When We Knowingly Harm Ourselves
Friday, January 04, 2013
We know without a doubt to never use our cell phones while driving, yet accidents happen daily because this warning is ignored. New generations of smokers think they can quit any time they want, despite the mortality rate that proves just how dangerous smoking is. Our families are laced with smoking-induced illnesses and death. Excess alcohol consumption is a social travesty - ruining families, jobs, and lives. No dollar amount can be put on the damages here.
A couple of years ago, I read what I believe was a Harvard University research report on the direct link of HFCS and abdominal fat. I had hoped to locate it again so that I could post the link here. It was very detailed about how the imbalance of glucose and fructose molecules caused fat to collect in the belly region whereas the equivalent amount of sugar was spread more evenly throughout the body. It continued disclosing it's findings in how HFCS raises cholesterol and triglycerides, and of course weight gain.
I was able to verify this finding for myself in 2011 when I embarked on the 17-Day Diet for 4 months. I gave up ALL soda - no small feat for a Dr Pepper junkie. After the first 30 days, I had lost 13 pounds and my cholesterol fell 40 points and I was in the acceptable range for my blood levels for the first time in years. I was able to easily get into a size 10 pants, sleep through the night, and my energy level soared.
Now there is yet a NEW report on HFCS.
Over the years, my husband and I have had many discussions about the possibility of a food additive that makes us eat more. According to this report, there is. Besides being intensely sweet, it adds moisture to products as well as extends shelf life. Even if this report is not entirely accurate, one cannot deny a possible correlation to increases in diabetes and weight gain, and the introduction to HFCS into foods and medications. It seems the stuff is in everything.
For me, personally, I know this stuff is toxic for my body. My experience of eating squeeky clean on the 17DD proved that unprocessed foods are the best for my body.
As with so many things in my life, why do I continue to do the things I want to change - especially when I know that my quality of life will improve?