Grocery market aisle coordination seems quite fair on how they display like items, as they even are kind enough to keep the sugary-filled items like candy, cookies, cakes, sodas, and ice crème grouped in their respective places. So, it makes it easier to go around these items to lessen a possible sweet seduction. Continue reading →
The artist, Kara Walker, laid out an exceptional and immense art exhibit at an abandoned processed sugar manufacturing plant in Brooklyn, New York. The exhibit is inspired by America’s socioeconomic enslavement of black people, where one art piece is a black woman with a scarf tied at the forehead, sculpted in a position like a giant sphinx, 35′ tall and 75′ long, and all coated with 40 tons of processed white sugar. Kara Walker calls this work “A Subtlety” that is making the visual statement of how processed sugar, obesity, race, poverty, and all of the related conditions are still in play today. Continue reading →
Over 1400 cold ready-to-eat cereals in the United States contain added processed sugars, some having up to six different kinds including sugar mixed with corn syrup, honey, dextrose or high fructose corn syrup. Cereals marketed to children have more than 40% more processed sugars than adult cereals, and twice the sugar of oatmeal. Over 77% of children’s cereals contain more than 2 teaspoons of processed sugar in a single serving, which is more than a quarter of the daily limit for an 8-year-old. Continue reading →
Television show host, physician and cardiothoracic surgeon, Doctor Mehmet Oz this week volunteered to help rid those bogus business offers that peddle so-called miracle pills and cure-alls to lose weight. Dr. Oz appeared before the Senate’s consumer protection panel, Chaired by US Senator Claire McCaskill, where he explained how his outreach about green coffee and many other products can help Americans shed pounds and get healthy. Continue reading →
Pharrell Williams’ Happy song is a global phenomenon. The concept of happy feelings has been studied for a long time, as science reveals that happy people live longer by 35% over those considered more melancholy. Accordingly, happiness and contentment is proven to help increase a person’s health and longevity. Folks living 100 years (centenarians) or more are usually more happy and optimistic than those who do not live as long. Even positive thoughts and attitudes seem to somehow do things in our body that strengthen the immune system, boost positive emotions, decrease pain, and provide stress relief. Moreover, happiness can even alter our genes! Continue reading →
Reversing junk food to food junk is done to simulate thought. Junk is a term that when not associated with the word food conjures up thoughts of rubbish, trash, useless, scrap, garbage, liter, refuse, and debris. Paradoxically, instead of saying junk food substituting rubbish food or debris food does not sound right. So if these synonymous terms for junk are accurate, it seems dim-witted to eat it. Even the two words placed together are oxymoronic since food means things like provisions and nutrition, which is totally contradictory to these aforementioned meanings for junk. Continue reading →
The American Diabetes Association supports eating fruits, since they are loaded with vitamins, minerals, and fiber and should be a part of a diabetic diet. The key is to keep an eye on portion sizes and stay away from fruits canned in syrups or other types of added sugar. Continue reading →
An elevated amount of people are being caught using improper language and/or exploiting physical abuse on others. Is it possible that the brain is vulnerable or perhaps under attack? For example, Donald Sterling (Los Angeles Clipper team owner with a net worth of $1.9 billion), should know better not to make questionable and obviously regrettable remarks. This situation illustrates how the mind is a powerful tool, requiring proper maintenance of sleep, exercise and nutrients to function at peak efficiency. Continue reading →
Medical research is coming together in agreement, in essence, that when we eat stuff high in processed sugar and refined carbohydrates it is destructive to quality brain cells. As just one example of research, from the Mayo Clinic, found that diets rich in carbohydrates are associated with an 89% increased risk for dementia. On the other hand, high-fat diets are associated with a 44% reduced risk of contracting Alzheimer’s disease. Continue reading →
Sports competition drives a large portion of our overall American economy. Sarcastically, however when it comes to personal weight and eating habits there is no competition. We eat and drink at will and do not think about being competitive toward healthy eating habits. In the national young classification, 29.2% of white girls are overweight or obese compared to 36.1% of black and 37.0% Hispanic girls. About 40% of Hispanic boys are overweight or obese, compared to 34.4% and 27.8% of black and white boys, respectively. Classifying the 12-19 years of age, Hispanic boys 39.6% are overweight or obese, where the 12-19 age group of black girls 42.5% are overweight or obese. Continue reading →
Millions of people suffer from a sleep disorder depriving them from useful rest, which is something that can directly pose serious health risks. Destructively, many of those who suffer from sleep deprivation seek remedy from taking a sleep aid drug. However, drugs are unpredictable as the chemical composition scarcely attempts to slow down the nervous system by randomly changing neurotransmitters in the brain. As such, these sleep aids usually work just enough to help in falling asleep for a short period, only to wake up later being unable to fall back to sleep. In that case, when you wake up early you sometimes tend to eat, drink or smoke bringing on another set of potential problems. Continue reading →
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Minority Health (OMH) states that blacks can inherit a predisposition for contracting diabetes. Furthermore, such agencies report that diabetes is a disease that disproportionally affects all racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. The OMH statistics show how racial and ethnic minorities have a higher burden of diabetes, worse diabetes control and are more likely to experience complications. Continue reading →
Living a sugary-filled product free life feels good, except for the temptation to eat dark chocolate. In view of that, I became intrigued upon learning about how the Mars candy company has funded a five-year study of 18,000 healthy people to determine whether a pill containing the cocoa flavanols nutrients in dark chocolate can help prevent heart attacks, strokes and other related heart diseases. Continue reading →
Reflecting on my past sugar dependency brings up feelings of resolved ignorance. Although, being able to say that I am eleven years sober from the addiction of sugary filled products, I cannot help but to somewhat express personal grief over the dangers of eating processed sugar. It is increasingly more thankful to be able to put behind how my internal organs endured great pain from that continuous over-acid condition in my body. Fortunately, I am now fully appreciative and value how vital minerals are no longer striped from my body that came with mindless sugary-filled foodstuff consumption. Continue reading →
Back in 2008, a cardiac ultrasound showed severe heart disease for two gorillas who were in their early twenties (average life span is 54 years). These gorillas were living in captivity at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and heart disease was the leading killer for gorillas in North American zoos at that time. To help the gorillas survive, Zoo officials tried human heart drugs, including beta blockers and ACE inhibitors on them, but their respective health did not improve. Continue reading →
From the mid 1980’s to about 1995, I ate sushi regularly for lunch all the while thinking it was something very decent to eat. Then, I had no idea that this high brow Japanese cuisine contained a considerable amount of hidden processed sugar ingredients. It was disheartening to find after researching sushi ingredients just how much of it contains processed sugars. Although, I should have known that the fish, hand packed rice wrapped in seaweed had to have something addictive for the reason that I kept going back for more. Continue reading →
Planet Earth comes complete with oxygen, water and an abundance of plants. With all of this why is money unnecessarily thrown away to get natural minerals and vitamins found in fruits and vegetables. Over $28 billion last year was spent on multi-vitamins, where nearly half of U.S. citizens feel the need to buy and ingest multi-vitamins to stay healthy, but the word is spreading that these tiny pills can be harmful to a person’s health. Continue reading →
The superhuman life of the late President Nelson Mandela (Madiba) spearheaded what can be analogous to being the source of giving a spring of living water which quenched the thirst of a multitude of millions who believed in his commitment to dismantling an apartheid command. Viewing on television this week the love, joy, and peace among the South African population showed a jubilation of what Madiba’s life vastly accomplished for the greater good. Continue reading →
It is a wonder how many of us manage getting through the toxic food maze with all of the temptations and exposure we have to processed foodstuff. For instance, even while riding the METRO light rail a street salesman canvassed the train’s aisle and hawked everything from soda, gum, candy and even a tub of licorice red vines for sell, illustrating just how subjected we are to consume so much processed sugar. And although most doctors have yet to fairly share irrefutable proof that processed sugar is the major cause of type 2 diabetes, there is no doubt that processed sugar is a significant contributing cause. Continue reading →
