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Herbalife Becomes Official Nutrition Sponsor for North Carolina Soccer Fusion

LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Herbalife (NYSE: HLF), a leading global nutrition company, announced today that it has become the official nutrition sponsor of the North Carolina Soccer Fusion (NCSF).

The NCSF is the largest soccer organization in the Piedmont Triad, bringing together Twin City Youth Soccer and Greensboro United in a program designed to benefit advanced players in the region from U14-U18 age groups. In addition to being the jersey sponsor for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons, Herbalife will provide sports nutrition products to the players and work with coaching staff to provide nutrition education and programs for parents and players.

“We’re proud to partner with Herbalife as we look to develop nutrition programs that will help our players excel on the field,” said Chris Little, NCSF technical director. “We understand the importance of good nutrition and we look forward to working closely with Herbalife and our players.”

Herbalife officials say this agreement further demonstrates their commitment to playing an active role in the local community. “We are delighted to be involved with North Carolina Soccer Fusion and the great work they do for the boys and girls of the region. The proper nutrition is essential for any aspiring athlete, especially when they are participating in a highly competitive environment, and we look forward to working with the coaches, parents and players to help educate and support them on all aspects of nutrition,” said Ibi Fleming, senior vice president and managing director for Herbalife’s North America region.

This agreement is part of Herbalife’s broader sponsorship program aimed at reinforcing the importance of a healthy, active life. NCSF joins more than 250 other Herbalife-sponsored athletes, teams and events including the world’s best soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo, the LA Galaxy and the American Youth Soccer Organization.

About Herbalife Ltd.

Herbalife Ltd. (NYSE:HLF) is a global nutrition company that sells weight-management, nutrition and personal care products intended to support a healthy lifestyle. Herbalife products are sold in more than 90 countries to and through a network of independent distributors. The company supports the Herbalife Family Foundation and its Casa Herbalife program to help bring good nutrition to children.


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SASA’S NUTRITION INFO: The truth about sugar in fruit

The truth about sugar in fruit

 10 Feb 2011   Posted by Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD, FAND 

The truth about sugar in fruit | Susan Bowerman | Discover Good Nutrition

I was teaching a class, and a student dismissed the health benefits of fruit because, as she put it, “it’s full of sugar”.  You won’t be surprised to hear this wasn’t the first time I’d heard this ‘sugar in fruit = bad’ idea.

This thought that fruit is somehow a bad thing to eat came into full swing with the low carb diet craze a few years ago. But the myth persists. Not a week goes by that I don’t hear someone tell me that they avoid fruit because it’s “all sugar” or “loaded with carbs”. So, I’m here to set the record straight and come to the defense of some of the world’s healthiest foods – fresh, whole fruits.

Sugar in fruit – what are the facts?

I’ll tackle the “fruit is all sugar” statement first – because it’s just plain wrong. Fresh fruit offers so much more than the natural sugar it contains – including water, vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytonutrients (those naturally-occurring plant compounds that have wide ranging beneficial effects on the body). Where else can you get a package like that for about 75 calories per serving?

The idea that fruit is “loaded with carbs” or is “full of sugar” needs to be put into perspective, too. It’s true that when you eat fruit, the overwhelming majority of the calories you consume are supplied by carbohydrate – mostly in the form of fructose, which is the natural sugar in fruit.

But that’s the nature not just of fruit, but of all plant foods – they’re predominantly carbohydrate (and that means not just natural sugars, but healthy starches as well as structural elements, like cellulose, that provide fiber). When you eat vegetables, the majority of the calories you’re eating come from carbohydrate, too. But you don’t hear people complaining that vegetables are “loaded with carbs”.

Before dismissing foods as being loaded with sugar, or too high in carbs, consider not only the amount of sugar or carbs you’re eating, but the form of the carbohydrate, too. There’s a big difference between the nutritional value of the natural carbohydrates found in fruits and other plant foods – the sugars, starches and fibers – and what’s found (or, more accurately, what’s not found) in all the empty calories we eat from added sugars that find their way into everything from brownies to barbecue sauce.

Faced with a serving of fruit, how much sugar are we talking about, anyway? An average orange has only about 12 grams of natural sugar (about 3 teaspoons) and a cup of strawberries has only about 7 grams – that’s less than two teaspoons. And either way, you’re also getting 3 grams of fiber, about a full day’s worth of vitamin C, healthy antioxidants and some folic acid and potassium to boot – and it’ll only cost you about 50 or 60 calories. “All sugar”? I think not.

By contrast, a 20-ounce cola will set you back about 225 calories and, needless to say, won’t be supplying any antioxidants, vitamins, minerals or fiber. You’ll just be chugging down some carbonated water, maybe some artificial color and flavor, and somewhere in the neighborhood of 60 grams of added sugar – about 1/3 of a cup.

