Ever wonder what BPA-free means on the front of your favorite canned foods? BPA is a chemical (similar to estrogen) that is used to line the inside of metal cans. Look for labels that state BPA-free especially on canned foods that contain high acid type foods such as tomatoes or citrus, because they can cause BPA to leak into the contents of the can.
Eat Smart Age Smart health junkie is at it again, investigating outside factors that can be making you fat! According to Women’s Health Magazine, scented items such as makeup, hair care and household cleaners contain chemicals called phthalates, that keep the scent fresher longer. Overexposure to phthalates has been linked to being overweight. When shopping look for phthalate free on the label to keep your family healthy and thin.
Hydrate with Lemon Water
Even though it’s September it’s still HOT in many areas of the country! A great way to hydrate is to add lemon to water and drink it throughout the day. Lemon helps to hydrate the body from within and gives water a little extra kick! SO squeeze and drink up!
Stick Your Steak
Grilling season is here so fire up the BBQ and get those steaks ready! While red meat provides an amazing amount of protein and iron into your diet, you don’t want to get sick from eating it. Too many people skip using a meat thermometer and ingest their meat undercooked. Just because it looks done doesn’t necessarily mean it is. Eating under cooked meat can result in E.Coli or other bacterias which equal a bad case of food poisoning. Go to www.fsis.usda.gov and download the “Is it done yet?” brochure for more tips and invest in a meat thermometer!
Not All Fats Are Created Equal
Saturated, Polyunsaturted, Monounsaturated, Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Omega-6 Fatty Acids! Who can keep them straight? Thanks to our friends at Women’s Health Magazine we can! A few helpful tips to keep in mind. If the fat is solid at room temperature it is most likely saturated(think butter). Polyunsaturated fats tend to be in the liquid form at room temperature(think oils). These fats are found in plant-based foods like nuts and can help to improve cholesterol, control diabetes and prevent against heart disease. Monounsaturated Fatty Acids can help to improve cholesterol levels and are found in foods like avocado, peanut butter and olives. Omega-3 Fatty Acids helps protect against cardiovasicular diseases and inflamation and the best way to get it is to eat salmon at least 3 times a week. This fat can also be found in sardines and walnuts. Omega-6 Fatty Acids are tricky, they need to be ingested in a 1 to 1 ration with omega-3’s. Try almond butter or a little margerine. Don’t be afraid of fat, just eat the right type!
According to SELF magazine most restaurant waffles with whipped cream and syrup contain at least 530 calories and 11 grams of saturated fat! Yuck! What is a girl to do when she needs her waffle fix? Eat Smart Age Smart insiders say Van’s Lite Waffles are delicious and with only 70 calories per waffle, you can have 2! Try adding sugar free syrup and skipping the whipped cream. Other yummy topping to add are peanut butter, strawberries and shaved almond slices. A great way to start the day off or eat for dessert!
Eggnog – Friend or Foe?
Healthy ingredient substitutes for holiday recipes are a must, but there is no reason why we shouldn’t be able to enjoy a delicious dessert or cocktail! Eggnog can be your enemy or your friend… A traditional glass of Eggnong has over 300 calories in it – what?? Here’s a healthy tip from your firends at Eat Smart Age Smart – Instead of using heavy cream and milk try soy or rice milk (which has less calories and fat)! Drink up and have a happy holiday.
Get in a Good Mood!
All we hear about are Omega 3s and how they are so important for our health. Did you know they are also important for our mood? The reason Omega 3s can help elevate mood is that it contains EPA(type of acid) that works as a calcium channel blocker similar to that of a mood-stabilizing drug. Rainbow Light Omega Skin & Mood mixes Omega 3s with Astaxanthin, ResVinol-25 and GLA to make you look younger and feel better! 2 in 1 vitamins are the best!« Previous Articles