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13 Foods to Avoid
« on: April 08, 2009, 07:59:13 PM »
I was searching for information about Monosodium Glutamate and I found this little bit of information when I clicked News at Google.  Very interesting!!  Although, #11 says that fructose is a "chemically made sweetener" that isn't good for the body. Isn't fructose found in fruits?  Just wondering.

I was believing everything this guy was saying until "fructose" came into mention.  I have been avoiding dextrose because I believe I have reacted to it in the past, but with the question of fructose in the same paragraph, it makes me wonder.

What do you folks think?

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13 Foods To Avoid

Dr. M.J. Wegmann
The Huffington Post | Posted April 8, 2009 | 05:51 PM (EST)


As a doctor I have made it my mission to educate as many people about the philosophical pitfalls of believing "If it's on the shelf, it must be safe." In the US, we suffer from something called the "shortest healthy lifespan". That means we spend more years battling chronic disease than our peers from the 12 industrialized nations. There are many factors leading to this problem, but one of the obvious is how loaded our diets are with artificial chemicals.

1. Soda. Ahh, the good old American beverage. Soda is everywhere. It is marketed hard, and found at birthday parties to church functions. Nothing could be worse for the body than a splash of insulin overloading sugar soup. Almost every person I counsel on weight issues has a soda or diet soda addiction. (See also: The Top 10 Diseases Linked to Soda.)

2. Avoid Soy. Many patients in my office ask about soy products. This article is designed to help uncover some of the things many people are not aware of. Here is some of the research on soy. A 2001 literature review suggested that women with current or past breast cancer should be aware of the risks of potential tumor growth when taking soy products, based on the effect of phytoestrogens to promote breast cancer cell growth in animals.

A study found high consumption of omega-6 polyunsaturated fatty acids, which are found in most types of vegetable oil including soybean oil, may increase the likelihood that postmenopausal women will develop breast cancer. The most serious problem with soy may be its use in infant formulas. "The amount of phytoestrogens that are in a day's worth of soy infant formula equals 5 birth control pills," says Mary G. Enig, Ph.D., president of the Maryland Nutritionists Association.

3. Monosodium Glutamate. The word you need to know is excitotoxicity which means too much activity, it is the pathological process by which nerve cells are damaged and killed by glutamate and similar substances i.e. (MSG). This occurs when receptors for the neurotransmitter are bombarded and can cause excitotoxicity by allowing high levels of calcium ions to enter the cell. Calcium influx into cells activates a number of enzymes. These enzymes go on to damage cell structures such as components of the cytoskeleton, membrane, and DNA.

Excitotoxicity may be involved in spinal cord injury, stroke, traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative diseases of the central nervous system (CNS) such as Multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer's disease, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), Parkinson's disease, Alcoholism and Huntington's disease. It's no wonder why the US leads the world in neurodegenerative diseases. Millions of people consume this product and don't even know the side affects.

4. Aspartame. It's a non-nutritive sweetener about 180 times sweeter than sugar. When I speak, people invariably want to argue this point. They want their artificial sweetener. I often get comments like, "It's FDA approved." WARNING! WARNING! If the government has to "approve" something for consumption THERE IS A PROBLEM! It is simply approved until enough people die, than it will be unapproved. Your health is your responsibility. Guard it well.

5. Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup. If you have seen any of the advertising material for HFCS high-fructose corn syrup, the marketers are trying to convince us this is a natural product. HFCS or crystalline fructose or hydrolyzed fructose, it convert to triglycerides and adipose (fat) tissue within one hour of consumption. The cheapest ingredient in the processed food industry is HFCS. The sad part about this debate is not whether HFCS cause problems, because that is settled with this research article. The fact that mercury is found in 50% of products with HFCS should be more of a concern to every parent.

6. Hydrogenated Oil or Partially Hydrogenated Oil. Never buy foods with these ingredients since they are trans fats. Trans fats are deadly, causes heart disease, cause weight gain, and once more, other medical problems.

7. Avoid Sugar. In fact, the sweetener seems to prompt the same chemical changes in the brain seen in people who abuse drugs such as cocaine and heroin. Sugar that is processed turns out as refined white powder.

8. Don't Be Fooled By "Natural" and "Artificial Flavor". These words, most of the time, mean that the food is loaded with chemicals and grown with pesticides, chemical fertilizers, and herbicides. The bottom line-eating organic food is best.

9. Avoid Artificial Color. If anything has dye in it, stay away. A dye is a chemical poison.

10. Avoid Palm Oil. This is a very unhealthy oil that is cheap to manufacture. It also has the wrong essential fatty acid ratio, which means it increase the inflammation circulating in your blood. Inflammation is being tied to almost all disease processes.

11. Dextrose, Sucrose, and Fructose. There are chemically made sweeteners. There are not good for the body at all. So, it's best to avoid them.

12. Avoid Sucrulose and Splenda. This is a man-made sweetener that most people have heard of. In spite of the hype, it is unnatural, artificial, and man-made. The problems it can cause are increases in appetite, depression, allergies, etc., all depending on the person's genetic makeup. It is best to avoid these products.

13. No Enriched Bleached White Flour. This flour has no fiber. It has no nutritional value, and is highly refined. Eat organic wheat flour or other organic flours such as rye, millet, etc. Shoot for 20 grams of fiber a day.


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Re: 13 Foods to Avoid
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2009, 09:55:05 PM »
I say that too much of anything is not good for you. Taken in moderation such as in the fruits you eat, fructose is harmless, but if you're drinking corn syrup, (synthetisized fructose) from the bottle or over doing it on the pancakes and waffles, or indulging in anything high in fructose, on top of the fruit you eat, then its toll on your health may be an issue.

I'm the type who doesn't let these things make me paranoid.  [peace]
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Re: 13 Foods to Avoid
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2009, 11:13:34 PM »
I think you'll find more and more of these facts about the foods we consume, medications we ingest, habits we form to relieve stress...etc will all prove one day to be "harmful' to us in some way or another. 
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Re: 13 Foods to Avoid
« Reply #3 on: April 09, 2009, 08:10:29 PM »
Well, Mick reminded that companies add ingredients like "fructose" to beverages, for instance, and this "fructose" isn't the same fructose we find in real fruit.  Companies can get away with using "fructose" for a lack of a better word or lack of a better FDA for regulating these things.  Basically, each individual has to make their own conclusion until better regulations do come along.

The basic idea of the list of foods to avoid, though, is very real.  I have the ongoing challenge of avoiding MSG and aspartame and other excitotoxins.  I would like to help Mick eliminate aspartame (and splenda) from his diet which is going to be harder for him since he is diabetic and really doesn't have very many choices.  He has told me though that he is not going to drink any more diet pop, which is really cool.  I will be doing the same with regular pop since high fructose corn syrup is my skull and crossbones.

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It is not for him to pride himself who loveth his own country, but rather for him who loveth the whole world. The earth is but one country, and mankind its citizens. ~~Baha'u'llah

The chief idols in the desecrated temple of mankind are none other than the triple gods of Nationalism, Racialism and Communism, at whose altars governments and peoples, whether democratic or totalitarian, at peace or at war, of the East or of the West, Christian or Islamic, are, in various forms and in different degrees, now worshiping. ~~Shoghi Effendi, The Promised Day is Come

 

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