It turns out all carbohydrate sugars are not created equally. Fructose seems to be especially evil for modern man. Fructose is the primary sugar found in most plants (especially starchy vegetables and fruits). It is a cheap sweetener, usually derived from our heavily subsidized corn industry and is abundant in most processed foods including all juices and most sodas and baked goods. Excessive fructose consumption has been repeatedly linked to:
Dr. Lewis Cantley, director of the new Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medical College and New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a professor in the Departments of Systems Biology and Medicine at Harvard Medical School was recently interviewed for BMC Biology about his thoughts and experiences in an article titled “Cancer, Metabolism, Fructose, Artificial Sweeteners, and Going Cold Turkey on Sugar.” Some interesting excerpts: Continue reading →
Diets simply don’t work. Let me rephrase: diets don’t work long-term. Sure, short term crash diets succeed but they are unsustainable. Eventually, you will fall off the wagon, adding a few more pounds in the process. No one agrees on the true failure rates of diets but it is somewhere north of 60% and may be as high as 95% according to several studies. Why are diets so unsuccessful? Could it be good old lack of self-control and discipline? That is certainly one possibility but not the whole picture. There is so much more to the story. Chemistry, physics, biology, physiology and psychology are all vital factors when determining a long term winning food plan. Instead of fad diets and crash diets try “The Don’t Diet”. Continue reading →
Just because something is sold at the health food store or is listed as ‘organic’ or ‘natural’ doesn’t mean it is wholesome. Organic, minimally proceeded Oreo-like cookies are only marginally better for you than their conventional counterpart. The ‘healthier’ alternative may even contain more sugar than the original, newfangled ingredients, or obscenely high doses of vitamins that turn out to be downright nocuous. Oh my. Here is a list of 6 foods that will worsen your health and lighten your wallet: Continue reading →
1. Exercise or get your heart rate up (with physical activity like fast walking, dancing, even sex if it is the active kind) for at least 20 minutes a day. The good news is that the 20 minutes need not be consecutive. Most likely you are conscious for at least 15 hours per day, I’m sure you can string together 20 minutes to move.
2. Make sure you get at least 25 grams of fiber per day by eating fiber rich foods like salads, nuts, bran, berries, beans, pears, prunes, vegetables. However, do NOT blend or drink your fruit and veggies – this destroys the fiber. Actually skip juices all together, they are no good for you.
These two seemingly unrelated observations are fundamentally linked:
1- It is estimated that at least two thirds of all deaths in the U.S. are related to bad diets.
2- Our grocery stores and agricultural system have been hijacked by big business.
Food companies have figured out how to get us to eat more than we need. They’ve employed marketing, lobbying and creative chemistry in their never ending quest to cut costs and increase profits. Much of our food has been chemically altered in order to increase our appetite and cravings. The globalization of agribusinesses promotes many opportunities for fraud, adulteration and outright poisoning of our food (horse-meat, E-coli in beef and melamine in baby formula are just a few examples). All those tin-foiled hat wearing conspiracy theorists might be on to something when they say, “government food agencies are being controlled by the profits of lobbyists not science”. The Sugar Association successfully urged the USDA to promote the phrase: “All foods have a place in a balanced diet.” Really? Twinkes, Diet Coke and Chunky Monkey are part of a balanced diet?! A similar platitude was offered by the National Soft Drink Association: “As refreshing sources of needed liquids and energy, soft drinks represent a positive addition to a well-balanced diet.” Scientists, doctors and most educated people vigorously disagree. There is no need for food-like substances in the human diet unless your goal is compromised health. Continue reading →