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How the FDA allows food manufacturers to claim that a food is 97% fat free when it really contains 21.4% fat. 97% Fat Free? Maybe Not

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One of our underlying philosophies here at Health and Wellness Watchers is that health is an individual responsibility. Taking responsibility for your health involves living a healthy lifestyle that includes a healthy diet and regular exercise. It also involves working with a physician or other health practitioner who can guide you in achieving and maintaining your health care goals. Ideally, the doctor and health practitioners you choose to work with will take an integrative and holistic approach to health, meaning that they will be versed in the best that both conventional and alternative or complementary medicine has to offer.
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Here's a beauty tip the next time you find yourself experiencing puffy eyes due to lack of sleep. Steep green tea bags in two cups of water for five minutes. Then remove the tea bags and pour the green tea into an ice cube tray. Place the ice cube tray in your freezer. Whenever you notice you are puffy-eyed, take one of the ice cubes and rub it gently under each of your eyes for a few minutes. Not only will this reduce puffiness, it also helps to diminish dark circles under your eyes.

Yesterday's Health Tip

One of the biggest health risks in the United States these days is insulin resistance, when can lead to a number of serious health problems, including type II diabetes. One of the main reasons insulin resistance is so dangerous is because of how it causes an elevation in blood glucose (blood sugar) levels. Here are some tips you can use to protect yourself against insulin resistance and elevated blood sugar: Avoid eating processed foods and minimize your consumption of carbohydrate foods. In addition, make sure to only eat complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains, beans, potatoes, squash and yams, avoiding all simple carbohydrates, such as white bread, pasta, etc. (As a basic rule of thumb, if food is white, don't eat it.) In addition, make sure your meals contain foods rich in alpha-lipoic acid, and nutrient that has been shown to not only protect against insulin resistance and elevated blood sugar, but also to improve overall metabolism. Foods rich in alpha-lipoic acid include broccoli, carrots, potatoes, spinach, tomatoes, and yams. You can also try taking an alpha-lipoic supplement once a day. Read more health tips...
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Simply put, triglycerides are a normally-occurring type of fat in your body. In fact, they are the most common type of body fat and are also present in your blood. Triglycerides are also the most prevalent form of fat found in foods. continued inside...

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