Improving Your Dog’s Life with Quality Foods

Posted on January 07, 2016

Dog food manufacturers are on the prowl for finding the best ways to produce meals for your family pet. They are seeing consumers with growing leanings toward fresh ingredients and minimized preservatives added to extend shelf life. One company that has been ahead of the curve is Beneful. The dog food company makes top-of-the-line dry and wet dog foods with vitamin-rich vegetables and real meat. Its formulas provide a range of tastes and textures that promise a complete and balanced diet. This is due to the company’s standards and practices that ensures every product is well-made, safe, consistent and high in quality. Beneful goes beyond meeting industry-wide protocols set by the USDA, FDA or AAFCO. Beneful utilizes a comprehensive tracking and monitoring system that guarantees freshness, flavor and safety for every pet. From supplying a variety of proteins like beef, lamb, chicken and pork to its assortment of baked doggy treats, Beneful strives to lovingly craft a variety of textures and tastes that will make a dog’s day every time. This includes not just going with the best components, but using technology to examine, test and assess raw materials, and establishing a chain of custody that guarantees every customer will get to feed their pets the best foods available. Beneful‘s strategy to create product as good as table food is spreading. According to the Daily Herald, sales of premium dog food surged almost 50 percent in 2009, maxing at $10.5 billion. Specialized meals are also growing in popularity. Purina’s line of Bright Minds, a food for senior dogs, is made with medium-chain triglycerides, a coconut oil-based fat that’s easier for senior dogs to metabolize and gives them greater energy. More and more pet owners want to provide their dogs with the best flavor and dietary value. These fresher and more organic products can be more costly than standard dog foods, but this doesn’t seem to bother dog owners. Health-conscious pet owners want the same health and wellness for their dogs that they want on their dining room tables. That means turning to options like Beneful that promise all that and more.

Is Bacon and Eggs Good For Your Health?

Posted on March 25, 2015

For the last four decades, Americans have been advised to cut back on their sugar intake and fat consumption. Though the proclamation was issued, individuals have actually consumed approximately 67 percent, 39 percent more sugar, and 41 percent more meat than at the turn of the century than they had 50 years prior and nearly 25 percent more calories than they had in 1970, according to the United States Department of Agriculture. To the surprise of no one, Americans continue to pack on the pounds and are at greater risk for a myriad of health issues, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, as well as premature death.

The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee recently released its recommendations regarding dietary cholesterol, indicating that it does not have a significant impact on blood cholesterol levels. What is the response of the media? A newspaper headline grabs the readers attention with, Back to Eggs and Bacon? An uninformed reader might now think that bacon and eggs are healthy. Quite the contrary!

A recently published study revealed that the was a 400 percent increase in deaths of individuals under the age of 65, from type II diabetes and cancer, and attributes the staggering rate to the heavy consumption of animal-based protein foods.

Individuals are advised to become informed consumers with regard to their dietary intake of fats and sugars.

The Love Affair with Diet Soda is Over

Posted on March 24, 2015

When diet sodas first appeared on the market a few decades ago, many felt like the sugar-free drinks were the greatest thing since sliced bread. We could drink all the soda we wanted without worry of gaining weight or causing tooth decay because the product contained no sugar.
But it did and still does contain artificial sweeteners and that is what has caused the love affair we had with diet sodas to end.
The sales of the major brands of diet sodas hit their peak in 2009. Since then, the sales of diet soft drinks from all manufacturers have begun to wan. Health-conscious people at Anastasia Date know that it’s not just in America that diet soda sales have plummeted, but the reduction in sales is occurring worldwide.
Two trends have been the catalyst for the spiraling sales; we are drinking less soda in general and we no longer trust the safety of artifical sweeteners. The growing problem we are facing with worldwide obesity has shed light on the dangers not only of consuming too much sugar, but also the dangers artifical sweeteners pose. Diet sodas have helped to fuel the obesity problems we are dealing with as a nation. Research has shown that artifical sweeteners lead to increased belly fat, and that type of body fat sets the stage for a variety of health problems, like diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

