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Mar 09

Dr. Aziz Q+A on Facebook Thursday at 5pm EST

Posted by KatMeyer

Tagged in: Facebook , dr. aziz , #Perfect10Diet

Hey everyone!

Due to the overwhelmingly wonderful response received for the last live Q+A Dr. Aziz did on Facebook, we'll be doing another one this Thursday at 5pm EST.

To participate, just head over to the Perfect 10 Diet Facebook page at 5pm EST on Thursday (March 11). Post your Perfect 10 Diet-related questions on the wall, and Dr. Aziz will be there to answer them from 5 - 6pm EST.

Mar 01

Dr. Aziz Addresses The Agave Nectar Controversy

Posted by KatMeyer

Tagged in: stevia , nutrition , insulin , fructose , dr. aziz , cholesterol , agave nectar , #Perfect10Diet

Agave plantThe Perfect 10 Diet FaceBook discussions have yielded a lot of great information, along with a lot of great questions. To lend more detail to those topics that seem to be of a great deal of interest to P10'ers, we'll be posting information from Dr. Aziz on those topics regularly here on the blog.

One such issue that has been raised again and again over on the Perfect 10 Diet Facebook page is that of the safety of agave nectar. What is agave nectar? Agave nectar is a honey-colored liquid that is considerably sweeter than sugar. It is gluten-free and low in the glycemic index so it is marketed as diabetic-friendly sweetner. However, there is some controversy that agave can be dangerous, and that it acts as a high-fructose corn syrup.
We asked Dr. Aziz to shed some light on agave nectar for us, and he did!

"I'll explain the controversy. Agave nectar has a low-glycemic index for one reason only: It's largely made of fructose, so it has minimal impact on insulin-the fat-storing hormone," says Dr. Aziz. "In large quantities, fructose is a very damaging form of sugar. Agave nectar has the highest fructose content of any commercial sweetener. All sugars (table sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, honey, maple syrup) contain some mixture of fructose and glucose. Table sugar is 50/50, HFCS is 55/45. Agave nectar is a at 90 percent fructose."

Is fructose bad? "No," says Dr. Aziz, "Fructose, the sugar found naturally in fruits -- is perfectly fine when you get it from natural sources. But when it's commercially extracted from fruits, it is in a concentrated form. Fructose can be damaging in excess as it can cause insulin resistance and has a negative effect on cholesterol. The controversy is: fructose found in the agave plant is natural, but when extracted, the fructose becomes concentrated, and therefore can be very damaging."

So, what is Dr. Aziz's advice when it comes to using commercially-extracted agave nectar? "If you need a sweetener for use at high temperatures, a small amount of agave nectar once in a while isn't going to harm you or kill you. You can also use plain sugar, honey, or maple syrup but all of these types of sugar will have a negative impact on insulin and should be used moderately ,and in small amounts. Stevia is a perfectly acceptable sweetener on the Perfect 10 Diet, and is recommended for use when high temperature cooking will not be involved."

If you have a question for Dr. Aziz, please leave it here in the comments, or post to the Perfect 10 Diet FaceBook page, or on Twitter. We'll be posting answers to your Perfect 10 Diet questions both here and over at FaceBook, so check back regularly!

Feb 05

Contest on Facebook, Another Introduction and a Perfect 10 Superbowl!

Posted by lyron.bennett

Tagged in: weight loss , perfect 10 diet , dr. aziz , diet program

Hi Perfect 10ers!

First I wanted to make sure that everyone here knows that there is a vibrant community on Facebook ( who are as involved as the wonderful folks here in discussing the Perfect 10 Diet, supporting each other and sharing new recipes/idea/shopping tips, etc. Please join us there too as we will be running really fun contests with incredible prizes. Right now, if you review the Perfect 10 Diet on Amazon and let us know via Facebook you will automatically be enrolled to win a signed copy of the Perfect 10. Stay tuned next week for another great give-away!

Also, the wonderful Kat Meyer (@katmeyer on Twitter) is going to be blogging here, posting on Facebook and running a Twitter group for P10ers! I will let her introduce herself and her support group, but I can tell you that the first meeting with be on Superbowl Sunday @ 5PT/8ET. More from her soon, I promise!

Dec 16

Dr. Aziz on The View Dec. 18 2009!

Posted by lyron.bennett

Tagged in: dr. aziz

Dr. Aziz with Jorge Cruise
Dr. Aziz with Jorge Cruise, author of The Belly Fat Cure, at a taping for The View this morning.  Dr. Aziz will be featured on Friday's episode in a panel discussion about the hot diet trends of the New Year.  Tune in Friday, December 18th, for this great segment!

The View, recipient of the 2003 Daytime Emmy® Award for "Outstanding Talk Show," is ABC Daytime's morning chatfest, featuring a team of dynamic women of different ages, experiences and backgrounds discussing the most exciting events of the day.

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