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Know your ingredients with All My Food Facts app: Great Value Green Tea

When it comes to detoxifying, there are certain foods that are proven to be effective. FoodFacts.com recently shared a list of cleansing foods that boost digestion and flush the gastrointestinal tract clean, and green tea is one of them.

Drinking plenty of fluids is essential in detoxing. Needless to say, water intake is very important in the process, but adding green tea into the mix could only be beneficial to your body. Green tea is rich in antioxidants; it contains more than white, black and oolong teas. Among the antioxidants that green tea contains is catechin.

Catechins increase the body’s production of detoxifying enzymes as well as the liver’s function to break toxins down. Additionally, the caffeine found in green tea is a natural energizer and a diuretic, which eases bloating by countering water retention. Green tea is a wonderful detox food as it simultaneously helps you flush toxins out and, at the same time, gets you rehydrated.

Cleansing (and clean-eating, in general) doesn’t have to break the bank. We took a look at a store brand, Walmart’s Great Value Green Tea, with the All My FoodFacts app. It fared just as excellent as the better-known brands, and comes with a lower price tag.

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Note: The product information shown above is only a general overview of Great Value Green Tea. Sign up on our website for personalized specifications on which products are good for you and which you should avoid based on your dietary data, or you can get the All My FoodFacts app on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon!

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Clean-eating without going over your budget

There’s a question that lingers in the minds of people who want to make better food choices: How can I eat clean and not hurt my budget? At local grocery stores, a family-sized bag of chips is cheaper than a container of mixed greens; and fast food chains are perpetually coming up with value-meal promotions, which sell ready-to-eat food and convenience in their pitches.

The sad truth is, for many people, buying healthy foods means living above their means. It doesn’t take a genius to see why a parent would purchase a full meal that comes with plenty of sides and drinks for $20 for his or her family, instead of opting to spend more on ingredients as well as more time in the kitchen preparing healthy meals. Unfortunately, food choices among many households in the United States are dictated by income; and those resorting to unhealthy choices are more susceptible to developing serious health conditions such as diabetes and obesity.

FoodFacts.com shares these money-saving tips that will, not only help you eat cleaner, but only allow you to have enough to live a quality life.

Apply supply-and-demand principle

When putting an effort in adding more fruits and vegetables in your daily diet, be sure to consider the ones that are in-season. Merchants drop the prices of seasonal produce due to their abundance. Also, the flavor and nutrition of these fruits and vegetables are at their peak during their natural harvest season. This summer, the produce to buy are strawberries, cherries, peaches and plum!

Up-size your supplies

In addition to seasonal fruits and vegetables, you save on staples such as grains, nuts and spices when you buy them in large sizes and/or in bulk. Large sizes minimize packaging costs for the supplier, therefore there is less manufacturing expenditure passed on to the consumers. Bulk-buying does make you spend more upfront, but it saves you more money and time in the long run.

Freeze fruits and vegetables

Bought too much of the in-season produce? Put them in the freezer. Frozen fruits and vegetables will make great ingredients for your next fruity smoothie or cleansing vegetable juice!

Skip the all-organic diet

While the growing awareness on the health benefits of organic food is undeniable, not many people can afford it. Sure, the gap between the prices of organic and non-organic foods is not as high as generally perceived, but it’s still the amount of money that many individuals and families can’t afford to shell out. The good news is, there are certain produce that minimally absorb chemicals when they are conventionally grown such as corn, cabbage, avocados, onions and pineapples.

Buy store brands

Don’t veer away from store brands! Whole Foods 365, Wegmans and Trader Joe’s, for instance, have products that offer the same nutritional value as the brands they carry on their shelves at cheaper prices.

Make your own sauces and dressings

Forgo store-bought sauces and dressings. These not only cost more as compared to homemade concoctions, but they are full of added sugar, sodium and whatnot. Take some olive oil and spices and you’ve got yourself your own sauce and dressing, minus the preservatives.

Get creative with leftovers

Don’t throw food away! Cut back on food waste by freezing leftovers, and eating them at a later time. You can also search up recipes that use the same or similar ingredients to repurpose them into new dishes.

The all my food facts app can help you identify ingredients that will aid in your clean-eating efforts. Get it on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon!

