What’s the Difference Between Medifast Oatmeal and Regular Oatmeal? I’ll Tell You


Sometimes, I get emails from people looking for alternatives to medifast or wondering what is so special about the company’s products.  I understand this because I used to wonder these things too.  At that time, I didn’t understand that the cost of this plan’s food is actually usually cheaper than groceries and that the nutrition, carbohydrate, and protein content of the medifast foods is often quite a bit better than the alternatives.  I’ll use the very popular oatmeal as an example in the following article.

The Real Differences Between Medifast Oatmeal And Regular Oatmeal: I make no secret of the fact that I love the plan’s oatmeal.  All of the flavors are good (blueberry, peach, apple cinnamon, and brown sugar and cinnamon) but I really love the peach.  And, I often use the brown sugar as a dry ingredient for very low fat, low calorie, but tasty oatmeal cookies.  One of my coworkers asked me how this diet product was different than say, Quaker oatmeal.  Well, let’s look at the numbers.

This diet’s oatmeal (peach flavored) has 110 calories (15 of those calories are from fat.) It contains 1.5 grams of fat, only 16 grams of carbs, and 2 grams of sugars. It has a very high 11 grams of protein and 5 grams of fiber.  Additionally, it contains at least 25-30% of the requirements for vitamins and nutrients like iron, folate, and vitamins A,C, D, E, and K, as well as biotin,  niacin, and riboflavin.

Now, let’s look at Quaker’s equivalent (also peach flavored). It is 130 calories and has 20 calories from fat (2.0 g total).  This is not too bad, but things worsen when you look at the carb and sugar content.  The regular oatmeal has a whopping 27 grams of carbohydrates and 12 of sugar.  It only has 3 grams of protein 2 of fiber and this is the major difference.  (Taste wise, believe it or not, there is not a huge difference between the two, at least in my opinion.)

The Importance Of The Low Carb / Low Sugar / High Protein Combination: The reason that the medifast diet works so well is because of ketosis. This means that the low amount of carbs and sugar and the high amount of protein convinces your body to turn on it’s fat and effectively burn it.   The oatmeal in this diet is an example of how many of the snack type foods change up the nutrition to make sure that not only are you consuming  a low amount of calories, you’re also limiting your carbohydrates and your sugar.

Sure, the regular oatmeal is pretty low in calories and fat. But, that’s not the whole story.  It is very high in carbs and sugar and it doesn’t have nearly enough protein to counter this.  There’s no way that this product would allow you to get into ketosis, which is really the key.

And, you can make similar comparisons with many different kinds of the foods. Chose your typical protein bar or pudding and you’re going to find tons of sugar and very little protein. This isn’t the case with the medifast equivalents.


Source by Lindsey Price

Food Additives Exposed – What’s in Frozen Pizzas


Cheap Pizza

Ferrous Sulfate:

Is a waste product of steel after being washed with sulfuric acid. It was given to slaves in the 18th and 19th century to “cure” them of aliments. Many slaves died from this practice, its also used in Inks and Wool Dyes.

Ferrous Sulfate is used to treat iron-deficiency anemia, people after treatment felt nausea & epigrastric (Epigastric problems may cause tension with Asthma)

Mozzarella Cheese Subtitute:

Is made with (See hydrogenated oils) partially hydrogenated oils.

Sodium Aluminum Phosphate:

Autopsies on a large amount of people who have died of Alzheimer’s disease showed accumulations of up to four times the normal amount of aluminum in the nerve cells in the brain, especially in the hippo campus which plays a central role in memory. Also increased aluminum can cause low **reproduction development of the ovarian lesions.

Aluminum in the body can cause kidney damage this is because it can interfere with phosphate metabolism.

Things to look out for in Aluminum based products

Antacids (There is some without check the labels) Antidiarrheal Products (There is some without check labels)

Buffered Aspirin (Regular Aspirin does not have aluminum)

Containers (Aluminum coated waxed containers, used especially for orange and pineapple juices, causes juices inside to absorb aluminum. Beer and SOFT drinks that are stored in aluminum cans also absorb small quantities of aluminum. Bottled beverages are better.

Deodorants (Natural Deodorants do not add Aluminum) Douches (Natural Douches do not add aluminum you can also use vinegar and water)

Food Additives (Like The processed cheeses used on cheese burgers at fast food restaurants, which contain aluminum, which is added to make the cheese melt better. To self-rising dough and processed cheese food.)

