Nov 08 2013

FDA Targets TRANS Fat in Processed Foods

More than decade ago, a sea change began in the American diet, with consumers starting to avoid foods with trans fat and companies responding by reducing the amount of trans fat in their products. This evolution began when FDA first proposed in 1999 that manufacturers be required to declare the amount of trans fat on Nutrition Facts labels because of public health concerns. That requirement became effective in 2006. However, there are still many processed foods made with partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the major dietary source of trans fat in processed food. Trans fat has been linked to an increased risk of coronary heart disease, in which plaque builds up inside the arteries and may cause a heart attack. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that a further reduction of trans fat in the food supply can prevent an additional 7,000 deaths from heart disease each year and up to 20,000 heart attacks each year. Part of the FDA's responsibility to the public is to ensure that food in the American food supply is safe. Therefore, due to the risks associated with consuming PHOs, FDA has issued a Federal Register notice with its preliminary determination that PHOs are no longer "generally recognized as safe," or GRAS, for short. If this preliminary determination is finalized, then PHOs would become food additives subject to premarket approval by FDA. Foods containing unapproved food additives are ...

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Mar 22 2011

National Nutrition Month – March 2011: Graehm Gray

Hello my fans. I am interrupting my Best Diet in the Universe series, which I hope you all are reading and following, and want to mention National Nutrition Month.  Sponsored by the,  American Dietetic Association*, March 2011-Eat Right With Color,has been designated as the month to promote eating healthy and exercise. As you all know, The Nerdel Company’s prime health directives besides its motto   “everything good for kids,” includes making healthy choices in what you eat and to get plenty of physical activity. So what exactly does all this mean for you and me? Well, it has to do with following the newly released 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans** and  the physical activity guidelines as well. Let’s break it down into easy facts you can use: Here are the highlights: Manage your weight by: 1.  trying to prevent and reduce being overweight, 2. Improve your eating behavior and increase your physical activity Control the amount of food you eat daily. That means for those of you overweight, REDUCING your calorie intake. Portion Control. Increase your exercise and physical activity time DAILY! Cut back on the amount of time your are sitting!!! Closely watch your weight in each stage of your life and balance the calories in with the calories out! Cut back on salt-reduce the amount of salt in your diet to 2300mg daily. If you are age 51 and older,  African American,  have diabetes, hypertension ...

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Mar 20 2011

Best Diet in the Universe-Day 4 (Four): Graehm Gray

Hello my Best Diet in The Universe fans, are you ready to continue? We are at day four. Yes, you made it through three incredible days and you are almost finished with one week. How do you all feel? The feedback has been fantastic. Most of you have lost weight-the majority has lost over five pounds. Wow, just in three days. A few have lost over ten pounds! That’s amazing. Remember, on a diet like this, the weight loss is slow. This is a type of diet that can act as a maintenance program as well. Some people lose weight very quickly. While others lose slowly. It’s your metabolism ( that means how fast or slow your body burns energy) and how strict you are on this diet. Either way, this diet will make you healthy. Eating nuts, fruit, olive oil, yogurt, fish, vegetables-sounds very Mediterranean. And you are right. It is! The Mediterranean diets, in my opinion, are the healthiest diets in the world. Many studies* have shown beneficial effects of following the foods eaten in the Mediterranean countries. Helping heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and obesity are just some of the positive health benefits. So welcome to another episode of Man (or woman) versus diet!! In the right corner here we have you-a wonderful son, father or husband; or daughter, mother, wife, ready to do battle for truth, justice and ...

