Why Are Pumpkin Seeds Good for You?


Why Are Pumpkin Seeds So Good for YouPumpkin seeds are one of the healthiest seeds you can eat with many nutritional benefits. They make an extremely healthy snack and despite their high calories and fat content, eating pumpkin seeds can actually help you lose weight.

Here’s why raw pumpkin seeds are good for you with their high protein, fiber and healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and other nutrients and special compounds for balancing hormones and preventing hair loss.

Pumpkin Seeds Calories

Many people are concerned with the amount of calories in pumpkin seeds so it’s worth addressing this topic first.

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Delicious Homemade Pumpkin Seeds Straight from the Pumpkin


Delicious Pumpkin Seeds Straight from the PumpkinPumpkin seeds are a highly nutritious food with many health benefits. You can eat them all year long if you get bags of the hull-less pepitas, but what about eating fresh pumpkin seeds straight from the pumpkin when they’re in season?

It is quite simple to prepare deliciously crunchy yet healthy homemade pumpkin seeds with the low heat frying method recommended ahead.

There’s also other ways of eating pumpkin seeds and the best raw pepitas I’ve found for the rest of the year.

Preparing Homemade Pumpkin Seeds

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Why is Pumpkin Good for You?


Why is Pumpkin Good for YouPumpkins are one of the most overlooked foods in terms of health benefits and nutrients. It seems many people’s only exposure to this extremely healthy food is sugar laden pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving or Christmas.

Even worse, millions of pumpkins are hollowed out for carving at Halloween, with the pumpkin meat and seeds, probably about the healthiest thing in the kitchen at the time, never used.

Pumpkins deserve better. In fact, with the incredible array of health nutrients in pumpkins, they should really be considered a superfood. And one we’d do well to eat a lot more often.

Antioxidant in Pumpkins

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How to Quit Soda in 10 Simple Steps


Give Up CokeIt is possible to quit drinking soda with a minimum of fuss or withdrawal symptoms with this simple plan to replace it with a new and healthier alternative.

Before you start you’ll need your soda alternatives and your caffeine and aspartame/HFCS withdrawal products (and enough of them to keep you going for two weeks).

Once you have those here’s the best way I’ve found to replace soda addiction with a similar tasting carbonated drink that is actually good for you.

10 Steps to Quit Drinking Soda

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Healthy Soda Alternatives You Can Make at Home


Healthy Soda AlternativeJust quitting cola cold turkey is a lot harder than finding a healthier drink to replace soda with.

To make withdrawal easier an effective soda alternative should be similar enough to cola in taste, while cutting out the unhealthy and addictive ingredients like sugar and caffeine.

It sounds like a tall order but it is possible. This page explains how to make healthy alternatives to soda or diet soda that taste similar to manufactured carbonated drinks, but can actually be beneficial for your body.

Finding a Replacement for Soda

While it’s important to drink lots of water when you’re replacing soda, water alone is too plain, in my opinion, to be a real replacement for most people.

The same goes for milk, which has other potential health issues (especially digestive problems and flatulence if you’re one of the many who are lactose intolerant).

Commercially produced fruit juices are not a healthy option either. The vast majority have been processed in a way that makes drinking them spike your blood sugar dramatically and elevate insulin.

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Why Is Diet Soda So Bad For You?


Side effects of diet sodaAside from being incredibly addictive, diet cola has some strange ingredients that can damage both your digestive system and longer term health. Let’s have a look at those ingredients ahead.

Phosphoric Acid in Diet Soda

Right at the top is the phosphoric acid that gives both regular and diet cola their high levels of acidity.

Alongside its potentially damaging effects on your digestive tract, phosphoric acid tends to reduce hydrochloric acid secretion in your stomach.

This can lead to impaired digestion and has the potential to be one of the causes of flatulence, along with many other health problems.

Caramel Coloring E150d

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How the Acids in Soda Damage Your Health and Digestion


Soda PhHow exactly did so many of us come to be pouring highly acidic cola down our throats over and over again each day?

And what kind of effect is this acid drink having on our digestion and general health and well-being?

The Acid Levels in Soda

Short of drinking undiluted vinegar, cola is about the most acidic thing you can buy to drink. The pH level of soda is approximately 2.5 (testing seems to come up with results ranging from 2.3 to 3.5 but a pH of 2.5 is commonly cited for the most popular brand name cola).

In the way these the pH of liquids are ranked a pH level of 2.5 is about 10,000 times stronger on the acidic scale than water.

To get an idea of the scale of the acid in soda, by comparison, battery acid that will eat away your skin has a pH of 1.

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The Top 5 Reasons to Stop Drinking Diet Soda


Give Up Diet SodaIf you would like to give up diet soda for good, here are five big reasons why diet sodas can be so damaging to your health and energy.

Hopefully this list can provide the motivation needed to follow through with the 10 Step Plan for Giving Up Diet Soda coming up next.

1) Aspartame in Diet Soda

The artificial sweetener aspartame, found in most diet sodas, is made from two free-form amino acids, phenylalanine and aspartic acid, and the toxic alcohol methanol.

Without the usual slow digestion and other competing amino acids, free-form phenylalanine can hit the bloodstream very quickly and potentially cross the blood brain barrier in unnaturally large amounts.

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SuperFruit Concentrates in Sparkling Water — A Healthy Diet Soda Alternative


Healthy Soda Alternatives You Can Make at HomeSomething I’ve recently started drinking for their health benefits are superfruit concentrates of high antioxidant fruits and berries.

It struck me, while researching these posts on diet soda, that these superfruit concentrates, that are usually diluted with plain water like cordial, would actually be great mixed with sparkling water.

They really are. And in this form, they make a special kind of healthy diet soda alternative. One that’s close enough to the experience of drinking soda pop, while actually being good for you.

Here’s how I make them and how I’d suggest they’d work as an effective cola replacement or soda alternative.

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Regular Soda vs Diet Soda — Which is Worse for Your Health?


HFCS vs NutrasweetMost cola and other sodas are packed with staggering amounts of unhealthy high fructose corn syrup or fattening sugar.

With this in mind, is it worth making the switch from regular soda to diet soda with aspartame to help reduce health problems? This page has the answers.

A Comparison of Regular Soda vs Diet Soda

Both regular and diet cola share phosphoric acid, sulfite-ammonia caramel color 150d and caffeine as ingredients. Given this, there is no reduction in the potential damage done to your digestive processes by these chemicals to be had in switching for regular soda to diet soda.

Both have been shown to be very acidic in testing with regular cola having a pH of around 2.5 and diet cola usually testing at a slightly better 3.2 pH.

The main difference, if you were to switch from regular soda to diet soda, would be swapping out the very high amounts of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) or sugar for the artificial sweetener aspartame.

Sugar or High Fructose Corn Syrup in Soda

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How to Stop Sugar Cravings with Chromium and Cinnamon


Artificial sweetener withdrawal

Regular consumption of either high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) or the artificial sweetener aspartame can lead to sugar cravings for simple carbohydrates.

Coming off a major source of HFCS or aspartame, like regular soda or diet soda, will be likely to increase these cravings and corresponding withdrawal symptoms.

Alongside caffeine addiction, sugar cravings are likely to be a big reason why so many people find it so hard to break a cola habit. The sugar or high fructose corn syrup in soda has had them on the insulin roller coaster for so long, they find it difficult to get off.

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