A friend told me how his doctor recommended that he should not juice his apples because he would consume way too much fructose at one time, particularly since he has type 2 diabetes. The doctor recommended that he eat fresh apples whole to take advantage of the fiber and vitamins. Continue reading →
A friend shared how his blood pressure was up in the dangerous stage-1 range of 140-159 over 90-99 (normal is 115-120 over 75-80). Once a healthy Grambling State University football running back, he now struggles with obesity, type 2 diabetes, and other ailments, where his doctor recently warned him that his high blood pressure was at a serious health risk. High blood pressure, also called hypertension, is no joke as it makes the heart work harder to pump blood to the body. It also contributes to hardening of the arteries, and to the development of heart failure. Continue reading →
It is increasingly dismal how chicken gets presented to the buying public. Chicken producers are injecting an enormous amount of broth-like additives to these birds, so much of it that it constitutes more than a fifth of the chicken’s final weight. Unquestionably, a big bird is their core aim and it does not matter if the end-product is the safest to eat or not, as long as higher profits are attained. Continue reading →
The last couple of months of the year brings about an unconscious habit to eat whatever. It creeps on starting with Halloween, then Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and all of the sports craze in between. All the same, the habit of eating what is believed to be your favorite thing over and over should not be a surprise after that first bite. Because, chances are that it has considerable amounts of processed sugar in it and the human anatomy develops an addictive behavior, no different than drugs like cocaine or morphine affect the brain and body to crave a need to repeat. Continue reading →
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration furloughed 60% of its 1,602 food investigators due to the partial government shutdown. At a differently run governmental unit, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) operates under the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) which is actively on duty inspecting meat, poultry, and egg products. Even though the FSIS still issued a health safety alert earlier this week (10/08/13) after roughly 300 people fell sick in 18 states from illnesses linked to chicken products produced at several of Foster Farms facilities in California. Continue reading →
The American Cancer Society and medical community collectively agree that a substantial proportion of human cancers are avoidable. By the end of this year, 1,660,290 new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed. This overwhelming number has health professionals stating the best ways to avoid the risk of ever contracting cancer is to stay away from cigarette smoking and the heavy use of alcohol. Still, it is unfortunate to share that this year alone, close to 174,100 people will died from cigarette smoking related cancers, and roughly 25% to 33% of the new cancer cases will be related to poor nutrition, obesity, and physical inactivity. Why is there so much apathetic disrespect toward these three controllable personal habits? Continue reading →
The last 11,700 years of the Earth’s history is referenced as the Holocene Epoch, which includes the development of agriculture, domestication of animals, invention of the wheel, development of writing, the Iron Age, advanced mathematics, the Industrial Revolution, space travel, and satellites that enable global communication. All the same, mankind’s stupendous advancements are to some extent being disrespected by voluntary grisly eating habits. Continue reading →
Oh my gosh (OMG), genetically modified organism (GMO) may rule! GMOs are as serious as the creation and use of the atomic bomb. Mega corporation Monsanto, responsible for chemical pesticides, Agent Orange and Aspartame has literally taken the world’s eating freedom away. Monsanto’s mission is to own the world’s food supply through genetically-altered and patented seeds. GMOs are when a plant or animal has been bio-engineered with DNA from bacteria, viruses or other plants and animals. Continue reading →
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have worked hard to make it as clear as possible that consuming processed sugar directly causes heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and many other diseases, not to mention it will make you fat. The extensive processing necessary to make refined sugar manufactures it to such a level that it can be classified as a toxic substance. It is an inflammatory to the body’s digestive system, where some of us are at a much higher risk of developing heart disease than others. Continue reading →
This entire web site serves to alert the public on the ill-effects received from eating too much processed sugar. Most importantly, processed sugar has zero caloric value that dangerously raises the body’s natural insulin level as soon as we eat it. The manner in which it occurs is subtle, as too much of it into the bloodstream upsets the body’s blood-sugar balance, triggering the release of insulin. Continue reading →
Humans have always sought out an enormous variety of potentially ingestible items that may perhaps help to provide individual distinctive abilities. Although there have been a hefty number of successes in achieving a better method of consuming stuff, there has been an even larger number of failures ranging from minor skin eruptions all the way to sudden death. Even so, nearly every day we learn about another professional athlete who has worked to circumvent the system by ingesting and/or injecting a promising intensification substance. This results mainly from the actuality that mankind continually heightens his/her understanding about how consuming the right item(s) will/can produce a preferred bodily processing change.
Around four years ago the media was spouting off about how certain mega companies were too big to fail. Adapting a scant spin to this phrase is offered as too big to rail, where rail refers to riding in a high speed transport tube. The possibility is being worked on by famous billionaire investor Elon Musk who made public plans for a “Hyperloop” transportation system. This proven entrepreneur of PayPal and Space-X wants to build a futuristic passenger shuttle starting here in Los Angeles to San Francisco travelling along at almost 700 mph.
Pursuing to purge processed sugars from my diet is daunting as the more stuff you eat away from your personal preparation the more sugar shows up. The phrase ‘awe man’ immediately came to mind when reading the Lemon Pepper condiment label where the ingredients included Salt, Black Pepper, Sugar, Garlic, Onion, Lemon Peel, Oil of Lemon, and Turmeric Extract. It was sort of heartbreaking to find all of that stuff mixed with lemon and pepper, but it fortified my mission to disclose sugar when it may be unsuspectingly hidden from view.
In general, domestic abuse is commonly associated with physical and emotional threats and actions from another person, whether they be family, friend, or foe. Hardly ever is domestic abuse attached to giving insufficient eating guidance to our children. Which can be consider odd after all, since the greatest part of providing life is being able to show that life form how to live correctly. In view of that, adults have a large range from helping to hurting and even injuring a child by continually leading and exposing them to inferior food substances.
Reading labels on everything that we buy off of the shelf can at times seem daunting, but we do it to ensure the right gas pump is selected for fueling expensive cars and likewise we do it to administer the right amount of prescribed drugs. Accordingly, when basing your decision on selecting artificial sweetener or refined sugar it is smart to comprehend how neither makes good sense.
Universal guidance surrounding good nutrition says make half of our daily food intake fresh fruits and vegetables. On the other hand, our biological makeup validates that our taste buds naturally prefer things that are sweet or salty, where food makers have taken advantage of this fact so much that upon trying to eat fresh vegetables at times they taste strange, unless they are accompanied with a zesty sauce, creamy dressing, or some other interesting topping.
The lure of knowing you can spend 99¢ can be quite tempting, particularly when the item just might satisfy the taste you happen to be looking for at the time. In so doing, making a 99¢ investment cannot hurt, or can it? Most people have experienced a time to choose at a 99¢ Only store, particularly when you see that over abundance of candies and cookies on the shelves. The thought that may run through your mind would be that there is no harm in spending a few dollars on some sugary treats. Yet, there are huge negative consequences derived from devouring processed sugar on a regular basis, thereby metaphorically speaking; pennies spent from the wrong side of the coin.
The USA is working hard to prevent Edward Snowden from gaining asylum in another country because he is wanted for allegedly violating the espionage act when gathering and leaking classified government documents. Think about comparing this process of finding a place of safety for a person to permitting safe food ingredients, particularly how the USA federal government gives asylum to over a hundred scientifically proven poisonous ingredients that no other country prohibits to enter their respective food source.
Restaurateur and TV cooking show host Paula Deen served up some big apologies about spewing the ‘N’ word. Basically, she felt considerable pressure to publically apologize in order to help save her Food Network show and numerous product endorsement deals. However, her apology surrounding racial epithets was not enough as she is losing all of her food/beverage business deals.