Shampoos (Some add aluminum some don’t check labels to make sure)

Potassium Chloride:

The chemical compound potassium chloride (KCl) is a metal halide salt composed of potassium and chlorine. In its pure state it is odorless. It has a white or colorless vitreous crystal, with a crystal structure that cleaves easily in three directions. Potassium chloride crystals are face-centered cubic. Potassium chloride is also commonly known as “Muriate of Potash”.

Potash varies in color from pink or red to white depending on the mining and recovery process used. White potash, sometimes referred to as soluble potash, is usually higher in analysis and is used primarily for making liquid starter fertilizers. KCl is used in medicine, scientific applications, food processing and in judicial execution through lethal injection.

You can also find Potassium Chloride in waters as well, although Potassium Chloride is a used substance in the human body, consume it naturally!

From personal experience potassium chloride in my water caused irregular heart beat when I worked out, it also caused retained ear-pressure.

Sodium Benzoate:

Benzene in soft drinks (and food additives) has received some scrutiny because benzene is a carcinogen, or cancer-causing agent. Its levels are regulated in drinking water nationally and internationally, and in bottled water in the United

States, but only informally in soft drinks. Within recent years, some soft drinks have been found to contain high levels of benzene. Benzene contamination of soft drinks is a public health concern and has caused significant outcry among environmental and health advocates.

In combination with ascorbic acid (vitamin C, E300), sodium benzoate and potassium benzoate may form benzene, a known carcinogen. Heat, light and shelf life can affect the rate at which benzene is formed. Other factors that affect the formation of benzene are heat and light. Storing soft drinks in warm conditions speeds up the formation of benzene.

Sodium Phosphate:

Some foods contain phosphate but are not labeled as such (i.e. dehydrated onions). Other symptoms of phosphate intolerance may include severe and sudden diarrhea, vomiting, skin eruptions, bladder infection, bloating and abdominal cramping.


Phosphate additives have also been linked to ADD in children in Australia.

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Titanium Dioxide:

Used as a white food colouring it also acts as a pigment to provide whiteness and opacity to products such as paints, coatings, plastics, papers, inks, foods, medicines (i.e. pills and tablets) as well as most toothpastes.

Its also used in sunscreens & if you are not aware most cases of skin cancer are formed from the Sunscreen we use in combination of not being able to absorb energy from the Sun which is very important, recently I heard there is more suicides in the winter because there is a lack of sunlight and the energy is like a anti-depressant so to say keeps your psychically and mentally healthy, so if you ingest Titanium Dioxide it could settle in your skin and you be putting on a shield against your Sun energy (which I believe is a certain vitamin D).

Magnesium Oxide:

May cause irritation in eyes or respiratory tract May lead to muscle weakness, lethargy and confusion. This is in its real form why would you want to eat this?

Sodium Nitrite:

Recently, sodium nitrite has been found to be an effective means to increase blood flow by dilating blood vessels, acting as a vasodilator. While this chemical will prevent the growth of bacteria, it can be toxic for mammals. A principal concern is the formation of carcinogenic N-nitrosamines by the reaction of sodium nitrite with amino acids in the presence of heat in an acidic environment. Sodium nitrite has also been linked to triggering migraines.

Recent studies have found a link between high processed meat consumption and colon cancer, possibly due to preservatives such as sodium nitrite. On top of this I believe Sodium Nitrite acts as a catalyst (from the dilation is does to your veins) which aids in all these other nasty ingredients to hurry themselves through your body just like Cayenne pepper and other foods with sculville units in them (hotness).


In high doses, it has some negative health effects on lab animals, such as precursors to stomach tumors and damage to DNA. A number of studies have shown that prolonged exposure to TBHQ may induce carcinogenicity. Other studies, however, have shown protective effects for TBHQ and other phenolic antioxidants.

BHA, BHT & TBHQ are petroleum based that’s why it keeps food preserved (it will preserve your body which is bad times).

Partially Hydrogenate Oils:

Trans fats are neither essential nor salubrious (useful) and, in fact, the consumption of trans fats increase one’s risk of coronary heart disease by raising levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol and lowering levels of “good” HDL cholesterol. 1 gram of trans fat a day has been linked to a 33% higher chance of catching the coronary heart disease. A 6 piece of chicken nuggets has 6 grams of trans fat, fries have 4 grams of trans fat.

