Thursday, January 20, 2011

Where's the fruit?

Deceptive marketing and food labeling practices has been a topic of much discussion recently although it's likely to have been going on for much longer than we are willing to admit.
If you are a cereal lover and you are trying to support healthy nutritional habits you might want to check out the recent investigative story about  Total Blueberry Pomegranate Cereal. Read this startling investigative report on General Mills and Total Cereal:
Why am I not surprised that investigations revealed that the public is being sold cereals that contain artificial coloring chemicals, 8 different types of sweeteners (including sucralose) and low-cost vegetable oils such as soybean and corn oils? Of course conventional wisdom says, read all labels. If you can't pronounce the ingredients, leave it on the shelf!

Yours in health - Dr. V

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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Supersize your Caffeine

Although I would rather you get your morning kick from something other than caffeine, the fact of the matter is that many of you rely on caffeine to wake you up and keep you going. Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system, alleviating fatigue and increasing wakefulness.

According to Mayo Clinic staff, two to four cups of brewed coffee a day aren't harmful for most people which usually contains caffeine — 200 to 300 milligrams (mg). Heavy daily caffeine use can cause insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, irritability, nausea or other gastrointestinal problems, fast or irregular heartbeat, muscle tremors and headaches. (Mayo Clinic, 2009). The question is how much is heavy? Just as personalities vary from one person to the next, so does people’s sensitivity to caffeine.

For more discussion see the article “Caffeine: How Much is Too Much?” Retrieved from

Just think how much you’ll be saving without a daily dose of the new 31 ounce size of Starbucks iced coffee. According to the Early Show today the Trenta size is equivalent to drinking 2 red bulls (200 mg of caffeine). Not only will you save your health, at a rate of $3.45 a day, you could save $1,259.25 by year’s end. I can sure think of a few things I could do with that cash!;vid;3

Health is Heaven in 2011 * * * * * Dr. Velonda ;~) * * * * *

Monday, January 10, 2011

New Year, New You - Health is Heaven in 2011 Tip #1

Get the white out! White sugar, white flour, white sauces... Get the White out will help keep the weight down and your energy up. Let start with white sugar.

Sugar and other sweeteners are a source of many calories and busted new years healthy living resolutions.

My favorite alternative to white sugar is agave nectar, which is diabetic friendly. You may not want to use agave in everything you sweeten. No fear there are several other options to add to you kitchen cabinet. Learn 2 other choices by viewing the Teachable Moment link below:

Yours in health,
Dr. Velonda

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