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Mar 03 2011

Best Diet in the Universe- The Prime Directive: Graehm Gray

Okay, lets take a step to the side my dieting fans. You have been on the three day diet. From the feedback so far, most have felt good and feel thinner. There may not be a large amount of weight dropped in these first three days, but your body is getting adjusted to the new eating pattern. Its an adjustment in your stomachs digestion mechanics and an alteration in your metabolism. We’ re trying to switch on the fat burning part of your internal engine. And we are starting its burning at a slow level. Most low carb (and zero carb) diets are dramatic in the first few weeks.  I have been on plans where you are not allowed to have any carbohydrates for two weeks. Wow, that’s strict. Yep! And yes, you lose a good amount of weight, but it gets put back when you start eating carbs again. The Best Diet In The Universe, adjusts your body’s metabolism slowly so you are able to eat carbs all the way through from the first few days and continue through maintenance. After all, most diets have several stages: a strict phase one, followed by a less strict phase two followed by a maintenance phase three and four. As I mentioned previously, you can lose weight on any diet you follow. It’s the re-gaining that’s the problem. I was watching the ...

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Mar 01 2011

Best Diet in the Universe – Day 3: Graehm Gray

Hello my wonderful dieters and welcome to day number three of The Best Diet In The Universe. By the feedback I have been getting, you are all doing great. Some of you are eating the snack, while others are skipping. That’s okay. This is a diet based on moderation. And the in between snacks are there if you get hungry. Also I have been advised that the portions are big. That’s okay too. I was very lenient with portion sizes. If you can cut back-great. But if you are one of the “I’m starving” types, there is enough food for you too! Most of you are okay with the selections. There is fish for you fish lovers and meat for you carnivores. Either way, the plan should be able to accommodate all of you. And as for the exercise, I am thrilled that most of you are doing it! Yes, I must tell you that I am overwhelmed that you all are doing so well. So are you ready for day number three? Let’s get this party started!                                                                                                                    Vamos al dia tres! That’s lets go to Day 3  Breakfast: today we start with oatmeal-preferably FIT KIDS, MONKEY BRAINS or any natural Quaker Oatmeal types without preservatives or added sugar. One serving. Any flavor!  Also throw some fresh blueberries, strawberries or raspberries in the oatmeal. What is “some?” Some is a few-a few ...

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Feb 28 2011

Best Diet In The Universe-Day 2: Graehm Gray

Okay, so you survived day one on The Best Diet In The Universe. This is a really simple program to help you lose extra, added weight and get back into shape. This is a plan to get you back into your tight clothes. This is a plan to let you open your eyes in front of the mirror again. This is a program that you can follow forever. After experiencing most of the major (and minor ones also) diets out there today, I found that you can lose weight on all of them. That’s right-all of them. Whether it’s a low fat, low carb (Atkins, South Beach), high protein, complex carb, Zone, Glycemic Index, organic, raw foods, juice or starvation diet-the answer is yes, all of them work. But, what about re-gaining the lost weight? In fact, the statistics from research (Traci Mann- Associate Professor of Psychology-UCLA) on people that go on diets show that 2/3 of all dieters re-gain the weight and over 80 percent gain extra weight on top of those pounds they initially lost! What! That’s startling. It's called the yoyo effect. Up and down, back and forth, gain and loss and gain more. I am sure you all have heard this term. Yes, my friends, we can lose those unwanted pounds on virtually any diet plan we follow-but don’t you want to keep the excess baggage off? ...

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Oct 07 2010

Fat – fat

Pronunciation - (făt) a. an adjective - plump, flabby, chunky, overweight, obese. You need a fresh start to help your heart. The opposite of fit and trim, not the opposite of thin. Not a nice thing to call a friend.  Remember, if you have friends who are not fit and trim don’t tease them or taunt them, or make them feel sad. Help your friends to eat right and exercise. They want to be fit and healthy too. It’s never too late to start eating right and adding a fitness plan to your day.  Get fit and eat healthy the New Nerdel Way. n. a noun - Fat is a solid or liquid oil from vegetables or animals. It can be found in the “adipose tissue of people and animals and also in plants in their seeds, fruits and nuts. We need fat in our diets, but we need good fats and we need them in moderation. Fat is where our energy is stored when we eat too much. It is the energy hotel. If that hotel gets to full, then the doors start to bulge. Different fats are called different names. Good fats are monounsaturated like olive oil and omega fatty acids from fish. Saturated fats, which are solid at room temperature like butter and fat from meats and chicken, are not as good for your heart. Trans fats are fats that ...

