Understanding U

Hard Food Science

FDA Approved? It has been stated that the FDA is simply overwhelmed. Thousands of new products hit the shelves every month – an impossible number to regulate – and that since the 1950s the number of allowed food additives has expanded from about 500 to more than 10,000.

Everything in Moderation: The edict “everything in moderation” is still germane and having the occasional cupcake is not going to harm U. But when those cupcakes become a habit, U need an ammo. This information below is to inform U and furthermore educate that little voice so it can help U make even better choices when choosing your grocers for yourself and your family.

  • High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)
    • A man-made sugar derivative that begins as cornstarch and then goes through a chemical process wherein the glucose and fructose are separated from one another to forma  new molecule – high-fructose corn syrup.
    • Unlike other sugars – glucose, dextrose or lactose – which are metabolized in your GI system, HFCS and fructose are both metabolized by your liver.
      1. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: “Your liver can turn a limited amount of fructose and HFCS into glycogen when ingested in small amounts, but when overloaded, it gets converted to fat (triglycerides).”
        1. “These triglycerides are then often stored in your liver, since fat cannot be transported in the bloodstream by itself.”
          1. The main avenue for triglycerides is cholesterol.
    • If there is an overabundance of fat floating around because of high HFCS intake, your body responds by increasing your cholesterol, which then shuttles those triglycerides to your glutes, love handles, and/or muffin top.
      1. Recent research concluded that moderate HFCS intake – equivalent to half a can of soda at breakfast, lunch and dinner – caused a significant increase in cholesterol and other markers for cardiovascular disease – in just 2 weeks.
    • HFCS also blocks your Leptin Receptors.
      1. Leptin is a hormone that tells U when U are satisfied:
        1. HFCS interferes with the activation of the receptors in the brain that receive the leptin. Your body does not get that message that U are full, and U continue to eat. Over time, those leptin receptors become resistant, meaning they will have a harder tie detecting leptin when it is there, and U will have a harder and harder time controlling your appetite.
    • Manufacturers are cognizant about HFCS, and in turn created some Aliases:
  • Glucose-Fructose
    • Maize Syrup
    • Tapioca Syrup
    • Crystalline Fructose
    • Fructose (formerly HFCS-90)
    • Corn Syrup
    • Corn Sugar
  • Artificial Sweeteners
    • Numerous studies have shown that artificial sweeteners actually enhance your appetite and can lead to weight gain – regardless of the calories contained in the product.
      • Researchers also suggests that articial sweeteners do in fact increase your insulin response:
        • Insulin’s job is to pump glucose into muscle cells to be stored as glycogen. However, this same insulin gets released when U ingest an artificial sweetener, but since there’s no glucose to pull into cells, it’s like crying wolf – your cellular insulin receptors get overused and start to wear down – this can lead to insulin resistance, where the receptor does not recognize the insulin, causing Type 2 Diabetes.
    • PLOS One: Regular consumption of artificially sweetened beverages was associated with abdominal obesity, insulin resistance, elevated blood lipids and high blood pressure. These drinks also increased the subjects’ risk of developing Type 2 diabetes by 67% – whether they gained weight or not.
    • Canadian Medical Association Journal: Followed the long-term health of more than 400,000 people found that the use of artificial sweeteners was associated with weight gain, high bloods pressure and stroke.
    • In terms of Metabolism, insulin inhibits the breakdown of fat, so the higher your insulin levels, the less your body burns fat for fuel – your body will always choose glucose as it is main fuel source – it’s a lot easier to break down.
      • If U have continually elevated insulin from ingesting artificial sweeteners U are inhibiting your fat-burning process from occurring.
    • Sweeteners are not just used in cookies, cakes and drinks. Note these other key items:
  • Toothpaste
    • Prescription Drugs
    • Mouthwash
    • Gum
    • Salad Dressing
    • Bread
    • Ketchup
    • Pasta Sauce
    • Nut Milk
    • Nutrition Bars
    • Cereal
    • Yogurt
    • Chewable Vitamins
    • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Sweetener: Sucralose
    • Sucralose, a chlorinated sucrose derivative, is 600x sweeter than sugar.
    • One study uncovered that sucralose promotes additional fat formation by allowing inflammation.
    • European Journal of Nutrition: Sucralose has endocrine disruptive properties that result in thyroid hormone suppression, increased appetite and weight gain.
    • Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health: Sucralose, which was previously thought to be biologically inert (passing through your system without breakdown), was shown to kill up to 50% of your gut flora, and when heated, it releases chloropropanol– a known carcinogen.
    • Sweetener: Saccharin
      1. This product is 200x sweeter than sugar and is the primary sweetener in many children’s medications, including aspirin, cough syrup and prescription medications.
    • Sweetener: Agave Nectar 
      1. Agave Nectar is not artificial, it is composed of 70-90% fructose – more than what is found in high-fructose corn syrup.
      1. And like HFCS, agave nectar enters the liver for metabolism where it is processed and stored as triglycerides (fat).
  • Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)
    • MSG is a combination of Glutamic Acid and Table Salt, and it is considered an “excitotoxin,” a compound that stimulates the tasted buds and fools the brain, making food seem more flavorful.
      1. The FDA has admitted that people with asthma might have trouble breathing after consuming MSG, and several studies have linked MSG consumption to Lou Gehrig’s disease, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, headaches, inflammation, cancer and cardiac problems.
    • MSG also deactivates leptin receptors and has been linked by researchers to obesity and overeating.
    • MSG is hard to avoid, because it is not required to be labeled as MSG on packages. Some aliases to note:
  • Hydrolyzed/autolyzed/texturized protein
    • Flavoring
    • Natural flavor
    • Plant protein
    • Texturized protein
    • Sodium caseinate
    • Texturized whey/soy protein
    • Broth
    • Carrageenan
    • Gelatin
    • Glutamate
    • Gultaminic extract
    • Yeast extract
    • Malted barley
    • Rice syrup
  • Refined Grains
    • A grain that is stripped of the bran, the germ, the fiber – is considered refined.
    • When U remove fiber from anything, your insulin and blood sugar skyrocket.
    • Refined grain products breakdown quickly into glucose – simple sugar – which goes immediately in the bloodstream. This signals your body to release insulin to shuttle that glucose into your cells.
      • That “sugar high” U feel is quickly followed by a crash once insulin does its job, leaving U hungry again and in search of more glucose.
    • If U regularly overeat refined grains, U could become insulin resistant, meaning your body will not respond to the signals it receives to release insulin. Glucose then builds up in the bloodstream, which over time could lead to diabetes.
      • Your bloodstream also becomes very acidic, and disease like diabetes, lupus and cancer – which cannot survive in an alkaline environment – can run rampant.
        • To compensate your body steals calcium from your bones in an effort to re-balance your pH, putting you at risk for osteoporosis.
    • Choosing whole-grain foods is a healthful choice. Whole grains contain soluble fiber, which reduces cholesterol. 
  • Alcohol
    • Your body sees alcohol (ethanol) as a toxin that must be dealt with – immediately.
    • When alcohol enters your liver, all your liver functions stop to metabolize it and get rid of this toxin.
    • Research shows that after 2 drinks, lipolysis – the initial phase of fat metabolism – is inhibited by 73%.
      • Therefore, people who drink a lot end up with cirrhosis because they store those un-metabolized triglycerides in their liver.
    • U can metabolize about ½ an ounce of alcohol per hour, but a typical drink contains two or three times that amount. Plus, most people tend to drink more than one beer/wine/etc. per hour, meaning your fat metabolism comes to a screeching halt.
    • Rule of thumb: For every alcoholic beverage U drink, drink a tall glass of water. It will help U keep track of your intake while hydrating U.
    • A standard drink in the U.S. contains about ½ ounce of pure alcohol – the top amount that can be metabolized in your liver per hour. This is equivalent to:
      • 12 ounces of regular beer
      • 8-9 ounces of malt liquor
      • 5 ounces of table wine
      • 1.5 ounce shot of distilled spirits

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