Sunday, October 26, 2008

Nutrition News

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) is manufactured sugar and is not good for the human body. Rats fed a diet containing HFCS had livers similar to alcoholics. High Fructose corn syrup was manufactured at a time when it was very costly to use cane sugar. Thus it became the low cost alternative in food manufacturing. And remains so today despite to lowered cost of cane sugar. Check it out for yourself. Read the ingredients of the foods you consume. Work to substitute HFCS with more natural sources of sugar. The result will be providing your body with a cleaner energy source which will actually give you more energy and better health because your liver will not be working so hard to filter the HFCS out of your system. Cleaner sugars are: Honey Maple Syrup Agave Nectar Fruits

Glycemic index (GI) Have you ever felt tired in the afternoon around Two or Three PM and reached for some sugary snacks to get a boost? Pay attention to what you are eating at lunch time. The glycemic index rates foods on how they effect the body’s blood sugar level. White rice, flour and potatoes have a glycemic index of 100. This means they rapidly spike the blood sugar to very high levels. The body in turn tries to level out the blood sugar levels which creates a rapid decrease to the blood sugar level. Thereby making us very sleepy in the afternoon. Try to eat low glycemic foods and see the difference.

Classification GI range Examples Low GI 55 or less most fruit and vegetables (except potatoes, watermelon), grainy breads, pasta, legumes/pulses, milk, products extremely low in carbohydrates (fish, eggs, meat, nuts, oils) Medium GI 56 - 69 whole wheat products, brown rice, basmati rice, orange sweet potato, table sugar High GI 70 - 99 corn flakes, baked potato, watermelon, some white rices (eg. jasmine), croissant, white bread, candy 100 straight glucose—HFCS Check out this site for help food guidelines: http://www.mypyramid.gov