Whats up with High Fructose Corn Syrup ?

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Oh HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) … what’s the deal with it? Well within the past year we have heard a lot of crap about it through the media. Some say its ok to eat, others say its the same as sugar, and then some say to stay away… so what the heck is going on? And which is it? Here are my thoughts on HFCS!!!

So is it bad for you? Yes, I would say yes it is. Here is why… Its hidden in sooo many foods that we either commonly eat, or in foods that you wouldn’t even think that have it, so technically we are eating more than were aware of. Its also processed and “man made” – being chemically modified into the “syrup”.

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So when they say its the same as sugar or honey for example, yes sure it may be the same amount of calories.. (around 4 grams). But how they are metabolized and processed through the body are very different. HFCS is basically glucose that they treat with certain enzymes that help it convert into fructose. Since its 45-55 ratio and they are artificially generated, that makes them unstable. There are many studies out there saying that fructose can only be broken down by the liver as well. That being the case, making your HDL the “good cholesterol” lower and your LDL “Bad cholesterol” rising. ….. So  needless to say that its a “natural” sugar like they claim is like saying cigarettes are a form of herbal medicine lol.

So here is the main problem and WHY we are in such a huge obesity epidemic (if you ask me)… Pretty much everything (that’s processed in a way) has some form of corn in it, whether it be corn syrup, corn ingredients or corn sugar. Some foods you wouldn’t even think of it being in include: Cottage Cheese, Salad Dressings, Chocolate, Granola Bars, Waffles, Oatmeal, Pastries, Jelly and Jams, Yogurt, Cereal and the list can go on and on. …. Since its hidden in so many foods as Fruit fructose, Iso Glucose, chicory, Inulin and Glucose-Fructose Syrup people don’t realize how much they are actually consuming.  Personally I don’t even consider corn to even be a veggie, I consider it as a starch because when entered your body it basically turns into sugar right away, rising your blood sugar. No matter how much fiber it has, I can find better starches to eat.

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Good News though! Companies are wising up, America is wising up and people are starting to be concerned with what actually goes into their foods nowadays! YAY! So a lot of companies are actually banning high fructose corn syrup from their products, they are making packaged goods without it and the more we don’t buy products because of it, the less it will be around! So be a smart cookie and read your labels!! =D

And this picture is brought to you by me being a  smart ass … lmao!

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Benefits of Onion!

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Haha, its kinda funny, I used to HATE onion … like loath status. But now I add them to everything!!! Love onion now, crazy how taste buds can change once you change up your diet! Ok so … on the benefits!!!

One of my favorite things about onions is that it can enhance the flavor of any dish or meal you prepare without adding too many calories. You virtually add a whole onion to a dish if you wanted and it really wont make a difference when it comes to calorie count.

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Some of the things they are known for include:

  • Awesome taste and adding flavor (obviously)
  • Lowers cholesterol levels
  • Decreases inflammation because they carry phytonutrients.
  • Improves blood vessels
  • Prevents many cancerous cells from forming.
  • Contain a good amount of vitamin C, Fiber and foliate.
  • Also provides a good source of vitamin A, so it will help your skin glow.
  • Tons of cardiovascular benefits.
  • Helps with blood sugar balance.
  • Help prevent bacterial infections.

There are tons of ways your can prepare an onion, whether you want to sauté it up and serve with some peppers as a side dish, or add it into meals like lasagna and chili.

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* Tip: To avoid tears when slicing, put onion in fridge right before you plan out your meal.

Red and green onions are great raw, where as I find yellow and white onions the best for sautéing.

Onions typically keep for a good month before they go bad so store in a cool dry place. Placing onions near other fruits and veggies can cause the fruits to decay faster, to store them by themselves.

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Probiotics 101

So if you haven’t notices probiotics are kind of everywhere. They have always been around (mainly in yogurt) but as America grows more health-conscious I’ve noticed them being advertised more. So why are they important? what’s so special about these so called probiotics?

OK so lets start and the basics here, your gut. – Your gut is full of bacteria (don’t worry most of it is good bacteria). Sounds weird right? Well there are good bacteria and bad bacteria. Now you don’t necessarily need to take a probiotic or down a shit ton of yogurt to be “healthy”- but it doesn’t hurt to make sure you give your immune system a little boost every now and then. Probiotics can help with digestion for those who have a hard time digesting food, and can also protect the body against the harmful bacteria too. So all in all, I like them.. I make sure I eat a yogurt every no and then… (yes dairy free yogurt still has probiotics in it -YAY)

Its always a good idea to take a probiotic when you’ve been sick or you feel like your coming down with something too because it will help fight off those “bad bugs- bacteria”. Things like stress, poor diet, your pH level being off, taking antibiotics to kill a virus like strep for example… your body needs to re-coup and get thriving again, load it up with a little probiotic love~!! =)

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You can get your probiotics from things like yogurt, pill form, sauerkraut, kefir, Good Belly brand products (dairy free) just to name a few… Id take the food form over a  pill any day, plus if you eat lots of fruits and veggies, it will make a more friendly environment for the “good” bacteria to grove and thrive.