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Nutritional Concepts Mid-Week Brief
November 6, 2013
Dear Valued Subscriber, 


If you missed Monday's issue, we are pleased to inform you that Xylichew Gum, a sugarless, corn-free favorite of our clients, is back! See below for details.


Have a happy, healthy day. Bonnie and Steve Minsky.


The Stealthy Villain of Weight Control.
We are painfully aware of how added sugars such as sweeteners, candy, and sugary liquid beverages contribute to being overweight and obese. It may surprise you to know that starch from grain carbohydratesare just as culpable for the obesity epidemic.
A study recently published in Nutrition Journal stated that the availability of grain carbohydrates in the US food supply has increased more than any other macronutrient since 1970 (24.2%). In 2009, 32.3 grams/day more grain carbohydrate was available than in 1970, suggesting that grain carbohydrates alone contributed 129 kcal/day more in 2009 than 1970.
This data did NOT include other carbohydrates such as caloric sweeteners, fruits, and vegetables. 
Gluten-Free Is Not a License to Pig Out 
While many people have gone gluten-free, it does not necessarily mean that their grain carbohydrate intake has dropped. Concern is growing that the flood of gluten-free choices, many of them snacks and desserts, is just passing along the obesity buck. Gluten-free food is a replacement for grain carbohydrates, so it must be eaten in moderation.
Substituting Protein for Carbohydrates
There is a plethora of research showing that replacing grain carbohydrates with bioavailable protein stimulates body mass reduction. However, the type of protein consumed warrants how much and how fast this occurs. Despite what the National Dairy Council leads you to believe, dairy protein does nothing for body mass reduction, according to a study in the October issue of British Journal of Nutrition. Unless you are lactose intolerant or are casein allergic, a little dairy protein is okay if imported or organic. Just don't count on the weight effect.

NOTE: We have a new weight support supplement that we are recommending. If you are interested in more information, please email us. We can then assess, based upon your individual needs, if it is an option for you.


Ever-Present Villain for Children: Fast Food Ads
Studies have consistently shown that children are extremely impressionable to advertising. Despite public outcry and threats of government oversight, children are exposed to more fast food ads than ever.
Based on 2012 Nielsen data, on average, U.S. preschoolers viewed 2.8 fast food ads on television every day. Children aged 6 to 11 viewed 3.2 ads per day and teens viewed 4.8 ads daily. This does not include ads on network and nighttime television, which are not considered children's programming, but are still viewed by children. Social media and gaming advertising are rising exponentially, but exposure currently cannot be tracked.
Steve: DVR is the best way to curb television advertising in your home. Make a deal with your kids that if they want to watch television, they must skip through commercials. This will also cut down on screen time!
Periodically, take inventory of your child's social media and games to make sure they do not load apps that are ad-heavy or play food-based games created by Big Food.
It's Okay to Be Giddy.


No, this is not a figment of your imagination. A thoughtful manufacturer named Nature's Stance finally bought the brand and will keep the ingredients (birch bark, not corn xylitol) the same!


Here is what is available to order now:


Peppermint Jars (60 pieces)
Spearmint Jars (60 pieces)


Here is what will be available sometime in December:




Like with any xylitol product, eat in moderation (four to six pieces daily max) due to its laxative effect.