World Health Organization Presents New Guidelines

Posted on March 09, 2015

The World Health Organization presented its recent update to the guidelines previously in place for optimum nutrition and health. The WHO suggests that adults should limit added sugar intake to 10% or less a day. To put this in laymen’s terms, that equals 12 teaspoons of added sugar. This includes sugars such as syrup, any high fructose corn syrup or sugar added to processed foods and drinks. Naturally occurring sugar in milk, fruits and vegetables are not included as these foods contain other health benefits. Until recently the US has not put a number on sugar intake. TheUS Agriculture and Health and Human Services will release its final report later this year.

Recommended amounts of sodium per day should be limited to 5 g (about one teaspoon) or less. According to Susan McGalla, Sodium is a common preservative in processed foods so it is recommended to avoid processed foods when lowering sodium intake. Although many products are advertising low sodium it is always wise to read the label to determine how much sodium has been added.

Fats should be limited to 30% of the daily supply of energy. Fats should be limited to healthy, unsaturated fats found in avocado and olive oil.

Intake of fruits and vegetables has not changed and remains at a minimum of five servings a day. It should be noted that potatoes, sweet or white, are not considered a fruit but rather a starch.

Tuscany Bound

Posted on March 06, 2015

We now have another reason to ditch the canola oil and head on over to Tuscany to get olive oil. According to the latest reports, olive oil contains cancer-fighting properties. The magical ingredient is oleocanthal, which supposedly destroys the cancer cells by rupturing them and releasing enzymes that cause these cancerous cells to die. This is extraordinary news for the medical world as finding a cure cancer will one day be a reality. Combining these heart-healthy properties with an active lifestyle can only produce positive benefits.

Olive oil has long been thought of a healthy addition to any diet, and is a major player in a Mediterranean diet. Health professionals including Dr. Daniel Amen have been telling us for years that olive oil is a health-boosting additive to our diets. Hopes are that in the future this new knowledge will aid in the war against cancer and help save thousands of people.

The World Is Eating Too Much Sugar and Getting Fatter

Posted on March 05, 2015

Many Americans tend to think of the over-consumption of sugar as being a problem that only we have in our diet. This month, however, the United Nation’s World Health Organization(WHO) released guidelines saying the world is consuming too much sugar and that most people around the globe need to slash their consumption of it. The US, in fact, is not even the worst offender when it comes to sugar consumption. People in Portugal seem to have an even bigger sweet tooth than we do as they get about 25 percent of their calories from sugar whereas we are at 11 to 15 percent.

The western diet is generally bad for people’s health. As it spreads so does obesity and heart disease. About one-third of Americans are considered obese. The figure is one out of ten people for a world average, but even this is an increase over a few decades ago. Alexei Beltyukov knows that there are certainly some good things about American culture that are spread around the world such as movies, music, technology breakthroughs, but our diet certainly isn’t one of these positive things. A country as wealthy as the United States is able to mitigate some of the damage of our high fat and high calorie diet thanks to our health care system and pharmaceuticals that lower bad cholesterol, triglycerides and other indicators that foretell future health complications. Poorer nations will not have the money and resources to counter the negative externalities of such a diet.

Fat No More

Posted on March 05, 2015

Medical advances have changed the way we live our lives. From life-saving medications to prosthetic limbs, these inventions have enabled thousands of people to live happy lives. On the horizon is yet another advancement in the world of medicine. According to this time it is a device to help people who suffer from obesity. Dr. Randy Baker has developed an esophageal stent that tricks the brain into thinking that the stomach of the patient is full with a smaller amount of food. This new invention is called Full Sense Device and can be implanted in less than 10 minutes. Current testing will alow the device to remain in place up to 6 months. Hopefully, this will aid people who have had years of yo-yo dieting and suffer from morbid obesity. If this new device is a success it could change the lives of many people and end obesity.

