Posts Tagged ‘High-fructose corn syrup’

If you have been anywhere in the world in the last few years you have most likely heard about GMO foods.  There is a lot of opposition to them,  but why?  It reminds me of the high fructose corn syrup commercials, when they are questioned about it “you know what they say don’t you!?” “what?”… “uh…” like the other person is an idiot?  Did you happen to see that the commercials were put on by the corn refiners association?  They don’t have any “interest” in selling more! Same deal with GMO, they want it to be a shroud of mystery, they don’t want us to think about it why?  Because they have a vested interest in selling you more GMO corn.



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So when you start to look into this subject there are some road blocks.  What I mean is the testing that has been done has only been done on animals, well technically they are “testing” us because no one knows the true life long affects of GMO products.  Here’s what they have figured out in the animals, GMO products cause:

  • Organ Failure
  • Infertility/Sterility
  • Miscarriages
  • Low Birth Weight
  • Destruction of Bees & Butterflies
  • Death

The problem is that there are no labeling requirements for GMO products.  We just discovered some corn meal in our house, we are pretty sure it’s GMO and now it’s going in the trash.  Hubby doesn’t want to feed it to the chickens (duh, do we want dead chickens or modified eggs?) when I asked what he was going to do with it, he said we could burn it like the Haitians!  I chucked, but did you hear this?  After the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Monsanto (the GMO makers) sent GMO seeds to Haiti, do you know these people are smarter than us?  They burned the junk!  Read the article http://www.naturalnews.com/029222_GMOs_Haiti.html

What foods should you and your family avoid?  That is hard, right now Monsanto is trying to genetically modify everything under the sun.  I told Hubby that I want to pay special attention to our heirloom seeds this year, that way we can start saving those seeds and weed out the rest.  Right now the list is short, but these foods are found in almost every processed food.  Current GMO foods:

  • Corn
  • Soybeans (yes even tofu and soy milk, and soy lecithin)
  • Canola
  • Cottonseed
  • Sugar Beets
  • Hawaiian Papaya
  • Small amounts of Zucchini and Yellow Squash
  • Alfalfa for animal feed

Avoiding these foods are key number one, but how do you do it?  How can you possibly know everything that contains these foods because they are hidden in plain sight?  I found the most amazing site to download FREE (everyone knows how much I like free by now right?) brochures like “Non- GMO shopping guide,” “Doctors’ health warning,” and “The Non-GMO shopping guide brochure” click here for the instant access to the free printable guides and PLEASE share them with friends and family!

Alex Jones does a great 15 minute video about not just GMO foods but poisoned foods in general:

And a movie (10 parts, the attached is 1 of 10 please go to youtube to watch the other 9 videos) that I just started watching and have not yet finished:



Bottom line? Get this junk out of your mouth, out of your house and possibly burn it, I really think the Haitians are on to something there!



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Since starting to juice, my uncontrollable sugar addiction, has drastically changed.  There is zero pull toward sugar, where before I was so addicted I had to have it daily.  I couldn’t pass by something sugary and sweet without HAVING to have a bite.  Juicing changed all of that for me, Praise God!  I’ve been a sugar addict my whole life.  I remember eating strawberries on a hot summers day with my friend growing up, we would dip the strawberries in sugar.   Don’t forget the pounds and pounds of sugar that would be consumed by drinking kool-aid, my drink of choice as a kid.  Pretty much everything processed has some kind of sugar in it, I had my morning coffee with sugar in it, so I think it is safe to say that I had sugar for every meal.  In Hungry for Change they estimated that we (meaning Americans, or those eating an “American” diet) eat 26 teaspoons of sugar…get this… a day!


Français : Echantillons de différents sucres, ...

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In high school I started having some issues in the female department.  I will spare you the details, but the doctors one suggestion to me at the time was to stop eating sugar.  I was probably 16 at the time and thought that it was the most funny suggestion ever, I mean…WHO quits sugar!?  Not to mention, how does one quit something that is almost everything good?  I do have to wish I could go back to my 16-year-old shelf, shake her profusely and get cracking on quitting sugar.  Not only do I have PCOS, which causes hormonal imbalance as well as insulin resistance (um…pre diabetes anyone?) but a sugar addict on top of it? In Hungry for Change, Kris Carr (who got cancer at 31 and starred in the movie Crazy Sexy Cancer) talked about how she was so addicted to sugar that she would binge then throw her food away, then she would pick through the garbage and the only way for her to not eat the food she threw in the trash was to spray it with windex!  Talk about addictive!

