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Fatalities and Illness From DMAA Supplement Warning!

DMAA Supplement Warning

I would like to issue a very serious DMAA supplement warning. I’ve received a very disturbing update on the dangers of DMAA, in the Monthly Prescribing Reference (MPR) read widely by physicians; like myself.

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The Food and Drug Administration has reported that there have been 60 reports of illnesses and deaths associated with the weight loss supplement DMAA.

DMAA (dimethylamylamine) is also used in supplements used for muscle building and performance enhancements.

Reported cases include heart problems or psychiatric disorders. DMAA can also increase blood pressure and lead to a range of cardiovascular problems, shortness of breath and chest tightening. It also may be more dangerous when used in combination with caffeine.

DMAA Supplement Warning By The FDA

The FDA has warned companies that using DMAA in dietary supplements is illegal and is now trying to ensure that all DMAA-containing supplements are no longer distributed to consumers.

I urge you all to check your weight-loss supplements for DMAA and assure you that Smart for Life® does not use this, or any other drugs, in our products. Please check your labels carefully as DMAA is known by several other possible names, listed below:

• 1,3-DMAA
• 1,3-Dimethylamylamine
• 1,3-Dimethylpentylamine
• 2-Amino-4-methylhexane
• 2-Hexanamine
• 4-Methyl-2-hexanamine
• 4-Methyl-2-hexylamine
• 4-methyl- (9CI)
• Dimethylamylamine
• Geranamine
• Methylhexanamine
• Methylhexanenamine

As with so many things, we must all be our own best advocate. Pay attention, and stay tuned in to the helpful resources that will keep you up to date on the latest research and warnings, such as this.

As always, to your good health, Dr. Sass. Please heed this DMAA supplement warning for your good health! The healthy way to lose weight is with SmartforLife® award-winning products!

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Smart for Life Named Manufacturer Of The Year!

manufacturer of the yearSmart for Life Named Manufacturer Of The Year 2013

Last Thursday evening, April 18th, at the SFMA (South Florida Manufacturing Association) awards banquet, Smart for Life® was presented the top honor of Manufacturer of the Year. Chosen from a sizable and diverse group of companies, several key members of our manufacturing team were recognized for their dedication to the operations, production and incomparable standards of excellence maintained at our pristine, bakery facility here in South Florida. Additionally, this same facility has been recognized, by Orkin, with a Perfect Cleanliness Score for four consecutive years.

Those attending on behalf of Smart for Life® were me, Dr. Sasson Moulavi, Owner and Medical Director; Richard Kayne, Chief Operating Officer; Anthony Ciotti, Operation/Facilities Manager; Elliot Chute, Food Safety/Compliance Manager; and Digna Cheney, Production Manager.

All of us at Smart for Life® are aware of the tireless effort and talent that go into earning such a prestigious award. It is with great appreciation that we thank those who are most directly responsible and with great pride and pleasure that we share in the light of this award.  On behalf of the amazing team that makes up all factions of Smart for Life®…Congratulations to all!

With this dedicated team, Smart for Life® will continue to produce and create amazing new products to enhance your healthy lifestyle and always give you something for which to look forward.

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Health and happiness, -Dr. Sass

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Dr. Sass Speaking at our Grand Opening

SmartforLife® Grand Opening With Dr. Sass Moulavi

Dr. SassSmart for Life held a Grand Opening Thursday at its new manufacturing facility in Riviera Beach. Dr. Sasson Moulavi speaking at the grand opening.

A ceremony will be held on November 1, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. to celebrate the grand opening of Smart for Life’s newly-renovated, 25,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility at 1210 West 13th Street in Riviera Beach, FL.  The event is being hosted by Palm Beach County and company founder, Dr. Sasson Moulavi.

The company produces nutritious baked food products that aid in weight loss under the trade marked names Smart for Life, ThinAdventure, The Cookie Diet, and Zilch.  It also licenses Smart for Life weight reduction centers in the U.S. and Canada.  Its major customers include Smart for Life Centers, Costco USA, Costco Canada, Walgreens, Sams Club Mexico, and Walmart.

The $3.1 million project was funded in partnership with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

DES worked closely with the business to complete its financing package through the Section 108 Loan and Energy Revolving Loan Fund programs to assist with working capital and energy retrofits at the new facility.  The company is expected to create 25 new full-time jobs.

