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Calories in Toothpaste

Calories in Toothpaste

Ever wondered if there are calories in toothpaste? The short and simple answer is yes, most toothpastes contain calories. In fact, a typical toothpaste from your local supermarket contains about 1 calorie per 100 grams. From a dietary perspective this is a negligible quantity, especially if you don’t swallow when you brush.

So don’t worry, even if you eat a whole tube every day (please do not eat toothpaste!) you will not add anything to your daily calorie count.

Which Toothpaste Ingredient has Calories?

Even so, it is interesting to think about calories in toothpaste. Why would there be calories in toothpaste? Are there carbs in toothpaste? Sugar? Fat? Let’s take a look the ingredients list of a common big brand toothpaste like Colgate:

  • Sodium Monofluorophosphate (0.14% w/v Fluoride Ion) (0.76 %)
  • Glycerin
  • Hydrated Silica
  • Water
  • Sodium Bicarbonate
  • PEG-12
  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Flavor
  • Sodium Hydroxide
  • Cellulose Gum
  • Sodium Saccharin
  • Carrageenan
  • Yellow 10
  • Blue 1

If you’ve read our post on emulsifiers, you will recognise the carrageenan and cellulose gum right away. We know that many of these types of food additives are manufactured from seaweed, so perhaps they’re the source of the calories? Nope. They do contain food energy, but they’re in such tiny concentrations in toothpaste as to make their calorie contribution undetectable.

Carbs in Toothpaste

Carbohydrates in Toothpaste

To the untrained eye, none of the other ingredients look like calorie containing compounds. However, any first year chemistry student will immediately understand that the glycerin is the most likely source. Glycerin, or Glycerine, or more properly Glycerol, is classed as a carbohydrate. It has a calorie count similar to that of common household sugar (sucrose).

Glycerol belongs to the Polyol, or sugar alcohol, chemical group. It complements the saccharin to make toothpaste taste sweet. Unlike sugar it does not feed the mouth bacteria which cause tooth decay. It also acts as a humectant and solvent in the toothpaste.

Glycerol, then is the main source of calories in toothpaste. If your toothpaste does not contain glycerol, it is likely substituted with some other sugar alcohol like xylitol or sorbitol. All of these polyols have sugar-like calorie counts.

Low Carb Bread ranked

Low Carb Bread in Australia (lowest to highest)

Our simple list of low carb bread available in Australia, ranked from lowest to highest carbohydrates per 100 grams. We pulled up over 2000 types and brands of bread available in Australian supermarkets, restaurants, corner shops, artisanal markets and online stores. In keeping with our focus on everyday food for regular people, we chose only the breads widely available almost anywhere in Australia.

Lowest to Highest Carbs in Australian Bread

We sorted the data by carb content from the lowest to the highest and chose the top seventeen. Then, we added the one at the bottom of the list (most carbs per 100g) for comparison purposes.

macro low carb bread

Macro Lower Carb Linseed & Sunflower Bread Rolls

Whilst not actually a loaf of bread, we could not very well leave these lowest carb bread rolls out on a technicality! Macro Lower Carb Linseed and Sunflower Bread Rolls contain a measly 4.5 grams of carbs per 100g. They’re high in protein with about 85% less carbs by weight than typical bread. Each serve contains 20 grams of protein.

Herman Brot Lower Carb Bread

Herman Brot Lower Carb Bread contains just 5.4 grams of carbohydrates per 100g, making it the second lowest carb bread in Australia. Impressively, this loaf delivers fully 25.6g protein per 100 grams.

Burgen Bread Wholemeal & Seeds

There is a massive step-up from the second to the third-least carbs bread in Australia. Even so, Burgen Wholemeal and Seeds bread boasts a low 23.2 grams of carbohydrates per 100 grams.

Burgen low carb bread

Burgen Bread Soy-Lin

Another Burgen bread comes in at number 4, probably indicating that they keep things uniform over at Tip Top. Burgen Soy-Lin has 24 grams of carbs per 100 grams, just managing to stay below the quarter mark.

