Onnit Now Has 100% Pure Premium MCT Oil

Onnit Now Has 100% Pure Premium MCT OilThis one kind of slipped by me.

I received an email from Onnit a little while back that detailed its introduction of MCT oil. I made a mental note of it to dedicate a short blog post about this new product but for whatever reason, I forgot to do just that. Maybe it’s because I still had a bottle of MCT oil in my cupboard. Maybe it’s because it seems like a product that Onnit should have had all along. Or maybe it’s because it just wasn’t something that was all that groundbreaking, but I understand that a lot of you guys who order Onnit products might want a short synopsis on this new Onnit food item.

Many of you might be familiar with MCT oil because of Bulletproof or butter coffee. Along with grass-fed butter, MCT oil is one of the key ingredients of butter coffee. The MCT oil Onnit had on its website for the longest time was the Bulletproof-branded MCT oil. The company seems to be phasing out Bulletproof products in favor of its own Onnit brand items, which is understandable. First was the introduction of the Caveman/Onnit Coffee custom blend, and now Onnit has its own MCT oil so you don’t need to rely on expensive Bulletproof MCT oil.

Comparing Onnit and Bulletproof MCT oil, Onnit’s is made from 100% pure coconut oil while Bulletproof MCT oil is made from a combination of palm and coconut oil. Both are a quick and healthy source of carbohydrates and can be used as a source of energy that isn’t stored as fat in the body. Both are flavorless and odorless and can be added to coffee, smoothies, salads, and shakes. Onnit’s is a little bit cheaper, costing only $1.93 per 2 fl. oz while the Bulletproof brand MCT oil costs $1.93 per 2 fl oz. Caveman Coffee MCT oil is the cheapest of the bunch, costing just $1.56 per 2 fl. oz. and it comes in a cool glass bottle you can rinse out and use afterwards.

So which one should you buy? If you’re ordering Onnit products, give the Onnit MCT oil a try. If you want more MCT oil for your buck, try the Caveman Coffee MCT oil. Either way, I personally try to avoid anything “Bulletproof” after learning about how shady Dave Asprey’s marketing actually is.

 

How to Buy Vegetables

How to Buy VegetablesYou’re probably looking at the title and thinking “How hard can it be to buy some vegetables?” but believe me, there are a lot of people out there who just don’t buy them. Although they may eat them in restaurants or at mom’s house when they return home, buying a turnip or an artichoke or some carrots can be confusing. People today eat out so often that if someone does decide they want to eat a more balanced diet, it could lead them to the supermarket or farmer’s market to buy vegetables for the first time where they think “Well, how do I know which one is good?

Fortunately the United States Department of Agriculture has put together a helpful infographic that will hold your hand through the vegetable-buying process. Lifehacker has a great post about the image along with a few other tidbits of information that might be useful, but the image itself is what’s key, and you can find it below. Download it (or the PDF here) to your phone and keep it with you so when you’re wandering through the produce section for the first time, you don’t end up buying vegetables that taste bad or die after a few days. Also, make sure to check out the Lifehacker article linked above, as the author also breaks down some other helpful tips such as how to handle produce, why you should cook your vegetables, ignoring the price tag, what to do with oddly shaped veggies, how to properly store your tomatoes, and the article links to a post on how to determine when it’s time to eat corn or pumpkin.

If you’ve wanted to try preparing vegetables in your own kitchen but found the shopping process a little daunting, you have no excuses anymore! Check out the full-size image after the break:

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Healthy Options for Beef Jerky Snacks

Healthy Options for Beef Jerky SnacksYesterday I came clean about how I’ve become addicted to beef jerky. It’s helping me lay off the potato chips and I get a bit of protein out of it so it’s not completely bad. The one variety that I’ve been eating lately is Jack Link’s, which if you look at the list of the ingredients, isn’t likely the best option for a meat-based snack food. It’s loaded with salt, MSG, and nitrates as well. Fortunately there are other options in the same price range that are a healthier.

Oberto has a variety of all-natural jerky products which are minimally processed, have no artificial ingredients, contain no added preservatives, no MSG, and no nitrates, other than those which occur naturally. Oh, and did I mention that in addition to the typical beef jerky options in a variety of flavors, Oberto also has BACON jerky? It looks like bacon, tastes like bacon, is chewy like bacon that’s slightly under-cooked, and it’s delicious. The only thing that throws me off is that it’s cold, because otherwise, you’d swear it’s bacon you just cooked!

