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When you smoke a cigarette, it takes 6-8 hours for that nicotine to work its way out of your system. Your body takes care of filtering it out. Sometimes a bit of nicotine gets left behind in your system for up to 20-30 days, making it necessary to help your body filter it all out. Here are our 10 tips for flushing nicotine from your body.

  1. Drink plenty of water! Being hydrated helps your body flush out all toxins, nicotine included.
  2. Eat lots of vegetables. This is just general good health. Vegetables like eggplants, beans, cucumbers and celery to increase the flushing.
  3. Eat nettle. It’s high in iron and good for your immune system.
  4. Adding kiwi to your diet infuses you with vitamins A, C, and E, which are reduced when you smoke.
  5. Pine needle tea has been shown to help disinfect the mouth and throat, as well as help with overall lung health.
  6. Breathe deeply! Infuse your bloodstream with lots of oxygen so your cells are able to work at their maximum capacity.
  7. Eating spinach will add folic acid to your body, which helps make the taste of tobacco repulsive.
  8. Eating broccoli helps provide your body with vitamins B5 and C, which help your lungs repair.
  9. Oranges are also high in vitamin C, which is a vital vitamin that many smokers are deficient in.
  10. Carrot juice also helps remove nicotine by giving your body plenty of vitamin A, B, C, and K. Nicotine also damages your skin, which these vitamins will help repair.

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I’m sure you’ve heard about applying aloe to sunburns to relieve the pain, but it turns out, this plant has a lot of different uses. Its use dates back thousands of years with the first recorded uses of the plant by natives to North Africa and the Arabian Peninsula. These are our eight favorite uses for aloe.

  1. Aloe fights heartburn. Specifically the juice of an aloe plant.
  2. Aloe can preserve your produce. Simply apply a thin layer of edible aloe to your fruits and veggies.
  3. Aloe helps whiten your teeth.
  4. Aloe, when applied to surface infections, can help them heal faster.
  5. Aloe is an effective skin moisturizer. You’ll see it in the ingredients of natural lotions a lot. Simply apply a bit of aloe to your dry skin.
  6. The gel from aloe vera extract has proven capable of relieving constipation naturally. While laxatives make you really need to go, aloe helps you pass it gently and naturally.
  7. Aloe can help regulate your blood sugar. Simply take two tablespoons of aloe vera juice daily.
  8. Aloe can be used as a personal lubricant. It’s pH balanced and can stave off bacteria and infections. Hubba hubba.

Talk about a useful plant!

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Belly fat isn’t just unsightly and it’s not all about having a flat stomach. Belly fat increases your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. The latter can lead to stroke and heart attack. In women, a wait measurement of 35 inches or more may indicate unhealthy amounts of belly fat.

So how do we get rid of it? We’ll give you 12 tips for burning off unwanted belly fat.

1. Exercise in bursts.

Interval training has been shown to be especially effective in burning of stubborn fat. Mix up your routine with high intensity interval training.

2. Stand up tall.

Having good posture at least makes your stomach look flatter and can prevent a variety of aches and pains too, making your daily exercise routine easier.

3. Work that core.

Do exercises like planks and pushups that strengthen the abdominal muscles and back.

4. Exercise for 150 minutes a week.

That’s just a little more than 20 minutes a day. Go for a bike ride or take a brisk walk. 150 minutes a week is the least amount of exercise required to lose belly fat.

5. Go hard.

Just 2 and a half minutes of very intense exercise will burn off 200 calories.

6. Eat some fruit.

Eating fruits like papaya and pineapple is good for your weight loss goals. They contain enzymes that aid in digestion and help you feel less bloated.

7. Embrace the berry.

Blueberries have been shown to potentially help some people diminish body fat levels.

8. Keep a good belly culture.

Eat probiotic foods like kefir and yogurt to help keep your intestinal flora healthy. Good bacteria means less fat.

9. Don’t cut healthy fats.

You’re trying to lose fat, so shouldn’t you cut out fat? Nope nope noooope. Studies show that monounsaturated fatty acids found in olive oil, nuts and avocados helps maintain good health and lose weight.

10. Forget soluble fiber.

Ditch the oat bran and beans.