Helga’s Low Carb Wholemeal & Seed Bread

Helga’s Lower Carb Wholemeal & Seed has 30% less carbohydrate (27.2g/100g) and 50% more protein (12.9g/100g) than Helga‘s Traditional Wholemeal Bread (carbohydrate: 40.6g/100g, protein: 8.1g/100g).

Helga’s Lower Carb Bread 5 Seeds

Next up is Helga’s Lower Carb 5 Seeds, which has 30% less carbohydrate (28.2g/100g) and 30% more protein (13.4g/100g) than Helga‘s Mixed Grain Bread (carbohydrate: 42.7g/100g, protein: 8.4g/100g).

Helga's Low carb bread

Helga’s Lower Carb Bread Soy & Toasted Sesame

Another Helga option, this Soy & Toasted Sesame one also has 28.2 grams of carbs per 100 grams.

Youfoodz low carb bread

Youfoodz Banana Bread

Okay, so Youfoodz Banana Bread is not really “bread”, but with just 29 grams of carbs per 100g we think its worth including on this list. You can read all about this product and the entire Youfoodz range on their website.

Macro Ancient Grain & Sprout Bread

One 80g serve of Macro Ancient Grains Wholemeal Bread is made with ancient grains and sprouted seeds. A high protein and very high fibre bread that comes in at just under 30 grams of carbohydrates per 100g.

Burgen Wholegrain & Oats Bread

The final Burgen bread on this list is Burgen Wholegrain & Oats. It contains 29.8g carbs per 100g.

HAS NO Gluten Free Seeded Bread

This creatively named bread has no gluten and is the first of the bunch to crack into the 30g carbs per 100g range.

Low Carb bread King Henry

King Henry’s Bakehouse Rye Bread

King Henry’s Bakehouse Rye bread is made from whole rye meal flour and contains 30 grams of carbohydrates in each 100 gram weight.

Coles Gluten Free Soy & Linseed Bread

Coles Gluten Free Soy & Linseed Bread is 30% carbohydrates by weight (30g carbs/100g).

Aldi Kornig Seeds & Grains Bread

“Kornig” means “grainy” in German, as in “Aldi Grainy Seeds & Grains Bread”. This wholegrain bread has 31 grams of carbohydrates per 100 grams of bread.

Coles low carb bread

Coles Gluten Free Five Seed Bread

The Five Seed variant of Coles’ Gluten Free bread range contains 31 grams of carbs per 100g. This means that it has just 3% more carbs than the Soy and Linseed product.

Tip Top 9 Grain Wholemeal Bread

2, 3, 4, even 5 grains not doing it for you? Here’s 9! Tip Top 9 Grain Wholemeal Bread has 30.6 grams of carbohydrates per 100 grams. Now, if only there was a 10, or 11, or 12, or….

La Famiglia Garlic Bread Entertainer Slices

This La Famiglia Kitchen Garlic Bread (32g carbs/100g) is a cheeky addition, because the flavoured butter topping dilutes the carb content even whilst taking the overall calorie count into the stratosphere. The actual bread content of this product is not low carb. We included this to give you an insight into why food labels alone can be deceptive. Any bread can be part of a low carb diet if it makes up a relatively small proportion of said diet.

Coles Not Low carb bread

NOT Low Carb! Coles Bakery Multigrain

We’ve included this final entry to give you an idea of what high carb bread looks like. With a massive 64 grams of carbs per 100g, Coles Bakery Multigrain Bread has the most carbohydrates by weight. This is exactly twice as many carbs as the garlic bread featured on our list.

Low Carb Bread can be Deceptive

When you are following a low carbohydrate diet and refuse to give up bread, there are some real options like the first two items on this list. However, for all the others, the real issue becomes one of portion control and food choice. If you eat one hundred grams of low carb bread, you are eating the same carbs as someone who eats 50 grams of the high carb type. Thus, 50g of high carb bread plus 50g of roast beef (100g) has the same carbs as 50g of low carb bread with a 50g topping of banana (also 100g). In both scenarios, you would eat about 30g carbs!

