Musings From Us Entries For Science

The following are the various articles that have been filed and posted under the category of General Musings / Health & Food / Science that can be found here at Musings From Us, for your enjoyment.

Fructose, the evil villian in all this mess Part 1

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Fructose, what has been touted as “fruit sugar” for all these years, is truly where the blame lies in all this. Natural fruit sugar, from good sources like fruits and honey are acceptable in their true form, and have many healthy benefits, whether from the fruit or the honey itself. Corn is a grain, a grass, and even natural maize has its pitfalls, which will be discussed in a future post.

I could show you everything about Fructose from beginning to end, but since the focus here is on commercial produced HFCS, that is the part of the science I will show you. Here is what Wiki has to tell us about the health effects of fructose:

Digestive problems

What HFCS takes away, and why they are so important:Magnesium

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Another very important mineral that is depleted by altered corn sugars is Magnesium (Mg). According to /www.ctds.info, Magnesium deficiency can lead to:
Common conditions such as mitral valve prolapse, migraines, attention deficit disorder, fibromyalgia, asthma and allergies have all been linked to a Mg deficiency. Perhaps not coincidentally, these conditions also tend to occur in clusters together within the same individual. A magnesium deficiency as a root cause would provide a logical explanation of why some people suffer from a constellation of these types of problems. There other various symptoms that are similar to that which are cited along with the loss of copper and chromium as well, like diabetes, ADD, and asthma. Now is a perfect time to take advantage of the winter squash treats that are rich in magnesium. Enjoy the annual salty taste of roasted pumpkin, acorn, and butternut squash seeds for a great magnesium boost. Brazil nuts, and quinoa are rich in MG, and are available all year long. There are many ways to enhance your diet with Mg rich foods. This list,

What HFCS takes away, and why they are so important:Leptin

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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.[8] It might be that on short-term leptin is an indicator of energy balance. This system is more sensitive to starvation than to overfeeding.[9] 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.[10][11]

8+ reasons to avoid HFCS and other altered corn sugars

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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

Dextrose, a simple sugar, or is it?

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When you are reading labels, if you are doing your best to avoid HFCS, you might see other labels in their place. Dextrose is a common sugar that often pops up, and even though its definition is “dextrorotary glucose”, meaning “Sugar rotated to the right” there is more to it than what it shows. Dextrose is another altered corn sugar that should be avoided along with HFCS, and is another stop along the Maize Maze when it comes to sweeteners. According to Livestrong.com, dextrose is known to cause fluid imbalance, which often leads to edema, or as you have heard it called “swelling of the legs”. It is a symptom common among older people, but with more and more dextrose consumption being taken in by young people and children, edema is no longer an old person’s symptom.
Acoording to Livestong.com:
Fluid Overloading