The Truth About High-Fructose Corn Syrup
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You've heard a lot about it and now it's time to get the truth about high-fructose corn syrup. Check out this video to learn more.
Transcript: .The sweet truth? High-fructose corn syrup isn't the singular sugar behind America's obesity epidemic....
.The sweet truth? High-fructose corn syrup isn't the singular sugar behind America's obesity epidemic. High fructose corn syrup, or HFCS, is a natural sweetener and preservative made from corn. Introduced in the 1970s, HFCS is now a fixed ingredient in products like: soft drinks, baked goods, spaghetti sauces, yogurt, and canned and frozen fruits. Because it's the prominent sweetener in our food, high-fructose corn syrup gets a bad rap. In recent decades, rising rates of obesity have corresponded with increased use of HFCS, and many medical professionals have been quick to notice the link. But in reality, obesity results from an imbalance of calories eaten and calories burned, and recent decades have also seen an increase in sedentary activities coupled with an increase in calorie consumption. The reality is that there's no concrete evidence that links high fructose corn syrup to weight gain, though Americans are eating too much sugar in general. In fact, the chemical makeup of HFCS is composed of either 42 percent or 55 percent fructose, with the remaining sugars being glucose. Table sugar, meanwhile, is made of 50 percent fructose and 50 percent glucose. In other words, the composition of the two sweeteners is nearly identical, and the body cannot tell the difference between them as they are metabolized it should be noted that high fructose corn syrup is free of artificial and synthetic ingredients, and, like sugar, meets the FDA's requirements for use of the term "natural". It's important to remember, however, that any kind of sugar should be used in moderation. The dietary guidelines for Americans suggest limiting sugar consumption to 32 grams daily, based on a 2,000-calorie diet. Most women and children should even target less calories daily and therefore less sugar. Doing this, coupled with eating an overall healthy balanced diet and exercising regularly, are the keys to fighting obesity. So yes, you can have your HFCS-sweetened, small piece of cake just keep it to an occasional treat!More »
Last Modified: 2012-11-17 | Tags »
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Coffee Stunts Children's Growth: Myth or Fact? Get the truth about how coffee does and doesn't effect children in this health video.
Transcript: Besides the jitteriness and the insomnia, children have another reason not to drink coffee: it stunts...
Besides the jitteriness and the insomnia, children have another reason not to drink coffee: it stunts their growth. Or so was once thought, according to an old wives' tale. But after decades of research on the physiological results of coffee consumption, there's no evidence that it has ANY effect on height. The genesis of this myth is unclear. Caffeine consumption was thought to be a factor in osteoporosis, which stemmed from early studies associating high intake of caffeinated beverages with reduced bone mass. Much of the research, however, that linked caffeine and osteoporosis, was conducted in populations that ALSO had low calcium intakes, a DEFINITE culprit of reduced bone health. The minor effect that caffeine MAY have on calcium absorption is easily mitigated by adding a few tablespoons of milk into your coffee. If coffee doesn't stunt children's growth, should you still limit their consumption? Perhaps, if you don't want caffeine-induced mania driving you mildly insane!More »
Last Modified: 2014-01-17 | Tags »
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Fresh vegetables aren't always better or healthier than frozen vegetables. Watch this video to compare fresh vs frozen vegetables and fruits.
Transcript: If it's fresh, it must be best, right? If you're talking fruits and veggies, the answer may surprise...
If it's fresh, it must be best, right? If you're talking fruits and veggies, the answer may surprise you! When cruising the grocery store aisles, we often pick up our fruits and vegetables in the fresh produce section. After all, it makes sense to assume that food in its natural form is the healthiest option. But surprisingly, those of us who make regular trips to the frozen aisle may be getting more bang for our produce buck! According to research from the UK's Sheffield Hallam University, frozen foods are not only equally as nutritious as their fresh counterparts they may be even more so. The reason is that fruits and veggies chosen for freezing are picked and processed at the height of freshness. The standard flash-freeze process locks produce in its most nutrient-rich state. On the other hand, fruits and vegetables destined for grocery stores are usually picked before they are fully ripe, which often times doesn't allow them to develop the maximum amount of vitamins and minerals. Plus, fresh fruits and vegetables may spend up to a month in transit from farms to wholesalers to retailers. During that time, they are exposed to light and heat, both of which can reduce levels of delicate vitamins, like C and B. Even juice isn't immune! Researchers at Arizona State University recently found that frozen orange juice contains more vitamin C and is more nutritious than the OJ you buy in the refrigerator aisle. They also found that ready-to-drink orange juice loses all of its vitamin c within four weeks of opening the package, which is not true of the frozen variety. But while frozen produce and juice are healthy choices, fresh produce certainly still has a place in your refrigerator! That's especially true for locally grown options that don't have the long journey to get to your table. In-season fruits and vegetables are a smart buy, too, since they're sold at the peak of their nutritious cycle and are often offered a cheaper price. Whichever produce you pick, though, one thing is for sure: fruits and veggies do your body good, so aim to get the five to ten servings you need daily in any way you can!More »
Last Modified: 2013-04-18 | Tags »
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