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It is a good idea to avoid excessive sugar intake and sugar-sweetened soft drinks have all too much of that ingredient. Much of the bad stuff described in that article can be avoided if you drink DIET cola. As to the caffeine, there is plenty in the medical literature to support the position that caffeine in moderation is beneficial. Dark chocolate in moderation is also beneficial--a very comforting thing to know.

 

It's actually worse than that. Almost all soda pop in the US is now sweetened with high fructose corn syrup instead of sugar. And high fructose corn syrup is not metabolized in the same way sugar is. In experiments, rats fed sugar don't gain nearly as much weight as rats fed HFCS. The American obesity epidemic began at the same time HFCS was introduced as a cost saving measure by food companies. HFCS raises triglyceride levels. And unlike cane or beet sugar which are converted to energy, HFCS is converted to fat. It interferes with the body's insulin. It is poison, plain and simple.

 

Here is an article about it: http://www.princeton.edu/main/...rchive/S26/91/22K07/

 

 

Everything you eat or drink is processed like that. It's pretty interesting.

 

I think that how effectively that process works is largely dependant upon the individual's genetic makeup and lifestyle.

If being overweight tends to run in your family, chances are you will be too, regardless of soda consumption-Maybe those people need to be extra careful of their soda intake.

 

I'm a Dr Pepper junkie. I don't like the way the water around here tastes so I buy a 24pk of WallyWorld's "Dr Thunder" for a couple bucks and it lasts me a week.  I almost always have a Dr Pepper or Wally's equivalent in my hand all the time. The ingredients listed on the can state that it contains high fructose corn syrup and phosphoric acid.

  I still have the 31" waist I had in high school and my weight never varies from the 165 lbs I've been all my adult life.

 

No fat folks in my family, tho.

 

I guess either I'm one of the lucky ones-or I've got a tumor somewheres...LOL.

 

I still say ya can eat or drink anything ya want to (barring medical restrictions).  The trick is to get off yer ass and actually move like ya mean it once in a while to burn any excess stored fuel.

  If yer tank only holds 11 gallons and yer only driving to the end of the driveway all the time... and ya put in 30-where do ya think the extra is gonna be stored?

That's right. In cans, in the trunk.

 

Interesting graphic, but it doesn't take into account whether a person lives a sedentary lifestyle or not.

High Fructose Corn Syrup Is Making Me Sick

Don’t worry: The super-sweetener has been blamed for everything from obesity, heart disease, and diabetesto cancer and even autism. While it’s a good idea to limit your intake of added sugars like high-fructose corn syrup, well-respected hospitals and health experts at the Mayo Clinic and the American Heart Association and Marion Nestle, PhD, professor of nutrition and public health at New York University, say there is little evidence to suggest high-fructose corn syrup is worse for you than any other type of sweetener. In fact, it's almost identical in chemical composition to table sugar, and many studies suggest that the body breaks them down in exactly the same way.

Be healthy: Don’t be fooled into thinking organic cookies made with evaporated cane juice are any better for you than conventional ones made with high-fructose corn syrup. It’s best to cut back on all types of addedsugar — high-fructose corn syrup included. AHA guidelines advise women to keep added sugar under 6 teaspoons (or 25 grams) daily. By comparison, one can of soda contains roughly 9 teaspoons. But it’s not just junk food you have to look out for. Sneaky sources of added sugar include pasta sauce, cereal, condiments like barbecue sauce and ketchup, and flavored yogurt.

 
 
 

I watched a couple of food documentaries on Netflix recently (FOOD, Inc was one, can't remember the other).  I knew it was bad, but I was both grossed out and shocked that some things are allowed.  Large companies like Walmart and McDonalds, their demand created from our demand, led to a cruel and nasty process.  Watching those documentaries has changed the way I shop.

 

We create the demand.  The only way to change the situation is to educate ourselves/others and create a demand for healthy choices.

Frankly, I disagree. Here is a video with Dr. Robert Lustig, MD, professor of pediatrics, division of endocrinology, at the University of California, San Fransisco, explaining why HFCS really IS bad for us. It is a long video, so I imagine most won't watch the whole thing, but he explains that NOT all sugars are alike, and WHY they are different.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBnniua6-oM

 

I myself have developed so many food allergies in recent months that my diet is restricted to meat, brown rice and cauliflower. I have no proof, but I believe that because I never had a sweet tooth until about five years ago when I went on a sugar (HFCS) tear, that I overloaded my liver with the stuff, and that is what has brought on all of these allergies.

I just posted that "Hmm..." because for some reason the reply box showed up behind the video and I couldn't see what I was typing.

 

Anyway Joy, although I went through some excruciating pain and sickness a few weeks ago from ingesting hidden corn, I am now back on track with my diet. I can honestly say that I feel better than I have in DECADES. The food allergies are new to me within the past six months, but the insomnia, the psoriasis, the "brain fog" and complete lack of energy that I have dealt with for YEARS are gone. I feel like a twenty year old!

 

I don't think ALL of these changes are because I am avoiding my allergens. I think it's because I am eating a whole foods, healthy diet. I did away with all processed foods, and I would be willing to bet that if other people did, they would feel better too. And after eating this way for six months, it has gotten to the point that the smell of "junk food" turns my stomach. One day a friend brought his lunch of grocery store fried chicken and jo jo's, and it smelled like something that had gone bad. I don't miss it at all, and if my allergies suddenly disappeared, I would still never go back to eating the way I used to.

I can't speak about the beer, but the big greasy cheeseburger heavily salted was one of the mainstays of my diet in the old days. As bad as that is, I don't think the fat in the burger was the problem. They are beginning to see, if you watch that video I posted, that a low fat, high carb diet such as the ones the govenment food pyramids have taught us to eat, is actually bad for us.

 

Of course it isn't good to fill our bodies with saturated fats, but neither is it good to completely do away with them. I have heard that people who are lost and starving crave fats more than any other food. It's because our bodies need fat.

 

Carbs are necessary too, but we have overloaded our diets with carbs, something that we weren't designed to process well when consumed in such large quantities. As a matter of fact, I guess I can speak about the beer because beer is full of carbs.

 

We need a balance that has been missing from the modern diet for a long time now. If we all ate a varied diet and didn't overdo any one thing, we would all be healthier. But for many folks such as myself, it is too late. The harm has been done. I just fear that a lot more people will discover that they have allergies and intolerances because most people still get to much corn, HFCS, carbs in general,  pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and the list goes on.

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