All Fads Fall Short

As a food junkie, I sometimes have let my healthy eating habits slip and gained a few pounds. From there, I look for the newest diet trend to give me inspiration to get back on track. However, many of the diet fads out there are simply not giving you all the vital nutrients you need. These diet crazes make false promises like “lose 10 pounds in a week”, “no exercise necessary” or “get a lightening-speed metabolism”. While it’s tough to admit at times, the best and most reliable method to losing weight is simply: exercise more, eat less.

Here is a deeper look into the facts and realities behind the most popular diet trends to hit America.

  1. Atkins Diet

Also known as the low-carb diet, the Atkins Diet was first introduced by Dr. Robert Atkins in the 1970s. It has been estimated that at any given period of time, about 25 million Americans are on some kind of low-carb diet. Dieters are not allowed to eat any milk, fruits, grains, cereals, breads, or “high glycemic index” vegetables like potatoes, peas, corn and carrots. While the Atkins Diet is one of the better diet choices, there still are risks associated with the fad including: acidic urine, calcium deficiency, loss of important vitamins found in fruits and heart problems.

2. Master Cleanse

Made popular by celebrities like Gwyneth Paltrow and Beyonce Knowles, the Master Cleanse Diet is a 10 day regiment for extreme weight loss. It is reported that Beyonce dropped 15 pounds in one week with the Master Cleanse Diet to prepare for her role in DreamGirls. Dieters drink an 8 oz. water mixture of lemonade, maple syrup and cayenne pepper 6-12 times a day. They are not allowed to eat any solid foods for the full 10 days. Every night before bed and every morning after waking up, dieters are instructed to take laxatives. The idea is to give your digestive system a rest and flush out all the unwanted build-up. After the 10 days, dieters must slowly work solid and processed foods back into their body for an additional 3 days. This diet tries to make starving yourself seem glamorous. And of course you will lose the weight when you consume only 600 calories a day. It is recommended not to exercise while on the diet for this reason. Dieters receive high amounts of sugar but fail to meet every other recommend servings of proteins, vegetables, etc.

3. Tapeworm Diet

If a diet tells you to eat a live worm so it can split the food you consume with the tapeworm and your body, be skeptical! This should be common sense, but thousands of people have ingested a tapeworm and infected their bodies with a foreign living organism. Dieters have claimed to have felt the tapeworm moving inside their bodies and when it makes its way out. (ew!) It is possible for the tapeworm to deviate to other parts of your body through the blood system. This means your brain and yes you can die.

4. Paleo Diet

If a caveman didn’t eat it, then you can’t either. The diet demands dieters to go back to the eating habits of the Paleolithic Era nearly 10,000 years ago. Back then, hunters and gatherers didn’t have to worry about highly processed and carb-loaded foods. Say goodbye to refined sugars, dairy, legumes, and grains and hello to meat, fish, poultry, fruits and vegetables! The only way to satisfy a sweet tooth is by eating raw honey or coconut palm sugar. And there is absolutely no salt! This diet sounds smart and intriguing except for the fact you are missing out on nutrients found in dairy and grains. If this diet sounds like something you would want to try, make sure you take daily supplements of vitamin D and calcium.

TELL US! What diet fads have you tried in the past? What was the result?

Sexy Eating

Happy belated Valentine’s Day everyone! As I was brainstorming what angle I should take when writing this blog for the week, it hit me:  Valentine’s Day + food = aphrodisiacs. So turn the lights down low, and get friendly with some of these flirtatious foods- the top 10 food aphrodisiacs.

WHAT IS IT? An aphrodisiac is a substance that increases sexual desire. Food aphrodisiacs can affect your body’s hormones, brain chemistry, and energy and stress levels.

10. ASPARAGUS

This vegetable is loaded with nutrients that are essential for healthy hormone production, including vitamin E and folate. Folate is a mood and libido boosting nutrient that plays a key role in fertility, while vitamin E is great for your skin.

 

9. ALMONDS

Almonds are said to arouse passion in women. Often seen as a symbol of fertility, these nuts have long been associated with love.   Author of The Count of the Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas, would eat almond soup every night before clandestine, midnight meetings with his mistress.  And even in the Bible, it is said Samson romanced Delilah with these delicious nuts. And you thought history was only about memorizing dates…

8. AVOCADO

Avocados are linked to sexuality by their unique growth patterns. Hanging side-by-side in pairs, the Aztecs humorously-and bluntly- nicknamed the avocado ahuacuatl, or “testicle tree.” At one time, Catholic priests in Spain found avocados so obscenely sexual that they forbade the consumption of the fruit!

 

 

7. BANANAS

Anyone remember high school sex ed?

 

6. CHILE PEPPERS

Turn up the heat with this exciting ingredient. Chile peppers boost mood and energy levels while warming the body from the inside out. It is said that capsaicin, the compound that causes the Chile pepper to burn, makes the tongue tingle, causes a desire to be kissed, and cause lips to swell with an attractive and desirable plumpness.

 

5. CHOCOLATE

No wonder lovers exchange this sinfully delicious treat at Valentine’s Day. This dessert produces serotonin in the brain, the “feel good” hormone, and phenylethylamine, the “love chemical.” Phenylethylamine is reported to induce feelings of excitement, attraction and euphoria.