Since 2000, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration newly approved two prescription weight loss drugs for the public. Both drugs make the claim to be taken with a reduced-calorie diet and exercise for chronic weight management. Anti-obesity drugs try to decrease that soaring feeling to eat something or inhibit fat absorption. Accordingly, drug makers are capitalizing on the 154.7 million overweight or obese Americans age 20 years and older, where most are suffering from weight stagnation.
Summer like months for some of us can bring about actions that seem to throw caution to the wind. Above all, when it comes down to our eating traditions fun dinning is foremost and whether the food is healthy or not is unimportant, as long as it tastes good is seemingly all that matters. But, eating is no joke as food itself can be a leading cause to a lengthy life or an early termination. A high nutrient diet-style helps lower the risk of all cancers, whereas there is plenty of proof showing how eating certain foods negatively work into running the risk of contracting colon cancer and other diseases.
Drinking more water to help quench our thirst is common this time of year, which is why we need to stay sugar alert when choosing to drink flavored bottled beverages. These products are often associated with being nutritionally good for you, where some go so far as to claim to replace electrolytes or replace vital minerals and vitamins that the body looses during exercising regimes. Such claims can sound so compelling where the drink seems to be heaven sent. That notwithstanding the ingredients added to flavored bottled waters may have a propagandized health halo which should perhaps instead be more like an evil eye.
The US Department of Health and Human Services is conducting an outreach campaign called ‘It’s Only Natural’ that is directed toward African-American mothers encouraging them to breastfeed their babies. The reason is that studies reveal that black mothers are less likely to breastfeed when compared to other ethnic group members. The universal information shared by pediatricians recommend that all mothers continue breastfeeding for at least one year, and that families wait until their babies are six months old before the start of giving solid foods.
Nearly half, or 49.0% of people spent their respective time visiting McDonald’s contributing to this major corporation earnings of roughly $28 billion for the year. Subway received 37.8% of the consumers, while Burger King garnered 24.3%. Not surprisingly Starbucks had 23.9% of those visitors studied, and Wendy’s was close at 22.8%. Taco Bell is still turning heads, undoubtedly for their Doritos Locos’ tacos, getting them 18.2% of the monthly visitors.
The painful disease called Gout is creeping back as it is known to have afflicted historic renown people including Alexander the Great, Charlemagne and King Henry VIII. Science researchers report that incidents of gout have essentially doubled since 1990 affecting over 8 million Americans today, and so, why is it rising among so many men and women?
It is increasingly difficult of what packaged food items constitute nourishment in contrast to setting into motion a personally fat and/or ill body. Consequently, simplicity in eating is one way to go as a safer way to choose which foods and beverages to digest, however, what is the measurement of high-quality and tasty simplicity? Choosing simple salads grapple with packaged dressings having some pretty frightening ingredients. Genetically modified fruits and vegetables have made their way to grocery markets, so eating raw can make things sort of tense. Meat, fowl and even fish are reporting such a variety of danger points it makes it hard to stay away from excessive fats, sugars and salts.
Somehow consumers get caught allowing manufacturers of packaged foods dictate their eating patterns. Last year the maker of this growing in popularity spread called Nutella was sued for making false claims about being a nutritious food item. The parent company is named Ferrero legally agreed to pay $3 million for their misuse of advertising promotions that told the consuming public that Nutella carries nutritional and health benefits, as it was listed as a nutritious breakfast food. The settlement also required Ferrero to make changes to Nutella’s labeling and marketing, including how the television commercials and their website reported on the false nutritional value of Nutella.
The International Dairy Foods Association and the National Milk Producers Federation are in the process of getting governmental approval to change the standard of identity for milk and 17 other dairy products. Milk producers want to add artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and to not be required to indicate its use on their product packages. This will definitely make milk unsafe as placing a notorious carcinogenic into the mix, thereby largely endangering every consumers’ health, predominantly young people who rely on it for their morning cereal and school lunches to serve as a valued nutritional substance.
When taking a standard allergy test the amount of processed sugar consumed is not usually reviewed for allergic reactions. Even though, it is the processed sugar consumption that should be the first thing reviewed since high glycemic foods are the main producers of the inflammatory response to various parts of the body. When overtly consumed the body experiences major demands on the digestive system that interferes with the absorption of crucial vitamins and minerals. This is especially true for eating processed sugar as it becomes a major inhibitor on the effectiveness of the immune system and the overall metabolism.
It is here and everyone knew that more wellness programs would spring up as a result of the pending affordable health care act going into effect, and not surprisingly employers would figure out a way to make money in the bargain. CVS Pharmacy is getting the ball rolling as a private corporation with its new policy that requires every one of its nearly 200,000 employees who use its health plan to submit their weight, body fat, glucose levels and other vitals or pay extra money each month.
Eating habits are personal, but it is a good thing to have publicly shared health tips and regulations for increasing access to good eatable foods. That is essentially what the Mayor of New York is attempting by introducing regulation on the size of sugary drinks sold in the city. This is a radical change; consequently it is quite understandable that local merchants and beverage makers would take issue with such an unrivaled approach toward restricting how much a customer can buy. Nevertheless to have a longstanding civil rights group step in on the side of big business in this case is an act of duplicity and untrustworthiness.
The middle decades of the 20th century spewed a lot of product advertisements, particularly claims about nutrition. But most of the information shared was pure hype simply to sell more products. In 1943, the Sugar Association was formed by prominent sugar industry businessmen. This group started with two divisions where one focused on public education and communication called Sugar Information, Inc. and the other was its Sugar Research Foundation that studied processed sugar’s role in food.
Processed food manufacturers are really good at making their products have a very exciting first bite or sip, followed by an utterly familiar taste to ensure satiety. Accordingly, since women are the most frequent food shoppers it is their emotional vulnerability to smell and taste that has food manufacturers targeting women more often. Food product designs attempt to pack an allure with a compelling appeal that works to hit an emotional bliss point upon eating. Think about those yogurt commercials that target women remembering a place in time so good that it topped every probable imaginable blissful moment before.
For some time now science research has made a strong correlation between processed sugar consumption and mental illness. The general findings surrounding this issue reveal that a high intake of processed sugary items is associated with a higher incidence of schizophrenia and depression. This is due mainly from eating high processed sugar products that reduces a key growth hormone in the brain necessary for memory and learning. I can attest first hand that after limiting the processed sugar in my regular diet helped to increase my ability to think much more clearly.
The World Health Organization reports the percentage of obese humans has doubled over the past 30 years. Globally, obesity is so prevalent that is surpassing the burden of being a chronic disease to that of how smoking tobacco ruins healthy lives. Worldwide type-2 diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure), and even heart disease is rising rapidly, affecting greater than 1.5 billion overweight adults and at least 400 million obese people. These global numbers are projected to reach 2.3 billion and 700 million, respectively, by 2015.
Today, while at the checkout stand of a Smart & Final store, the person in front of me was buying four 5-pound sized bags of granulated table sugar. Even though all of this sugar could easily be thrown in as the definitive reason for his very immense weight, I prefer to rationalize that he cooks for people and needs to add lots of sugar to a variety of dishes. Nonetheless, we have got to be careful with this crystal toxin if we expect to live a physically comfortable life, because piling on the bad stuff will not help matters whatsoever.
Artificial intelligence emulates human intelligence, where that familiar saying ‘garbage in – garbage out’ aptly addresses our acquired smarts and health derived from what we eat, or choose not to eat. Choosing what not to eat is what an educational institution named Browns Mill Elementary School in Lithonia, Georgia does by regularly practicing to not consume sugar-filled products on campus. As a result, the school’s sugar-free policy proves to reduce disciplinary-related issues and disturbances by more than 25%, and 30% for negative referrals to counselors.