5 Components of Fitness

5 Components of Fitness: Test Yourself!

Use the 5 Components of Fitness to test your level of fitness. Calorie is King, but it is still important to aim for fitness as well as a healthy body weight. The 5 Components of Physical Fitness are:

  • Cardiorespiratory (or Cardiovascular) Endurance
  • Muscular Strength
  • Muscular Endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Body Composition

According to organisations like the US Department of Health, you can declare yourself fit if able to pass all 5 fitness component tests. Here’s how to use each component to discover your fitness level:

First component of fitness cardio

Heart and Lung Endurance Component

More officially known as Cardiorespiratory Endurance, this component of fitness is about how well you can do high intensity exercise. Its the type of activity which causes you to breathe a lot and get hot under the skin. Your heart pumps furiously and your lungs fill and empty quickly. We’re talking about running, pedaling a bike up a hill, doing an aerobics class, and other such vigorous intensity exercise.

Fit adults can exercise with vigorous intensity for ten minutes per day, or 75 minutes per week.

A more specific test of the cardiorespiratory, or cardiovascular, endurance component of fitness is the Step Test. First, step onto a raised platform such as a stair. Then, place both feet on the higher surface. Finally, step back down without turning your body. Alternate feet and repeat the process as fast as you can, non-stop. Last 5 minutes to declare yourself fit!

From age 65, you are fit if you can exercise at moderate intensity for 150 minutes or more per week. This means brisk walking, leisurely bike rides, or gentle calisthenics. Basically, anything that gets the heart pumping fast enough to cause breaths to get faster.

Strength Component

Muscle Strength Component

The second component of fitness is about how strong your muscles are. Muscular strength is not about how long or how fast you can go. Instead, it is about how much weight you can lift, push, or pull. We have several different muscle groups, and there are many different types of strength exercises. The exercises which work multiple muscle groups at the same time are best for strength training.

Perhaps the most convenient and universally available muscle strength exercise is the push-up. This is where you lie face-down on the ground with your hands placed palm-flat alongside your shoulders. Raise your body up by straightening your arms, whilst keeping your back and knees rigidly straight. Without pausing, return to the start position by bending the elbows and repeat the straightening and bending movement until failure.

If you are an adult male aged 18 to 65, call yourself fit if you can do at least 20 push ups in one go.

If you are a female in the same age group, call yourself fit if you can do 15 push ups.

Older adults aged 65 and above are not usually tested with the push up method. Instead, various grip-strength and weight-lifting techniques are used.

Endurance fitness component

Muscular Endurance Component

The third component of fitness is Muscle Endurance, or how long your muscles can strain for. How far you can walk or run. How long you can hold your shopping bag in one hand. The laps can backstroke in the pool. Like the muscle strength measure, this muscular endurance component can be a challenge to define.

A good place to start is the exercise known as the plank.

Do a plank by resting on your elbows (90 degree angle between arm and floor) and the balls of your feet whilst keeping your legs and back as straight as possible.

Imagine that, from the top of your head to your heels, your body has become a straight plank of unbending timber.

Adult males are considered fit if their muscles can endure a plank for 30 seconds at a time. Females are fit if they can plank for 15 seconds per go.

Both men and women are considered strong when able to plank for 60 seconds or more. The world record plank is over 5 hours!

Flexibility

Flexibility Fitness Component

Number 4 out of the 5 Components of Fitness is Flexibility. Flexibility is the ability for your limbs and torso to be able to bend through a wide range of motion at the joints. Flexible joints are those not held back by stiff muscles and connective tissue, poor cartilage and joint fluid, and pain.

There are several important tests for flexibility, based on age, gender and medical history. However, one simple, age-old method arguably trumps them all: the toe-touch.

To perform the toe-touch, stand up straight, feet together, then gently bend your back whilst keeping your knees unbent, reach down and touch your toes with your fingertips. Alternatively, stand with your feet apart and touch the floor in-between them.

Adults aged 65 and under are classed as being fit if they can touch their toes without bending their knees. Older adults use more specialised range of motion tests to assess their flexibility as a component of overall fitness.

Body Fat percentage

Body Composition

The fifth, final, and most visibly obvious Component of Fitness is Body Composition. Simply and crudely put, it is the amount of fat you have, relative to muscle, bone and other body tissues. Body composition is not the same as body weight, since a fit, muscular person may weigh the same as an unfit person of the same height.

An adult male is considered fit if he has less than 17% body fat, whilst an adult female is fit with less than 24% body fat.

