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Archive for October, 2009

Candy for Breakfast

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

The other morning, I was eating some gluten-free yogurt with my toast.  I happened to check the amount of sugar in the yogurt.  It contained 24 grams of sugar.  So I picked up some candy to compare sugar content.  It also was 24 grams.  Now my interest was peaked.  Which contained more sugar, candy bars or yogurt?  I bought the yogurts from 2 supermarkets in my area.  The following yogurts had 23-25 grams of sugar: Yoplait, Bayview, Sunnyside, and Brown Cow “Natural”.  Chobani Greek yogurt contained 20 grams of sugar and Greek Gods Greek yogurt contained 12 grams of sugar.  With the yogurts high in sugar, I looked at other components of my breakfast.  My orange juice contained another 24 grams of sugar (this is processed orange juice not fresh squeezed).  If you drink coffee like I do the coffee creamers contain about 5 grams of sugar per tablespoon.  The whole grain toast was another 4 grams of sugar (without jam or margarine).  So by the time I was ready to leave for work I had consumed 58 grams of sugar.  This is equal to two candy bars.  Is it any wonder that the estimated amount of sugar comsumed per year is 200 pounds.

Are We Unintentionally Poisoning Ourselves?

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Study after study is showing the harmful affects of the “Western Diet”.  Is the public at large taking heed of these studies?  A big “NO” would be the answer to that question.  The major cancers associated with dietary habits of the United States are: breast, distal colon, prostate, pancreas, ovary and endometrium.  Evidence suggests that frying and broiled meats cause all but the 2 last cancers.  Other countries with fish-eating populations have lower heart disease and cancers due to the n-3 polyunsaturated oils found in fish.  Other practices that reduce the risk of cancer are the intake of 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, which contains antioxidants, having a high fiber intake, and drinking at least 40 ounces of water or green tea daily.

So what does the population of the United States do?  They head daily to the fast food restaurants for their diabetes, cancer fix.   The hamburger and fries gives us the carcinogens necessary for our cancers and the sugars hidden in the buns and fries overwhelms our pancreas so diabetes is inevitable.  Are we as a nation doomed because of our eating habits?