Now that’s what I call “full of sugar”.

Written by Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD. Susan is a paid consultant for Herbalife.


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SASA’S HEALTHY LIVING TIPS: The secret to avoiding ‘empty calories’ now and forever

The secret to avoiding ‘empty calories’ now and forever

27 Jan 2014   Posted by Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD, FAND 

Why you MUST avoid the tempting trap of 'empty calories'

Want one piece of advice? Don’t fill up on empty calories.

The term “empty calories” almost sounds like a conflict in terms…kind of like “cold sweat”.  After all, something can’t be “empty” and “full”… or can it?  It sure can – if you’re talking about “empty calories.

Simply put, empty calories are calories in your foods that are – for the most part – empty of significant nutritional value.  But these empty calories can rack up very quickly.  Most fats and added sugars are considered “empty” because they don’t offer your body much – if anything – in the way of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients or fiber.  What they do offer is a fast track to a bigger belly, hips and thighs.  So don’t let the expression fool you – empty calories are anything but.

To make matters even more confusing, foods containing a lot of “empty calories” are sometimes dubbed “energy dense” – which sounds a lot better than it actually is…. as if an “energy dense” food might give you lots of “get-up-and-go”.  But when you’re talking about “energy” in food, it’s  simply a gentler way of saying “calories” – the calories in the foods you eat are converted into energy that fuels the body.

So, an energy dense food is one that contains a lot of calories (okay, “energy”) in a relatively small volume – like the 250 calories of “energy” you get from a tiny frosted doughnut, or the more than 300 calories you get from a handful of potato chips.

Common Sources of Empty Calories

Sometimes you know when you’re taking in empty calories – sugar is hardly hidden in a carbonated soda or a candy bar. But empty calories aren’t always quite so obvious… like the 5 teaspoons of fat hiding in your blueberry muffin – and the 8 teaspoons of sugar lurking in the fancy coffee drink you use to wash it down.

Sugary drinks are a big contributor to empty calories in the diet – not just sodas and coffee drinks, but also heavily sweetened teas and fruit drinks like lemonade.  Same goes for sugary candy, pancake syrup, honey and preserves.  And fatty foods like chips, French fries and salad dressings are mostly empty calories, too.  Desserts can deliver a lot of extra “energy” into your system – most cakes, cookies and pastries pack a one-two punch of sugar and fat.

Swap Empty Calorie Foods for Nutrient Dense Foods

Taking in extra calories that you don’t need is only one problem with empty calorie foods – there’s another equally important issue.  When you fill up on fatty, sugary foods, they take up space in your stomach – squeezing out room for all those good-for-you foods that provide the healthy nutrients your body needs.

So here’s the solution in a nutshell:  since empty calorie foods have lots of calories and very little nutrition, you want to shift your focus towards foods that are exactly the opposite.  You want to eat more foods with an abundance of nutrients with a relatively low calorie cost.  These “nutrient dense” foods – like vegetables, fruits and lean proteins – offer up plenty of nutrition and they’re filling, but they won’t break your calorie bank.

Nutrient dense foods are pretty easy to spot.  Since fats are so calorie dense (there’s about 40 calories in a teensy pat of butter), swapping high fat items for low fat ones is an easy way to increase your nutrient density and cut out some empty calories.  Simple swaps – like replacing whole milk with nonfat, or cooking with ground turkey breast instead of beef – are a great way to start.

Another clue to nutrient dense foods is their water content.  Water adds volume – but no calories – to foods like fruits and vegetables, which makes them relatively low in calories and filling.  And, they also happen to have an abundance of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and fiber.  So, you might want to start your meal off with a leafy green salad or a vegetable soup – and begin to fill up on low calorie items.  Snack on whole fruits and vegetables, and add vegetables to as many foods as you can when you cook – like soups, stews, casseroles and pasta sauces – to pump up the volume and the nutrition.

Why Nutrient Density is So Important

I certainly encourage everyone to use their calories wisely and to spend them on the most nutritious foods they can – but this is particularly important for those who have relatively low calorie needs.  A woman who maintains her weight on 1400 calories a day will have to choose her foods carefully if she’s going to try to pack in all her nutrient needs in without gaining.  But even those with high calorie requirements shouldn’t assume they’ve got plenty of calories to spare.  Even if you’ve got calories to spare, it’s still wise to eat as many nutrient dense foods as you can.

That said, there’s nothing wrong with a calorie dense treat – once in a while.  What really matters is the quality of your diet overall.  As long as most of the foods you eat are nutrient dense, an occasional high-calorie indulgence shouldn’t be a big deal.  So, tell me how do you balance empty calories and nutrition dense foods in your everyday diet?

Written by Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD. Susan is a paid consultant for Herbalife.


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