In an effort to atone for how I used to extend give, offer, and share processed sugary-filled items, please allow me to extend my sincere apologies. For more than fifty years, it was the best thing going to experience a sweet tasting twirl, however, who knew then that eating processed sugar would cause tremendous disease without discrimination to a boy or a girl? So, please excuse me for my past discretions of having so many sweets readily available for quests. Needless to say, those sweet cookies were quite tasty, but they did not do anything good for my waist-y. Likewise, those fun-sized candy bars really never seemed so fun, especially when trying to exercise off that fat in the burning sun.
According to the American medical community we are now into what is commonly referred to as the cold and flu season. Even so, whether you accept this news as fact or fiction, catching these types of viruses can be dangerous any time when it attacks a weakened immune system. So why not play it safe and work all year round to strengthen your immune system using some immune efficiency eating tips. But, above all, do not ignore the most widespread way to quickly weaken the immune system by eating foods filled with processed sugar which makes the body highly susceptible to bacterial or viral infections.
Commonly, we associate having high blood pressure to consuming too many salt and sodium-packed processed foods. Metaphorically speaking, the jury is back in session and salt is the least likely suspect for causing high blood pressure and the real criminal that is doing the high blood pressure crime is processed sugar. Of course, the utmost culprit is one’s self by habitually consuming sugar-sweetened soft drinks, fruit drinks, lemonade, fruit punch, sports drinks, and those unsuspicious flavored waters.
Over 18 million U.S. citizens suffer from Asthma, a chronic respiratory illness characterized by a narrowing of the airways. Take a quick look at some well-known people who have Asthma, such as Jerome “The Bus” Bettis, former NFL running back, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Olympic track and field medalist, Greg Louganis, Olympic diving medalist, Dennis Rodman, former NBA forward, Emmitt Smith, NFL running back, Dominique Wilkins, “Human Highlight Film” former NBA forward, Kristi Yamaguchi, Olympic figure skating medalist, Martin Scorsese, film director, Liza Minnelli, actress/singer, Billy Joel, musician/performer, Kenny G, saxophonist/composer, and Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States.
The week before the holidays I have chosen to rhyme my words in an effort to atone, how I used to extend give, offer, and share processed sugary-filled items that I can no longer condone. Upon entering this world sixty years ago, it was the best thing going to experience a sweet tasting twirl, however, who knew then that eating processed sugar would cause tremendous disease without discrimination to a boy or a girl?
The marvelous entertainer Beyoncé recently signed a $50 million product promotion deal with PepsiCo. Beyoncé is the featured 2013 Super Bowl halftime performer and will now appear in a new television commercial for the sugary soft drink maker. This big marketing campaign includes placing Beyoncé’s face on a limited-edition run of Pepsi soda cans. Naturally, all of this rolls right up to Beyoncé’s music tour next year. Beyoncé has previously appeared in Pepsi ads, but now becomes the face of the brand and allows Pepsi to sponsor her albums, concerts, photo shoots and music videos.
Taking place in many parts of the country is a heighten process of brightness regarding gaining better access to fresh foods. Some communities are getting national and local support for delivering more wholesome produce; however, other neighborhoods are seemingly going more and more in the opposite direction of greater socioeconomic health consciousness. This is really bad particularly with all of the toxicity in our systems from eating so much over processed foods and the ensuing prescription drugs to help suppress the pain from disease and ailments makes this definitely the inappropriate time to have less access to good foods.
The general medical community has become extremely forthcoming with their clients suggesting to minimize the consumption of sugary filled soft drinks due to their lack of nutrition, contributory to tooth decay, and how it can lead to unhealthy weight gain. However, aside from these basic recommendations, I am curious why doctors side step the issues concerning the many other ailments caused by the over consumption of processed sugar.
Packaged food and beverage makers are increasingly demonstrating bizarre behavior more and more, while simultaneously being somewhat amusing in their apparent desperate attempts to sell products. The management of Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo, who produce the old American classic box of Cracker Jacks, has added caffeine as an ingredient to their novel recipe. The original recipe’s main ingredients contain popcorn, molasses, peanuts processed sugar, corn syrup, salt, corn, soybean oil, and soy lecithin. This highly familiar 1-ounce box that I gobbled down for the first time, some 55 years ago, is packed with 52 grams of processed sugar, which is equivalent to 13 teaspoons.
The California GMO labeling bill Proposition 37 was closely defeated 53.1% to 46.9%. Among many, one very familiar corporation PepsiCo poured significant money to lessen what you know about a product’s ingredients to defeat this sorely needed ingredient disclosure legislation. As, Pepsico recently released a soft drink called Pepsi Special exclusively in the country of Japan, while researching the ingredients of this new product Pepsico has yet to divulge the label for the North American market. Nonetheless, Pepsi Special offers a fiber-infused beverage, using the dextrin ingredient to help make its claims that it reduces fat levels in the body.
If our mouths, throats, stomachs, and intestines were computerized to share proper health consumption commands, every time we consumed the ingredient Aspartame that is used as an artificial sweetener in diet sodas and over 6,000 other sugar-free products, the computer would constantly send us a message of DANGER. There is no sweet truth when it comes to artificial sweeteners as Aspartame and Saccharin, which are carcinogens and highly toxic to the body. The artificial truth does not explain how these ingredients have been linked to causing blood cancers like non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and Leukemia.
A genetically modified organism (GMO) has had its genes altered using genetic engineering techniques, whereas, such organisms include bacteria, yeast, plants, fish, and mammals. There is a new packaged food labeling initiative on the ballot this year with Proposition 37. A Yes on Prop 37 will require labeling on raw and processed food offered for sale to consumers if made from plants or animals with genetic material changed in specific ways. Some common GMO crops are alfalfa seeds, canola, cotton, papaya, sugar beets, and zucchini. An example of being sugar alert is that sugar beets are used to make food ingredients like high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) which is often included in processed foods.
In a healthy person, blood sugar (glucose) levels are metabolized roughly within an hour after eating, except consuming caffeine will raise blood sugar levels much longer. Caffeine raises blood sugar levels by causing the body to put out large amounts of adrenalin making our cells less responsive to insulin. Science shows caffeine to be useful to our health when averaging no more than 200-300 milligrams (mg) a day. Together with coffee beans and caffeine there are properties that stabilize blood sugar levels while possibly helping to prevent rectal and colon cancer, Parkinson and Alzheimer diseases.
Annually since 1901, at the beginning of October Nobel Prize awardees (Laureates) are announced and a couple of months later, on December 10th, the anniversary of Alfred Nobel’s death, they receive a Nobel diploma, a medal, and money. This year the Nobel Prize money amount is set at 8.0 million Swedish kroner’s (SEK) per full Nobel Prize, which is $1.2 million US dollars. Nobel Prizes are awarded for achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and for peace. Over eighty years ago in 1931, a Nobel Prize for medicine was awarded to German biochemist Otto Heinrich Warburg for his discoveries surrounding the negative respiratory effects of human cells and the metabolism of cancerous tumors thriving in acidic conditions that result from consuming processed foods such as sugar.
If there were ever a time to consider the phrase of saying no, that time is well upon us when it comes to succumbing to the plethora of eating choices. The huge variety of food services has never been so high in our country’s history combined with the elaborate lengths restaurants, packaged food makers, and fast food outlets go to get us to buy and eat their stuff is without comparison. Roughly, over the past twenty years the Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Coco’s, TGIF, Chili’s, IHOP, Denny’s, Cheesecake Factory, Norms, Marie Callender’s, Hometown Buffet, Golden Corral, not to mention how countless fast food burger, pizza, and taco outlets have been relentless in securing our palette’s (wallet) attention. The newest member to this food frenzy fraternity centers on how social media sends out messages identifying a gourmet food truck location that has emerged as being all the rage.
