HFCS takes away minerals that are very important to keeping your body healed and tissue strong. One of these very base minerals is copper. According to essortment.com’s fact about copper:
Copper comes in two forms, copper gluconate and copper sulfate. Copper is a trace element that is found in virtually every cell of the human body. It is a primary element in the production of melanin in the human body. Melanin is responsible for pigmentation in the eyes, hair and skin. Read more...(524 words, estimated 2:06 mins reading time)
In an earlier post, I mentioned some reasons to avoid altered corn sweeteners. In the next few days, I’ll tell you exactly what this slow poison has taken away from our bodies and why these things are so important to make our bodies function properly.
Today’s focus is on the hormone, Leptin. According to Wikipedia:
Leptin acts on receptors in the hypothalamus of the brain where it inhibits appetite by (1) counteracting the effects of neuropeptide Y (a potent feeding stimulant secreted by cells in the gut and in the hypothalamus); (2) counteracting the effects of anandamide (another potent feeding stimulant that binds to the same receptors as THC, the primary active ingredient of marijuana); and (3) promoting the synthesis of ?-MSH, an appetite suppressant. This inhibition is long-term, in contrast to the rapid inhibition of eating by cholecystokinin (CCK) and the slower suppression of hunger between meals mediated by PYY3-36. The absence of a leptin (or its receptor) leads to uncontrolled food intake and resulting obesity. Several studies have shown that fasting or following a very-low-calorie diet (VLCD) lowers leptin levels. It might be that on short-term leptin is an indicator of energy balance. This system is more sensitive to starvation than to overfeeding. That is, leptin levels do not rise extensively after overfeeding. It might be that the dynamics of leptin due to an acute change in energy balance are related to appetite and eventually to food intake. Although this is a new hypothesis, there are already some data that support it. Read more...(701 words, estimated 2:48 mins reading time)
I’m so pumped that this happened today! What a wonderful opportunity to get the information out there and let the world know about the dangers of high fructose corn syrup, and all the other names it might have! Join in the fun at Twitter and check out all the great links to learn more about the science of the dangers of HFSC, and the natural recipes to avoid it. The technology and nature gods are working together. Let’s back them up!
We know it’s bad for us, and reading labels can only take you so far. Even now the labels are being altered, more so than the sticky goo itself, so those of us who knew what to look for don’t even see it. I made mention of the tricky labels in an earlier post. Today, courtesy of http://www.3fatchicks.com/, I bring you the reasons why we should boycott this nasty syrup, and why the European Union outlawed it years ago.
Reason #1: Increase in Bad (LDL) Cholesterol and Triglycerides
Typically, over-consuming sugar will result in metabolic hindrances. High fructose corn syrup causes a major increase in insulin and leptin resistance, two key factors that help metabolize food into energy. Your body will encounter increased levels of bad cholesterol because the metabolized sugar turns to fat, in turn elevating triglyceride levels, also known as fat storages.
Reason #2: Risk of Heart Attack and Heart Disease Read more...(840 words, estimated 3:22 mins reading time)
I read labels, lots of labels, looking for the potential poison that might enter my food supply. I do not confuse HFCS with regular corn syrup, because regular corn syrup has been a confectionery staple for hundreds of years, for a far longer time than HFCS has been around. You see, the corn growers are finding out that maybe some part of the masses are a bit more clever than the other parts, and have decided it’s time to work their poison into those people who do read the labels. Be wary of the new and improved labels listing now as “cultured corn sugar”, “corn sugar”, and “corn sweetener”. I was even tricked today by the Oscar Meyer company, because I was not wary of this. I scanned the label for the main two culprits, HFCS and dextrose, and they were not listed. Thought maybe it was safe. I really wanted the Oscar Meyer Natural Ham, which is sweetened with celery juice, and has a very clean taste. I opted for the carving board brand, because I did not see the normal red flags. How was I to know the flags had changed?
In another food blog, http://corduroyorange.com, I learned how far this deceptive labeling has gone. Read along at http://corduroyorange.com/?p=782 to learn more. While you are reading up on this mind opening information, you might want to simply add a pack of real beet or cane sugar to your tea. That is one label that will never be altered.