But studies have found that eating whole grain cereal can lower cholesterol.  Choose cereals with oat and barley mixes and keep an eye on the cholesterol levels.
  3. Eat a meal before your a.m. workout. This partly true.  The whole truth is that food will increase your energy, but you need to consider your activity. Eating a breakfast will give you more energy if you are going to be involved in physical activity and it may motivate you to move.
  4. Eating breakfast will help you to eat less later in the afternoon. This is also a partial myth.  Eating breakfast is not guaranteed to reduce calorie intake in the afternoon, but it does release chemicals to the brain and can also steady glucose levels.  Eating foods high in protein will also help to reduce food cravings and overeating later in the day.
  5. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Myth. The reality is that you shouldn’t concentrate on just one meal, but on what you eat over the course of the day. Weight loss isn’t necessarily tied to breakfast habits.  Total calorie intake between all your meals is what matters.

The 5 Biggest Breakfast Myths|CNN

Are You Feeding Your Kids Cookies For Breakfast?

12925137-chocolate-chip-cookies-macroYou wouldn’t feed your kids cookies for breakfast, right? Unfortunately, you may be doing just that. According to a report published by the Environmental Working Group, U.S. breakfast cereals contain way to much sugar, far more than experts recommend. You may as well be feeding your kids cookies. Check out this article from Everyday Health to read more about this.  Would You Give Your Kid Cookies For Breakfast? You Probably Already Are.

Is your child’s breakfast cereal doing more harm than good?

Many parent5686098-corn-flakes-in-bowl-with-milks offer their children cereal as part of a balanced breakfast.  But is your child’s breakfast cereal doing more harm than good? Cereals are fortified with many vitamins and minerals to help keep our children healthy. But in a recent report states that children are consuming unhealthy amounts of vitamin A, zinc, and niacin because of these cereals.  To learn more about this research, check out the article on Fox News here: Is your child’s breakfast cereal doing more harm than good? | Fox News.