In other words, men are fit if they carry less than one fifth of their body weight as fat, whereas fit women may have up to about one quarter of their weight as fat.

Measuring body fat percentage accurately without specialised hydrostatic testing equipment is difficult. However, several more convenient, if less accurate, methods such as skin-fold (with callipers), bioelectrical impedance, abdomen vs neck ratios, and dual energy x-ray absorptiometry tests can be used.

For most people, body composition can easily be measured with a simple BMI reading. Find out what your BMI is and learn all about it with the calcount BMI Calculator right now!

5 Components of Fitness Activities

To summarise, the activities related to each of the five components of fitness are:

  1. Cardiorespiratory Endurance Component: The 5 Minute Step Test
  2. Muscular Strength Component: 20 push-ups for men, 15 push-ups for women
  3. Muscular Endurance Component: 30 second plank for men, 15 second plank for women
  4. Flexibility Component: Touch your toes!
  5. Body Composition Component: Less that 17% body fat for men, less than 24% body fat for women

Whilst broadly accepted, understand that different health professionals are likely to have more specific activities and definitions for individual people.

Pecan vs Walnut

Pecan VS Walnut Differences Explained

Pecan versus walnut, which to choose? Pecans and Walnuts are from the same Hickory fruit family and thus often mistaken for each other. Pecans are more popular, probably because they are generally cheaper, sweeter, and smaller. In some ways walnuts are more nutritious, but they’re bitterer and less versatile. Here’s how these two nuts compare in calories, nutrients, taste, and origin:

Pecan VS Walnut Taste

Pecans have a rich, creamy flavour whilst walnuts taste fruity, with a bitter edge. Both are usually cooked (toasted or roasted) before sale to reduce bitterness, kill fungus, and enhance their natural nutty flavours. The milder taste of pecans makes them ideal for sweet desserts, whilst walnuts do better in muesli and savoury dishes. Both walnuts and pecans taste less bitter when their brown skin is removed. A recent poll in Box Hill North, Melbourne found that most people prefer the taste of pecans over walnuts.

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Pecan VS Walnut Nutrition and Calories

Pecans and walnuts have a similar amount of calories. Depending on the way each has been processed, any given batch of walnuts might have a higher calorie count than an equivalent batch of pecans, and vice-versa. The difference depends on water content (the drier the nut, the more calories by weight it has). For the most popular types of walnut and pecan sold in Australia, pecans have 712 calories (2980kJ) per 100g, whilst walnuts have 717 calories (3000kJ).

Of course, being nuts (or more correctly nut-like stone fruit seeds), both walnuts and pecans are high calorie foods. You can read about why that is so here, in our post about cashew nuts. In a nutshell, they contain lots of oil/fat.

Protein is the Difference

Walnuts have 50% more protein than pecans (15g/100g compared to 10g/100g). Pecans on the other hand have less saturated fat (5g/100g) than walnuts (7g/100g). Both walnuts and pecans contain a massive 72 grams of fat in total per 100 grams. Pecans have more sugar (4g compared to 2g), perhaps explaining why they are sweeter.

Micronutrient Dense

Both Pecans and walnuts are packed with micronutrients, especially B vitamins and magnesium, zinc, copper, phosphorous, and iron. Walnuts tend to have more than twice the folate and Vitamin B6 than pecans, whilst the reverse is true in the case of Vitamin A and E. In either case, 100 grams covers just about the entire daily recommended dosage of B vitamins and magnesium, copper, and zinc.

They both also contain phytochemicals like polyphenols which may have health benefits like cancer prevention. It is a good idea to include phytochemical-rich foods in the diet, in moderation. Whilst there are many benefits to eating them, too-high concentrations of specific compounds may interfere with hormonal balance.

