Category: Health Claims


1.Fatty Fish

Fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, mackerel, herring and sardines contain large amounts of omega-3 fatty acids which, besides lowering cholesterol, also hasten the metabolism rate. Omega-3 fatty acids alter the level of leptin — a hormone that directly influences metabolism and determines whether you burn calories or store them as fat. Fish also provides ample protein and the best way to eat it is grilled, with steamed vegetables on the side.

2.Citrus Fruits

Fruits such as grapefruit, lemon, sweet lime, papaya, guava and tomatoes are rich in Vitamin C and fibre. Vitamin C helps the body process fat faster and also stimulates the amino acid known as carnitine — carnitine speeds up the body’s fat-burning capacity. Citrus fruits also have high water content and provide around 50 to 75 kcal, leaving us satiated for a longer period of time.

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3.Greens

Spinach, asparagus, and broccoli have a high thermal effect on the body and low in calories. It becomes impossible for green vegetables to be stored as fat because most of the calories from green vegetables baked in the digestive process. In addition, the fiber in green vegetables contain antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that help you feel full.

4.Popcorn

Popcorn is rich in fibre and low on calories. Also, since eating it keeps our mouth busy for a longer time, the satiety levels are high. However stay away from the overly buttered, caramel and cheese cousins.

5.Oatmeal

Oatmeal is a complex carbohydrate which takes longer to digest. Oatmeal release energy slowly so that makes you feel full longer. Oatmeal also makes blood sugar and insulin levels stable – which helps prevent the storage of fat in the body. Oatmeal cereal for breakfast is the most satisfying, providing more protein per serving than any other grain. Mix oatmeal with yogurt or skim milk and it will make you full all morning.

6.Almond & Walnuts

Beans that do not contain salt, especially almonds and walnuts, provides fibers that are essential for the body, such as proteins, fats, minerals, and micronutrients. Chewing nuts this kind of makes you feel full longer and have more energy without increasing the size of your waist.

7.Low-Fat Milk

Skim milk, low fat cheese, and yogurt are good sources of calcium, which helps break down fat cells. Some studies show if we do not get enough calcium for the body, then it can trigger the release of calcitrol, a hormone that causes fat stored in the body.

8. Cereals

Jowar, Bajra, and yeast-containing complex carbohydrates, which release glucose slowly when broken down during digestion. Glucose helps keep your blood sugar levels. Grains are also a source of food rich in fiber and vitamin B complex, which plays an important role in metabolic control.

9. Apple

Water content and high fiber is the reason why you feel full after eating an apple. Apple skin contains pectin soluble fiber – which is one factor appetite suppressant. Eating an apple every day can make you lose weight.

 

The illusion of healthy food

If I throw probiotics on a pizza, it doesn’t turn the pizza into healthy cuisine. If I slap probiotics on a cheeseburger, it doesn’t make it a healthy cheeseburger. So why do so many people believe that mixing in a little probiotic powder with ice cream suddenly makes it a “health food?”

The answer? Because they want to.

Frozen yogurt shops don’t deliver healthy food, but they do deliver the illusion of healthy food. And in America today, where illusion dominates reality, that’s good enough!

People aren’t really interested in what they’re eating, you see. They just want to be convincingly persuaded that whatever they’re swallowing is somehow good for them. That’s sufficient evidence in their minds to go ahead and start chowing down.

It’s much the same with popular religion in the USA today. Few people really believe in God even if they claim to, because if they did, they wouldn’t go out and destroy their God-given bodies with alcohol, cigarettes, booze, drugs and junk food. They don’t really want to authentically believe in God, you see, because that would require a whole different level of personal discipline to act in a way that honored their beliefs (and honored their body as a temple). If you destroy your health with junk food, your actions scream to the universe that you really don’t follow God’s will at all.

What was that part in the Bible about gluttony? I don’t often quote scripture, but it’s relevant here: Proverbs 23:20-21 “Be not among winebibbers; among riotous eaters of flesh: For the drunkard and the glutton shall come to poverty: and drowsiness shall clothe a man with rags.”

What people want in America today is junk food, junk news, junk knowledge and junk beliefs. They don’t really believe much of anything except those simple spoon-fed beliefs that happen to coincide with the self-destructive lifestyle they wanted to pursue anyway. Life is an all-you-can-eat, all-you-can-smoke, all-you-can-drink orgy! So let’s call it “reduced-calorie” dessert and get on with it, shall we?

People pick their beliefs, in other words, to try to justify their actions. Any belief that contradicts their short-term desires will be modified, pushed aside or simply overwritten with some other belief that allows them the excuse to pursue immediate satisfaction. The false belief that “frozen yogurt is health food” serves this purpose nicely.

 

 

I’m not sure if I have the patience for alcohol companies who try to pimp their products with health claims (Note:PDF). Let’s get serious here for a moment – are there really people who stand in the liquor store comparing Grey Goose Vodka with Devotion Vodka, and go “Y’know, I need more protein in my life. Let’s go with Devotion.”

There’s a bit of a disconnect here with the marketers of these products, who seemingly fail to understand that whatever benefits may or (more likely) may not be gained by adding antioxidants to a strawberry liqueur, they are glossing over the basic premise of their product. Namely, alcohol is a poison. Yes, it’s a relatively inefficient one, but it is a poison nonetheless.

This is why I always do a bit of a facepalm when I hear people drinking light beer because it’s less in calories. Honestly, if it’s calories your worried about when you’re drinking, I can point you to a calorie-free drinking experience.

People, let’s face it. If you’re drinking alcohol, you’ve essentially already said “Fuck it, I don’t respect my body that much.” I’m not suggesting that everyone is seeking to pickle their liver, but as soon as you order your Pinot Noir or your pint of Guinness, you’re pretty much flipping off your doctor. It’s akin to going white water rafting on a Grade 5 river, and then ensuring your safety by wearing orthopedic shoes.

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Let’s make a simple rule, shall we? In choosing your drink of choice, always go for the one that tastes better. Period. If an alcohol company feels so insecure in the taste of their product that they have to pimp whatever minimal health benefits their product may or may not be had, they simply aren’t worth your time. Using this guideline, let’s note the brands mentioned in the pdf I linked to in the first paragraph.

And any of the Vodkas mentioned? My position is that the only thing Vodka is good for is cleaning flesh wounds.

In my worldview, when it comes to drinking, choices should be made on taste. Companies trying to sell you on their health benefits are little more than hypocrites, ignoring the basic premise of alcohol. And consumers who buy into their spiel are little better. By all means, enjoy your cocktails, beer, or wine. But do not fool yourself. And don’t buy from people trying to fool you.