Don’t Eat Too Much Black Licorice This Halloween

The FDA warns the public that eating too much black licorice is not good for your health. This is only if you eat a ton of licorice daily—about 2 ounces of black licorice each day for at least two weeks. The consequences of eating too much leads to irregular heart rhythm which could land you in the emergency room.

The reason for this is glycyrrhizin which is a sweetening compound found in licorice root. When you eat an excessive amount of this, the compound causes your body’s potassium levels to decline which leads to irregular heartbeat and high blood pressure.

Overall, black licorice does not have any permanent health effects and that a lot of licorice flavored products don’t have any real licorice in them. Last year, they only reported one case.

Happy Halloween from the Professional Medical Corp. Team! Have Fun and be Safe!

 

Read original article here—Courtesy of Times Healthland

Yummy Halloween Treats

Pumpkin Peanut Butter CookiesHappy Halloween from Professional Medical Corp!

We found this great healthy recipe from Skinnychef.com for peanut butter cookies. The reviews make it sound like a quite delicious treat!

Ingredients

3 1/4 cups whole wheat pastry flour or oat flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup trans-fat free margarine
1 cup peanut butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 egg whites
1 tablespoon molasses
2 teaspoon vanilla
non-stick spray

Directions

1. In a medium bowl or zipper lock bag, mix 3 cups of whole wheat pastry flour or oat flour, baking soda, and salt.

2. In a separate large bowl, beat margarine , peanut butter and sugar with a wooden spoon until smooth and well combined. Beat in the egg whites, molasses and vanilla. Stir in the flour mixture.

3. Spread dough out onto a piece of wax paper about 18-inches long. Press another sheet of wax paper on top and roll the dough out so that it spans the entire sheet of wax paper. Fold in half.

4. Refrigerate about 1 hour until firm. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat 2 large cookie sheet s with non-stick spray. Peel back one of the sheets of wax paper. Dip the cookie cutter into the remaining flour and cut out your shapes. Transfer to baking sheets.

5. Bake 9-10 minutes until the pumpkins are firm to the touch. Remove to a wire cooling rack. Cool completely before storing in an air-tight container for up to 3 days.

Click here for the original recipe! –Courtesy of Skinnychef.com

What is your favorite Halloween treat?

Are You at a Healthy Weight?

AARP.com has a great article on determining if you are at a healthy weight and tips on how to get there if you’re not. BMI stands for body mass index and it is a calculation that uses your height and weight to guess how much body fat you have.

Click here to use their BMI calculator! (It is on the right of the page)

Another formula that AARP.com shares:

For women: add “100 pounds of body weight for the first five feet of height plus 5 pounds for each additional inch.”

For Men: “add 106 pounds of body weight for the first five feet of height plus six pounds for each additional inch.”

Some tips to maintain a healthy diet are eat less red meat, eat more fish, limit eating up to four eggs a week, eat fiber, and cut back on fried food.

Click here for the original article—courtesy of AARP.com

So are you at a healthy weight? Any other tips you would like to share?

 

New Study shows that Americans Consume Too Much Sodium

A new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that 88% of U.S. children and adults digest more sodium per day than the recommended amount. It is recommended by the U.S.department of Agriculture to consume 2,300 milligrams of sodium each day, but the report suggests that the average American intake is 3,513 milligrams.  That is a whooping 53% the suggested limit.

It is even worse for those who should consume less than 2,300 milligrams. For example, people over 50, African Americans, and people with high blood pressure, diabetes, or kidney disease should only take 1,500 milligrams, but 99% of them surpass the recommended amount with most of them doubling their limit!

Eating a lot of food with high sodium could lead to high blood pressure which consequently leads to heart attacks and strokes.

The government is issuing a National Salt Reduction Initiative to reduce sodium in food by 25% before 2015 rolls around. More than 24 restaurant chains and food manufacturers have signed up for this initiative such as Kraft, Heinz, and Subway.

What do you think of this study?

Read original article here—courtesy of Cnn.com

Another Benefit of Chocolate for Women

A new study from Sweden claims that the more chocolate women eat, the lower their stroke risk. This could be added to list of benefits from eating chocolate such as lower blood pressure and reduced heart risk. The article says, “For every 50-gram (1.8 oz.) increase in chocolate consumption per week, the participants’ overall stroke risk dropped 14%.” It drops even further the more chocolate consumption. It also varied between different kinds of stroke, for example, the chocolate intake can be related to a 27% drop in hemorrhagic stroke risk, but on the other hand there was only 12% lower risk of strokes caused by clots.

The 10 year old study followed 33,373 women, aged 49-83, and asked them to fill out extensive questionnaires about their diet and lifestyle. The study also emphasized that women shouldn’t start eating loads of chocolate, and should still consider eating them in moderation. Also, dark chocolate is better than milk chocolate. 90% of the time, the women in this study were eating Swedish chocolate which has a higher concentration of cocoa than in the U.S.

What do you think of this study?

Read original article here—Courtesy of Times Health Land

Healthier Halloween Candy

Halloween is in two weeks, so Realsimple.com did a comparison of different kinds of candy to choose for those who can’t decide which is a healthier option.

Hmm let’s try one. Twix or Kit Kat?

If you chose Kit Kat—you’re right!

Fun size Twix contains three times the sodium of a fun size Kit Kat.

Want a healthier option? Choose Qbel Double Dark Chocolate Wafer Bars.

Let’s try another one!

Smarties or Sweet Tarts?

If you chose Smarties, you’re right!

Smarties contain half the calories and sugar of sweet tarts!

Want a healthier option than that? Try Panda Licorice.

Click here for more candy comparisons—courtesy of realsimple.com

Teens that Sleep Early are Fitter than Teens that Don’t

Everyone knows that the more sleep you get, the healthier you are. New research finds that time is a factor as well. Teens that have an early bed time were more thin and fit than those who slept late. The study was conducted in Australia and the researchers followed 2,200 children from the age 9-16 over four days. All the children on average slept the same amount of time, but those who slept later and woke up later were 1.5 times more likely to be obese and twice as likely to have a “couch potato” lifestyle.

They found that they kids who stayed up late were three times more likely to spend that time watching TV, playing video games, etc. The late-sleeping children were more likely to come from a lower-income family, lived in the city, have part-time job, and few siblings.
Read original article here—Courtesy of Times Health Land

What do you think of this study?