Americans consume a staggering amount of the now ubiquitous sweetener high fructose corn syrup. In fact, studies indicate that the average consumer dines on 12 teaspoons per day with so-called "high consumers" capping out at 22 daily teaspoons. This means that an American consumes between 38 and 69 pounds of HFCS every year. It is no wonder that research into the potential drawbacks of this sugar alternative are at the forefront of consumer-driven science.
What is HFCS?
In order to understand the health implications, it is necessary to first grasp exactly what this sweetening agent is. The recipe calls for corn to be milled into corn starch then transformed into glucose syrup. Specific enzymes, notably glucoamylase and glucose isomerase, can then be used to break down the long chains of sugar that comprise traditional corn syrup and convert a good (Read More....)
Finding the best organic food products can be a challenge. But, with due diligence and a dogged refusal to take anything for granted, you can make wise choices when purchasing organic products. Here are nine tips for ensuring the quality of the organic products you buy:
1. Look for the USDA Certified Organic seal on the food label. Seeing the word "Organic" on the label isn't enough. According to the National Organic Program's Organic Standards, products bearing the USDA Certified Organic seal must contain at least 95% percent organic ingredients.
2. Look beyond the food manufacturer's front-label claims. An article in Organic Lifestyle Magazine, entitled, "How to Read and Understand Food Labels: Ingredients to Avoid," cautions readers, "The first thing to remember when it comes to reading labels is to read the whole thing. Ignore labels on the front of the packaging that say natural or organic. Read the actual ingredients." The ingredient label should state which ingredients are organic.
3. Make sure the products contain zero trans-fats: hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils. Partially hydrogenated fats are, in fact, even worse, health-wise, than fully hydrogenated fats – a fact that would seem rather counterintuitive. Adding trans-fats to organic products lowers their quality considerably.
Today it is becoming increasingly difficult to live an organic lifestyle. We are literally being bombarded with toxins in what we eat, what we drink and in what we breathe. There are so many serious health dangers all around us that it is hard to name them all. Aspartame, fluoride, genetically-modified food, pesticides, high fructose corn syrup, pharmaceutical drugs and toxic vaccines are just a few of the major health dangers that confront us each day that most Americans don't even know about. As Americans absorb increasingly higher levels of toxic substances each year, diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes are absolutely exploding. The truth is that what you don't know about what is on your grocery store shelves can hurt you.
In the two part video posted below, radio host Alex Jones breaks down many of the dangers that we are now facing. What Alex Jones has to say in these videos will have your jaw on the floor....