 

 

4. FIGS

Figs have long been associated with lust and some historians have suggested that the fig’s first home was the Garden of Eden, and that the fig was the true forbidden fruit.

3. GARLIC

Don’t let garlic breath stand in the way of using this aphrodisiac when cooking at home for a steamy night in. Garlic contains high amounts of allicin, an ingredient that increases blood flow and warms the body.

2. OYSTERS

Serve this slippery dish with a glass of chilled Champagne to ensure a lustful night. High in zinc content, this appetizer is said to increase libido. Oysters are probably the first food that comes to mind when one thinks of aphrodisiacs. Yet still, it only ranked #2 on our list.

1. HONEY

Sweet and sticky, honey is a great source for boron. Boron is a mineral that helps the body use and metabolize estrogen. Studies have also revealed this mineral may also enhance testosterone levels in the blood. The sugars available in honey also provide high energy and endurance. The Kama Sutra mentions that honey spiced with nutmeg is sure to hit high notes in your sex life.

TELL US! Where you surprised by any of the foods that made that list? Would you add any?

 

 

Sunday Funday

Last Sunday, an all-American tradition took place. Families gathered together to watch the Baltimore Ravens take on the San Francisco 49ers for one final game. Whether it was Beyonce’s killer halftime show, the 27 minute power outage, or the suspenseful second half of the game, the 47th annual Super Bowl was a game to remember.

Every year, this culture-driven holiday unites sports fans, gamblers and advertisement junkies around a big-screen television. Together, Americans watched, laughed–and let’s not forget—ATE. Despite the athletic nature of the Super Bowl, Americans have managed to take this sporting event and make it all about the food. With Super Bowl parties across the nation teaming with chips and dip, hot dogs, and an array of desserts, Americans earn a trophy for biggest eaters.

So how much exactly did we all eating on Sunday? Check out these monster numbers.

  • An estimated 1.25 BILLION chicken wings were consumed. Believe it or not, that’s actually less than last year.
  • 11.2 MILLION POUNDS of potato chips
  • 79 MILLION avocados. Thank you guacamole.
  • 49. 2 MILLION cases of beer.
  • 4.4 MILLION pizzas were ordered from Pizza Hut, Domino’s and Papa John’s

Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest day for food consumption in America—second only to Thanksgiving. So now that we all took a day off from our New Year’s resolutions, it’s time to get back to reality, like talking about which was the best Super Bowl advertisement. But seriously, who didn’t enjoy that Taco Bell commercial?

TELL US! What kinds of foods were you eating on Sunday?

How far are Your Tastebuds Willing to Go?

By Chefadoo’s Courtney Wolf
As a food junkie, I am constantly searching for new foods to try. But even I might hesitate to take a bite of some of these…
1. Escargot

SLURP! An appetizer founded in Europe, escargot is a dish of cooked snails. Gooey, slimey, delicious snails! Doused in garlic, butter, chicken stock and wine, this tasty treat is quite literally *slurped* out from the shell. The delicacy is also high in protein and low in fat content. With nutrition like that, why wouldn’t           you try this treat?

 2. Veal

Simply put, veal is the meat from baby cow. While veal is a valued ingredient used in Italian and French cooking, this delicacy stirs up controversy around the world. Straight from the lips of Wikipedia, “While calves are young and most vulnerable to disease, they are kept in hutches, which keep them isolated and restrict movement so as to prevent connective tissue from developing, as the taste of veal raised in this manner is considered quite desirable.” Whether you sympathize animal lovers or not, veal is widely accepted as tender, flavorful and one of the leanest meats you can buy.

 3. Kopi Luwak

The world’s most extravagant and expensive coffee, Kopi Luwak, or civet coffee, is a must try! Production for these desirable coffee beans is a bit messy and the Kopi Luwak coffee producers have a rather unique experience creating the caffeinated delight. To gain the coveted Kopi Luwak flavor, the coffee berries are eaten by an Asian Palm Civet, a furry, cat-like mammal, and then excreted by the animal. Yes, excreted means exactly what you think it does…and thus the nickname Cat-Poop-Coffee was born! The civet’s enzymes seep into beans, fermenting the beans and, apparently turning them into gold. Coming in at over $400 a pound, this eccentric drink makes a great (and generous) gift for coffee enthusiasts everywhere!

 4. Rocky Mountain Oysters

While the name sounds tame, Rock Mountain Oysters are in fact, well, bull testicles. Originating in Western Canada, this delicacy is often breaded and deep-fried. If thinking of eating this dish makes you feel a bit queasy, I would avoid any menu items called “swinging beef,” “bull fries,” “dusted nuts,” “Montana tendergroins,” or “cowboy caviar”—which are other descriptive names for the popular dish. With a dash of salt and pepper, castration never tasted so good.

While I personally haven’t tried all the items on this list, I am proud to say I will never be adventurous as Tom Cruise. (Spoiler: he ate a placenta, A PLACENTA) But in all seriousness, next time you are reaching for your regular peanut butter sandwich, switch it up and try something new. If it’s a delicacy somewhere, it has to be good, right?……Right?