The Evil Sugar

I am going to try to make this a quick one tonight.  I have to deejay in 45 minutes and I haven’t put my playlist together yet.  Good thing I’ve written down songs throughout the day!

A friend on Facebook posted this link to graphics of soda consumption and diabetes in the United States earlier today:  http://www.lavidalocavore.org/diary/3230/soda-consumption-vs-diabetes with the following quote that was in the comments under the graphics, “I can understand someone from Iowa promoting corn and soy, but we are not feeding the world, we are feeding animals and soft drink companies.” – Jim Goodman

I mentioned before that it is sugar that makes us fat, not fat.  It depletes our bones of calcium.  It causes diabetes.  It causes a lot of other health problems that I won’t even bring up right now.  However, sugar is not what sweetens our sodas in the United States.  It’s high fructose corn syrup.  A bigger evil than sugar.  It’s a super sugar.  And it sweetens a lot of our foods.  Read the labels on the foods in your pantry and see how many of them contain high fructose corn syrup.

High fructose corn syrup came around in the 1970s.  Sodas were sweetened with sugar until 1975.  “These supersugars quickly enter your bloodstream and trigger hormonal and chemical changes that make you feel hungrier…insulin surges start a cascade that tells your brain to eat more and your fat cells to store more fat.” (Mark Hyman, M.D., UltraMetabolism, p. 69) I don’t know about you, but that scares me.  What scares me even more are those commercials claiming that high fructose corn syrup is okay for you “in moderation.”  No, not even in moderation!  NO! NO! NO! NO!

I love corn on the cob.  But the food industry has taken this wonderful whole grain and turned it into a product that is plaguing our health.  It’s not the only one, but it’s a big one.  Read your labels.  Keep away from high fructose corn syrup.  It will be a hard battle.  I think our health is worth it in the end.

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One comment

  1. OMGosh..I forgot to tell you. Leanne from http://savingdinner.com/ was explaining how Agave Nector is basically the same as High Fructose Corn Syrup. It’s retrieved the same way, and more importantly our bodies react to it the same way. We were all, “NOOOOOO”, it was suppose to be the “Low- Glycemic” natural substitute. Catch her talking about it @ http://www.blogtalkradio.com/saving-dinner/2010/02/03/saving-dinner (for your readers, because I know you already listen to it.) 🙂


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