Weight Gain & Heart Disease Courtesy of Big Food
Most processed food, like cereal, is sweetened with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). When HFCS was first introduced about 30 years ago, we consumed about 1 pound per person per year. Today we take in almost 60 times that amount in drinks, hamburgers and chicken, cookies and cakes, breads and crackers, yogurt and granola bars, pizza and fast foods.
When we digest glucose, our body increases a hormone controlling appetite and fat storage called leptin, and decreases the hormone causing hunger pangs known as ghrelin. But with HFCS the opposite happens so we are left feeling not quite satisfied and hungry soon after eating. The University of Minnesota also found a diet high in fructose elevates triglyceride levels, long associated with obesity and heart disease.
If you recall the movie Supersize Me, the actor consumed nothing but fast food for 1 month and was tested medically before and after. Afterward he’d gained considerable weight, his triglycerides were high and there were signs of liver damage. The movie speculated that it was the grease from the fast food causing these, but it turns out it was the high fructose corn syrup in all the Supersized soft drinks that was the culprit.
Just say no to Supersizeing, or any size serving when it comes to high fructose corn syrup. Here’s one other word of caution, manufacturers are aware that consumers are trying to avoid HFCS and as a result, are now just labeling it as “fructose” in the ingredients, even going so far as to claim that the product contains NO high fructose corn syrup, when in fact it does. Keeping processed foods to a minimum, or having none at all, is your best bet.
Get your fructose from a piece of actual fruit.
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Diabetes nutrition information has, until now, been terrible! Nutritionists are still trying to follow the Canada Food Guide recommendations, which just doesn’t work with diabetes. A new study by a consortium of physicians and nutrition researchers suggests the need for a reappraisal of dietary guidelines due to the inability of current recommendations to control the epidemic of diabetes. In other words, what they have been telling people to do (low fat, calorie restriction, avoid saturated fats etc), isn’t working.
The 12 points of evidence from the study backed up by other clinical studies are:
- High blood sugar is the most salient feature of diabetes. Dietary carbohydrate restriction has the greatest effect on decreasing blood glucose levels.
- During the epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes, caloric increases have been due almost entirely to increased carbohydrates.
- Benefits of dietary carbohydrate restriction do not require weight loss.
- Although weight loss is not required for benefit, no dietary intervention is better than carbohydrate restriction for weight loss.
- Adherence to low-carbohydrate diets in people with type 2 diabetes is at least as good as adherence to any other dietary interventions and frequently is significantly better.
- Replacement of carbohydrates with proteins is generally beneficial.
- Dietary total and saturated fats do not correlate with risk of cardiovascular disease.
- Plasma-saturated fatty acids are controlled by dietary carbohydrates more than by dietary lipids.
- The best predictor of microvascular and, to a lesser extent, macrovascular complications in patients with type 2 diabetes is glycemic control (HbA1c).
- Dietary carbohydrate restriction is the most effective method of reducing serum triglycerides and increasing high-density lipoprotein.
- Patients with type 2 diabetes on carbohydrate-restricted diets reduce and frequently eliminate medication. People with type 1 usually require less insulin.
- Intensive glucose-lowering by dietary carbohydrate restriction has no side effects comparable to the effects of intensive pharmacologic treatment.
These are things I’ve been telling patients for 15 years! Finally, conventional medicine has caught up.
Source: Nutrition July 2014 and diabetesincontrol.com.
I spend hours each day reading articles and new research. Here’s a quick list of some of the natural medicine research headlines:
- Salvia officinalis Reduces Total Cholesterol and Triglycerides
- Vitamin D Deficiency Associated with PCOS
- Vitamin D Therapy for Glucose Metabolism and Menstrual Frequency in PCOS
- Laughter Therapy for Depression, Quality of Life and Sleep in Community Dwelling Elders
- Mind/Body Intervention Increases Pregnancy Rates in IVF
- Resveratrol Improves Insulin Sensitivity in Type 2 Diabetics
- Lactobacillus reuteri Lowers the Incidence of Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea
- L-theanine Improves Attention and Reaction Time in High AnxietyIndividuals
- Green Tea Extract and L-theanine Improves Memory and Attention in Mild Cognitive Impairment
- Astaxanthin Improves Oxidative Stress Markers in Obese Subjects
- Standardized Cranberry Powder Reduces Symptoms and the Reoccurrence of UTIs in Women
- Prenatal DHA May Help Neurological Outcomes in Children
- L-arginine Supplementation for Women at High Risk for Pre-eclampsia
- DHEA Increases Baseline Follicular Phase Progesterone Levels
- DHA Supplementation During Pregnancy Lowers Postpartum Depression
- Cobra, Cat and Fish Yoga Poses for Dysmennorrhea
Obese men given 150 mg per day of resveratrol, had significantly better blood pressure, white blood cells, leptin, markers of systemic inflammation, glucose, insulin, and triglyceride levels versus the control group with no adverse reactions in a recent study.
Source: Cell Metabol. 2011;14:612-622