This is the third manufacturing business to receive assistance through the Section 108 loan program that is located along West 13th Street, an important area of economic revitalization for the city.  Production commenced at the new site in August and the company reports that the energy improvements already have resulted in a reduction in electric costs.

DES estimates that the project will have an economic impact of $64.7 million over the next five years.

Guest speakers at the event will include District 7 County Commissioner Priscilla Taylor, Riviera Beach Mayor Thomas Masters, HUD Miami Field Office Director Armando Fana, and SBA Assistant District Director for Lender Relations Miguel Gonzalez.

Republished from: http://www.pbcgov.com/newsroom/1012/10-30-12_smart_for_life.htm

 

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Smart for Life Bakery Grand Opening

Smart for Life Bakery Grand opening – Cookie Diet

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The Smart for Life bakery grand opening was Thursday at its new manufacturing facility in Riviera Beach.  Dr. Sasson Moulavi speaking at the grand opening. A ceremony will be held on November 1, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. to celebrate the grand opening of Smart for Life’s newly-renovated, 25,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution facility at 1210 West 13th Street in Riviera Beach, FL.  The event is being hosted by Palm Beach County and company founder, Dr. Sasson Moulavi.

 

 

 

 

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Can a diet in high-fructose corn syrup make you “dumb”?

What Is High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)?

Though we may not have fully come to terms with it, in theory we know that high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is an adversary of health.  Lots of work has been done looking at the effect of fructose on weight, liver function, diabetes risk, and even the growth of cancer cells.  But not much has been looked at the role of fructose in brain function, until now.  Researchers have just reported that among the list of bodily illnesses fructose contributes to, it  may also “make you dumb.”  Luckily, eating a diet rich in the healthy omega-3 fatty acids seems to counteract this phenomenon.

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In the new study, UCLA researchers had rats spend a few days learning to navigate a maze. Then some of the rats ate diets rich in omega-3 fatty acids or deficient in them; some rats also drank a fructose solution in the place of their regular drinking water. After six weeks on their respective diets, the team put the rats back in the maze to see how well they recalled it.

High Fructose Corn Syrup Affects You In Many Negative Ways

The rats that had eaten omega-3-deficient diets were slower at completing the maze than the ones who ate diets rich in omega-3s. Those who drank the fructose solution instead of water were the worst-off of all when it came to their cognitive capabilities.

The rats also had important differences in how their bodies – and brains – were metabolizing sugar and functioning overall. The rats that had eaten diets without omega-3s had higher triglyceride levels as well as higher glucose and insulin levels. In fact the rats seemed to enter a state of insulin resistance (a precursor to diabetes), but this too was reversed by the addition of omega-3s.

Perhaps most interesting was the fact that the brains of rats without omega-3s showed a decrease in synaptic activity, the means by which brain cells “talk” to one another and which is critical in learning and memory. “The DHA-deprived animals were slower,” said study’a author, Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, “and their brains showed a decline in synaptic activity. Their brain cells had trouble signaling each other, disrupting the rats’ ability to think clearly and recall the route they’d learned six weeks earlier.”

Insulin influences not only blood sugar, but it also affects the ways in which brain cells function. So being in a state of insulin-resistance might be what’s behind the problems in brain function. Gomez-Pinilla suggests that fructose might somehow block insulin’s effect on brain cells, and specifically how it signals neurons to store and release the sugar that is needed for the brain to function efficiently – and for us to think crisply and clearly.

The study also points to the fact that metabolic syndrome, which is plaguing so many Americans these days, can also adversely affect our cognitive abilities.

The important thing to remember is that not all fructose is created equal. “We’re not talking about naturally occurring fructose in fruits, which also contain important antioxidants,” explained Gomez-Pinilla. “We’re more concerned about the fructose in high-fructose corn syrup, which is added to manufactured food products as a sweetener and preservative.”

Luckily, omega-3s seem to counteract the effect of fructose in part, although it’s probably a good idea to cut down on highly processed, high-fructose foods in the first place. And since our bodies are not very good producers of DHA and EPA, taking in the healthy fatty acids through diet or supplements may also be wise. The best sources of DHA/EPA are cold-water fish like tuna and salmon, and for the vegetarians out there, these forms may also be found in seaweed and algae (in small amounts), or in concentrated seaweed/algae supplements.  Gomez recommends consuming about one gram of DHA every day.

