Even when you’re eating healthy, carbohydrates and sugars can make their way in.
For example, one serving of whole grain pasta contains 39 grams of carbohydrates. And, low-fat yogurt with fruit filling? Nine teaspoons of sugar.
So, what if you could make these healthy choices even better? You can! With Plexus Block™.
Block helps block the absorption of up to 48 percent of carbs and sugars from your meal—without blocking the absorption of beneficial nutrients.*
To form proper nutrition for your body, it’s important to know which carbs and sugars are bad for you, and which ones are good for you. Consider this your go-to guide and learn all about the different types of sugars and carbs, and how Block can help you make these healthy choices even healthier.
NOT ALL CARBS ARE BAD
Digesting carbohydrates is actually super important for your body. Carbs play a vital role in your everyday food consumption—they’re one of the main reasons you can sustain enough energy to get through the day.
Adding a carb to your morning meal such as oatmeal or a sliced avocado—can quickly transform it into the ultimate breakfast of champions.
There’s most definitely a difference when it comes to picking out your carb choices for the day.
And, yeah—sometimes the temptation of indulgence comes along and can make your food choice the hardest decision you endure for the day.
We’re here to tell you…Put. The pizza. Down. You can do it! You know you can.
Sometimes it’s hard not to dive head-first into the easy-to-heat-up carbs. Instead, take a moment to explore all the other wonderful and colorful groceries you have. More than likely, there’ll be a healthy carbohydrate opportunity in there waiting for you—like a super yummy sweet potato, squash, or grains!
And, of course, mix in some whole fruits like:
- Kiwis—come on, who doesn’t love a fuzzy fruit?
Or, move over to the pantry! You’ll probably find some of these lucky winners:
- Macadamia Nuts
- Pure Oats
- Brown Rice
- Kidney Beans
If you’re looking at this list and starting to reminisce on some of the uber-fantastic meals you’ve made with these ingredients, great! Go back to the fridge and don’t let the pizza distract you.
LET’S TALK VEGGIES
Yes, vegetables are considered a carb. And—bonus!—they provide the much-needed fiber for your body. Vegetables grown above ground are the best, as they contain the fewest number of carbs.1 Some include:
- Cauliflower—the number one all-time lowest carb veggie you can get.
- Green beans
- Brussels sprouts
- Green, red, and yellow bell peppers
Vegetables growing below ground contain more carbs, and are still as great.1Examples of below ground veggies include:
- Sweet potatoes
Sorry to say ladies and gents—white bread, pasta, and white rice don't make the super healthy carb list. The process used to create these foods strips away the beneficial fiber your body needs.2
So, if you’re in the mood for spaghetti and meatballs, try substituting for whole-grain pasta for a healthier option.
RECOMMENDED CARBOHYDRATE INTAKE
To meet the body's daily nutritional necessities, it’s recommended for adults to get 45 to 65 percent of their calories from carbohydrates. Twenty to 35 percent from fat, and 10 to 35 percent from protein. 2
Now that you’ve indulged in the knowledge of carbohydrates...
LET’S TALK SUGAR
Say it with us, “sugar” isn’t a bad word. What’s bad, is when you consume too much sugar.
Cutting down on refined sugar and processed pre-packaged foods can be tough. It’s super important to keep in mind—there’s always a way to turn a bad decision into a healthy one.
For example—if you’re a lover of cookies and cake, maybe try substituting the birthday celebration goody for sugar-free ice cream or even chilled Greek yogurt with sliced fruit.
Natural sugar versus refined sugar
No matter how many times your mom took away your Halloween candy or your Grandma Betsy told you sugar would rot your teeth, you always knew there was some way to steal a cookie from the cookie jar.
Your body relies on sugar and carbohydrates, so it’s okay—and probably even good—to have a little sugar here and there. Together, sugar and carbs provide so much power for your body.3 It’s important to know which sugars we should be all-in for and which sugars we should skirt-away from. The sugar you find in a candy bar is very different from the sugar you find in an apple.
These sugars are found naturally. (Solid dictionary description right there.) But really, they are! There are two types of natural sugar—fructose and lactose. Fructose is the kind of sugar you find in fruits, and veggies—whereas lactose is the kind of sugar you find in dairy. When you consume these natural sugars along with other important nutrients they can help prevent you from feeling hungry soon after eating.4
Also referred to as processed sugars, this is the kind you’ll want to kick to the curb. These are natural sugars that are modified, combined, and processed by us to please our taste buds.3 Refined or processed sugars contain sucrose, which is half glucose and half fructose—combine them together, you get table sugar.
How much is too much added sugar? Welcome to the million-dollar question.