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Recipe: Grapefruit and kale detox salad

Yesterday, FoodFacts.com shared a list of amazing foods that detoxify your body. If you’re still recovering from the excess of food and drinks consumed over the Memorial Day Weekend, here’s an easy grapefruit and kale salad recipe that will aid your cleansing.

Time: 15 minutes

Serving: 2

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of kale, stems removed and chopped
  • 1 grapefruit, chopped
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup salted almonds, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoon honey
  • 4 tablespoons grapefruit juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Toss kale, grapefruit, Parmesan cheese, and salted almonds in a large bowl.
  2. Pour coconut oil, honey, and grapefruit juice into a container and shake well to combine.
  3. Pour dressing over salad and toss to evenly coat kale leaves.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve chilled.
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Memorial Day: Detoxing after the weekend

Memorial Day Weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer in the United States, and it jump-starts the season’s numerous backyard and rooftop parties. After this weekend’s indulgences, FoodFacts.com shares a list of detox foods that you can easily get from the produce section of your local grocery or from this season’s numerous farmers’ markets.

Fibrous fruits

Fruits that are rich in fiber will help you cleanse your stomach and get your digestive system back on regular programming. Some high-fiber fruits include grapefruit, berries, pears, avocado and cantaloupe.

Beets

Beets are a great detox food! They are excellent in helping the liver and gall bladder break toxins down, and are highly fibrous, which makes digestion and discharging waste matter easier.

Green tea

Green tea is loaded in antioxidants, such as catechins. This type of antioxidant enhances liver function, which as mentioned above, is essential in getting rid of toxins. Green tea is also an energizing drink; its caffeine gives a diuretic effect that flushes excess sodium out. At the same time, it is also a great rehydration aid!

Lemons

Lemons are superfoods that releases enzymes that stimulate digestion. It is also rich in vitamin C that turns toxins water-soluble, making it easier for the body to release them.

Onion and garlic

They are not just vegetables that add pungent flavors to our meals, they also stimulate the production of glutathione, one of the liver’s most powerful antioxidants. Raw garlic, in particular, has antiviral, antiseptic and antibiotic properties.

Bonus: Head still heavy? This fruity smoothie is a wonderful hangover cure!

Aspartame Detoxification Program

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Foodfacts.com looks into the Aspartame Detoxification Program. Aspartame is the common denominator for over 92 different health symptoms at the root of modern disease. The Aspartame Detoxification Program demonstrates the most effective way to reverse disease symptoms is removing the underlying cause – aspartame.

Some nutritionists and physicians who have counseled aspartame victims worldwide have witnessed nine out of 10 clients restore their health by following an Aspartame Detoxification Program. Begin with detoxifying your body of all residual chemical toxins from aspartame’s chemical make up of phenylalanine, aspartic acid and methanol and their toxic by-products, and see if any adverse health symptoms remain. Some claim that, by trying the Aspartame Detoxification Program, within 30 days your symptoms should disappear.

Steps:

1. Remove all sugar-free products with aspartame from your diet.
2. Learn to “read” your body. Begin recording any health changes.
3. Get a hair analysis.
4. Be happy with yourself.
5. Detoxify.
6. Restore depleted nutrients.
7. Exercise and get plenty of rest.
8. Eat 75% raw foods at every meal.
9. Drink water, water, water.
10. Get control of your life.

This Ten Step Program is alleged to help protect your health and the health of those you love from being seduced by the sugar-free diet craze.

What can you do about aspartame side effects?

Set an example by changing your diet.

• Tell everyone you know.
• Talk to the schools and day care centers. Offer to speak at parent-teachers meetings.
• Contact your local, state, and Federal government representatives.
• If you see someone with a diet drink, ask if they have had any of the typical aspartame side effects.
• Spread the word at your work.
• Tell your doctor about the scientific research available proving the negative side effects of aspartame.
• Register a complaint with the FDA, the FAA, the NutraSweet Company about aspartame poisoning.
• Return all food products with aspartame, opened or unopened, to your grocer. Tell him/her the products make you sick. The grocer can return them to the manufacturer for a store refund.
• Spread the word on computer networks.
• Publish articles in newsletters at your church, place of work, or neighborhood association.
• Set a personal example for health and wellness.

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