Krave is another brand that is doing jerky for the people who care about what they’re putting in their bodies. Most (if not all) varieties do not contain any MSG, contain only natural cane syrup, no high fructose corn syrup, and no nitrates other than those which occur naturally. Krave has many flavors and even has a line of turkey jerky as well.

The final meat-based snack I’m going to recommend isn’t your traditional jerky. It’s actually Onnit’s Warrior Bar which is a buffalo meat-based bar. The meat used comes from prairie-fed buffalo and contains no antibiotics or added hormones. The bar itself has no MSG, no soy, no lactose, and it’s gluten-free as well. The ingredients contain buffalo meat, dried cranberries, sea salt, a blend of peppers, spices, garlic, and onion powder. If the combination of cranberries and meat sounds a little strange to you, know that it’s actually an old recipe that the Lokota Sioux Indians have been using for centuries.

There are many other options from a variety of farms who produce grass-fed jerky, but it tends to be very expensive, likely because it’s produced in such small quantities. If money is no object for you, these jerkies are likely a great option as it’s coming directly from the source. However, the above mentioned brands are all worth a try and should be available at most big box stores throughout North America. The one exception of course is the Onnit Warrior Bar, which can be ordered directly from the Onnit website.

Is Beef Jerky a Healthy Snack?

Is Beef Jerky a Healthy Snack?I don’t know why exactly, but I’ve been on a bit of a beef jerky kick lately. It’s odd because I went 30-something odd years without ever having beef jerky, and now, all of a sudden, I’m eating it all the time. I don’t often eat red meat, so maybe my body is craving it and inhaling bags of the stuff is just my body’s way of telling me that I need more meat.

Another possibility is that I’m using the beef jerky as a substitute for potato chips and Doritos. I’m trying to cut back them because I can easily eat a bag at a time and that’s literally thousands of calories. A bag of beef jerky on the other hand is around 200-300 calories. Just looking at those numbers, it’s got to be healthier for me than eating a bag of chips.

This is what got me wondering about beef jerky: when I’m looking for a snack, is beef jerky a healthy option? My main man Mike Dolce says that it isn’t, and that it should only be eaten in survival situations if cannibalism is the only other option. His reason for not eating beef jerky is that it doesn’t contain any fiber which can make it hard to digest. But that seems like something that could be balanced out quite easily with a smoothie loaded with kale or some All Bran cereal or something like that.

Like most foods, it’s important to look at the label when selecting a beef jerky, because a lot of them are filled with things you should likely avoid. For one, most are loaded with all types of sugar and corn syrups. Many contain heavy doses of salt. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) and nitrates are common ingredients as well, and both should be avoided if possible.

On the other side of the coin, what are some good things about beef jerky? It’s high in protein making it a great option before exercising or physical activity, it’s relatively low in calories compared to most other snack foods, and it contains iron and zinc, two minerals our bodies need.

So if you’re like me and you’re looking for a snack to satiate your salty tooth (is that a thing?), give beef jerky a try. Just read the label, try to find the healthiest option, and try to do something physical afterwards. You’ll certainly have the protein needed to burn off the calories you consume.

Do Artificial Sweeteners Cause Diabetes?

Do Artificial Sweeteners Cause Diabetes?For years people have been lead to believe that drinking diet sodas and other drinks and foods made with artificial sweeteners are healthier than their sweetened counterparts. It looks like this might not be the case.

An article posted on Reuters talks about how scientists who are studying the effects of artificial sweeteners on mice have found that it actually makes them more susceptible to glucose intolerance, which is a “risk factor” for diabetes. This was caused by the artificial sweeteners creating an imbalance in the microbes in the stomachs of the mice which are linked to metabolic medical issues such as diabetes.

What’s interesting and ironic about this link between artificial sweeteners and diabetes is that many people choose the foods that are artificially sweetened and think they’re making the healthier choice. After years of drinking diet sodas and eating foods that are artificially sweetened, it could actually cause diabetes.

If you’d consider yourself one of those people, there’s no need to panic just yet. The results that the scientists have found are just the beginning of a study and it may not amount to anything at all. They even say that there’s no need to make any chances to your diet right now if it does include products that are made with artificial sweeteners.

Still, like I always say, balance is everything! If you’re going to have a diet soda once in a while, make it once in a while, and not once every few hours. When I was a child, things like soda and sweets were given on special occasions as treats, and that’s how they should be treated even as an adult. Don’t make them part of your daily diet and eating routine.