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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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Less eggs and less meat lowers cholesterol - especially in older people (needed). Fact: as you age your hormone levels drop and your (good) cholesterol level rises to counter act.

Anonymous

10/06/2010 - 8:02am

I don't believe this article busted any myths. I believe it incorrectly perpetuates inaccurate information. Try going to Mercola.com to learn the truth about many food myths. It's the largest natural health website in the US and Dr. Mercola is an MD with a background in research and clinical experience.

It's apparent to me this author is repeating information to support her limited viewpoint. To overlook the energetic quality of food and it's preparation is analogous to saying there's no difference between a live and a dead body because the chemical composition seems to be the same. Most "experts" are only regurgitating the perspective of a scientific training that is relatively new in the world and certainly not the best comprehensive approach.

Microwaves? Developed by the Russian military and even they decided their use wasn't safe. Radio waves that "cook" the food and that escape from the microwave are harmful to the food and the people and environment. Oh by the way there's also no global warming, ice bergs are melting and shorelines disappearing must be in our imagination.
Investigate many more opinions for yourself before believing this!

Anonymous

09/27/2010 - 11:15am

It seems to be a diservice to not talk about how HFCS is metabolized and how that might lead to obesity.

Anonymous

09/27/2010 - 8:53am

Aside from the weight gain issue, what HFCS does to your liver and your body are much worse.
I may be way off base here, but my understanding was that the real issue with HFCS was the inability of the body to process the HFCS in the same way that it did sugar. The body being able to process sugar in an efficient manner, but sending the (HFCS) Fructose molecules to the liver.
"Free fructose does not undergo digestion; however when fructose is consumed in the form of sucrose, digestion occurs entirely in the upper small intestine. As sucrose comes into contact with the membrane of the small intestine, the enzyme sucrase catalyzes the cleavage of sucrose to yield one glucose and fructose unit. Fructose, passes through the small intestine, virtually unchanged, then enters the portal vein and is directed toward the liver."
The body is unable to metabolize the Fructose molecule and the molecule directed to the liver, which is the filter for your entire system. The Fructose build up results in the fattening of the liver or cirrhosis. If you drink a great deal of sweetened soft drinks (that are sweetened with HFCS) you should have a blood sample taken and have your liver enzymes checked, you may be surprised at the results, which may include increased serum triglycerides. I have attempted to reduce my intake of HFCS for this very reason.

ibrm2

09/27/2010 - 8:13am

When HFCS is ingested it goes straight to the liver which turns the sugary liquid into fat, and unlike other carbohydrates HFCS does not cause the pancreas to produce insulin. Insulin acts as a hunger quenching signal to the brain. HFCS, unlike sugar, is a liquid that is immediately stored as fat. Since it is not metabolized like sugar, it is not the same a sugar! Look at how it is making America obese!!! Please study this in greater detail.

Anonymous

09/27/2010 - 12:56am

When HFCS is ingested it goes straight to the liver which turns the sugary liquid into fat, and unlike other carbohydrates HFCS does not cause the pancreas to produce insulin. Insulin acts as a hunger quenching signal to the brain. HFCS, unlike sugar, is a liquid that is immediately stored as fat. Since it is not metabolized like sugar, it is not the same a sugar! Look at how it is making America obese!!! Please study this in greater detail.

Anonymous

09/27/2010 - 12:55am

Myth 3: A raw-food diet provides enzymes that are essential to healthy digestion.
The Truth: “Raw foods are unprocessed so nothing’s taken away; you don’t get the nutrient losses that come with cooking,” says Brenda Davis, R.D., co-author of Becoming Raw: The Essential Guide to Raw Vegan Diets (Book Publishing, 2010). But the claim by some raw-food advocates that eating raw boosts digestion by preserving “vital” plant enzymes, Davis explains, just doesn’t hold water. “Those enzymes are made for the survival of plants; for human health, they are not essential.”

The reason raw food has enzymes that are beneficial to human bodies is because plant enzymes help our bodies break down plant matter and proteins. This is why Pineapple and Papaya are great for digestion.

Bromelain is a proteolytic enzyme (an enzyme that digests proteins) found in fresh pineapple.
The Papaya fruit contains papain, an enzyme that helps digest proteins.

Anonymous

09/26/2010 - 10:55pm

That GMO foods aren't safe to eat and mercury in fish is dangerous. The FDA wouldn't allow GMO's if they caused birth defects and they wouldn't put mercury in flu shots (thimerosol) if it was bad for us.

Anonymous

09/26/2010 - 10:28pm

HFCS inhibits the production of leptin, which signals to our brains that we are full. Thus, with the consumption of HFCS, we are likely to overeat.

Seriously.... do your homework. And if you have evidence that me and all of these other people are wrong, then show it. Prove it. Or stop making baseless claims that detriment the health of your readers.

And until you do, SHAME ON YOU. PURE SHAME.

Anonymous

09/26/2010 - 7:56pm

HFCS inhibits the production of leptin, which signals to our brains that we are full. Thus, with the consumption of HFCS, we are likely to overeat.

Seriously.... do your homework. And if you have evidence that me and all of these other people are wrong, then show it. Prove it. Or stop making baseless claims that detriment the health of your readers.

And until you do, SHAME ON YOU. PURE SHAME.

Anonymous

09/26/2010 - 7:43pm

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