Thursday, January 20, 2011

Eating better just isn't in the budget.

So there is an interesting article about Wal-Mart trying to make nutritious food more affordable. I find it interesting that they state that those on food assistance programs can't afford to eat healthy.

Well tell you what, it is hard!

For one thing, Organic has become a fashion label. ALL THE BUSINESSES DO IS USE LESS PESTICIDES then they can tack on a buck or two to the price tags.

High Fructose corn syrup. I'm sure by now everyone has seen the Corn Growers Associations commercials about how high fructose corn syrup is the same as sugar and fine in moderation. Here's a fact for you though. There are several kinds of sugars, your basics are sucrose, lactose, dextrose, and fructose.

Sucrose is one of your most basic simple sugars. It's found throughout nature and easier for your body to break down.

Lactose is a little different coming from milk. Problem with it is that some people do not possess the necessary enzyme to break it down otherwise they are in pain.

Dextrose, just another name for glucose, same sugar your body produces and uses for energy.

Fructose, in small amounts it's the same as as your basic sugars but it is processed in the liver instead. Your liver, instead of expelling it when there is more than it can handle will convert it to fat and store it. That's the problem with HIGH FRUCTOSE corn syrup. You get way too much and it overwhelms your liver and causes you to produce more fat instead of burning through fat the way it is supposed to.

On a budget, or on assistance, it's hard to get away from no matter what you buy. You have to become a label reading fiend. It's hard to have fructose in moderation when there is tons of it in everything. Of course the CGA wants you to know it's okay, they are selling you a by product.

1 comment:

exconsulto said...

And they don't care if you get fat or develop Type II Diabetes, either. They just want to sell you stuff and people have a sweet tooth and don't read labels.