Friday, September 21, 2012

Take Action For Your Health

Posted by Heather Shields On 8:00 AM | No comments
One of the most important things I've changed for my family is to eliminate high fructose corn syrup. I know the commercials call it "corn sugar" (a name that the FDA rejected, btw) and tell us that it's no different from regular sugar, but that is a flat out LIE. Here are 5 facts about HFCS from a fantastic article on Huffington Posts website. Written by a doctor. So he knows what he's talking about.

1. Sugar in any form causes obesity and disease when consumed in pharmacologic doses.
The one point I can agree with the corn industry on is that HFCS and sugar in large amounts are both unhealthy. Although I've been known to eat large slices of cake every now and then. But still, all things in moderation, right?

2. HFCS and cane sugar are NOT biochemically identical or processed the same way by the body.
There is some really great scientific stuff at this point in the article, which I would be stupid to try to replicate. Again, read it HERE.

3. HFCS contains contaminants including mercury that are not regulated or measured by the FDA.
Pretty self explanatory. And scary. I had no idea there was even the threat of mercury being in HFCS until I read this article.

4. Many independent medical and nutrition experts DO NOT support the use of HFCS in our diet, despite the assertions of the corn industry.
AKA, the ones not being paid by King Corn.

5. HCFS is almost always a marker of poor-quality, nutrient-poor, disease creating,  industrial food products or "food-like substances."
If it has HFCS, it's not real food. You body MUST be nourished with real food or it will become sick, diseased, and wholey unhealthy.


Support Food Identity Theft

So this is where you and I come in. We can actually do something to get rid of HFCS. I've talked about the voice that our spending has, but if you want to yell a little louder you can sign a petition. Citizens For Health and Food Identity Theft have formally asked the FDA to change the way HFCS is labeled on packages. They are also calling for a total ban of HFCS, and have petitions for both that we the consumers can sign! I signed weeks ago, and encourage you to do the same. It would be just a little easier to have a healthy family if every fun food and sweet treat wasn't riddled with a chemical that's making us all sick.

SIGN THE PETITION TO BAN HFCS

SIGN THE PETITION FOR PROPER LABELING OF HFCS

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