Obesity causes many changes to the health of a person’s body, but few people know how the brain also suffers negative changes. Habitual overeating is caused by some harmful health changes in the mind. In short, the hippocampus is a major component of our brain that consolidates information from short-term memory to long-term memory. Consuming foods high in processed sugar and fats can impair the function of the brain’s hippocampus so much that a person’s eating habits become out-of-control.
The Arabs are credited with making the first sugar refinery around 1000 AD on the island of Crete. The Arab people renamed it ‘Qandi’ as it was originally called sarkara from the Sanskrit language of India where a majority of spices were imported. In Arabic qandi means crystallized sugar that is the basis for the English word candy. By the time ancient Greece and Rome worked with the refinement of sugar, they regarded it mainly as a medicine, and was added to food only by those who were very rich.
Rarely does one associate eating processed sugar with consuming an animal ingredient. Baking a cake and putting in those two full cups of sugar is not something you would ever think has to do with dead animals. It so deliciously sweet and delectable, those favorite sweetened treats could not possibly have animal by-products in it?
To paraphrase a classic television commercial about using dope, you can easily transfer that old familiar saying with, this is your brain and this is your brain on processed sugar! That is because consuming processed sugar can have effects similar to a drug of abuse. Your brain reacts this way if you were using most drugs of abuse as it increases dopamine in the nucleus accumbens part of the brain, or commonly referred to as the pleasure center. The same pleasure center that plays an important role in reward, pleasure, laughter, addiction, aggression, fear, and the placebo effect.
As women mature in age serious changes take place in their bodies. Particularly for women who already have had a tendency to experience premenstrual symptoms (PMS), there can be even more extreme hormone fluctuations of ‘Perimenopause’ that can amplify a woman’s symptoms tenfold, which can frequently lead to rage like outbreaks. [Perimenopause, also called the menopausal transition, is the interval in which a woman’s body makes a natural shift from more-or-less regular cycles of ovulation and menstruation toward permanent infertility, or menopause.]
Only just a couple of days ago, medical science released new findings from a controlled study that compared to normal weight women, obese women were 40% more likely to have a breast cancer recurrence and 69% more likely to die from it. The most startling facts confirmed that even being moderately overweight is linked to a higher risk of breast cancer recurrence.
There are wonderful feelings that come about from getting up in age. I remember as a child up through my twenties from time-to-time experiencing some really intense hunger contractions in my stomach. They were not so bad, but memorable enough to want to avoid them as much as possible. Normal hunger pangs usually last about 30-seconds and do not begin until 12 to 24 hours after the last ingestion of food. When you are busy or having emotional states like anger or joy food is sometimes the last thing on your mind. But when your blood sugar levels drop your hunger feeling increases and are really intensified for those with diabetes.
When speaking business, using good advertising is unquestionably a good way to sell products and services. In view of that, by employing a celebrity to endorse a product when advertising greatly strengthens the selling message. This is why when making a purchase of a sugary-filled product not only should you be alert of the negative effects that processed sugar has on the body, be aware not to make the purchase as a result of seeing your favorite athlete making a pitch for the product.
“When your body won’t do what you want it to, and you don’t do it ’cause you know you’re through. What’s that? — Body heat! It was some 36 years ago when the late Godfather of Soul James Brown released his ‘Bodyheat’ album with those lyrics. The lyrics cover a large range of emotions and one is how do you handle your body’s heat? It has been said with a great deal of truth that you are what you eat, so beware that excess processed sugar increases body heat.
Every time an individual consumes a sizeable amount of processed sugar it should be thought of as setting up a toxic outcome. It is highly probable for those who eat sugary-filled items like sodas, pastries and the like will inevitably suffer from a processed sugar induced headache resulting directly from toxicity or dehydration. It is not the processed sugar itself that can cause a headache, but the overconsumption of it that causes various head pains. Consequently, it is wise to monitor the amount of processed sugar eaten each day to lower the risk of headaches.
When we began this online column some seven years ago, our goal then and now is to inform community residents on the many negative health issues surrounding the consumption of processed sugar. Our dream has always been that from consistently promoting health consciousness the universe would say yes toward expanding an anti-processed sugar campaign. This is why I am not mad at the federal, state and local governments for working in varying deliberations to impose soft drink taxes because taxing is what they do, so why not focus on things that impose harm on unsuspecting consumers, particularly beverages sweetened with processed sugar, corn syrup, or other artificial sweeteners.
The packaged food and beverage makers are doggedly working to persuade consumers that their respective product is the one to buy. Particularly when it comes to how much sugar is the right amount to add in its ingredients and still be deemed healthy to eat. In the past, the big advertising talk centered around how much fat and/or saturated fat was added, where the current marketing climate is all about does it contain sugar and what kind, i.e. artificial sweetener, high fructose corn syrup or real sugar. Well, real sugar has got me laughing out loud because real is nature and processed is artificial. Thereby, the consumers are being duped yet once again.
The one common condition shared among those who used drugs is that they were available and everyone was doing it. Sobriety probably raises this as the easiest excuse for ever using drugs, nevertheless, science has long reported about the gateway drug theory that the use of less toxic drugs can/may lead to a future risk of using more dangerous hard drugs. It is often attributed to the use of several drugs, including tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis. Both alcohol and tobacco have been identified by science to have similar effects on the body and body as processed sugar, so maybe it too can be a gateway drug?
The odds are 1 in 4 of catching a summer cold, although there are several common risk factors that can be avoided to greatly improve the odds. Such as being aware of coming more in contact with people traveling from out-of-town who may introduce unfamiliar bacterium. Air conditioners are notorious for pulling the moisture out of the air through a re-circulating process, which can dry out the inside nose lining making you more vulnerable to viruses.
Within a month, the 2012 World Olympics will take center stage where we get a chance to see an array of the most physically conditioned human bodies on the planet. Aside from the obvious activities of exercising and competing in their respective sports, such athletes eat whole foods as much as possible to ensure endurance and optimum performance. Accordingly, at the last Olympics hosted in China, American athletes won 110 medals, totaling the most of any competing country. It is a shame that this global achievement stemming from physical proficiency does not transform to the rest of the American population when it comes to our weight woes.
Still there remains a huge majority of society unacquainted or perhaps unwilling to know how consuming too much processed sugar will cause ill-effects and leave you with addictive behaviors. Well fortunately there are many professionals that have it embedded in their minds, and are vigilant in making us aware that processed sugar is our new cigarette, reminiscence to that of smoking, people are hooked and having health complications from consuming processed sugar.
The British Medical Journal regularly describes processed sugar as dangerous as tobacco and that it should be re-classified as a hard drug because it produces morphine-like chemicals in the brain that generates a natural high, making it very hard for those who eat it to resist it. Likewise, the British Journal of Psychiatry made us aware that there is a strong correlation between processed sugar consumption and schizophrenia and/or depression. The United Nation’s World Health Organization formally says processed sugar is mainly responsible for the epidemic of obesity and its associated diseases, diabetes and cardiovascular disorders.
Young folks are more increasingly developing diabetes or being diagnosed with borderline diabetes. This is obviously not good, primarily because this early ill-health will lead to heart disease and other complications as adults. Better dietary practices are at the centered of preventing a number of health complications, but one area that is rarely talked about is the amount of sleep we should get each day.
More and more, American government is intervening on how a person should eat. The base for government intervention on dietary habits surrounds the spiraling health care costs, where for example in 2010, $192 billion of our taxes was spent on obesity related issues alone. Accordingly, the federal, state, and local branches of government around the country are taking up a variety of laws targeted at helping Americans to make better food choices.
Students in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) recently published findings from studying rats that a diet high in fructose slows the brain’s ability to learn and remember information. High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is six times sweeter than commonly processed sugar from cane or beets, which made HFCS the main ingredient used in this UCLA study, even though fructose is found in all sugar substances.