The decision on how much one ought to consume relies on many different factors.
The maximum daily recommended amount of added sugars varies depending on your age and gender.5
- Men: 150 calories per day (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons). 5
- Women: 100 calories per day (25 grams or 6 teaspoons). 5
- Kids are sweet enough, they don’t need any more than a woman’s added sugar intake. 5
To get a firmer grasp on how much sugar this actually is—one 12-ounce can of sodacontains 140 calories from sugar, while a regular sized snickers bar contains 120 calories from sugar. 5
LIVE A LITTLE AND WEIGH IN THE PASTABILITIES!
If there’s one thing we’d want you to remember from this—is there’s always a way to make a bad decision into a healthy one, and a healthy decision into an even healthier one.
That’s where Plexus Block comes in. Block contains natural ingredients, clinically-demonstrated to work immediately to help block the absorption of up to 48 percent of carbs and sugars from your meal—without blocking the absorption of beneficial nutrients.* You can take Block twice a day, right before your most sugar-iest and carb-iest meals.
What are the benefits of Plexus Block?
- Helps control carbs and sugars*
- Reduces the glycemic index of carbs and sugars*
- Aids in managing your weight when combined with healthy diet & exercise*
- Assists in maintaining blood sugar levels already in the normal range*
- Neutralizes enzymes that convert carbohydrates and sugars into glucose*
- Doesn’t block absorption of any beneficial nutrients*
What are the features of Plexus Block?
- Contains clinically tested key ingredients: Exclusive Brown Seaweed Blend, White Kidney Bean Extract, and Chromax® Chromium Picolinate.
- Gluten Free
- 100% Vegetarian
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Q: Can Block help me manage my weight?
A: Block is a carb and sugar absorption inhibitor. By taking the recommended amount with a healthy diet and exercise, Block can help neutralize carbohydrate and sugar absorption, improve glucose metabolism, and promote weight management.*
Q: Can I take Block with weight management products?
A: As a beneficial partner to other Plexus products like Slim, Boost, and Plexus 96, Block assists with promoting weight management in conjunction with a healthy diet and exercise*.
Q: Does Block interfere with the absorption of nutrients?
A: One of the many benefits of Block is it inhibits the absorption of carbs and sugars—up to 48 percent—without blocking the absorption of any beneficial nutrients. So, you get a level of protection against glucose overload while ingesting healthy nutrients. *
Q: Is Block safe for adolescents?
A: Block is formulated for those 18 years of age and older.
Q: What other Plexus products can be paired with Block?
A: Block can be taken with all other Plexus products.
Q: Can I take Block with three meals a day?
A: You can take Block with meals that contain carbs or sugars up to two times per day.
Q: Will Block reduce my risk for diabetes?
A: No. Block is a carb and sugar inhibitor—meaning it temporarily helps neutralize the absorption of carbs and sugars to maintain blood sugar levels already in the normal range. With healthy diet and exercise, Block can provide optimal benefits in the support of wellness. * Always consult with your physician before starting Block or any other nutritional supplement.
Q: If I take more than the recommended dose, can I eat more carbs and sugars?
A: Block is not intended as a means to support the overconsumption of carbs and sugars at mealtime. To experience the optimal benefits of Block, please follow the recommended use with healthy food intake.
Q: Does Block contain shellfish?
A: This product doesn't contain any shellfish.
Q: Does Block contain iodine?
A: The naturally occurring iodine in Plexus Block is iodide, which comes from its brown seaweed blend.
Q: Does Block contain gluten, nuts, soy or dairy products?
A: Block is FREE of gluten, nuts, soy, and dairy.
Q: Is Block Kosher?
A: Block isn’t Kosher.
Q: Does Block contain any genetically modified organisms (GMOs)?
A: Block is non-GMO.
Q: Is Block vegetarian?
Q: Can Block be taken if I have a thyroid issue or I am on medication?
A: You should consult the physician who is treating you for your thyroid or if you are taking any other medication to determine whether Block is safe for you.
Q: Can I take Block if I have high blood pressure or a heart condition?
A: Block’s mechanism of function has no effect on high blood pressure or heart conditions. Always consult with your physician before starting Block or any other supplementation.
Q: Can Block be taken while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: If you’re pregnant or breastfeeding you should consult with your physician before taking any dietary supplements.
Q: Are there any preservatives, artificial colors or flavors in Block?
A: Not at all, not even a little bit.
Q: When should I take Block?
A: Take two capsules of Block with water right before you eat a meal containing carbs and/or sugars.
Q: How many servings of Block can I take per day?
A: You can take Block with meals up to two times per day.