Every day, Americans get almost half of their added sugar consumption from drinks. And although recent USDA surveys show that we are drinking less soda, consumption of mid-calorie drinks like tea or vitamin water is actually on the rise. Sweetened drinks can add many “empty calories” that give us few of the nutrients we need. … Continue reading Sugar sense: How to make smarter beverage choices
So, let’s talk about this new Unicorn Frappuccino at Starbucks®. It’s quite the craze! You’ve probably seen it in all its pink and sprinkled glory all over Facebook and social media channels. I haven’t tried this magical drink, but at first glance, it doesn’t scream “healthy.” They describe it as “color and flavor changing”, which … Continue reading The Unicorn Smoothie: A healthy, magical treat
It’s said that a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, but we all know too much sugar can be bad for meal management. With so many references to sugar, it can be difficult to make healthy choices. “Most people seem to find confusing the multitude of sugar products available on the market,” said Lynn … Continue reading Not all sugars are created equal
A graphic recently hit viral status, and it’s all over a can of soda. This reported graphic claims to illustrate what effects a can of soda has on your body 10 minutes, 20 minutes, 40 minutes, 45 minutes and 60 minutes after drinking it. CBS Atlanta credits it to The Renegade Pharmacist, who based the … Continue reading Health experts react to viral “What Happens One Hour After Drinking Soda” graphic
Holiday travel can be stressful enough, but for the many millions of Americans who have been diagnosed with diabetes, it may be especially challenging. This recent dailyRx feature offers some helpful tips for those traveling with diabetes. The piece notes that “Traveling can disrupt meal, rest and exercise routines, all of which can make it harder … Continue reading Traveling with diabetes? Plan with these tips
A little sugar never hurt anyone, right? Research is suggesting otherwise as added sugar accumulating in the American diet at an alarming rate. More studies are finding that added sugar is being linked to chronic diseases, diabetes and obesity; there is a major cause for concern. What is sugar? Sugar can be natural or processed, … Continue reading Sugar: The Not So Sweet Truth
Diabetes is becoming a more common term because, unfortunately, it is projected that around 8.3 percent of the entire U.S. population has diabetes. Of the 8.3 percent, nearly seven million are unaware. So how can we change that? We can start with education. We sat down with Folashade Lester, M.D., a family medicine physician on the … Continue reading Diabetes Education for North Texans
Cheeseburger. Large fry. And a…Diet Coke®. The drive-thru window isn’t the healthiest place to be gathering sustenance, but somehow when we order a diet soda instead of a regular soda, we feel as if we have accomplished something. Diet drinks don’t use real sugar, so they balance out the poor food choices at a meal … Continue reading Do sugar substitutes really help you eat healthier and maintain balanced blood sugar levels?
Every day Jessica eats apple-cinnamon oatmeal for breakfast, a protein bar for lunch and a granola bar for a snack. She lives alone, so she usually zaps some low-fat frozen food in the microwave for dinner. But she’s just not losing the weight she wants. Why not? Part of the problem, says Dawn Sears, MD, … Continue reading Playing hide ’n’ seek with sugar
See What Scott & White Pediatric Dietitian, Amy Cantrell, Has To Say About The Popular Sweetener It’s no surprise that there’s an obesity epidemic in our country. According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than one third of children and adolescents were overweight or obese in 2008. With so many children and adults battling … Continue reading Is it necessary to cut high fructose corn syrup out of your diet?