Pecan compared to Walnut

Pecan VS Walnut Colour and Appearance

Whole walnuts are generally bigger than pecans. They’re also rounder, paler, and shaped more like a brain. Overall, walnuts appear wilder, with fractal protuberances on the surface. Pecans have a distinct straight ridge running down their middle.  Even though they look quite different in raw form, pecans and walnuts are often confused for each other when chopped up in a salad or baked in a pastry. When shelled, both have a bumpy surface covered in a smooth, thin brown skin which can be peeled off. Pecan skins are usually of a darker hue than walnuts.

pecan and walnut tree

Pecan VS Walnut Tree

Pecans and walnuts are the inner parts of the seed of different varieties of Hickory fruits. This means that neither walnuts nor pecans are true botanical nuts, even though some experts choose to disagree. To the layperson, pecan and walnut Hickory trees are virtually identical until they start producing fruit. Both grow to a height of about 40 metres and lose their leaves in autumn.

Technically, both walnut and pecan husks develop from the bracts and bracteoles, but walnut husks also grow from the sepals, or sometimes the sepals only. Enough to say that you’d have to be a botanist to figure out the exact differences between the two trees.

Pecans VS Walnuts in Baking

Given their similar origin, fat and water content, and nutritional profile, it is perfectly safe to substitute pecans for walnuts and vice versa in any recipe. Walnuts, being less sweet, may require slightly more sweetener. Their higher protein content may make for a chewier bake than a pecan variant. Walnuts are also bitterer, hence the vastly greater popularity of pecan in baked goods compared to walnut pie. Walnuts tend to be folded into breads or dispersed throughout cake or muffin batter, rather than concentrated in pie filling or tart topping in the the way pecans are.

Conclusion

The choice between pecans and walnuts comes down to two things: personal taste and protein. If you are keen to get as much protein as you can from the nut component of your diet, chose walnuts. Otherwise, choose whichever tickles your tastebuds more. Either way, you will be eating a high-calorie, nutritious, Hickory fruit seed packed with vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals.

Freemans Organic Farm

Calories in Freemans Organic Farm Produce

Freemans Organic Farm, located in Queensland’s Currumbin Valley deep in the Gold Coast Hinterland is nothing short of a national treasure. The farm has been growing some of the finest fruit and vegetables in the country for generations (since 1915 in fact!).

Organic produce, unlike the regular type, is produced according to certified standards of practice involving the cycling of resources, promoting ecological balance, and conserving biodiversity. In Australia, the NASAA standards apply.

All well and good, but what sort of calorie counts do organic fruit and veg of the type produced by the Freeman’s have? After calculating your calorie deficit, you will want to know how much of this good stuff you can eat per day. Use the calcount Food Search Box or take a quick look at this table:

ProduceCalories per 100 grams
Bananas – New Guinea Cavendish92 Calories (385kJ)
Bananas – Lady Fingers113 Calories (474kJ)
Avocados207 Calories (867kJ)
Kale26 Calories (109kJ)
Carrots31 Calories (133kJ)
Capsicums21 Calories (92kJ)
Sweet potato70 Calories (297kJ)
Mandarins45 Calories (191kJ)
Onions – Brown28 Calories (120kJ)
Broccoli31 Calories (131kJ)
Zucchini 14 Calories (61kJ)
Silverbeet17 Calories (72kJ)
Tomatoes17 Calories (73kJ)
Beans31 Calories (130kJ)
Squash26 Calories (110kJ)
Eggplant21 Calories (89kJ)
Paw Paw / Papaya33 Calories (142kJ)
Pumpkin44 Calories (186kJ)
Click the Food Name to see Nutrition Facts

As expected, the calcount database holds that organic fruit and vegetables are low in calories and nutrient rich. One expects that the depth of micro-nutrients found in organically grown produce exceeds that of “regular” produce. In the case of Freeman’s farm, the highly arable volcanic soil undoubtedly transfers a plethora of minerals into the product of their sustainable labour.

The next time you are up Tomewin Mountain Road, why not stop over at this magnificent 25 acre organic farm and sample some of the produce? The crew at Freemans Organic Farm have been conducting guided tours and manning their stall for years. Head on over to their website for more information!

Will I lose weight if I stop eating rice

Will I lose Weight if I Stop Eating Rice?