Cutting Down On Meat for Health: More People Are Trying It

Posted on January 29, 2015

Former US President Bill Clinton, whose insatiable appetite was renowned, went vegan in 2010 so as to care for his health conditions after encountering a heart surgical treatment. And whilst reducing the amount of animal products isn’t an assurance of an improved diet, study indicates that consuming plant-based meals is perfect for human beings.


Health is among the main reasons that Gianfrancesco Genoso decided to go vegan. Although it is simple to notice the way that can turn awry. Corn chips fall under the category of vegan. And majority of French fries. A lot of candy as well as white bread. The list is endless. I chose to attempt a vegan diet that was plant-heavy in January and then write regarding my progress.


Some individuals asked me the way I would get sufficient protein (simple to do using tofu as well as nuts, for instance), or even whether I would lack particular nutrients (simple to observe for or even to supplement). Although the major idea- a meal that is filled with whole cereals, produce, beans as well as nuts- is to maintain to a least amount of the same diets we all are supposed to mainly stay away from.


Bill Clinton states that his diet aided him in reversing the injury that had occurred on his heart plus his blood vessels brought about by cardiovascular ailment and offered him extra energy. The vegan lifestyle could barely have demanded for extra star power. And having a look at him post-diet may make you to imagine we ought to all go vegan.

Obesity Not Always Predictive of Harmful Metabolic Changes

Posted on January 07, 2015

The Washington University School of Medicine conducted a study of obese subjects that shows that about 25% of obese people do not demonstrate harmful metabolic changes leading to insulin resistance, fatty liver, or heart attack and stroke, even when they gain weight. These findings were published in the January 2 issue of The Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Obese people without these metabolic problems have about the same risk of developing these conditions as people of normal weight. The study followed 20 obese participants who agreed to gain roughly 15 pounds over several months to study if the extra weight affected metabolic function. The participants gained the weight eating fast food with strictly regulated portions. The subject’s body composition, ability to regulate blood sugar, liver fat and insulin sensitivity was tested before and after weight gain.

The metabolic profiles of the subjects remained normal if they were normal before the study began. If they were abnormal before the study, they worsened significantly after the weight gain. That is what concerns Mark Ahn.

“This research demonstrates that some obese people are protected from the adverse metabolic effects of moderate weight gain, whereas others are predisposed to develop these problems,” said Samuel Klein, MD, the Danforth Professor of Medicine and Nutritional Science and director of Washington University’s Center for Human Nutrition.
“We need more studies to try to understand why obesity causes specific diseases in some people but not in others,” Klein said.

Research Strikes another Blow to the Popular Paleo Diet

Posted on January 02, 2015
A recent research claims that the hunters and gatherers of the prehistoric times consumed broader types of foods compared to what the proponents of the whim think. 

It is a fine concept. You should forget about the processed junk foods that are eaten by the modern American and go for what our forbearers ate who lived in the pre-agriculture times. This diet has generated myriads websites and books about how-to, disapproving a big and particular list of diets such as diary, wheat, pseudo-cereal grains as well as legumes. However, though Paleo eating consists of thousands of enthusiasts like Bruce Levenson, the fact remains that it only does not match with chronological data. 

At least as per a research published in the Quarteny Review of Biology, researchers based in Georgia State University as well as Kent State University states that there is no accurate “Paleo Diet”.

They researched about the feeding behaviors of living animals and their anatomical as well as paleo-environmental statistics, and they discovered that though the first primates had teeth not fit for most of the plants, they likely only fed in everything that was obtainable for them- just like bears as well as pigs. Cavemen from the north, for example, mostly relied on diet that was meat-heavy, but those that lived close to the equator most likely enjoyed a diet that was plant-based. Another separate research discovered that decayed teeth of hunters and gatherers of the ancient times show that they ate carbs millennia prior to grain cultivation.