Its common name is monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fat.

The human lipase enzyme is ineffective with the trans configuration, so trans fat remains in the blood stream for a much longer period of time and is more prone to arterial deposition and subsequent plaque formation. While the mechanisms through which trans fats contribute to coronary heart disease are fairly well understood, the mechanism for trans fat’s effect on diabetes is going to find that it increases symptoms.

Monocalcium Phosphate:

Calcium dihydrogen phosphate (also called mono-calcium orthophosphate) Ca(H2PO4)2 is a chemical compound. It is commonly found as the dihydrate, Ca(H2PO4)2·H2O, which releases a water molecule before it melts at 109 °C. It decomposes at 203 °C.

Phosphorus is an important nutrient and so is a common component of fertilizers Calcium dihydrogen phosphate is also used in the food industry as a leavening agent to cause baked goods to rise. Because it is acidic, when combined with an alkali ingredient – commonly sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) or potassium bicarbonate

– it reacts to produce carbon dioxide and a salt.

Xanthan Gum:

(Allergy Warning)

Some people are allergic to xanthan gum, with symptoms of intestinal gripes and diarrhea. Workers exposed to xanthan gum dust exhibit nose and throat irritation as well as work-related illness, with symptoms becoming more prevalent with increasing exposure.

Also, since xanthan gum is produced by a bacterium that is fed corn to grow, some people allergic to corn will also react to it.

MSG/Natural Flavors:

The 1987 Joint Expert Committee on Food Additives of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization placed mono sodium glutamate in the safest category of food ingredients.

A 1991 report by the European Community’s (EC) Scientific Committee for Foods reaffirmed mono sodium glutamate safety and classified its “acceptable daily intake” as “not specified”, the most favorable designation for a food ingredient. In addition, the EC Committee said, “Infants, including premature, have been shown to metabolize glutamate as efficiently as adults and therefore do not display any special susceptibility to elevated oral intakes of glutamate.”

A 1992 report from the Council on Scientific Affairs of the American Medical Association stated that glutamate in any form has not been shown to be a “significant health hazard”.

A 1995 FDA-commissioned report acknowledged that “An unknown percentage of the population may react to mono sodium glutamate and develop mono sodium glutamate symptom complex, a condition characterized by one or more of the following symptoms:

Burning sensation in the back of the neck, forearms and chest Numbness in the back of the neck, radiating to the arms and back Tingling, warmth and weakness in the face, temples, upper back, neck and arms Facial pressure or tightness,Chest pain, Headache, Nausea, Rapid heartbeat, Broncho spasm (difficulty breathing), Drowsiness, Weakness Sweating.

A 2002 report from researchers at Hirosaki University in Japan found rats fed on diets very high in glutamate (up to 20%) suffered eye damage. Lead researcher Hiroshi Ohguro said the findings might explain why, in eastern Asia, there is a high rate of normal-tension glaucoma.

Monosodium glutamate has been shown to indirectly cause obesity in lab rats by down regulating hypothalamic appetite suppression and, thus, increasing the amount of food the lab rats consumed Because glutamate is absorbed very quickly in the gastrointestinal tract (unlike glutamic acid-containing proteins in foods), glutamate could spike blood plasma levels of glutamate.

Glutamic acid is in a class of chemicals known as excitotoxins, high levels of which have been shown in animal studies to cause damage to areas of the brain unprotected by the blood-brain barrier and that a variety of chronic diseases can arise out of this neurotoxicity.

The debate among scientists on the significance of these findings has been raging since the early 1970s, when Dr. John Olney found that high levels of glutamic acid caused damage to the brains of infant mice.

Updated Information 04/02/09:

Keep in mind that the MSG/excitotoxins also contribute to addictive behaviors (gambling, overeating, violence, mood swings, depression, etc.) since the excitotoxins stimulate other hormones in the brain. when they’re stimulated, your dopamine and other hormone levels go haywire.

changing your diet is all it takes to snap out of it. its amazing how simple it is, but so many are hooked on junk food and processed foods.

Sorbitan monostearate (also known as Span 60):

Is an ester of sorbitan (a sorbitol derivative) and stearic acid and is sometimes referred to as a synthetic wax. It is primarily used for emulsifying water and oils together. Sorbitan monostearate is used in manufacture of food and health care products, and is a nonionic surfactant with emulsifying, dispersing, and wetting properties.

