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Fast-Food Breakfast & Leaky Gut


Fast-Food & Those Darn Golden Arches

The other morning I was stuck in traffic and as I inched closer to see what the problem was, I noticed there was a line of cars trying to go through a packed drive-through at a local fast food restaurant.  Some people honked at the irritation of the stopped traffic but I just wanted to scream, “Save Your Pancreas!”, “Your GUT Loves You – Don’t Do It!”, “Fast Food isn’t Your FRIEND!Those darn golden arches!

In April (2019), the Journal of the American College of Nutrition published an interesting (albeit, not surprising) study that found eating a high-calorie, fast-food breakfast was related to a higher risk of developing leaky gut syndrome which can then lead to insulin receptor damage.(1) The researchers mentioned McDonald’s Egg McMuffin®, hash browns, and McCafe® hot chocolate as the breakfast the participants were given during the study.

Breakfast has always been known as the most important meal of the day.  Many clients recommend Creating Health™’s functional foods as a healthy breakfast alternative or a break-fast for intermittent fasters.** CardiaLean™Sugar & Stevia Free is a quick, nutritious, and tasty breakfast alternative for most people.**

CardiaLean™Sugar & Stevia Free is a nutrient-rich shake mix ideal for vegans, individuals sensitive or allergic to soy and/or dairy, or those seeking an alternative source of quality protein. CardiaLean™Sugar & Stevia Free features VegaPro™, an all-natural pea and rice protein blend; Aminogen®, a plant enzyme that enhances protein digestibility and absorption; and Artinia® chitin-glucan, a novel fiber that supports antioxidant systems in the body. This sugar- and stevia- free formula provides an array of micronutrients, including high-potency B12, activated B vitamins, and Albion® TRAACS® chelated minerals (the real amino acid chelate system).*

CardiaLean™Sugar & Stevia Free

  • Supports Protein Metabolism and Healthy Body Composition*
  • Supports Cardiovascular Health*
  • Supports Gastrointestinal Health*
  • Supports Antioxidant Systems*
  • Provides Essential Micronutrients*

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  1. Modestino, AE., et al. Elevated Resting and Postprandial Digestive Proteolytic Activity in Peripheral Blood of Individuals With Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus, With Uncontrolled Cleavage of Insulin Receptors. J Am Coll Nutr. 2019 Apr 9:1-8. doi: 10.1080/07315724.2018.1545611.


*This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.  Neither the information, nor any formula(s) mentioned are intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

** The above information, comments, and opinions are for educational purposes only. At no time should they take the place of individualized evaluation and treatment recommendation provided by a qualified and licensed health care practitioner in the context of a clinical relationship. Practitioners should evaluate the information above using their expertise coupled with each patient’s individualized assessment.

†Case Studies represent results of one participant. The reader should weigh these results with other scientific data and should not expect the same results as those found in the case study alone.

‡This formula is not a low-calorie dietary supplement. Please see the Supplement Facts panel for more details.

Brooke Bouis, MS

Brooke holds a Master of Science in Human Nutrition degree and has been published in Nutritional Perspectives: Journal of the Council on Nutrition of the American Chiropractic Association. She is the featured Nutrition Expert for Top Sante magazine (UK), Medical/Nutrition writer for SICFIT, a contributor to numerous functional medicine blogs, and the 2011-2012 Director for the Southwest Florida Celiac Sprue Association. Her research and writings have been presented at the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine World Conference, published in over 80 newspapers, and featured on a variety of TV shows including The Dr. OZ Show, The Doctors, The View, Fox & Friends, 700 Club, KTLA, Good Morning America, and many more.

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