There are many healthy foods that are cheaper than their less nutritious alternatives. Each year brings news of a salmonella outbreak and instructions to toss out our cantaloupes and chicken and avoid affected sprouts and ground beef. You know salmonella is nothing to mess with, but do you know what it is, or how you can avoid it? Recently, juicing has become a staple in celebrity diets and those looking to lose weight. But what ever happened to the good old-fashioned smoothie?
Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but soda is pretty terrible and can wreck everything from your mood to your waistline. One of the best things you can do for your health is to completely eliminate soda both regular and diet from your diet. Following are the reasons why I think everyone should quit this toxic beverage — and what I suggest you drink instead. Would you ever sit down and gulp down eight teaspoons of bad-for-you sugar at once? Probably not.
Purdue University scientist Susan Swithers found in a meta-analysis of 26 health and diet studies that artificially-sweetened sodas — unlike water — were often still associated with many of the same ailments common in people who drink sugary sodas, and may actually increase the risk of obesity, metabolic syndrome and Type 2 Diabetes. According to Swithers, the trouble with artificial sweeteners is the same thing that makes them so popular — they taste a lot like sugar and have few or zero calories. For example, the molecule for sucralose found in products like Splenda, is extremely similar to the molecule for sugar. That is why it tastes eerily similar — it is tricking our bodies into thinking we are eating something sugary. But our bodies cannot metabolize sucralose. It just passes through us. This is its charm— and its potential danger. Normally, when our body detects that we have eaten something sweet, it anticipates the arrival of much needed energy and activates mechanisms to capture it. If we continuously fool the body with sweet tastes that do not bring any energy or nutrients, we risk teaching our own metabolisms to stop responding to sweet tastes entirely.