It is also employed to create synthetic fibers, metal machining fluid, brighteners in the leather industry, as an emulsifier in coatings, in pesticides, and various applications for the plastic, food and cosmetics industries.


Source by Nathan Scheer

Juicing or Smoothies: What’s the Difference?


Smoothies and juices are both loaded with nutrients and taste fabulous. While they do have the same properties as the fruits or vegetables in their raw form, being in a liquid form means they have different textures and appearances. You’ll find these differences in the procedure, methods, and machines used to make each drink.

The Major Differences

When you blend, you end up consuming the food in its entirety although some were already pulverized. So, if you blend an apple, your body will digest the full fruit. When you do juicing, the fibrous portion is removed. So, what is left are the micronutrients in a liquid form. As for the process, you have two procedures in juicing. You may use the juice to squeeze the water instantly, or you may do it manually. The juice extractor is necessary for harder fruits and vegetables. As for the smoothies, it requires either a high-performance or traditional blender. When the liquid (broth, milk, or fresh juice) is processed in a puree in a blender, the drink is smooth and thick. Smoothies are thicker and filling than juices since they have the fibrous cellulose and pulp, which have been removed from the juice.

All About Juicing

Juicing is an excellent way to get healthy nutrients into your body as quick as possible. It is quick in the sense that it does not require long preparation, yet you are still getting the essential nutrients needed in your body. Juicing has several health benefits, including weight loss, body hydration, boosting your immune system, and disease prevention. The water in juice is a natural source of water that will help to hydrate you as well as give you essential fatty acids, minerals, vitamins, proteins and carbohydrates. In addition to this, the fresh juice will also provide you with enzymes that are vital to your metabolic process and are critical elements in giving your body the best energy. Fresh juice deliver the raw goodness of fruits and vegetables to your system, almost like an intravenous injection. To be able to enjoy the benefits, the juicing must be from fresh fruits and vegetables, and not powdered or ready-made juices you can find in local grocery stores.

All About Smoothies

Smoothies are filled with lots of energy and nutrients because you are not only getting the liquid. Smoothies work best for busy people because hectic schedules make it sometimes impossible to prepare a healthy breakfast regularly. Smoothies can either help you maintain or lose weight. Unlike over-the-counter pills and supplements, vitamins that are ingested from smoothies can be considered more beneficial and healthier.

Whether you choose juice or a smoothie, you are still giving your body essential nutrients. Both of these methods make use of healthy fruits and vegetables. But knowing the differences will help you decide which type of method will adequately meet your needs best.


Source by Nia Rennix

What’s the Difference Between the Zone Diet and Nutrisystem? I’ll Tell You


The other day, I got an email from someone who had been doing a little research on both the Nutrisystem and zone diet programs. She was surprised to learn that both programs are low carb / high protein diets that puts your body into ketosis in much the same way as the other.  As a result, she wanted to know how these two diets are really different from one another.  I will discuss this more in the following article.

The Zone Vs Nutrisystem: How Are They Different:  As I said, the goal of both of these is gentle ketosis and lowering insulin – both of which encourage your body to burn more fat. They do this by ensuring that you are getting a favorable protein to carbohydrate to fiber ratio.  The Zone is pretty specific about this. They want you to eat foods in the following proportions: 40% carbohydrates, 30% protein, and 30% fat.  This ratio is supposed to put you “in the zone” where you are burning fat and not craving certain foods.

Nutrisystem also believes in a very “favorable glycemic index” to keep you feeling full and burning fat, but you really do not have to figure out the ratio of the foods that you are eating because the company provides the foods for you.  And yes, the foods are high in protein and fiber and do get you into ketosis.  So, both diets work on the same principal, but one does more of the work for you.

The calorie intake of both diets is quite similar (at around 1000 -1200 calories per day for women) and both diets require that you eat small, regular meals. The zone very much frowns on processed or convenience foods.  The idea is fresh, healthful and seasonal foods. 

Nutrisystem is a little different in that they provide you with prepackaged foods and just modify those foods to be more glycemic friendly.  They also offer comfort food type fair – like pizza, macaroni and cheese, burgers, muffins, pretzels, etc.  Sure, they have changed the foods to be more healthy for you, but at least you don’t have to give up some of your most favorite foods.  With that said, they do want for you to add in fresh and seasonal sides with the prepackaged meal so that you are getting fresh foods with plentiful vitamins and nutrients, but most of the work is done for you here.

