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In his groundbreaking book FatLand, Greg Critser breaks down exactly how HFCS is metabolized by the human body. In short, because our bodies have absolutely no way of understanding this highly engineered substance…they convert it into storage material and chuck it away…hence we are fattened up.
The explanation goes like this: glucose molecules, which are the building blocks of sucrose, can be metabolized (used, eaten) by any and every cell in the human body. This is not so with Fructose. It has to be metabolized through the liver. Hence, your liver ends up releasing triglycerides into your bloodstream and generally has trouble dealing with this weird substance.
A single 12 oz. can of soda contains the equivalent of 10 teaspoons of sugar and over three times the calories of a serving of chicken noodle soup. If you serve a child Campbell's chicken noodle soup and an A&W root beer for lunch, that child is getting over 3/4 of his calories from HFCS--and that's a typical meal for American kids. They may even have two sodas, some "fruit snacks," and an ice cream. Maybe mom will cook some Kraft macaroni and cheese, thinking the kids haven't gotten enough "food" in their fat little stomaches.
We need to demonize HFCS. It's junk food. Non-nutritional poison. There is no good reason anyone should be drinking or eating it.
You don't see an obesity problem in North Korea. Do you know why? The U.S. embargo doesn't allow them to import sugary sodas.
It's time we impose an embargo on U.S. citizens. Ban the wholesale commercial distribution of junk food outright.
Originally posted by rationalgaze
I get headaches if I don't drink one for a day.
Those of us who are "into" health know all about stevia. This is a very powerful natural sweetener, extracted from South American plants much as sugar is extracted from cane. One can find stevia in health food stores, but it is not allowed as an ingredient in processed foods. Why not? The typical statist would say "because it is not shown to be proven safe and effective" which is FDA-speak for "because we didn’t say you could use it."
Call me a conspiracy realist, but I doubt that "safe and effective" had much to do with the FDA deciding to ban stevia. Nothing drives this point home better than this little tidbit: the FDA initially labeled stevia as an "unsafe food additive" after an anonymous complaint. (Yes, an anonymous complaint!) You simply cannot make this stuff up.
But stevia has been used by other cultures for thousands of years with no ill effects. Yes, thousands of years. If it’s so dangerous, why are we in the U.S. alone on Earth in recognizing the danger? In Japan the government will not allow artificial sweeteners in soft drinks, so they use stevia instead. In fact, it accounts for 40% of the Japanese sweetener market.
Originally posted by anhinga
Didn't know it being a topic of CTC last night, it's on too late in my area (2am) to ever get to listen to the show.
Originally posted by rationalgaze
thanks deadflagblues, GYBE rock btw.
I hate to be used as an example like this, but i've often found myself in this position. Call it terminally bad parenting, i guess.
Thanks for the pointers everyone. starred and flagged.