11. Add lots of insoluble fiber.

Fruits, whole grains, and nuts are in!

12. Debloat yourself.

Avoid sodas and salty, fatty foods. They make you retain water and can cause you to feel uncomfortable. Slow down eating so you don’t swallow too much air, and don’t chew gum.

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It’s not a closely guarded secret. We all know how bad junk food is for us, but sometimes it’s fun to have that delicious, sugary treat. This infographic does a lot to remind us of why it’s important to keep foods like Cinnabons down to a minimum. It’s pretty telling, isn’t it? And even if you don’t eat any of these junk foods, it’s a good idea to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, even if it’s only vigorous walking.

So how much does it take to burn off a single M&M? Or a donut? Or a bag of popcorn with butter?

Special thanks to Skinny Mom for putting together this informative infographic. 
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High fructose corn syrup is one the most common ingredients found in a lot of different food items, especially food mass-produced by corporations. Coca-Cola, Stove Top Stuffing, Kellogg’s cereals, Capri-Sun, as well as various candies, condiments, sweets and breads all contain the additive.

Related: The Full List Of Products Containing High Fructose Corn Syrup.

But a new study out this week shows that consuming even what you would consider to be ‘normal’ quantities of high fructose corn syrup is considerably more toxic than consuming sucrose or table sugar, and can lead to diminished reproductive health and inevitably a shorter life span.

The study shows that when female mice were fed a diet containing 25% of calories from added fructose and glucose carbohydrates found in corn syrup, they fell ill and died at a rate of 1.87 times higher than female mice on a diet in which 25% of calories came from table sugar.

“This is the most robust study showing there is a difference between high-fructose corn syrup and table sugar at human-relevant doses,” says biology professor Wayne Potts, senior author of a new study scheduled for publication in the March 2015 print issue of The Journal of Nutrition.

This research is among the first to differentiate between the effects of the fructose-glucose mixture found in corn syrup and regular table sugar, and the results are remarkable, stark, and clear.

“When the diabetes-obesity-metabolic syndrome epidemics started in the mid 1970’s, they corresponded with both a general increase in consumption of added sugar and the switchover from sucrose being the main added sugar in the American diet to high-fructose corn syrup making up half our sugar intake,” says Waye Potts, senior author of the paper and University of Utah biology professor.

Even with this new information, food corps are still working hard to peddle high fructose corn syrup containing products to the public. They’ve even tried renaming the ingredient so they can label their products as high fructose corn syrup free to trick customers into buying their products.

At the end of the day, we have no choice but to know the industry’s tricks and read the labels. Read. The. Labels. It’s the only way to know for certain the contents of our products.

Image credit: Steven Vance, Flickr

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New research shows that high fructose corn syrup, even in smaller quantities, is more toxic than sucrose or table sugar and leads to a reduced lifespan, as well as diminished reproductive health and capability. Bummer! So what products contain high fructose corn syrup? Here’s the list for you:

Baking and Cooking ingredients

Kellogg’s® Corn Flake Crumbs
Nabisco Oreo Cookie Crumbs
Shake n Bake – Tangy Honey Glaze
Shake n Bake – Honey Mustard Glaze
Stove Top Stuffing – Chicken
Stove Top Stuffing – Cornbread
Stove Top Stuffing – Homestyle Herb
Stove Top Stuffing – Pork
Stove Top Stuffing – Turkey

Beverages:

A&W Root Beer
Capri-Sun Iced Tea
Capri-Sun Juice Drink – Fruit Punch
Capri-Sun Juice Drink – Grape
Capri-Sun Juice Drink – Lemonade
Capri-Sun Juice Drink – Mountain Cooler
Capri-Sun Juice Drink – Orange
Capri-Sun Juice Drink – Pacific Cooler
Capri-Sun Juice Drink – Red Berry
Capri-Sun Juice Drink – Splash Cooler
Capri-Sun Juice Drink – Strawberry
Capri-Sun Juice Drink – Strawberry/Kiwi
Capri-Sun Juice Drink – Surfer Cooler
Capri-Sun Juice Drink – Tropical Punch
Capri-Sun Juice Drink – Wild Cherry
Capri-Sun Refreshers – Orange Dragonfruit
Capri-Sun Refreshers – Rasberry Passionfruit
Capri-Sun Refreshers – Strawberry/Kiwi
Capri-Sun Refreshers – Tropical Fruit
Capri-Sun Sport Drink – Berry Ice
Capri-Sun Sport Drink – Clear Cherry Chill
Capri-Sun Sport Drink – Light Speed Lemon Lime
Capri-Sun Sport Drink – Orange Edge
Capri-Sun Sport Drink – Thunder Punch
Coca-Cola
Darigold Chocolate Milk
Hanson’s All-Natural Soda (all flavors)
Hanson’s Tonic Water
Jones Soda
Newman’s Own Pink Lemonade
Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice
Orangenia
Pepsi
PowerAde
Snapple -Cranberry Raspberry Juice Drink
Sprite
Starbucks’ Frappuccino
Thomas Kemper Soda’s
Tropicana OrangeAde
Tropicana Smoothies
Village Lemonade

Breads:

Brownberry Breads
Pepperidge Farm’s line of 100% whole grain breads
Sara Lee Heart Healthy Whole Grain Bread.
Thomas English Muffins
Wonderbread

Breakfast Cereals

Kellogg’s Frosted Rice Krispies®
Kellogg’s Tony’s Cinnamon Krunchersâ„¢
Kellogg’s Corn Flakes®
Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes®
Kellogg’s Smorz®
Kellogg’s Special K® Red Berries
Kellogg’s All-Bran® Bran Buds®
Kellogg’s All-Bran® Extra Fiber
Kellogg’s All-Bran® Original
Kellogg’s Apple Jacks®
Kellogg’s Cinnamon Crunch Crispixâ„¢
Kellogg’s Cocoa Krispies®
Kellogg’s Complete® Oat Bran Flakes
Kellogg’s Complete® Wheat Bran Flakes
Kellogg’s Fruit Harvestâ„¢ Strawberry Blueberry
Kellogg’s Honey Crunch Corn Flakes®
Kellogg’s Kellogg’s Crunchy Blendsâ„¢ Just Right® Fruit & Nut
Kellogg’s Kellogg’s Crunchy Blendsâ„¢ Low Fat Granola without Raisins
Kellogg’s Kellogg’s Crunchy Blendsâ„¢ Low Fat Granola With Raisins
Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats® Frosted Bite Size
Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats® Frosted Original
Kellogg’s Mini-Wheats® Strawberry
Kellogg’s Crunchy Blendsâ„¢ Mueslix® with Raisins, Dates & Almonds
Kellogg’s Product 19®
Kellogg’s Raisin Bran
Kellogg’s Raisin Bran Crunch®
Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats® Cereal
Kellogg’s Rice Krispies®
Kellogg’s Smart Start® Antioxidants
Kellogg’s Smart Start® Soy Protein
Kellogg’s Special K®
Kellogg’s Special K® Vanilla Almond
Kellogg’s Fruit Harvestâ„¢ Peach Strawberry
Kellogg’s SpongeBob SquarePantsâ„¢ Cereal
Kellogg’s Corn Flakes® with Real Bananas
Kellogg’s Spider-manâ„¢ Spidey-Berry Cereal
Kellogg’s Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes® 1/3 Less Sugar
Kellogg’s Special K® low carb lifestyle
Kellogg’s Fruit Harvestâ„¢ Banana Berry
Kellogg’s Disney Pixar Finding Nemoâ„¢ Cereal
Kellogg’s All-Branâ„¢ Bars Honey Oat
Kellogg’s All-Branâ„¢ Bars Brown Sugar Cinnamon
Kellogg’s Disney Pixar The Incrediblesâ„¢
Kellogg’s Tiger Power
Kellogg’s Smart Start® Healthy Heart
Kellogg’s Disney Lilo & Stitchâ„¢
Kellogg’s Special K® Fruit & Yogurt
Kellogg’s Mini Swirlzâ„¢ Fudge Ripple
Kellogg’s Toasted Honey Crunchâ„¢
Kellogg’s Cran-Vanilla Crunchâ„¢
Post Blueberry Morning Cereal

Breakfast Pastries

Eggo® Pancakes Buttermilk
Eggo® Waf-Fulls™ Blueberry
Eggo® Waf-Fulls™ Strawberry

Candy Bars:

