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You have seen it so many times on a health supplement label and you may not even consider it anymore. One of the secrets of the supplement world is that they are loosely regulated, and if the language is correct, can make misleading claims. As long as the product “aids” or “supports” a specific function, they can be sold without much trouble. The problem is, some studies have shown that the levels of certain vitamins that claim to be in the product vary. Not only do they vary, the very efficacy of a vitamin or mineral is often questionable. They can have benefits for those who lack the vitamin in question, or have a medical necessity, but it is very important for consumers to really know what they are getting and the trustworthiness of the brand. What supplements do you take?
- Use repellant (20-30% DEET)
- Clothing containing permethrin
- Bathe or shower when you arrive home
- Conduct a full body check
- Examine clothes & pets
“With all of that in mind, Bellati suggests that there are a few tips you can follow at most chains to find those food items that are the lesser of evils:
- Avoid fried foods when possible.
- Opt for smaller portions if they’re available (or share food with someone).
- Pass on sugary beverages like soda and drink water or unsweetened iced tea instead.
- Be wary of sauces(dressings, sandwich toppings, and for dipping)because they can be high in sugar and sodium.
- Say no to mayo. It can save you a lot of calories and fat.
- When in doubt, use your smartphones to look up nutrition information and healthy options.”
- “Ranch Snack Wrap: Get the grilled chicken version since it has a good amount of protein and is lower in fat and carbs when compared to most sandwich items on the menu.
- Side Salad: A fairly safe choice at most fast food places because it’s all vegetables, and there’s nothing extra thrown on top of it. When you add on the dressing things obviously change, but if you go with a balsamic vinaigrette or simple Italian it remains a pretty decent option.
- Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich This sandwich is pretty high in processed carbs (43g, mostly from the bun sauce), but it’s still one of the better sandwich options on the menu. It can fill you up without going overboard.
- Hamburger: It might seem a little surprising, but the basic McDonald’s hamburger is probably your best bet if you want a sandwich.”