Watering Hole – August 25, 2010 – How Sweet It Is

Humans are biologically programed to seek out sweets.  Our ancestors were aware that sweet foods contained lots of calories and that these foods provided the energy needed for survival.   Every day life was busy doing physical work.

But that was then.  Today, most Americans spend less time working in the field (there are exceptions  🙂   ) or hunting for food and spend more time in front of a computer or television.  As a result, our waistlines are expanding and more Americans are being diagnosed with type II diabetes.  But is it the cane sugar that is causing the problem?  I wonder.  We humans have been eating naturally occurring sugars for millions of years.  What changed?  In the past 50 years, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has gradually replaced cane sugar and has been added to most processed foods.  Even something as simple as ketchup isn’t immune to these HFCS.  Recent studies have shown that the insulin producing cells (wait for the video to start) in the pancreas are very capable of recognizing simple sugars (glucose).  Do the cells in the pancreas recognize  HFCS?  Could this lead to excessive sugar in the bloodstream which eventually leads to type II diabetes?  If left untreated, diabetes leads to damage to other cells and organs in the body.  One other very troubling thing is, pancreatic cancer cells grow and multiply in the presence of HFCS.

I’m not saying that HFCS cause type II diabetes.  All I’m trying to say is READ LABELS and try to avoid consuming HFCS.  The corn used to produce the HFCS is most likely genetically modified.  High fructose corn syrup is NOT real food.  It was first created in a laboratory and cannot be found growing in a field.

This is our Open Thread and how sweet it is.  I said my piece.  Now it is your turn to SPEAK UP!