Hershey’s Watchamacallit
Lifesavers – Butter Rum
Lifesavers – Chill-o-mints
Lifesavers – Cryst-o-mint
Lifesavers – Five Flavor Value Pack
Lifesavers – Hard Candy Sours
Lifesavers – Sours
Lifesavers – Tropical Fruits
Lifesavers – Wild Berries
Lifesavers – Wild Cherry
Optimum Opti-Pro Meal Lite Bar
PowerBar

Condiments:

Heinz 57 Sauce
Heinz Ketchup
Hunt’s Catsup
Miracle Whip

Cookies and Cakes:

Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats® Squares Caramel Chocolatey Chunk
Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats® Squares Original
Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats® Squares Rainbow
Kellogg’s Cereal & Milk Bars Frosted Flakes®
Kellogg’s Cereal & Milk Bars Cocoa Krispies®
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts® Frosted Hot Fudge Sundae
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts® Spider-manâ„¢ Spidey-Berry
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts® Apple Cinnamon
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts® Blueberry
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts® Brown Sugar Cinnamon
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts® Chocolate Chip
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts® Frosted Blueberry
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts® Frosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts® Frosted Cherry
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts® Frosted Chocolate Fudge
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts® Frosted Chocolate Vanilla Creme
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts® Frosted Grape
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts® Frosted Raspberry
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts® Frosted S’Mores
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts® Frosted Strawberry
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts® Frosted Wild Berry
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts® Low Fat Frosted Brown Sugar Cinnamon
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts® Star Warsâ„¢ Frosted Lava Berry Explosion
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts® Frosted Caramel Chocolate
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts® Frosted Cookies & Creme
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts® Cinnamon Roll
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts® Low Fat Frosted Chocolate Fudge
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts® Low Fat Frosted Strawberry
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts® Strawberry
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts® Yogurt Blasts Blueberry
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts® Yogurt Blasts Strawberry
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts® French Toast
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts® SpongeBob SquarePantsâ„¢ Wild Bubble-Berry
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts® Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts® The Incredibles Incrediberry Blast
Nabisco Barnum’s Animal Crackers
Nabsico Chips Ahoy
Nabisco Fig Newtons
Nabisco Fig Newtons – Fat Free
Nabisco Fig Newtons – Whole Grain
Nabisco Honey Maid Graham Crackers
Nabisco Lorna Dornes
Nabisco Nilla Wafers
Nabisco Nutter Butter
Nabisco Mallomars
Nabisco Oreo Cookies
Nabisco Snackwells – Creme Sandwich
Nabisco Teddy Grahams
Nutri-Grain Twistsâ„¢ Apple Cobbler
Nutri-Grain Twistsâ„¢ Cappuccino & Creme
Nutri-Grain Twistsâ„¢ Strawberry Cheesecake
Nutri-Grain® Muffin Bars Banana
Nutri-Grain® Muffin Bars Cinnamon Raisin
Nutri-Grain® Cereal Bars Apple Cinnamon
Nutri-Grain® Cereal Bars Blueberry
Nutri-Grain® Cereal Bars Cherry
Nutri-Grain® Cereal Bars Mixed Berry
Nutri-Grain® Cereal Bars Raspberry
Nutri-Grain® Cereal Bars Strawberry
Nutri-Grain® Chewy Granola Bars Honey Oat & Raisin
Nutri-Grain® Chewy Granola Bars Chocolatey Chunk
Nutri-Grain® Chewy Granola Bites Chocolatey Chip
Nutri-Grain® Minis Yogurt Icing Blueberry
Nutri-Grain® Minis Yogurt Icing Strawberry
Nutri-Grain® Yogurt Bars Strawberry Yogurt
Nutri-Grain® Yogurt Bars Vanilla Yogurt
Nutri-Grain® Muffin Bars Blueberry
Nutri-Grain® Chewy Granola Bites Caramel Nut Crunch
Grandma’s Homestyle Peanut Butter Cookies

Cough Syrups:

