Picky Eater

October 23, 2007, 11:34 pm
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As I was talking to a mom while we were at our neighborhood pool, she stated kind of giggly: “my children grew up on that stuff.” Just Google it and you’ll loose your giggle. I’ve been aware of sugar addiction for a long time, but when I read about high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) I really got alarmed! Research showed that the livers of rats on a high fructose diet looked like the livers of alcoholics, plugged with fat and cirrhotic.

“Pure fructose contains no enzymes, vitamins or minerals and robs the body of its micro nutrient treasures in order to assimilate itself for physiological use. While naturally occurring sugars, as well as sucrose, contain fructose bound to other sugars, high fructose corn syrup contains a good deal of “free” or unbound fructose. Research indicates that this free fructose interferes with the heart’s use of key minerals like magnesium, copper and chromium. Among other consequences, HFCS has been implicated in elevated blood cholesterol levels and the creation of blood clots. It has been found to inhibit the action of white blood cells so that they are unable to defend the body against harmful foreign invaders…Because it is metabolized by the liver, fructose does not cause the pancreas to release insulin the way it normally does. Fructose converts to fat more than any other sugar. This may be one of the reasons Americans continue to get fatter. Fructose raises serum triglycerides significantly.”

“Not only does fructose have more damaging effects in the presence of copper deficiency, fructose also inhibits copper metabolism–another example of the sweeteners double-whammy effect. A deficiency in copper leads to bone fragility, anemia, defects of the connective tissue, arteries, and bone, infertility, heart arrhythmias, high cholesterol levels, heart attacks, and an inability to control blood sugar levels.”

From an article by Linda Joyce Forristal: “HFCS contains more fructose than sugar and this fructose is more immediately available because it is not bound up in sucrose. Since the effects of fructose are most severe in the growing organism, we need to think carefully about what kind of sweeteners we give to our children.”

It is in almost any American food! (In Europe this type of sweetener is hardly used). I checked everything in my pantry and trashed anything that contains HFCS, instead I use natural cane sugar, honey and maple syrup.

Satisfying a sweet tooth can be done in a harmless and natural way and the little things I can do to contribute to the health of my child can have a BIG positive impact on the rest of her life; I do it with love!


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