So why is sugar SO bad for us?  Well I just found 146 reasons, you can view them here.  I picked out a few of my “favorites”

  • Sugar can suppress the immune system.
  • Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in the body.
  • Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
  • Sugar can weaken eyesight.
  • Sugar can produce an acidic digestive tract.
  • Sugar can cause appendicitis. (this is a shock… and I had my appendix out in 2006!)
  • Sugar can cause varicose veins. (very-close-veins)
  • Sugar can increase cholesterol.
  • Sugar can make the tendons more brittle.
  • Sugar can cause depression.
  • Sugar feeds cancer

I have restricted my sugar intake since the juicing started.  I have attempted to quit sugar before, right after my 30th birthday actually.  Initially I had a whole bunch of addictive signs, craving, head aches etc.  I still craved it though.  A teeccino and stevia with milk did help me, but I still had cravings, until I started juicing.  Now any time I think I want something sweet, some pineapple and strawberries cut up in a bowl is perfect to satisfy.

60 minutes just did a segment, Is Sugar Toxic?  It’s nice to see mainstream media looking into real problems with our health, not be pushers for the drug companies.  I do disagree with some things in the segment, like evolution (I was created, I didn’t “evolve”), and the fact that high fructose corn syrup is “just as bad” as sugar.  I personally think it’s worse… like the said in Hungry for Change HFCS is from corn but it’s so concentrated it’s like running jet fuel, rather than gas, through your car.  Bottom line, cut the sugar out.  Stevia is an amazing alternative.  I used it just this weekend to bake some cookies, along with a banana they were sweet and wonderful.  I am also an advocate for raw local honey.  Sugar has it’s place in my kitchen, it feeds my kefir water.  I can honestly say I think that should be the end of the relationship with sugar.  We as a people should not be so addicted to it, it’s not right and not healthy.  Is sugar toxic? Uh…yeah.  Quit now while you’re ahead 🙂


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I ended up with the stomach flu a few weeks ago, Hubby drove me into work and I asked him to run up to Whole Foods (AKA Whole Paycheck) and grab me some ginger ale.  He returned with a six pack of Zevia ginger ale.  I opened a can and sipped the soda, it was sweet and ginger like.  Honestly it was fantastic!  See I grew up with soda and have always been a fan, that was until I started learning about aspartame and high fructose corn syrup.  So I quit drinking soda, I have learned how to make lacto-fermented sodas and they are great but there is still something about a can of soda, call it ingrained or comfort but it is what it is.

I found myself at Whole Foods again last week.  I grabbed a six pack of Zevia Ginger Root Beer.  I’m a HUGE root beer fan, in fact I really want to make some.  I took it home and Hubby and I both tried it.  This stuff is the real deal!  There is no off taste or anything.  So I guess I’m getting ahead of myself, what exactly is Zevia?  It is a all natural soda with zero calories and zero sugar, in fact the only things listed on the label of this can of root beer I have next to me is 20mg of sodium, 7g of carbs and 7 grams of erythritol.  The soda is actually sweetened with erythritol and stevia.  What is erythritol?  This comes from Zevia’s website: Erythritol is one of those ingredients that we love but shouldn’t judge by its overly scientific sounding name. Erythritol is a natural component of fruits and vegetables. It is called a sugar alcohol, even though it is neither sugar nor alcohol. It is removed from fruits and vegetables through a natural fermentation process, much like that of yogurt. It has absolutely no calories and no effect on blood sugar. Super safe? You betcha! In fact, unlike its sugar alcohol cousins, Xylitol and Sorbitol, Erythritol is not known to cause digestive issues.

This is not sold in every supermarket though, I found it at Whole Foods and a 6 pack is close to $6, but a $1 a can… that’s not too bad.  I have also found it at Fred Meyer (Kroger for the rest of you) but they have less variety.  Whole Foods has probably 3 shelves full of different flavors, Fred Meyer had 4 different flavors.  So far we’ve tried Ginger Root Beer, Ginger Ale, and Black Cherry, Hubby is a fan of Cream Soda so I want to try that next.  This is a great alternative for diabetics, people with insulin resistance, and children.  If you go to the Zevia website http://www.zevia.com/index you can also print off (or have them mail you) a $2 off coupon when you buy two 6 packs.  I don’t think you’ll be sorry, this stuff really tastes like soda but without all the garbage.  If you have neither Kroger or Whole Foods near you, check out the website, you can enter your zip code and find a store near you.  It’s a great “treat” after dinner, I don’t feel guilty about having sugar late and it still curbs that sweet desire I have.  LOVE LOVE LOVE this stuff!  Check it out yourself and tell me what you think.

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