What I've learned in my summer class

Saturday, June 30, 2012

There are a few things that I have learned in my summer class, of Advanced Nutrition and Metabolism.

1. the Glycemic index isn't something worth following! Its only because less than 10 people usually were tested for the different items therefore not a good study, plus each and every one of us will digest and process every food item differently.

2. High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) and sucrose are the same. The reason for the obesity epidemic in the US is because of an increase in consumption of sweeteners and sweets, not because they stopped using sucrose and started using HFCS.

3. Eating all types of foods is actually important....a well balanced diet is the best! Getting your amino acids in the foods you eat is also a great benefit instead of taking them in supplemental form. If you eat a well balanced diet then you shouldn't actually need supplements (unless you know of a need for it).

4. Dietary FAT per se: A) Does NOT make you fat, B) Does not raise plasma cholesterol levels, C) Does Not increase your risk of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), and D) May not increase your risk for cancer. FATS play an important role both physically and metabolically in our bodies.

Ok...these are just a few things I learned that are really interesting....
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    That sounds like an interesting class.
    2089 days ago
    I do think it's important to get our nutrients as much as we can from actual food....and yet I still supplement with a few things as well, I guess it's like a safety net, and I find some of them seem to help, so I'll keep that regimen going!

    I suppose HFCS is just another form of sugar, but I find avoiding it just allows me to eat less sugar, which is high on my list of eating healthy! And since it's used in so many processed foods, I don't have a problem with trying to avoid it, I feel like choosing the whole source of food and preparing it myself is the best way for me to enjoy a healthy diet. I do think though that if you are choosing between 2 sugar laden foods, then there really is not big difference....
    2089 days ago
    2090 days ago
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