The bottom line is that omega-3s may protect our brains – not just now, but in the years to come. “Our findings suggest that consuming DHA regularly protects the brain against fructose’s harmful effects,” said Gomez-Pinilla. “It’s like saving money in the bank. You want to build a reserve for your brain to tap when it requires extra fuel to fight off future diseases.”

Remember that Smart for Life® products contain no sugar alcohols or high fructose corn syrup and are made with natural ingredients that are 60% organic.  I created Smart for Life products to keep your body in a low glycemic index, which in turn keeps your sugar and insulin low, in a fat burning no- hunger zone.

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Frequent Eating Tied To Less Weight Gain In Girls

Frequent Eating Tips

Frequent meals(Reuters Health) – Girls who did frequent eating and snacks put on fewer pounds and gained fewer inches to their waistlines over the next decade than those who only ate a couple of times each day, according to a new study.

Food Education is ideal for teaching our young girls on how to eat as well.  Researchers said that one explanation is that smaller, more frequent meals and snacks kept girls satisfied for longer, and prevented them from over-eating.

“Maybe if you eat smaller meals or you eat more frequently you’re less likely to have a very large meal or be extremely hungry and over-eat at a meal,” said Alison Field, who studies kids’ eating habits at Children’s Hospital in Boston but didn’t participate in the new research.

The new report, from Lorrene Ritchie at the University of California, Berkeley, is based on data from a government-funded study of black and white girls in Berkeley, Cincinnati and Washington, D.C.

Frequent Eating Should Be Started While Young

Starting at the ages of 9 and 10 years old, the girls filled out food records of what they ate, a few days at a time, and then reviewed those records with nutritionists.

Over the next 10 years, researchers continued to track more than 2,100 girls’ height, weight and waist size.

Ritchie used those records to compare the number of meals and snacks girls ate at the start of the study with changes in their weight and waist size through ages 19 to 20.

Girls initially reported eating an average of about two and a half meals and another two and a half snacks each day.

As expected, no matter how frequently they ate, participants gained weight and waist inches over the study period as they went through puberty.  But the fewer snacks and meals girls ate during the day, the more fat they ended up putting on, Ritchie reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

I have designed the Smart For Life® program to train individuals (both men and women) to eat 7 small healthy meals a day.  In addition to stabilizing sugar levels and preventing spikes, the 7 small meals help to satisfy hunger and decrease the likelihood of binge eating, especially during the evening hours.

According to these recent studies over the past ten years, those who started out eating more than six times a day climbed 6.5 points on the body mass index (BMI) scale, which is a measure of weight in relation to height.  Girls that ate three times or less went up 7.8 points.  That works out to about eight extra pounds gained by the least-frequent eaters. So you see, frequent eating of small meals helps you lose weight by speeding up your metabolism. -Dr. Sass

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Good News For Menopausal Women Using Soy

menopausal womenI recently learned in a new study, that soy protein reduces the progression of clogged arteries in menopausal women who were within five years of menopause.

This study was the largest and longest randomized controlled human study conducted to date that directly investigated the efficacy of isolated soy protein consumption on the progression of atherosclerosis (lipid deposition in the artery walls).

 

Menopausal Women Using Soy = Good Results

“These results are consistent with what we have learned through research conducted over the past decade”, said Howard N. Hodis, MD, USC Keck School of Medicine and lead author of the study.

In women who had experienced menopause within the past five years, isolated soy protein consumption was associated with a significant 68% reduction in CIMT progression compared to those consuming the placebo.  “This study also showed a significant increase in HDL (good cholesterol) in participants consuming isolated soy protein” said Krul.

Our Smart For life products, including our protein bars, which help to eliminate post exercise hunger  and contains 18 grams of protein are considered to be an excellent source of isolated soy protein.

This study was published in the November 2011 issue of Stroke and is great news for menopausal women looking to increase their health. Get started with our healthy plans today! -Dr. Sass

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New Sugar Recommendations For Adults

Sugar Recommendations 325WI recently read a report stating the new sugar recommendations for adults and wanted to share this information with all of you.

The American Heart Association has come up with the first-ever recommended sugar intake levels for adults, in hopes of spurring healthy eating habits.  This report suggests avoiding all processed foods as much as you can.

