Thursday, November 29, 2012

Junk Food = Junk Arteries

We already know that a fairly steady diet of processed foods—including fast foods or junk foods—can harm your health. It’s no wonder, either, because they’re packed with unhealthy fats, carbs, sugars and more that can mess up blood sugar, blood pressure, your cells, metabolism and much more.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Gobble, Gobble

Gobble, gobble may sum up overeating habits that start with Thanksgiving and often go until the New Year. Maybe that’s why many people gain between four to seven pounds between Thanksgiving Day and New Year’s Day.

As this video points out, it’s not unusual for many to overindulge during Thanksgiving or other holidays, but there’s more at stake than indigestion and feeling bloated. Loading up on the turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, cranberry sauce, rolls and butter, pumpkin pie and other foods can not only increase your chances of starting on a “holiday overeating streak,” but it can also increase your risk for obesity and heart attack.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Major Props for Prop 37

There’s no retreating when it comes to the truth, a belief that also applies to the issue of GMOs and the fact that we, as consumers, vote every day –and every meal—on  the food we eat. The truth is that we can choose foods without GMOs, whether Prop 37 passed or not.

As you know, Californians voted on GMO labeling with Proposition 37, and it was a close vote—46% for Proposition 37 and 54% against it. That fact alone—a full 46% voting for it—indicates that there is increasing consumer awareness of and rallying against agricultural and food production that uses GMOs.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Feeding Frenzy

High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is already implicated in obesity and diabetes, but a team of scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), says that HFCS is a major contributor to cancer cell proliferation. They discovered that cancer cells an affinity for refined fructose. In fact, in the tests the researchers conducted, pancreatic cancer cells gobbled up refined fructose and used its sustenance to divide and proliferate quickly within the body.

Their findings were published in the journal Cancer Research, and one of the authors of the study, Dr. Anthony Heaney of UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center, says, “These findings show that cancer cells can readily metabolize fructose to increase proliferation.”

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Frightful Energy Drinks

It’s been a nightmarishly rough ride for energy drinks lately—and with good reason.  In the past several days, one brand of energy drinks has been linked by the FDA to five deaths and one heart attack.  Here’s the horror story.

While the makers of this energy drink say that their drink “has always been safe,” this has become a huge point of contention lately—especially as it concerns children—since the makers of this and other energy drinks market their products heavily to kids.