Food and beverage makers are rapidly pushing new products that claim to use less sugar. The ads commonly say how their respective product now has less sugar and therefore fewer calories. Sadly, many reconfigurations to obtain sweetness use ingredients that are less desirable than processed sugar, in spite of being fewer calories.
PepsiCo Inc. is bringing Michael Jackson’s image to their soda cans in a marketing strategy to help increase sales. I like Mike, but I am not in favor of using his picture to push the sale of a sugary-filled drink. That is because the beloved Michael Jackson passed June 25, 2009 and it was twenty eight years ago where Michael caught fire filming a Pepsi Cola commercial. Now Pepsi wants to use the mega star’s image to bolster their reputation as the best.
Our last discussion surrounded how some people are predisposed to the dangers of eating processed sugar, thereby experiencing withdrawal symptoms, such as irritability and headaches. In other words the human body can be processed sugar sensitive due to low beta-endorphins, which produces low self-esteem. Fortunately, when you can correctly identify and then modify daily food choices it will lead to a way out of biochemically-induced negative behavior.
Is it possible to be processed sugar sensitive? Well, the medical community is slow in admitting it, but it is true that some people are born with low beta-endorphin, which produces low self-esteem. When this occurs, it causes a person with the condition to naturally seek things that raise their lower than normal beta-endorphin in order to feel better about them self. Unfortunately, there are many substances and experiences that do this the quickest and tend to be physically and emotionally addictive. Most common are drugs like alcohol, heroin, morphine, codeine and behaviors like gambling that takes you into deep debt.
In the 1880’s, there were parts of the USA that blocked selling ice cream sodas on Sunday. A majority of people felt that these drinks were ‘impious’ (lacking reverence or respect, especially towards a god) and should not be enjoyed on this holy day. Since ice cream soda shops did not want to miss out on a whole day of business, they invented a treat that could be enjoyed on this day of the week. Accordingly, businesses invented the sundae (instead of Sunday), essentially just an ice cream soda without the soda (ice cream & chocolate sauce).
Eating too many sugar loaded products will send your blood sugar on a rollercoaster ride by sending it way up and then rapidly bringing way down. When it hits bottom you will really feel lifeless, which matches what has been proven that a lot of hyperactivity, aggression and other behavioral abnormalities in people of all ages are linked to their blood sugar (glucose) dramatically going up and down.
BY DEAN L. JONES, C.P.M.
This past Sunday, the long running 60 Minutes television journal put their stamp on what is being labeled as a health crisis brought about from eating too much processed sugar. Straight out, the average American is eating roughly 130 pounds of added sugar a year. The latest medical research confirms that consuming heavy amounts of processed sugar is distressing the body beyond weight gain, where it can take a serious toll on overall health, worsening conditions ranging from Type 2 diabetes, heart disease to cancer.
Over eighty years ago, Frick and Frack were the stage names for two Swiss ice skaters who performed with the Ice Follies show, and are best known for their bizarre and uncanny skating abilities. Both equally performed tricks that are still nearly impossible to replicate. In a similar manner, unusual tricks are what the sugar industry is selling to food consumers, because, just like Frick and Frack, there are two unnatural sweeteners competing for being healthier than the other.
Exercising vigorously may give you the feeling that you have burned so many calories that consuming a sugar-high energy bar, sugary fruit drink or even a cold soda is okay. Except, consuming sugary items right after a workout is a huge mistake with one who is attempting to exercise for healthy results. Releasing energy from your fat reserves is what a person wants to occur from exercising and the benefit is lost when a ready supply of processed sugar is flooded into the body.
When it comes to eating packaged foods and beverages producers are making it hard to trust them nowadays. When I learn about bad food, I can hear Martha Reeves and the Vandellas singing…”got nowhere to run, nowhere to hide.” The latest is the bad rap on meat, where it was disclosed about ‘pink slime’, which is a cheap meat filler added to over 70% of the ground beef sold at supermarkets and up to 25% of each American hamburger patty. Continue reading →
This past Tuesday was the 100th anniversary of the Oreo cookie. Now owned by Kraft Foods the Oreo has been around since 1912, and has generated thousands of other sugary cookie competitors over the past century. Last year alone, over $2 billion worth of Oreos were sold worldwide, which represents more than 70 million Oreos sold each day. Continue reading →
Recent health reports show that the rising obesity rate in America may have leveled-off for most groups, but not so much for people between 45 to 64 years of age. In 2011, the obesity rate in America fell to 26.1%, from 26.6% in 2010 and 26.5% in 2009. However, 30.8% of middle aged folks are still classified as obese. Even worse, the same study reveals a 41% rate of obesity among blacks in their middle-ages. Continue reading →
Limiting processing sugar is a growing advice offered by the medical community for numerous health reasons. Science is clear that the molecules capable of inflicting damage in your body, processed sugar molecules are probably the most damaging of all, particularly because of the fructose in it, which is an inflammatory agent. Consequently, eating too much processed sugar increases fat cells around the body’s vital organs that are the hallmark of diabetes and heart disease. Continue reading →
Bone loss is being diagnosed so frequently that osteoporosis is now considered a pediatric disease. One primary reason for the change in classification centers on the amount of soft drinks children are consuming. A number of younger people aged 13-18 years who drank either sugar free or a caffeine soft drink, or a soft drink with caffeine or processed sugar were studied over a period. Upon drinking, for the next three hours these young people lost calcium through their urine at a 25% higher rate than those who did not drink soda. Continue reading →
This PACE exclusive community service health column has focused on the dangers of eating processed sugar for more than six years now. The reason has been clear for a long time that constantly eating processed sugar ruins a person’s healthy mind and body. Well, another group supports this health position, whereas a statement was recently issued from a group of progressive scientists who want the government to regulate processed sugar like it regulates the consumption of alcohol and tobacco. Continue reading →
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have classified processed sugar as a natural preservative together with salt, vinegar and diatomaceous earth. What is interesting is since every nutrient that could contribute positively to our health is fully destroyed or extracted before becoming processed sugar during its transformation to a chemical. This is why I find it difficult to accept the FDA’s labeling of processed sugar as a natural preservative. Just think about the FDA’s classification of artificial sweeteners, also called sugar substitutes, works from a base completely comparing it to the chemical makeup of sucrose (processed sugar). Continue reading →
The 1950’s placed me smack in the middle of the pastry snack frenzy. Everyone I knew then tried a Hostess product to see if they were as good as others would claim them to be. Well, after countless pounds of fat and unthinkable amounts of processed sugar the largest wholesale maker and distributor of bakery products, the Hostess Brands recently filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. This includes a long line of their companies including Wonder Bread, Nature’s Pride, Dolly Madison, Marie Callender’s, Roman Meal, Butternut Breads, and Drake’s brands. Continue reading →
Some items are definitely an acquired taste and there is no doubt that the flavor of Mountain Dew soda’s falls within that classification. Taste is personal, but ignoring the effect of ingredients on the body is universal to anybody. Recently, a man named Ronald Ball from Wisconsin filed a $50,000 lawsuit against PepsiCo from his experience of finding a rat in his Mountain Dew soda. He claims that he sent the dead mouse he found in the soda to PepsiCo as evidence, but he says the company destroyed it. Regardless of the truth, drinking a soda like Mountain Dew screams ill-health issues. Continue reading →
For those who will be bringing in the New Year at a good old fashion party, you will undoubtedly have the pleasure of dancing to the legendary entertainer, Marvin Gaye, delivering his monumental soul classic ‘Got to Give It Up’. At any rate, whenever you think about the words to this party anthem there is a clear message to dance, however, the title easily transcends to obtaining renewed vigor and providing justice toward ‘self’. This means making a resolution to give up something that you know is hurting you. Continue reading →
The discussion surrounding the importance of how much processed sugar should we have in our daily diet is growing for a number of reasons. The urgent reason why we should steer clear of eating too much processed sugar is to help circumvent major health problems like diabetes, heart disease and obesity. Science researchers have disclosed considerable evidence that eating processed sugar contributes significantly to making us sick, but because it makes food taste good, human behavior seemingly does not care as long as their respective sweet craving is satisfied. Continue reading →
There are a number of us who think that the end of the year festivities require consuming lots of alcohol, even though we know so many things go wrong as a consequence. For starters, drinking alcohol causes the body to increase urinary output like a diuretic, which in turn will bring about dehydration and an electrolyte imbalance. Hangover is the familiar term that arises from all of the toxic by-products contained in alcohol, pushing a plethora of symptoms, like a dry mouth, nausea, fatigue, dizziness and headache and/or a combination thereof. Continue reading →
Of our commonly described meals —breakfast, lunch and dinner— it is the morning meal that has the most instructive name. It is a compound word of ‘break’ and ‘fast’ that makes a wise statement, but we too often ignore making a good choice of food and beverage to consume for breakfast. The act of fasting is abstaining from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. On an average, each day the period between preparing for a night’s sleep and waking in the morning, we abstain from eating food and drink for roughly 8 to 12 hours. Continue reading →
At times I feel as if I am living in the Twilight Zone, particularly when you learn how commercial enterprises are so intense with consciously destroying or at least genetically altering humankind through food consumption. War, murder and ignorance are unfortunately generally accepted means of human destruction. Nevertheless, you want to believe that man makes food items for nutritional value to help sustain life. Continue reading →
Overzealous food preparers are more likely to use excessive amounts of processed foods than conscientiously guided dining hosts who understand that eating is for the nutrient of our bodies. Thanksgiving festivities often get treated as recreation, stuffing our face, resulting in health problems from eating overly processed foods that impairs the body’s ability to function at even nominal levels of performance. Continue reading →
If our U.S. congressional representatives get their way public school menus will classify a plain slice of Pizza as a vegetable. Undoubtedly, a growing child will be educated to believe and practice exacerbated poor eating habits, not to mention suffer through a high level of confusion thinking bleached flour dough and canned tomato paste is a fresh and/or nutritious garden vegetable. Sure tomato paste has Vitamins A & C with dietary fiber, iron, and calcium; conversely, the average serving of one Pizza slice contains 8-teaspoons of sugar, or 32 grams per serving.