Delsym 12 Hour Cough Suppressant for Children, Orange
Delsym 12 Hour Cough Suppressant, Orange
Delsym Cough Suppressant
Children’s Dimetapp Decongestant Infant Drops
Children’s Dimetapp Decongestant Plus Cough Infant Drops
Robitussin Infant Cough DM
Robitussin Infant Cough & Cold CF
Robitussin DM Cough Relief Infant Drops, Fruit Punch
Robitussin Pediatric Cough & Cold Formula
Robitussin Pediatric Cough Long-Acting
Robitussin Pediatric Cough & Cold Long-Acting
Robitussin Maximum Strength Cough & Cold
Robitussin Head & Chest Congestion PE
Robitussin Cough DM
Robitussin PE Nasal Decongestant and Expectorant
Robitussin Cough, Cold & Flu Nighttime
Robitussin Chest Congestion Guaifenesin Syrup, USP
Robitussin Cough & Congestion
Robitussin Cough Long-Acting
Robitussin Honey Cough Natural Cough Drops, Honey Center
Vicks NyQuil multi-symptom – original
Vicks NyQuil multi-symptom – cherry
Vicks NyQuil Cough
Vicks Formula 44 Cough
Vicks Formula 44 Expectorant
Vicks Formula 44 Decongestant
Vicks Formula 44 Mult-symptom
Pediatric Vicks 44E Cough & Congestion
Pediatric Vicks 44M Cough & Cold
Vicks Casero

Crackers:

Kraft Cheese Nips
Nabisco Harvest Crisps – Wheat Thins 5 Grain
Nabisco Ritz Bits – Peanut Butter
Nabisco Ritz Bits – Graham Cracker S’mores
Nabisco Ritz Chips – Cheddar – Oven-Toasted Crunch
Nabisco Ritz Crackers
Nabisco Ritz Crackers – Low Sodium
Nabisco Sociables
Nabisco Wheat Thins
Nabisco Wheat Thins – Baked
Nabisco Wheat Thins – Low Sodium
Nabisco Wheat Thins – Multi-Grain
Nabisco Wheat Thins – Ranch
Nabisco Wheat Thins – Reduced Fat

Dairy:

Breakstones Cottage Cheese & Toppings – Peach
Breakstones Cottage Cheese & Toppings – Pineapple
Breyer’s Yogurt -Fruit on the Bottom – Strawberry Lowfat
Cool Whip
Cool Whip – Extra-Creamy
Cool Whip – Lite
Knudsen – Cottage Double (Peach)
Knudsen – Cottage Double (Pineapple)
Knudsen – Cottage Double (Strawberry)
Yoplait Yogurts

Drink Mixers:

Saratoga Salsa Bloody Mare Mix (spelling is correct)
El Paso Chili Key Lime Margarita Mix

Fruits and Vegetables:

B&M Original Baked Beans
Contadina Tomato Paste
Claussen Pickles – Bread and Butter Chips
Claussen Pickles – Kosher Dill Burger Slices
Claussen Pickles – Sweet Gherkins
Claussen Pickle Relish
Del Monte canned petite diced tomatoes with italian seasonings
Del Monte Fruit Naturals Red Grapefruit
Heinz Pickle Relish
Mott’s Applesauce
Mt. Olive Sweet Relish
Mt. Olive Bread and Butter Pickles
Ocean Spray Jellied Cranberry Sauce

Ice Creams

Ben & Jerry’s – Chubby Hubby (HFCS and Transfat!) – Should we call it Very Chubby Hubby?
Ben & Jerry’s – Cherry Garcia
Ben & Jerry’s – Neapolitan Dynamite
Ben & Jerry’s – Cherry Garcia Body & Soul
Ben & Jerry’s – Cherry Garcia Low Fat Frozen Yogurt Pints
Ben & Jerry’s – Cherry Garcia Original Ice Cream Singles
Dreyer’s – Girl Scouts Samoas Cookie Ice Cream
Dreyer’s – Almond Praline Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer’s – Cherry Chocolate Chip Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer’s – Cherry Vanilla Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer’s – Cookies ‘N Cream Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer’s – Dulce de Leche Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer’s – Nestle Toll House Cookie Swirl Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer’s – Spumoni Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer’s – Toffee Bar Crunch Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer’s – Turtle Sundae Grand Ice Cream
Dreyer’s – Ultimate Caramel Cup Grand Ice Cream

