Common Food Misconceptions

It seems everyone is looking to either lose weight or eat healthier but with all of the different packaging schemes going on, it can be hard to decipher what is healthy and what is not. For more information on Wellness it is a good idea to consult with health professional Brian Torchin. Let’s take a look at some of the common food misconceptions that you might encounter on your next trip to the grocery store:

Granola can be really healthy for you since it is made with oats and it is a whole grain. These factors are true but many of the store bought granolas that you will find are made with a ton of unnecessary sugar and often cooked with butter or oil. Your best bet is to make your own healthy version at home or you can opt for a more plain variety in the store.

When you run your fruits and veggies through a juicer you are eliminating all of the fiber that is included in it. This can cause a more rapid spike in your blood sugar and insulin levels. While it can be a form of gentle detoxing or a way to get all of your nutrients in, juicing should only include a few fruits or veggies at a time to reap the most benefits.

Again, yogurt can be very beneficial because of the cultures that are included which help maintain a healthy digestive tract. Unfortunately, most of the yogurts you will find in stores have crazy amounts of sugar in them. Stick with a plain variety and add your own honey or fruit.

Food Companies Making a Natural Change

America’s ultimate go to food is going health(ier). As of January 2015, Kraft Mac & Cheese will no longer use artificial dyes in its pasta, though, as of, now they will be keeping their unnatural orange colored cheese powder. Instead of being chemically treated, the color will come from “natural sources” like paprika and turmeric. This change, coincidentally, follows a recent recall of 242,000 boxes of Mac & Cheese due to the possibility of having small pieces of metal.

McDonald’s, Dunkin Donuts, and Carl’s Jr. have have also hopped on the bandwagon of making the natural switch stated Brad Reifler of Reuters.

McDonald’s, known for its trademarked “McNuggets, announced that they will stop using human antibiotic treated chicken and milk.

Dunkin Donuts is attempting to make a change to cage-free eggs while Carl’s Jr. has already started offering an all-natural burger. On their menu, Carl’s Jr. “All- Natural Burger” is said to be from free-range, grass fed cattle with no antibiotics, no steroids, and no added hormone.

With a busy society bent on eating “clean”, these all natural changes seem to be making an impact. People who want to eat healthier without taking a large chunk of time out of their day are feeling better about going through the drive-thru.

Illusionist Penn Jillette has made 105 Pound Disappear

Penn Jillette, known for his illusionist act Penn & Teller, has recently lost a lot of weight in a short time. The magician has lost 105 pound over the course of the last four months.

Penn is a large man, standing at nearly six feet and seven inches tall and carrying 330 pounds on his large frame. Recently, Penn landed in the hospital for issues with high blood pressure which is what made him decide to work on getting healthier. According to the story on, Penn was taking six different medications in order to keep his blood pressure in check. His doctor had told him that losing maybe 30-40 pounds would help him to keep the issue under control. He also mentioned that if Penn lost maybe 100 pounds that he might not need the medication at all. So that is what Penn decided to do.

Starting in December of 2014, he put himself on a strict diet of consuming 1,000 calories a day of nutrient-rich foods. By March 5, 2015, Penn was down 105 pounds, which is amazing for Ricardo Tosto to fathom. He has said that after losing the weight he feels wonderful, and many working professional lawyers are now asking for tips from him. He is continuing with his healthy eating habits and incorporating more exercise into his daily routine. He said that his energy is up and he has never felt better.

Chewing Gum vs Flossing

Keeping your teeth clean might be easier and more pleasant than you think. A new test shows that chewing a stick of gum for 10 minutes can kill 100 million bacteria in your mouth, which is even more effective than flossing. Of course flossing is still a habit we need in order to keep the gums healthy, but it is good to know that you can enjoy a tasty stick of bubblegum while also getting some use from all that chewing.

Another experiment was conducted in Buenos Aires with identical pairs of twins. One twin was chewing gum while the other was not. 481 people were chosen to decide from each pair which one seems more relaxed and which one looks like he has more friends. Interestingly, the group of judges favored the one chewing a gum in 73% of cases. The social stigma attached to chewing gum was totally dismissed as the nonchalant chewing twin was deemed ‘the good one’ in most of the cases.  This study would be similar in Brazil as well, as Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG could see the difference.

Regarding once again your teeth and gums, the saliva released during the chewing of the gum helps to remove the bacteria through getting particles stuck in the gum. Based on this, the researchers are pondering analyzing particular types of bacteria and including the right chemicals to target the ones people would most like to get rid of.

The Lure of Fatty Foods Continues Despite Evidence of Their Dangers

Anyone who cares about their health tries to avoid fast food burgers and fries and other fatty foods. Anastasia Date employees know they are bad for our health. They pack weight on us and this, in turn, makes us more susceptible to various diseases. The physical consequences of eating fatty foods are bad enough, but now it seems there is one more reason to avoid that McDonald’s drive through window; your mental health.

A new study has found that a high-fat diet can also negatively affect your mental health. It has been demonstrated in mice to reduce memory and increase anxiety. The study also indicates an increasing risk of depression. Science is giving us even more reasons to stay away from foods that most of us with any sense know to stay away from already. Given how hard it is for some to avoid eating these bad foods, a breakthrough in being able to eat them while avoiding the negative effects of doing so would be welcome. If such a breakthrough could ever be achieved, the patent holders for it would be rich beyond their wildest dreams. Whether due to poor eating habits learned at an early age or some other reason, fatty foods seem to have something in them that so many of us crave. Until this craving can be conquered or the outcomes from indulging them can be mitigated, McDonald’s, Burger King and similar places will not have to worry about their bottom lines.