CHECK IT OUT: Are your diet foods helping or hurting your cause?

Published: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 12:51 PM.

It’s time to decide on your New Year’s resolution. 

Whether you want to lose pounds gained over the holidays or spend more time with your family, your library has a wide variety of self-help books that can aid your goal.

I am reading “The Virgin Diet” by JJ Virgin, a nutrition fitness expert who claims many “diet” foods’ ingredients actually hinder weight loss and good health. These include low fat, high-sugar foods. Foods containing soy, corn and gluten are also on her list.

What is surprising is how ubiquitous these ingredients are in food products we consume. 

Ketchup, canned goods, white pepper, bleu cheese and baked beans are a few examples. Virgin explains in detail each ingredient she thinks you should avoid.

The book has recipes and menu plans to help you get started.

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