Jams, Jellies, and Syrups

Eggoâ„¢ Syrup Original Syrup
Eggoâ„¢ Syrup Buttery Syrup
Eggoâ„¢ Syrup Lite Syrup
Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup
Knott’s Boysenberry preserves
Smucker’s Grape Jelly

Meats

Oscar Meyer Pickle and Pimento Loaf

Pastries

Nabisco Nilla Wafer Pie Crust
Nabisco Oreo Pie Crust
Jello No-Bake – Chips Ahoy
Jello No-Bake – Oreo
Pepperidge Farm’s Puff Pastry sheets

Salad Dressings:

Emeril’s Italian Vinegrette
Kraft Salad Dressing – Light done Right Creamy French
Kraft Salad Dressing – Thousand Island Fat Free
Maple Grove Farms Caesar Fat Free
Miracle Whip Salad Dressing
Miracle Whip Salad Dressing – Hot n Spicy
Miracle Whip Salad Dressing – Light
Miracle Whip Salad Dressing – Light Super Easy Squeeze
Miracle Whip Salad Dressing – Non-fat
Miracle Whip Salad Dressing – Super Easy Squeeze
Wishbone Ranch Dressing
Wish-Bone Classic Caesar

Sauces:

A1 Steak Sauce Marinade – Cajun
A1 Steak Sauce Marinade – Chicago
A1 Steak Sauce Marinade – Teriyaki
Bull’s Eye BBQ Sauce
Bull’s Eye BBQ Sauce – Honey Smoke
Bull’s Eye BBQ Sauce – Smokehouse Hickory
Bull’s Eye BBQ Sauce – Sweet Hickory Smoke
Bull’s Eye BBQ Sauce – Texas Style Mesquite
Crazy Jerry’s Alotta Bull BBQ Sauce – Torrid Toro (Hot
Holy Smoke – Sticky Wings Glaze
Holy Smoke – Bar B Q Glaze
Jim Beam Steak Sauce
Jim Beam Herb & Garlic Gourmet Marinade
Jim Beam Lemon & Herb Gourmet Marinade
Kraft Barbecue Sauce
Penn State Nittany Lions Lime Grilling Sauce
Pork Rubbers Original Competition BBQ Sauce
Tuttorosso Marinara
Tuttorosso Three Cheese
Tuttorosso Traditional
Tuttorosso Flavored With Meat
Tuttorosso Mushroom
Tuttorosso Tomato & Basil
Tuttorosso Tomato, Olive & Garlic
Virginia Gentleman Bourbon BBQ Sauce

Snacks:

Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese Strawberry Cheesecake Bar
Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese Chocolate covered Strawberry Cheesecake Bar
Oscar Mayer Lunchables – All Star Burgers
Oscar Mayer Lunchables – All-star Hot Dogs
Oscar Mayer Lunchables – Chicken Dunks
Oscar Mayer Lunchables – Chicken Strips
Oscar Mayer Lunchables – Cracker Stackers
Oscar Mayer Lunchables – Nachos
Oscar Mayer Lunchables – Peanut Butter Pile-ups
Oscar Mayer Lunchables – Pizza
Oscar Mayer Lunchables – Pizza Dunks
Oscar Mayer Lunchables – Pizza Pile-ups
Oscar Mayer Lunchables – Pizza Stix
Oscar Mayer Lunchables – Pizza Swirls
Oscar Mayer Lunchables – Tacos

This list was last updated March 11th, 2015. Check back for routine updates.

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Oil pulling. It’s the newest ancient trend in alternative health and beauty treatments, but what exactly is it and what does it do? And is there science to back up the claims being made about it? I was skeptical of it to begin with, but decided to give it a good honest try. How could I be skeptical if I didn’t? Before I sat down to write this article, I put about half a tablespoon of coconut oil in my mouth to swish around. We’ll get you the results later.

What is oil pulling?

Oil pulling is an ancient beauty and health ritual. It involves putting unrefined oils, like coconut or sesame oil, in your mouth and swirling it around for about 20 minutes twice a day. There are thousands of articles online that discuss what it does for your health. It’s supposed to whiten your teeth, help with grinding your teeth, improve breath, decrease the impact of TMJ, and some believe it can even pull toxins out of your bloodstream. That’s a lot for just a little bit of oil! But how true are the claims?