I find that the real difference between these two diets is the work involved.  Both are going to give you a leaner and longer body as you burn fat and gain more muscle. Both are going to put you into ketosis.  But one provides the foods for you and also does all of the planning and research.  The other requires that you take an active role in food decision making and preparation.  Which you like best really depends on how much you enjoy preparing your own food and making your own educated choices or if you would rather someone else take care of that.


Source by Ava Alderman

What’s Bitter Orange?


Unquestionably the name “bitter orange”, often known as Seville orange, alludes to an orange fruit tree (Citrus aurantium) as well as its fruit.

Several kinds of bitter orange are widely used with regard to their critical herbal oils, utilized in scent and also as for taste. Bitter orange can be utilized in organic healing as a good stimulant in addition to being a hunger suppressant. Small amounts of the peel are usually employed to offer marmalade its featured sour flavor.

As soon as the U.S. US Federal government restricted the organic compound ephedra, suppliers used bitter orange in lots of organic weight management goods, regardless of related issues concerning prospective critical side effects and also not enough strength. In a modern write-up from the publication Consumer Reports, it turned out documented that use of bitter orange could be connected with “fainting, heart-rhythm issues, cardiac arrest, stroke, and even fatality”.

Applications As Foodstuff

Often the fruit, referred to as narthangai, is usually employed in Southern Indian food, specifically in Tamil dishes. It is actually preserved and pickled by shaving it into spirals and marinating together with salt. The pickle is generally ingested together with thayir sadam. The refreshing fruit can be employed regularly in pachadis.

Bitter orange extract is furthermore employed as a mix pertaining to various meats in Nicaragua, Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

The rind can furthermore be employed in the creation of bitter recipes.

The Belgian alcohol Witbier is certainly a alcoholic beverage produced from grain mixed with the rind of the bitter orange.

The Finlanders and Sweden employ rind in gingerbread. Bitter orange peel is furthermore employed in the fermented alcohol glogg.

In Iran the bitter orange juice is employed as sea food flavoring. The flower can be furthermore employed to tang tea and jellies.

What Happens When Too Much Bitter Orange Is Taken

Health-related reading mostly records cardiac accumulation, mainly owing to the compound amines synephrine, octopamine, and N-methyltyramine, which often may possibly result in vasoconstriction and also improved heart rate and hypertension.

Bitter Orange in World Experience

The Spaniards and also Portuguese delivered this fruit to the American continent inside the 1500s. In Asian folk treatments, bitter orange was utilized to offer a tonic to take care of dyspepsia. The dried up fruit was utilized to take care of ptosis with the uterus and anus, to ease belly distention and diarrhea, and then for blood in fecal matter.

In The European countries, bitter orange blooms and oils have already been employed as a calmative and as a contraceptive for gastrointestinal problems, stressed ailments, painful arthritis, a sore throat, and sleep problems. The plant has been utilized to take care of shock, heart disease, heart fatigue, and cancer malignancy. In Brazilian folk treatments it absolutely was employed for anticonvulsant also to handle panic and sleep problems.

Bitter orange extract is employed substantially to zest several foodstuffs, distilled and nonalcoholic liquids, frosty whole milk puddings, sweets, baked items, jellies and also puddings, various meats and meat product, and also sauces and tidbits.

It’s supposed applications in America incorporate protection against cancer. In Haiti bitter orange juice has been utilized for antibiotic and purgative also in Turkey it is employed as an opiate, tranquilizer, and cure for swollen gums.

The fruit juice has been utilized as a treatment for cure-resistant fungus-contaminated skin conditions, plus the tincture or extract has been utilized for the treatment of symptoms of heartburn.

Pulverized components of the dehydrated unripe fruit or rind are employed rather than ephedra in lots of health supplements and also organic weight-loss product.

On April, the year 2004, the FDA restricted the selling of health supplements made up of ephedrine alkaloids due to basic safety issues. Several suppliers of weight-loss dietary supplement products currently offer up ephedra-free goods made up of bitter orange juice. Because the juice contains an ingredient that copies the excitement of the sympathetic nervous system, the basic safety and efficaciousness of these products is reviewed meticulously.


Source by Erwin Chua