Yes, you will lose weight if you stop eating rice,

IF:

  • You usually eat rice more than 5 times per week.
Eat rice all the time
  • When you eat it, rice is the main carbohydrate (starch) component of your meals.
Rice is the main Starch Source
  • You do not replace the missing rice portion with an equal or greater source of calories. For example, by replacing a cup of rice with a cup of corn.
Corn swapped for Rice
  • Less food is eaten overall as a result of the skipped rice. If you stop eating rice, but start eating extra afternoon snacks at the same time, you might not change your overall calorie intake much.
Stop Eating Rice, replace with Cake
Riceless timeframe

So yes, you will generally lose weight if you stop eating rice. However, cutting rice out altogether is not recommended, because doing so might make your diet too low in carbs. Instead, you can follow these 3 steps to make your rice less calorific.

Coles Low Calorie Snacks

Low Calorie Snacks from Coles (-100 kcal/serve)

Next time you do a pantry refill, consider this list of low calorie snacks from Coles. Arranged from low to high, these Coles brand snacks contain less than 100 calories per serve. Remember that, whilst the per serve calorie count might be low, the standardised 100g count could be much higher. In other words, stick to the one serve recommended on the pack to get the low calorie effect.

100 calories is about 5% toward a daily target of between 1500 and 2000 calories. None of the pantry snacks listed here would make any nutritionist’s “most nutritious foods” list, but there are many worse options out there. People in the real world eat snacks bought from the supermarket and stored on shelves in their home. Such people, like us, have the option of choosing low calorie items rather than high calorie ones like these 289 calorie behemoths.

Click the food name to visit its calcount Nutrition Facts panel:

Coles Original Rice Cakes 24 kcal

Coles low calorie snack Rice Cakes

Coles Original Rice Cakes have 24 calories per serve. They might be the lowest calorie snack, but they are quite insubstantial. It is very hard to eat just one serve.

Coles Wafer Thin Original Crackers 41 kcal

Coles Wafer Thins

With 41 calories per serve, Coles Wafer Thin Original Crackers are an archetypical diet food. You will be satisfied if you like your crackers bland and crunchy.

Coles Malted Milk Biscuits 43 kcal

Coles low calorie Malted Milk snack

Coles Malted Milk Biscuits contain 43 calories per serve and make a good company with an afternoon cuppa.

Coles Gingernut Biscuits 56 kcal

Coles Ginger Nuts

Coming in at twice the calories (56 per serve) of rice cakes, Coles Gingernut Biscuits are possibly the lowest calorie properly flavoured bikkies available.

Coles Dark Chocolate Chocolatey Moments 70 kcal

Coles Dark Choc Moments

Coles Dark Chocolate Chocolatey Moments Biscuits have 70 calories per serve. They’re the lowest chocolate flavoured Coles biscuits.

Coles Cracker Squares 76 kcal

low calorie Coles snack Cracker Squares

Each serve of Coles Cracker Squares has 76 calories.

Coles Ultimate Salt Caramel Chip Cookies 79 kcal

Coles Ultimate Salt Caramel Chip Cookies contain 79 calories per serve. A person with a sweet tooth will find it hard to eat just one serve.

Coles Ultimate Triple Choc Chip Cookies 80 kcal

Just pipping its caramel cousin, Coles Ultimate Triple Choc Chip Cookie has 80 calories per serve.

Coles Fruit Sticks 81 kcal

low calorie snack from Coles Fruit Sticks

Coles Fruit Sticks are the first non-biscuit snack on this list, with 81 calories per serve.

Coles Lightly Salted Microwave Popcorn 81 kcal

Compelled to eat in front of a screen? You could do a lot worse than Coles Lightly Salted Microwave Popcorn. each serve has 81 calories.

Coles Vanilla Puffed Rice Bars 82 kcal

Basically flavoured puffed rice, Coles Vanilla Puffed Rice Bars contain 82 calories per serve.

Coles Finest Kale and Onion Crispbread 85 kcal

For those who like their low calorie snacks to be fancy, there is Coles Finest Artisan Kale and Caramelised Onion Crispbread. The name’s a mouthful but the product packs just 85 calories per serve.

Coles Honeycomb Whirls Chocolate Biscuits 86 kcal

Coles Honeycomb Whirls Chocolate Biscuits have 86 calories per serve.

The key takeaway from this list is that, to stay below 100 calories per snack, it is important to eat just one serve. Of course you will do better to eat raw carrot sticks or celery or apple instead of bikkies and microwave popcorn, but you can still manage a low calorie plan if you stick to the serving suggestion!