Where’s the science?

There have been studies done on oil pulling, and their results aren’t exactly supportive of the claims many people make about it. There are incredibly few clinical studies on oil pulling, and the ones that actually do exist point to very small improvements in oral health. Most of the studies were conducted in India, home of the practice.

There is absolutely no medical proof that oil pulling cures any kind of disease. There is no sensible scientific explanation for how swishing oil around in your mouth could accomplish any of the lofty claims people make about it. Have cancer? Insomnia? Hormonal imbalances? Don’t assume you can treat yourself with oil pulling.

The dubious claims are where we find ourselves getting grumpy with all of the people who claim great medical benefits. When you lie online about ways to improve your health, you hurt people. Encouraging people to simply practice unfounded health techniques becomes harmful when you encourage people not to take traditional medication too.

What can we expect from oil pulling?

Not much. Studies show that it won’t detoxify your body. Only your liver and kidneys do that. Here’s a tip: drink more water and less alcohol. You’ll detox. But there’s nothing wrong with oil pulling if you like it. It is possible that you’ll notice whiter teeth. It’s possible that you’ll have improvements to your oral health. But it won’t likely fix your cavities, nor really any other ailment you might have.

My conclusion from oil pulling? It was a little hard to stomach at first, but I will admit, my breath is fresh and coconutty. No complaints. But I won’t likely do it again.

Image source: Veganbaking.net, Flickr4404443713_af1af58731_z

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At some point in your life, you’ll probably have a nutritional deficiency. The Standard American Diet, or SAD Diet as some call it, has left millions of Americans unhealthy, overweight, and deficient in numerous nutrients. In particular, if you eat the SAD diet, you’ll want to be aware of your intake of vitamin D, calcium, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E, and magnesium.

So what do we look for with nutritional deficiencies? Consult the stellar infographic below, put together by Positive Med.
Of course, if you’re concerned about having a nutrient deficiency, consult your physician! You might be getting enough in your diet but your body just can’t absorb it for some reason.

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New research is showing that kids who were exposed to phthalates while in utero are more likely to have lowered IQs than children not exposed by the age of 7-years-old. Pregnant women exposed to two common household chemicals, di-n-butyl phthalate and di-isobutyl phthalate had children whose IQs were measured on average at 6 points lower than children not exposed. These chemicals are commonly found in food packaging.

Researchers followed 328 inner-city mothers and their children, born between 1998 and 2006. Urine samples were taken from the mothers during the last trimester of their pregnancies to measure phthalate count, and the children were interviewed to establish IQ at 3, 5, and 7.

The results? Children of mothers exposed during pregnancy to the highest 25% of concentrations had IQs 6.6 to 7.6 points lower than children exposed to the lowest 25% of concentrations. Phthalates are a class of high production chemicals that are widely used as plasticizers and can be found in a ton of consumer products, like personal care items. They’re known endocrine disruptors and can disrupt the healthy flow of thyroid hormones, testosterone, and dopamine. The latter explains the influx of inattention and hyperactivity in children.

Phthalates are most commonly found in soft plastics and scented products like dryer sheets and recyclable plastics numbered 3, 6 and 7.

It’s pretty terrifying to consider that these chemicals are being delivered straight to our mouths. It makes you wonder if it was either a severe oversight on the part of government and corporations or something worse.

Image credit: I-5 Design & Manufacture, Flickr

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Did you know that Americans consume about 5 billion burgers a year? Wow! That’s a lot of burgers! But what’s in those burgers exactly? I was shocked to find out how many gross, nasty, unnecessary things go into your fast food burger. I’ll give you a hint: it isn’t just meat.

When it comes to transparency, government and corporations don’t often tell us what’s in our food. They’re often not transparent about many other things either. And when it is revealed that nasty stuff gets added to our food without our knowing, that information usually isn’t spread around enough to get an adequate response. It goes to show the importance of knowing where your food comes from, what’s in it, and shopping locally when you can.

Image credit: theimpulsivebuy, Flickr

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