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Sweet Deception!

By: Dr. David Friedman
This is an example of how companies capitalize on healthy buzz words to fool consumers into spending their money. This candy company claims their product is made from healthful, all-natural pomegranate and nectarine and boasts the following:
Wheat free
No artificial dyes
No nuts
corn syrup
Wow! Sounds like something super healthy right? Finally, we can eat candy, satisfy our sweet tooth and get vitamin C, antioxidants, and other vitamins and minerals from these natural fruits! ????

The first ingredient of this candy is SUGAR!! Oh but wait, it says “organic” sugar so that means it’s good for us right?

Sugar that is “organic” simply means it doesn’t have any pesticides or herbicides. There are a lot of disagreements among all the health experts, doctors, dietitians and best-selling authors I’ve interviewed; however, the ONE thing almost all them agree on is, SUGAR is public enemy #1! Consuming it will spike your blood sugar,  increase your triglycerides, which is a risk factor for heart disease. Sugar increases your risk for obesity and insulin resistance, both of which are risk factors for type 2 diabetes. Sugar has been linked to depression, gut dysfunction, and cancer!

This company is trying to bamboozle consumers by using the word “organic,” which most people believe means is good for you.

The second ingredient is rice syrup. Like most refined sugars, rice syrup contains a lot of sugar and no essential nutrients. The glycemic index (GI) is a measure of how quickly foods raise blood sugar. Rice syrup has a GI of 98, which is extremely high! In fact, it’s much higher than table sugar which has a GI of 65. Eating rice syrup will spike your blood sugar. This product is being sold as a “natural pomegranate and nectarine” candy...


These two fruits aren’t even listed as ingredients. Some companies will at least spike their fruit candy with synthetic vitamin C to fool consumers into thinking it's is coming from the fruit— but not this company. The moral of my blog post rant?  Please play detective, read labels carefully and don’t fall for buzz words designed to make you think the product is healthy. A rock is organic, gluten-free, wheat-free, casein-free, soy-free, dairy-free and contains no artificial dyes, no nuts, no GMOs, and no corn syrup.... that doesn’t mean it’s healthy and you should eat it!

Alternatives to sweets: positive reinforcement

Gambling bonuses can be a wonderful way to add excitement to your life. Positive reinforcement can be an excellent way to deal with feelings of boredom, frustration or sadness. Gamblers can reap many rewards from a combination of excitement. Using excitement to reward or create excitement in a person is a great way to keep a gambling problem at bay.


Gamblers who use a combination of excitement and positive reinforcement have the chance to overcome and/or eliminate their gambling problems. Positive reinforcement of any type works for gambling addicts to help them stay away from their addiction. Gamblers are often able to deal with boredom or frustration by entertaining themselves with various forms of gambling. But when gamblers focus on getting the money, they may lose sight of the pleasure that they get from this entertainment.


Using excitement to reward can be one of the best ways to keep a gambling problem from arising. Gamblers who feel positive reinforcement after each win or after each great game of poker or craps help to prevent the problem from coming up. Negative reinforcement can also be used, but it should only be used as a short-term fix for a serious gambling problem. Gamblers may fall into a trap when trying to use excitement to keep a gambling problem from arising. The key is to keep a gambling problem in check by helping the gambler avoid a more serious problem.


For the gambler looking for excitement, positive reinforcement of the event or the process may work very well. It is a way to distract the gambler from dwelling on what may not happen to them next. Gamblers who enjoy their favorite activities like smoking or eating ice cream may find themselves thinking about their problems while they are enjoying the moment. A gambling bonus may help the gambler to look past the gambling and place the enjoyment of the moment ahead of their negative thoughts. Gamblers with an addiction may use excitement to focus on the new excitement and ignore their addiction.


For those who have a serious problem, excitement is one way to distract themselves from their problem. If a gambler has a gambling addiction, excitement can help them to overcome the need to gamble. Gamblers can focus on their addiction and ignore their addiction by engaging in activities that are more pleasurable than gambling. Gamblers can learn to have fun with gambling and begin to enjoy the gambling bonus.


Gamblers can also enjoy the excitement by ignoring the gambling bonus and focusing on other areas of their lives. It is a healthy and positive thing to concentrate on their positive activities instead of gambling. Gamblers can work towards goals or use positive reinforcement to build excitement in their lives. If the gambling is important to the gambler's life, he or she can make it a part of their life. If a gambling problem makes a person feel guilty or worthless, they may find an excitement alternative to feel good about their life.


Gameday can be a valuable source of excitement for the gamblers. Gameday can be enjoyable in many ways, including the ability to help a person to distract from their problems by having fun and winning a little each day. Gamblers can try different methods of enjoyment and find a method that helps them focus on the gambling bonus and not the addiction. Some gamblers may find that a gambling bonus works well for them. Others may find it helpful to search for another gambling method that can help them take advantage of the excitement and the joy of winning.


It can be hard to go without excitement. While most gamblers do not plan their vacations or honeymoons around their addiction, it can happen. Gamblers should be prepared for this. In order to have a successful vacation, a gambler should know what he or she is doing to prepare for gambling bonuses.

About the Author

Dr. David Friedman is the author of the award-winning, #1 national best-selling book Food Sanity, How to Eat in a World of Fads and Fiction. He's a  Doctor of Naturopathy, Chiropractic Neurologist, Clinical Nutritionist, Board Certified Alternative Medical Practitioner, and Board Certified in Integrative Medicine.  Dr. Friedman is a syndicated television health expert and host of To Your Good Health Radio, which has changed the face of talk radio by incorporating entertainment, shock value, and solutions to everyday health and wellness issues.

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