Good Luck! You can do it!

Can Onion and Colgate reduce Belly Fat?

Can Onion and Colgate Reduce Belly Fat?

Overheard at the office coffee machine: “Can onion and Colgate really get rid of belly fat? Really? Awesome! I’m going to try it tonight!” Cue silent cringe and incredulous back-at-desk Googling. Turns out, yes, there is a growing belief that the combination of toothpaste (specifically, Colgate) and onion works to burn belly fat. Fast!

This quick myth busting post is us doing our part to stop this nonsense before it becomes a real thing.

There are many like this…

How to Prepare the Onion and Colgate “Remedy”

Thankfully, the concoction is not made for eating. Preparation is simple: chop or blend some onion into tiny pieces and place in a bowl. Squeeze Colgate toothpaste into the onion and mix well to form a poultice. Rub the mixture onto your belly, applying a generous layer. Leave on the skin for 15 minutes, before rinsing it off with water. Repeat the procedure daily until your belly becomes flat and firm. First results are said to be noticeable within 24 hours.

What is the Rationale?

According to the people promoting this amazing fat burning solution, it works because “something” in the onion reacts with “something” in the Colgate to form “something” which penetrates the skin. Once under the skin, the thing homes in on visceral and subcutaneous belly fat cells and DESTROYS them. They say you know it is working when you feel a tingling sensation even after you wash the goop off your skin.

Onion and Colgate make skin tingly

Why do People Believe this?

Maybe, since many so-called “Slimming Creams” are sold by reputable establishments, a great many people actually believe that it is possible to burn fat with topical lotions. Most of these commercially available creams contain at least one ingredient (often cayenne) which causes skin tingling. Since toothpaste causes a similar tingling or burning sensation, by a certain shaky logic, it too should be able to burn fat through skin.

What about the onion? Perhaps, it lends a certain homey charm and pungency to enhance the placebo effect. Unlike, say, carrots, onions just seem more, well, medicinal. We think fewer people would be taken in by this marvelous fat-zapping ointment if the remedy was just spreading unadulterated toothpaste on your belly. They might wonder why fat lips don’t get thinner when people brush their teeth with Colgate!

So, DIY Colgate and Onion Ointment Doesn’t Work?

To be clear: Onion and Colgate does not burn belly fat overnight or over day or ever. Whilst it is probably harmless to spread minced onion and toothpaste on your skin (unless you have an allergic reaction), there is no way for it to burn your belly fat, or any fat. Invasive surgical methods aside, the only way to reduce belly fat is to do so from within, by the natural process of metabolism. In other words, eat fewer calories than you use.

Lose Weight Fast in 2 Weeks

7 Actual Ways to Lose Weight Fast in 2 Weeks

How is it possible to lose weight fast in 2 weeks at home, whilst doing things that come somewhat naturally? Believe it or not, there are real ways to achieve surprisingly fast weight loss without resorting to fad diets or outright starvation!

Many people want to get rid of fat fast, and a two week period seems intuitively long enough to achieve real results, yet short enough to withstand the discomfort of calorie restriction. The good news is that most people will lose between 500 grams and one kilo per week (rapid weight loss) by cutting their normal daily calories by a third. For most people, doing the things on this list will do just that.

Here are 7 things you can do to Lose Weight Fast:

