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6 biggest lies about food busted

By Nicci Micco, September 16, 2010 - 11:06am

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Nicci asks: What food myth are you sick of hearing people defend?

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There is only anecdotal evidence against HFCS at this point because so few tests have been run. I dare you to get a group of men who tend to gain weight around the middle (you know, the ones most vulnerable to heart disease, diabetes, etc.) that are over 300 pounds. Get half of them off of HFCS making no other changes in their diets or exercise for 4 months. After a month, they'll be saying, "I don't seem to be as hungry as I used to be." At the end of 4 months, I believe most of them will have lost weight.
My husband decided to get off of caffeine. After a while he told me he didn't feel as hungry as he did before. The next day I heard the editor (I think) of Men's Health magazine saying that HFCS turns off the "switch" in you that tells you when you're full. My husband had by accident cut out a lot of HFCS. So we cut it out of our diet. My husband went from being hungry all the time to being hungry just at mealtime and eating half what he used to at mealtime. In a year he went from being a 450 pound man to a 350 pound man. Yeah, he's still overweight, but he's much healthier and happier. He's not constantly hungry. Losing weight doesn't look impossible anymore.
One more thing: it doesn't seem to affect me in the same way. I'm not about to put it back in my diet, who knows what it was doing to me. It certainly had a huge impact on my husband.
Now so you won't be saying she's anonymous so she can lie all she wants, I'm going to give you an email that will be good for ONE WEEK ONLY.

lhkvvi@trashmail.net

Anonymous

09/26/2010 - 8:31pm

Your own article from January 2009 indicated that over 50% of foods containing HFCS had detectable levels of mercury and that including HFCS in the diet would increase our risk of exposure to mercury, though there were manufacturers that operated in a mercury-free environment. Why are you ignoring this risk now?

Anonymous

09/26/2010 - 5:49pm

Your own article from January 2009 indicated that over 50% of foods containing HFCS had detectable levels of mercury and that including HFCS in the diet would increase our risk of exposure to mercury, though there were manufacturers that operated in a mercury-free environment. Why are you ignoring this risk now?

Anonymous

09/26/2010 - 5:47pm

GET your facts right! Here are some studies on high fructose corn syrup. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-fructose_corn_syrup#Health_effects
The only studies that say it is not harmful were funded by a special interests group.

Anonymous

09/26/2010 - 2:48pm

The assertions in the article regarding high fructose corn syrup may very well be true. However, it is not the calorie content of HFCS nor how much it is or isn't like table sugar that concerns me. It is the fact that it is a completely unnatural food that our bodies were not designed to handle in large amounts. From what I understand the main problem is that unlike glucose, fructose cannot be used by the muscle to refill glycogen. It is processed by the liver where it is converted to saturated fats and colesterol, thus disrupting the LDL/HDL ratio by significantly increasing LDL.

It is also much sweeter than sugar by weight, and is a powerful appetite stimulant - two pretty dangerous attributes for obesity.

Eating "Well" magazine isn't owned by Monsanto is it? If not they probably funded the study you are basing your facts on....they wish it was a "myth".

Anonymous

09/26/2010 - 2:32pm

That evaporated cane juice is better for you than processed sugar. Or that honey is better than table sugar. It's not just about HFCS.

Anonymous

09/22/2010 - 1:55pm

You MUST eat dairy to get calcium.
- Dairy doesn't contain magnesium, which is required for your body to absorb calcium
- A significant portion of the population cannot digest dairy products, which means that when this portion of the population eats dairy, they make themselves ill and sometimes overweight.
- Homogeonized and pasteurized dairy products are difficult for the body to digest anyway as these processes interfere badly with the chemical structure of the food.
Sharon

Anonymous

09/17/2010 - 8:51am

Fish...First we hear that FISH is good for you, good for your brain cells, good for our heart. Then we hear that fish is bad for you because the waters are too polluted to eat it. Farm raised over ocean fish? Farm raised is fed chemicals versus fresh water fish (pacific or atlantic) is better. I just wish someone would get it right and stick to it!

Anonymous

09/16/2010 - 10:46pm

I don't agree that sugar and HFCS are nutritionally comparable aside from a calorific and taste standpoint. Jury is still out if HFCS is equal to sucrose.

Anonymous

09/16/2010 - 5:35pm

My sister insists that anything cooked with onions should be eaten the same day, otherwise it will go off (either refrigerated or frozen). I often freeze spaghetti sauce, soups, etc., which naturally have onions, and she refuses to eat any of it because it's more than a day old. It drives me insane.....

Anonymous

09/16/2010 - 4:31pm

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