Jan 19th, 2008 by Kathryn Merrow
Ever wondered whether food could cause your headaches, diabetes, overweight, body pain or other problems?
Years ago, when I suffered seriously from migraines, I became aware of the cause and effect that food can have. After I eliminated trigger foods, my migraine headaches became much less severe and frequent.
My brother recently gave me some packets of honey from a well-known fast-chicken place. (That’s like fast food, but it’s chicken.)
I was going to put some honey in my tea, until…
I noticed that the label said “Honey” in large letters and “sauce” in little letters.
So I flipped it over to read the ingredients. Now, wouldn’t you think that something that says “honey” would actually be honey?
Ingredients: high fructose corn syrup, sugar, corn syrup, honey, caramel color.
I don’t know whether anyone has told you yet, but high fructose corn syrup is a killer. A slow killer.
Honey is a natural product. Sugar is a natural product. Sure, too much can cause problems, but a bit is fine.
High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is made by splitting corn syrup into parts. It is the sweetest part. It is extremely sweet. It is no longer a natural food.
Many, many manufacturers of “food products” use HFCS instead of honey, sugar or even whole corn syrup because it is cheaper to use.
It’s one of the franken-foods.
Sounds scary, doesn’t it? It is.
Because it is not real, and because it’s so hyper-sweet, it messes with your pancreas and insulin level. HFCS is a primary cause of diabetes and obesity.
Don’t think so?
How come we Americans are the ones with the most sugar diabetes and the fattest kids?
You know it’s not “genetics” because we come from a huge gene pool from all over the world. Are the people where we came from fat and sick?
Only the ones who are starting to eat “Americanized” food are getting sick and fat.
Read the label on your bread, on your hotdogs, lunch meat, catsup…you’re gonna find it all over the place.
You’ll find it in places you’d never expect. Check out your ice cream, your kids’ lunch foods, puddings, fruit roll ups, cereals, chocolate milk and syrup…
Some companies, like Meijers, have their own product lines and are putting good and real ingredients into many of their branded foods. Meijers has a Gold and an Organic line, both of which have pretty nice ingredients.
There are a few cereals with some sugar in them, and a few with no sweetners (hey, add your own if you need a little bit.)
Want to stop being a sucker for the food industry to make a profit from, at the expense of your health?
Buy food that is as close to real as you can. (Hint: Check out the fruit and vegetable aisles, beans, nuts, seeds and whole grains.)
Eventually, the food industry (it is a huge industry) will get the message.
“Because You Deserve To Feel Better!”