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Stop the Pop

I've had communication with many regarding soda pop lately so it spurred me to hop on my soda soap box. A 12 oz can of any regular soda contains 11 slightly mounded teaspoons of sugar (4 grams = 1 tsp). A 20 oz bottle contains 17 teaspoons. Humor me and spoon that into a container to get the full visual effect! Do this in front of you family or class! A 2 liter bottle contains nearly 2 full cups of sugar. That, my friends, will knock your knee-high socks off! The "sugar" of choice by most soda manufacturers is high fructose corn syrup. The jury is still out as to whether HFCS is worse than sucrose (basic white table sugar) but by my way of thinking, anything highly processed is not good!

Diet soda, while having no sugar or calories, contains Aspartame or Splenda. These are chemically engineered sweetners that have side effects on your brain. Aspartame is a known headache trigger for many people. Also, due to their concentration of sweetness the brain measures via the taste buds, it expects a certain number of calories to follow. If you don't eat, your hunger will be triggered. Studies have shown that people who consume more than two servings of non-nutritive sweeteners daily crave more sweets and consume more calories per day than those who don't use them. I am constantly asked what I use. When I don't want added sugar calories, I use Stevia, (product name Truvia among others) a powdered herb. I actually grow Stevia in my herb garden in the summer and use the leaves in tea.

And finally, phosphoric acid as found in brown sodas, regular and diet, is very wearing on the esophagus and stomach lining. In addition, it binds calcium, robbing your bones of their primary strengthening element and accelerating the osteoporosis process in both men and women!! Want to make me a happy HEC? Reduce your dependency! Stop the Pop!

More D Please

Vitamin D is vital for healthy bones! It strengthens and protects bones and lowers your risk of developing osteoporosis. Many people don't know how important vitamin D is for their health and most people don't get enough.

There are three ways your body absorbs vitamin D:

  1. The best way is through food. However, vitamin D is only available in a few foods making it hard to reach the recommended daily amount (RDA) of 400-1,000 IU through food alone. The RDA depends on your age and doctor recommendations. Good sources include:
    1. Fatty fish like mackerel, salmon and tuna.
    2. Egg yolks, but don't eat too many because they are high in cholesterol.
    3. Liver
    4. Milk, but not cheese, yogurt or butter.
    5. Some brands of orange juice, soymilk and cereals are fortified with vitamin D.

  1. Supplements and medications are another way but don't take too many without consulting with your doctor. Some calcium supplements, multivitamins and medications already contain vitamin D, so read your labels

  1. Sunlight also helps your body produce vitamin D. It is a good idea for most people to get vitamin D from other sources to avoid the risk of skin cancer.

Vitamin D is necessary to help your body absorb calcium. With the combination of sufficient amounts of D and calcium, you will be reducing your possibility of osteoporosis significantly.

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