Rodale News, Emmaus, PA suggests that while a teaspoon of sugar may make your medicine go down, exceeding your recommended sugar intake could lead to obesity, heart disease, and not so healthy eating habits.  So, how much sugar is sweet, and how much turns your health sour? For the first time ever, the American Heart Association (AHA) has released guidelines giving people an idea of what a healthy daily sugar intake really is.

The Details: The AHA statement, pushed online in the journal circulation, makes the point that added sugars, such as high-fructose corn syrup or ordinary table sugar added to sodas, breads, and other processed foods, are likely responsible for the increase in calorie consumption and the subsequent rise in obesity of the past few decades. Furthermore, people who have unhealthy sugar intake levels also consume lower levels of vital nutrients, such as zinc, iron, calcium, and vitamin A.  One study even suggested that too much sugar can raise blood pressure levels.  I would like to point out that the report also notes that over the past 30 years, we’ve consumed an average of 150 to 300 more calories per day than we used to.   50% of these consumed calories come from beverages.  Keep in mind also that our physical activity levels remain unchanged, so the extra calories do not get burned off.

Do SmartforLife® Products Follow The Sugar Recommendations?

I’d like to bring to your attention that all of our Smart for Life products are not only low in sugar, but are suitable for most diabetics.  Smart for Life cookies are made with just 2-5 grams of sugar per serving, as well as our cupcakes.  Even our delicious cereals contain just 8 grams of sugar per serving. I created Smart for Life products to keep your body in a low glycemic index, which in turn keeps your sugar and insulin low, in a fat burning no- hunger zone. This unique blend of protein then suppresses your hunger while the fiber expands like a sponge to fill you up.

To make a comparison, surveys have also found that the average American consumes around 22.2 teaspoons of added sugar each day. According to the new guidelines, we should really be eating a fraction of that amount. The Smartforlife® sugar recommendations for adult women is 5 teaspoons (20 grams) of sugar per day, while for men it is 9 teaspoons (36 grams) daily.  For children, it is just 3 teaspoons (12 grams) per day.

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Is Fast Food Really Less Expensive Than Healthy Food?

I came across this article on fast food being cheaper and wanted to make sure you all are not being fooled by this myth!

It’s been recently reported that the “fact” that junk food is cheaper than real food has become a reflexive part of how we explain why so many Americans are overweight, particularly those with lower incomes. I frequently read confident statements like, “A bag of chips is cheaper than a head of broccoli…”or “It’s more affordable to feed a family of four at McDonalds than to cook a healthy meal for them at home.”

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This is just plain wrong.  In fact it isn’t cheaper to eat highly processed food. A typical order for a family of four, for example; two Big Macs, a cheeseburger, six chicken McNuggets, two medium and two small fries, and two medium and two small sodas- costs about $28.00.  If you only order “Happy Meals” then you can reduce that to about $23.00, and you will get a few apple slices in addition to fries!

The Healthy Alternative To Fast Food: SmartforLife®

Just as a comparison, eating 6 Smart for Life meal replacements per day (replacing breakfast, lunch and snacks) will cost you just about $5.14 per day, in total.  That is for 2 meals and 3 healthy snacks each day.  Smart for Life products are made with natural and 60% organic ingredients. They are high in protein and low in carbs and fat, while naturally suppressing hunger without the use of drugs or chemicals.  When following the program, Smart for Life also recommends an evening meal of lean protein (such as chicken, fish, garden burgers, veggie burgers, and white meat turkey, seafood or even tofu) along with a salad and vegetables. That may sound like a lot of food, but you are looking at a total cost of maybe $10 to $12 dollars on average per day, and that is money well spent to eat healthy and stay fit.

Another argument is that fast food is cheaper when measured by the calorie and that this makes fast food essential for the poor because they need cheap calories.  However, given that half of the people in this country (and a higher percentage of poor people) consume too many calories rather than too few, measuring foods value by the calorie makes as much sense as measuring a drink’s value by alcohol content (for example, why not drink 95% neutral grain spirit, the cheapest way to get drunk?).

Keep in mind it is also reported that “anything you do that’s not fast food is terrific: cooking once a week is far better than not cooking at all.” says Marion Nestle, Professor of Food Studies at New York University and author of “What to Eat”.   As Malik Yakini, Executive Director of the Detroit Black Community Food Security Network, says “we’ve seen minor successes, but the food movement is still at the infant stage, and we need a massive social shift to convince people to consider healthier options.” -Dr. Sass

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