Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Food Rules

My favorite line on this Daily Show clip is where Michael Pollan gives this advice about diet:

Eat food. Avoid edible "food-like" substances.

Enjoy the clip.

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"Food Rules: An Eater's Manual" by Michael Pollan

One of the big things to avoid is food with high-fructose corn-syrup in your food...and for a number of reasons. For example, much of the high-fructose corn-syrup comes from genetically modified corn...usually corn that is technically classified a pesticide. Another big issue is how your body deals with high-fructose corn-syrup:

Gabe Mirkin, MD writes: "Several recent studies have shown that fructose is processed differently in the body than the far more common sugar, glucose (3,4). Glucose causes the pancreas to release insulin which drives sugar from the bloodstream into cells. Glucose causes fat cells to release leptin that makes you feel full so you eat less. Glucose prevents the stomach from releasing ghrelin that makes you hungry. On the other hand, fructose does not cause fat cells to release leptin and does not suppress ghrelin. This means that fructose increases hunger to make you eat more. Furthermore, the liver converts fructose far more readily to a body fat called triglyceride, than it does with glucose. High triglyceride levels raise blood levels of the bad LDL cholesterol and lower blood levels of the good HDL cholesterol, which increases heart attack risk."

So, follow this Pollan's guideline here again...avoid "food-like" substances: high fructose corn syrup, aspartame (Nutri-Sweet), sucralose (Splenda...which is chlorocarbon, meaning that sucralose is a chlorinated sugar...which is a toxin), artificial colors and dyes in food, hydrogenated oils, etc. I've heard a number of nutritionists say that one can lose weight easily merely by removing these types of substances from their diets and their hidden calories, and then controlling portions.

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