Thursday, December 17, 2009

Leptin: Controlling your weight and risk for Alzheimers

"basically, consuming high levels of HFCS can silently trigger leptin resistance slowly. When looking into the Alzheimers correlation, it makes you wonder if consuming HFCS could be correlated to this terrible disease."

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.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

High-fructose corn syrup is 'awful' for us

This is in response to Audrae Erickson, president of the Corn Refiners Association, who wrote that high-fructose corn syrup is no different than regular sugar ["High-fructose corn syrup no worse than sugar and juices," Dec. 9].

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.

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Monday, December 14, 2009

PepsiCo To Boost Investment In Gatorade, Launch New Products

The company plans to replace high fructose corn syrup in all Gatorade products with sugar and other sweeteners starting next year.

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.

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Child diabetes blamed on food sweetener

High-fructose corn syrup, or glucose-fructose syrup, is listed as an ingredient in many food and drink products in Britain, although it is virtually impossible for consumers to know the quantity and ratio of fructose used. Barry Popkin, professor of nutrition at the University of North Carolina, and a US government adviser on health policy, said: “Historically, we never consumed much sugar. We’re not built to process it."
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.

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High Fructose Corn Syrup: Is it killing you?

There has been much debate lately about High Fructose Corn Syrup. The scientists say that it may be unhealthy for you and make you fat. Where as a manufacturer for HFCS says that is not true. Well, here are the facts as we know them right now.

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.

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HFCS, Laser Eyes and Jason's Deli

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

The 2 Most Dangerous Ingredients For Your Health

When you make a decision to gain control over your diet habits to lose pounds and body fat, it is vital to avoid two ingredients : high-fructose corn syrup and trans-fats. These two health-robbing chemicals are present in a wide-variety of prepared foods, including baked goods, soft-drinks and salad dressings.

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Monday, December 7, 2009


The NEW inGREEDients trailer!!! (Contains images that may not be suitable for children or the faint of heart) The documentary film inGREEDients took the independent film festival circuit by storm this year winning several awards and was accepted at some of the top international festivals. The movie connects diet and health; teaches how to read a food label; and uncovers some scary truths about our food supply. "If you eat food then you have to see this movie.

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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Partnership is not to the benefit of consumers

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."

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Recent Study Finds High-Fructose Corn Syrup Contains Mercury

Until the Food and Drug Administration conducts investigations into the claims made by this study, you should steer clear of products containing high-fructose corn syrup.

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.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Give Up Foods That Have High-Fructose Corn Syrup

Are you trying to cut calories, burn fat and lose weight? One quick way to cut calories and shrink your belly fat is to give up foods that have high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) as an ingredient. High-fructose corn syrup is found in more products than you might imagine.

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.

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Toxicity often cause of pain

What a surprise it was to find out someone from Washington, D.C. read my local Citizen article last month. Audrae Erickson, president of the Corn Growers Association, wants me to tell readers that high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is “nutritionally equivalent to sucrose,” or table sugar. She provided links from scientific sources to support the claim.

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.

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