  1. Call it a diet or a quiet adjustment, but you will need to eat less. No amount of extra exercise will make you lose weight fast in two weeks. Only calorie restriction is going to work. This is because two weeks is not nearly enough time for your body to adjust its BMR meaningfully.
  2. Reduce, or better yet, banish sugar from tea and coffee. In fact, get rid of all types of obvious sources of sugar. Don’t drink sugary soft drinks. Avoid confectionery and “sugar-frosted” breakfast cereals. Skip things like Nutella and glazed doughnuts.
  3. For fast weight loss, you are going to have to cut carbs. Aim for a reduction of at least one third of your normal carbohydrate intake. This means actually putting your usual portion of, say, spaghetti on your plate, then scooping a third of it out again. Used to a two-slices of bread sandwich every day? Change that to a one-slice open sandwich. Usually enjoy a large baked potato with butter? Swap it for a small baked potato with butter instead.
  4. Two weeks is a reasonable period to avoid alcohol altogether, so try to skip your usual libation for the full 14 days. Choosing not to drink your weekend or weekday tipple will make a significant difference to your calorie count.
  5. Fat is a high calorie foodstuff, so reduce your intake. You should not avoid it altogether because it is part of a balanced diet, but you can opt for low-fat variants of your favourite foods. For example, swapping skim or lite for normal milk will help you to reach that 30% calorie reduction over two weeks.
  6. Increase your water intake by about 30% over the two week period. Besides all of the health benefits which will flow from becoming better hydrated, you will feel less hungry. Regular sips from a bottle of water or cup of green tea throughout the day in between meals will keep you digestive system occupied.
  7. By far the fastest way to lose weight fast is to get rid of excess body water. You can reduce your own natural water retention in two weeks by eating less salt. The sodium in salt affects the amount of water which your body keeps in your tissues. Each litre of water in your body weighs one full kilogram, so a natural, healthy reduction in fluid retention is an excellent way to lose weight fast.

And that’s how to lose weight fast in 2 weeks. Yes, there is nothing unexpected in the above list. Everything here is probably something you have heard before. Guess why that is? Because at the end of the day, weight management comes down to some pretty basic principles. Whether you knuckle down to a 1500 calorie diet plan or get yourself a specific calorie calculation, the only way to lose weight is to achieve your calorie deficit.

You can do it! Good Luck!



Overcooked Bacon

Overcooked Bacon, don’t Toss it Out!

Overcooked bacon might not be appetising, but there’s an overwhelmingly good reason you should prefer it to perfectly done bacon. And don’t be put off by its appearance, there are ways to make it look and taste better.

Bacon Calories

There’s no way to sugar-coat it (although sugar-coated bacon is a thing): bacon is a staggeringly high-calorie food. One single 28 gram rasher of untrimmed raw middle bacon contains a heart-stopping 87 calories! That’s one reason why a burger with bacon packs way more calories than one without. In our view, anything you can do to reduce the calories in bacon (assuming you cannot resist eating it) is a good thing!

Raw Bacon has more fat

Cooked Bacon has Fewer Calories

So things can get confusing when you look at nutrition data for cooked and uncooked versions of the same food. On a weight-for weight basis, cooked bacon has far more calories than uncooked bacon. 100 grams of cooked bacon has 432 calories, whilst 100 grams of raw bacon has “just” 312. This is true, however for practical purposes misleading. Since most people do not eat raw bacon, we need to compare calorie values for cooked versus uncooked weight. Bacon loses 60% of its weight when “cooked to perfection”, so the 100 gram raw bacon (312kcal) becomes 40 grams of cooked bacon worth 172 calories!

cooking renders fat

In the example of a single 28 gram (raw weight) rasher, the calorie count drops from 87 calories to 48 calories in an 11 gram cooked rasher. The cooked bacon has lost water and oil through the cooking process, making it more concentrated nutritionally, but with fewer calories overall thanks to the reduced fat content.

Raw bacon is 60% heavier

Overcooked bacon has even Fewer Calories!

The more you cook bacon, the more fat is rendered, until you are left with nothing but the bits that don’t melt. If you cook it really slowly, the bacon will not burn to an inedible crisp of carbon, even if by most accounts it will be overcooked. That is the one overwhelmingly good reason to prefer overcooked bacon to the normal version. Each gram of lost weight through cooking results in a calorie lessening at the rate of more than 2 per gram. There’s probably a loss curve with diminishing returns, but you get the point.



Just remember that the calories have not disappeared, they are simply in the pan grease. Make your cooked bacon even less calorific by blotting it with a paper towel before tucking in!

2 calories per gram

Overcooked Bacon is Better

Overcooked bacon does not have to be tossed out. Unless it is properly burned to an acrid crunch, you will enjoy the extra crispiness and it is not in any way “bad” for you. There is some research which indicates that any sort of charred meat should be eaten sparingly, but the jury is still out. Best of all, you can crush it to make “bacon bits” which infuse anything with that distinctive bacon flavour and aroma.