Thursday, December 17, 2009
People who have higher levels of leptin, an appetite suppressing hormone, may be less likely to develop Alheimers disease or dementia than others according to a recent study, But what is leptin and how does our body regulate it's production?
Leptin plays a key role in regulating your body's appetite and metabolism. It's also an appetite suppressant. It was believed that the more you weighed, the less responsive to leptin your body was, which would consequently lead to more weight gain.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Science has proven the awful effects of HFCS and why it's such a problem more so now than ever.
First, I want to ask a simple question: Why has diabetes risen 400 percent in 20 years?
Diabetes is directly related to diet, which in turn is directly related to our health. It's not heredity, not coincidence, but our food supply.
A bit of science: Studies on the Maillard reaction indicate that fructose contributes to diabetic complications more readily than glucose.
Monday, December 14, 2009
PepsiCo (PEP) said it will invest $30 million next year in its key Gatorade brand, making a series of changes to the sports drinks that will include the launch of new products and the removal of high fructose corn syrup from all Gatorade offerings.
The moves are intended to revive a brand that has been a weak spot for the beverage company during the recession.
Scientists have proved for the first time that a cheap form of sugar used in thousands of food products and soft drinks can damage human metabolism and is fuelling the obesity crisis.
Fructose, a sweetener derived from corn, can cause dangerous growths of fat cells around vital organs and is able to trigger the early stages of diabetes and heart disease.
It has increasingly been used as a substitute for more expensive types of sugar in yoghurts, cakes, salad dressing and cereals. Even some fruit drinks that sound healthy contain fructose.
Archer Daniels Midland, a company that makes HFCS, which is the main ingredient used in sodas, ketchup, barbecue sauce, cereals, snack foods and other processed foods says that HFCS does not make you fat.
Health officials and many scientists have conducted studies that show that HFCS may lead to fat accumulation, obesity and other health problems.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
If you have been paying close attention to the health news the past month or so, you have probably heard that the organization to which I belong -- the American Academy of Family Physicians -- has teamed up with Coca-Cola to promote health.
I am not kidding. This has actually happened.
The AAFP has received, in my opinion, well-deserved criticism for this connection. Some background: The academy has launched its Consumer Alliance Web site, which aims to partner with corporations to increase health-education messages.
In the case with Coca-Cola, the academy received an educational grant in the strong six figures to "enable consumers to make informed decisions about what they drink based on individual need."Read More
Thursday, December 3, 2009
If you’ve recently had a “healthy” snack such as yogurt, or perhaps some bottled juice, then you’ve probably ingested high-fructose corn syrup. This popular sweetener is found in a number of packaged foods and drinks, and even some children’s vitamins. High-fructose corn syrup has come under fire in the past for its negative health benefits, but now there might be another reason to avoid it: a recent study found that many forms of high-fructose corn syrup contain evidence of mercury.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
If HFCS is one of the first items listed on the food label, don't eat that food!
Whoever came up with HFCS in the 1980s pretty much made a "deal with the devil." It is cheaper for food manufacturers than regular sugar (sucrose) so that's why you see it so much on food labels. Sugary drinks, baked goods, frozen foods and even foods like ketchup are laced with this stuff. Nutritionists point to HFCS consumption as a major player in the nation's obesity crisis. The fact that we eat HFCS is the real problem!
Why is HFCS so deadly? Here it is: the body processes the fructose in HFCS differently than it does regular sugar. It also lowers the hormone leptin in your body. Leptin signals to your brain that you're full. It also forces the liver to kick more fat out into the bloodstream (especially true with sugary drinks because they are processed so fast)! So, your body wants more and stores more fat at the same time.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
While her information is correct regarding the comparison of glucose and fructose contents of both sugars, science is not needed to understand how HFCS is made. In order to separate corn starch from the kernel, a caustic soda often contaminated with mercury is used. Half of all HFCS products tested are found to contain mercury. The starch is then mixed with genetically modified enzymes that were products of bacterial and fungal processes.
My concern is that the manufactured fructose in HFCS is not the same fructose that is in sucrose (table sugar from sugar cane or beet). Refined fructose not only converts to fat much faster, it also accelerates fatty liver disease.
While all sugars should be consumed in moderation, it has become nearly impossible to do so in our modern food supply. Also, be aware there is no mercury level considered safe.