The human body is more susceptible to bacterial or viral infections and other ailments from a weak immune system. A weakened immune system suppresses the protective functions of cell growth, where prescribed and over-the-counter drug sales flourish to produce limited attempts to prolong cell life.
More sadly, medical professionals when prescribing drugs rarely explain how to keep the immune system strong to fight off attacks from common bacterium and viruses. The body comes equipped to protect itself; however, excessively eating and drinking the wrong things destroy the very thing to keep it healthy. Continue reading →
This week, I met two new business contemporaries and we began sharing small talk about our respective recent weight loss stories and methods on how we got here. When I declared my pot belly and overall weight dramatically came down by avoiding the consumption of foods containing processed sugar their faces looked both amazed and doubtful. Amazed that I was so open, but doubtful that was the entire story. Continue reading →
The US candy manufacturing industry includes an estimated 1,600 companies with combined annual revenue exceeding $20 billion. That is serious money that Americans traditionally give away in abundance to the most vulnerable population (innocent children) as detrimental tooth killers for their unhindered consumption. Commonly, adults ignore the obvious bacterium that sets up in a child’s mouth from eating candy, primarily from processed sugar. Bacteria from sugar will take away the protective enamel on teeth, which can never be replaced.
If you were asked to identify between Galactose, Saccharin, Glucose, and Dextrose the one that is not a natural sugar, which would you choose? The answer is saccharin is not a natural sugar, as it is an artificial sweetener used in place of processed sugar, primarily because it has no calories and does not increase blood sugar levels after consumption. Although, there are numerous side effects associated with consuming artificial sweeteners, including headaches, nausea and even promoting cancer. Saccharin will undoubtedly spoil your sweet taste because when diluted in water, it is 300 to 500 times sweeter than regular table sugar. Once thought of as a carcinogen, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned saccharin for a short period as a potential cancer-causing agent in humans. Somehow, they lifted the ban believing that it only causes cancer in rats, not humans. Continue reading →
Did you ever imagine a time when the government would impose a punitive tax for unhealthy eating? A large number of people pushed for added tax on cigarettes subsequent to learning that cancer and emphysema of the lungs were directly linked to its use. Taxing monstrous cigarettes gave more revenue to spend on good stuff. Continue reading →
Unfortunately, if not inflicted personally, we have family, friends, neighbors or associates that suffer from the diabetes disease. Type 2 diabetes is preventable by paying attention to the food and beverages consumed. Although there is a lot to this disease, this week I received an email from an associate who gracefully shows why health matters. Continue reading →
Right at the height of people turning toward consuming more fruits and vegetables, another food-borne bacteria outbreak comes along. Recently grown cantaloupes from Colorado are blamed to have caused possibly 16 people to die from ‘listeria’ bacteria. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that it is the largest outbreak of this disease in over a decade. Continue reading →
Diabetes suffers are twice as likely to have or develop memory loss problems. The science is slow in reporting this fact, but a major issue with insulin malfunction is dementia that can lead to developing Alzheimer’s disease. Even those who have been diagnosed by their doctors as pre-diabetic (people on the verge of developing diabetes), run the same risk of incurring memory loss. Continue reading →
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is added too often into many packaged items as the main sweetener. However, anyone eating such should be aware about the clear science that HFCS is strongly attributed to increasing obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and coronary artery disease. Nevertheless, the marketing campaign put forth by the corn industry continues to get bigger and bigger in order to convince consumers that it is not hazardous when eaten or drunk. Continue reading →
Sugar Alert! LAUSD Dishes Up Nutrition Dean L. Jones, C.P.M.
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) provided me the complete K-12 education. For that reason, I found it interesting to learn about their recent change in student food services. After many decades of administering nutritional disparity to their students, this week the LAUSD launched their “I’M IN’ campaign. The purpose of the program is to serve nutritional meals, emphasize exercise and to promote student attendance to reverse the high rate of school dropout. Continue reading →
Man, what heartbreak to learn this week that Venus Williams had to pull herself out of the US Open Tennis championships due to health issues.In researching her reported health condition, I found out that as many as four million Americans are living with the same disease, and 90% of them are female. The name for it is called Sjogren’s (pronounced show-grins) syndrome and thus far there is no known cure for it, but it can be treated and controlled. Continue reading →
There was a time when I believed drinking an Orange Julius original beverage was everything a body could use as the perfect thirst quencher. The high spike in blood sugar never crossed my mind because I always had a raw egg added to it. Well today, a 20-ounce Orange Julius drink
has 38 grams of sugar, which is the equivalent of 6+ teaspoons. One of their updated versions with Raspberry is loaded with 54 grams of sugar, or 13+ teaspoons. Continue reading →
Sugar Alert – Drinking 100% Orange Juice Under False Pretenses Dean L. Jones, C.P.M.
It is perhaps quite easy to go along with the advertising hype and the label stating it is 100% pure juice is just that. Except, whenever something taste exactly the same every time is a key signal that nature has left the building. Unvarying duplication is accomplished only at the hand of chemistry and the stuff on super market shelves is industrially-produced orange juice. Nature’s oranges are literally squeezed of its’ oxygen (life) to prevent spoilage and stored for as long as a year before final processing. Continue reading →
Sometimes you may find yourself craving sugary tastes that you regretfully eat when consuming some non-nutritional items like sodas, candies or pastries. On the other hand, there are quite a number of great foods that work to eliminate those sugar cravings by rounding out your complete nutritional needs. I am talking about black foods, which have more antioxidants than light-colored foods because of their higher pigment content. Continue reading →
Clear medical evidence is available that when processed sugar is added to antibiotic drugs it increases the drug’s ability to knock-out persistent staph infections. Doctors have always known that certain types of bad bacteria called ‘persisters’ shut off their need to feed when exposed to antibiotic drugs, basically becoming drug tolerant. By adding processed sugarit keeps the bacteria hungry for the antibiotic and thereby making harmful bacteria more susceptible to consuming the antibiotic drug. Continue reading →
In a variety of phrases mothers everywhere have verbalized to their children two distinct words — ‘behave yourself.’ Consequently, attempting to practice good behavior is a common action in our everyday activities. However, somehow we blindly exclude good behavior when it comes to consuming foods and beverages. We ignore any real value for ingesting things that may not be good behavior or even literally toxic behavior.
