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Monday Moaning

I must admit that I was stuck for something to moan about this morning, so I had a nap.

I often do this in the vain hope that inspiration will up and slap me silly.

It doesn’t always work, and it didn’t this morning. So I got up and made bacon and eggs for a late breakfast.

It was when I switched on the TV to watch as I ate, I heard a doctor talking

absolute unadulterated bullshit!

That was the inspiration I needed.

The programme was a popular live talk show shown throughout Brazil daily and the subject today was fat overweight  women and their self-esteem.

The doctor stated that “over weight was caused by people’s addiction to carbohydrates.”

Man has been using high carbohydrate food since he stopped being a hunter-gatherer and discovered agriculture; corn being the principle crop.

But prehistoric man never had a weight problem!

evolution_of_manprocessed foodThe weight problem didn’t start until man became addicted to junk food. Not only junk/fast/processed food, but still more recently than that.

All these and more have HFCS

All these and more have HFCS

The real overweight problem began when we began to meddle with GMOs, and further with the replacement of sugar in soft drinks (sodas) and other sweetened foods with HFCS.

These are the real culprits, particularly the latter.

To make it worse companies have produced diet and Zero soft drinks using artificial sweeteners like aspartame and sucralose, 200x sweeter than sugar. These sweeteners affect every organ in your body from the brain down. They disrupt thinking and learning, they play havoc with hormones and much more.

You have to look at why HFCS is a danger. Sugar (cane and beet) is almost pure sucrose, whereas HFCS is, roughly, 45% glucose and 55% fructose. YOUR BODY CANNOT PROCESS THE FRUCTOSE!

Therein lies the problem.

Once again we have the manufactures claiming HFCS is similar to table sugar, but independents say otherwise.

To hear a doctor spouting that carbohydrates are the problem, and ignoring the glaring fact that HFCS is by far the greater threat, makes me wonder where the medical profession has its head today; I believe well lodged in its nether regions.

There is another culprit, and that is we spend too much time on our fat acres and not enough time walking, working and exercising. Cars are the biggest problem there, but that’s another moan for another day.

 

Make you Fink on Friday

High Fructose Corn Syrup

There has been much written about this insidious stuff, and none of it good. It has invaded the world as a glucose substitute.

Recent figures show that our body, while it needs sugar, it doesn’t need it in large quantities. A recent survey showed that Americans are consuming it at the alarmingly high rate of 150 grams (5¼ ounces ) per day, whereas the body only requires 15 grams (½ ounce).

HFCS is the main source of calories in the United States. As well as containing mercury, a known carcinogen, cancer cells feed on high-fructose corn syrup after it is metabolized by the liver. The link between refined sugar and cancer add further evidence to the reports of many health experts and scientific studies that have drawn the connection between excess sugar consumption and the development of cancer. Researchers have shown that fructose directly contributes to cancer risk and other health problems, including:

* DNA damage

* Inflammation

* Altered cellular metabolism

* Increased production of free radicals

As much as 80 percent of all cancers enhance or mimic the effect of insulin on the tumor cells. Fructose and glucose metabolism are quite different and it has been shown that cancer cells can readily use fructose to increase proliferation.

Even more concerning is that the scientists conducting the research used pancreatic cancer cells, widely considered to be the most deadly form of cancer. The discovery was monumental because not only did the researchers prove that tumor cells feed on sugar (glucose), but the tumor cells used fructose for cell division in order to speed up the growth and spread of the cancer. Fructose consumption actually led to a massive increase in tumor cell growth and proliferation way beyond that of glucose.

Cancer-feeding fructose is what the majority of Americans are consuming on a daily basis, to the point where high-fructose corn syrup is their number one source of calories. Even children are consuming excessive amounts of sugar in juice boxes, candy, and even ‘healthy’ sports beverages.

As cancer rates continue to explode, it is vital that dietary changes are made involving the removal of fructose from the global food supply.

NB: This post has been paraphrased from this post on Running ‘Cause I Can’t Fly

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