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Sep 29 2010

Cholesterol – cho•les•ter•ol

Pronunciation - (kuh-les-tuh-rawl)n. Hey this is an important chemical found in your blood and the walls of your cells (cell membranes). It’s fancy name is a sterol, because it helps make the working chemicals in our body, known as hormones. We need cholesterol for our skin, our shiny hair, our nervous system, our immune system and many other things. But we need the right kind. Check it out.  Our livers make cholesterol and we also absorb it (like a sponge) in our intestines, from the food we eat. Good cholesterol Yea! (HDL) gets made in our bodies when we eat fish and olive oil. Lots of exercise also helps to make more good cholesterol. Bad cholesterol Boo! (LDL)  gets made in our bodies when we eat too many saturated fats and any trans- fats (partially hydrogenated oils). Some of the places that you find saturated fats are butter, lard, high fat cheeses, cream, whole milk and fatty meats.  Trans- fats are found in margarines and many store-bought baked goods and snacks. If you are a good label reader you can stay away from trans-fats (partially hydrogenated oils). Cholesterols Campaign Message: Avoid the bad, increase the good, balance it out the way you should. Word

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Sep 11 2010

Childhood Obesity Definitions-Part Three: Graehm Gray

Despite many efforts, the obesity epidemic persists. Adults and kids are getting heavier every minute. Continuing my goal to allow us all to understand the problems associated with childhood obesity, I am now presenting part three of the Childhood Obesity Series* on definitions. Parts One and Two have explained some basic terms that we all read and hear daily. I would call them buzz words that so many of us in the press use to convey our messages. Now we need to increase the size of our lexicon to include more advanced terminology and explanations in order for us to arrive at a solution:  1 - Five a Day* We have been told that we need a minimum of five servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Most research shows that fruits and vegetables are vital to promoting good health. Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that may help protect you from chronic diseases. Compared with people who consume a diet with only small amounts of fruits and vegetables, those who eat more generous amounts as part of a healthful diet are likely to have reduced risk of chronic diseases, including stroke and perhaps other cardiovascular diseases, and certain cancers. To get the amount that's ...

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Feb 23 2010

Graehm Gray: Clif Kid-Z Bar Organic: Blueberry, Baked Whole Grain Energy Bar: A Review.

  Snack Bar Review: Serving Size: 1 bar (36 grams) Per Serving: Calories: 120 Total fat: 2.5g Sat. Fat: 0 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 90mg Potassium: 80mg Total Carb.: 23g Dietary Fiber: 3g Insoluble Fiber: 1g Sugars: 11g Other Carbs: 9g Protein: 3g Hydrogenated Oils: 0g High Fructose Corn Syrup: 0g Preservatives: 0g Artificial Colors and Flavors: 0g I have been a consumer of Clif Bars for many years having been introduced to them by several martial arts instructors and marathon runners. It is difficult to find a tasty and nutritious energy bar and like most of us you probably go to the market and sample different bars all the time, trying to find the one that tastes like a Milky Way or Baby Ruth, but has the nutrition profile of a combination of a piece of wild Alaskan Salmon, dark green salad, walnuts, pumpkin seeds and dried fruits. With so many bars out there, what do you choose? And the decision is made even harder-choose one for your child!  Clif Kid is a kid version of the adult Clif Bar. According to the package , there are no Trans fats; there are 12 vitamins and Minerals, no high fructose corn syrup and the Clif Kid snacks are for kids 3 years and older.  There is no caffeine or MSG and this product  is certified Kosher by Kof-K. Ingedients: Organic Oat Flour, Organic Rolled Oats, Organic Tapioca Syrup, Organic Brown Rice Syrup, Organic Evaporated Cane Juice Syrup, Organic ...

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