A strong possibility from eating too much processed sugar is that doing so will cause the skin to become dull and wrinkled. Science labels this condition as ‘advanced glycation end-products’, or a shorter term called AGEs. Glycation results from excessive blood sugar that attaches to proteins and thereby forms harmful new molecules, better known as AGEs. Continue reading →
On May 26, 2009, Robert Lustig gave a lecture called “Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” which was posted on YouTube the following July. Since then, it has been viewed well over 800,000 times, gaining new viewers at a rate of about 50,000 per month, fairly remarkable numbers for a 90-minute discussion of the nuances of fructose biochemistry and human physiology.
Lustig is a specialist on pediatric hormone disorders and the leading expert in childhood obesity at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, which is one of the best medical schools in the country. He published his first paper on childhood obesity a dozen years ago, and he has been treating patients and doing research on the disorder ever since. Continue reading →
Avocados are high in fat, but its monounsaturated fat can help lower cholesterol and keep your heart healthy. Avocados contain lutein, an
antioxidant that strengthens eyesight, and vitamin E, which may lower risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Eat the right portion to avoid over loading it on fat and calories. One whole medium avocado is roughly 320 calories and 28 grams of fat.
Recently, more information is circulating about the all too common potato chip, which is seriously placing unwanted fat on those that indulge. This results mainly from the quantity as the average eater of chips rarely stops until the entire bag is gone, and then some. The general fact is that eating roughly 15 potato chips per day will lead to adding on two extra pounds per year. Hardly seems like much, but whose counting chips. I know I used to down 15 chips in less than 10 minutes and when it was over at least 30-50 chips were gone in less than thirty minutes. Continue reading →
The National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke reports that the ingredients in foods are 50% involved in causing, starting, and bringing on migraine headaches. There is no doubt that for recurring headaches there exists a large range of potential causes for pain, mainly because the brain is highly complex. However, because processed sugar consumption can lead to a headache, by eliminating its use will at least rule it out as a possible factor. Continue reading →
Eating artificial sweeteners is a serious and complex matter. Even some artificial sweeteners labeled as natural can actually be more harmful to the body than eating refined sugar. For example, agave has been touted as a safer natural sweetener, but there exist some strong evidence that agave may do more damage to the body than eating high-fructose corn syrup and refined sugar. Continue reading →
When taking a standard allergy test the amount of refined sugar consumed is not usually reviewed for allergic reactions. Even though high glycemic foods are the main producers of the inflammatory response to various parts of the body, as it experiences excessive sugar intake it places major demands on the digestive system that interferes with the absorption of crucial vitamins and minerals. This is especially true for eating refined sugar as it becomes a major inhibitor on the effectiveness of the immune system and the overall metabolism. Continue reading →
March is National Women’s History Month, which brings to mind current health trends for women that show them contracting chronic health conditions more than men do. Women still have a longer life expectancy than men have, but unfortunately are living with arthritis, asthma, mental illness, obesity, hypertension, and diabetes. The most startling fact is that the mortality rate for cancer has decreased by only 17% since 1950, and the lung cancer death rate for women has risen more than 500% over the same period. Continue reading →
Product promoters have been aiming and paying a lot of attention to the effects gained from eating more fiber. The concept that product advertisers want to get across is that fiber will help get those bowels moving again and then everything will go back to normal. With a little luck, those people inflicted by constipation will benefit from this highly touted extra fiber remedy model. Unfortunately, for a significant percentage of those like sufferers the challenge is more serious. Continue reading →
On average, American men, women, and children consume too much, in particular those foods and food components that contain sodium, solid fats (major sources of saturated and trans fatty acids), added sugars, and refined grains. This statement comes directly out of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. This 112-page report primarily is intended for Americans that are 2 years and older, including those at increased risk of chronic disease; however, it is clear that healthy eating patterns and regular physical activity are essential for normal growth and development and for reducing risk of overweight and obesity that are major causes of illness and death. Continue reading →
Mostly considered a contact illness, the common cold virus passes from person-to-person in mucus droplets expelled by an infected person and inhaled by an uninfected person. The human sneeze discharged into the air spews the most of these tiny droplets, and sadly, you may never see it coming from several hundred feet away. Cold viruses lurk on contaminated surfaces such as bathroom towels, toothpaste tubes, counter tops, doorknobs and the like. Once a contaminated hand(s) passes it to your eyes, nose, or mouth the throat receives it where it possibly takes hold. Continue reading →
When I was about twelve years old, there was a little dance we did dubbed the ‘Fat Man’, where we would stick out our mid-sections and roll toward our partners to the beat of the music in a synchronized soulful style. In contrast, that was 40 something years ago when maybe just one person in a party of many was fat and no one seemed to care about mocking obesity. Today, to dance that same way would be boring since the majority of people are already overweight. Continue reading →
Yet another approach to eating well was announced this month by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).The government explicitly recognizes that previous guidelines on healthy eating were flawed and the latest data shows a much more improved approached to suggesting how Americans should practice eating each day.The old familiar food pyramid (MyPyramid) is officially obsolete and replaced with a food dining plate.The new “MyPlate” icon is the look the government recommends we practice by eating more vegetables and fruit, balanced by grains and protein, while the dairy food group is presented as an add-on choice to each meal. Continue reading →
Regularly consuming lots of processed sugar and starchy foods are reported, in some cases, to cause the eyes to become more vulnerable to a vision loss called Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). An eye-opener is the fact that recent health studies show patients who do not commonly eat carbohydrates that quickly spike blood sugar levels are less vulnerable to this type of sight problem. This falls in line with previous research results showing where diets rich in antioxidants were critical with even preventing AMD. Continue reading →
Commonly, people lean toward the concept and/or practice of taking something to help them feel better or ingesting what the doctor prescribes to remedy their discomfort. In opposition, seldom do we practice avoiding things that may be the cause of illness and/or uneasiness. Planning on what is best to eat for the brain in order for it to function at optimum efficiency is a rarity. In contrast, we think about selecting the right shoes for our feet, which implies that the brain is working fine, or is it? Continue reading →
Yesterday evening, while inside a Mini Mart, I was in line next to a young person, roughly twelve years of age, who made a call from his phone and spoke, “Mom, can I get a $1 soda?” The answer must have been yes since he quickly put the phone back in his pocket and began filling up a supersized cup with soda. The young child was unquestionably overweight with a much darkened neck (one indicator of probable type 2 diabetes), where this sad dining scenario has become a common situation for growing male and female children. Continue reading →
Keeping our body’s immune system strong is paramount. There are four easy ways of doing this, including that the bowels function daily, drinking adequate pure water so that the urine flow is clear (at least five pints of water a day) and cleaning the sweat from the body daily with a bath or clean cloths. Breathing easily and deeply in an unrestricted way is important – exercise can help you do that. Continue reading →
Most sodas average 150 calories per can, plus 10 teaspoons of added sugar. Studies reflect 75% of us are dehydrated on a regular basis. Sadly, more than 30% of us think sodas will quench our hydration needs. In addition to the fact we easily mistake thirst for hunger and start eating to satisfy the wrong urge. Continue reading →
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