Saturday, March 30, 2013

Day 338: And THIS is why I only Drink Water

A single serving of so-called healthy fruit juice has been found to contain the same amount of  sugar as three-and-a-half doughnuts or 13 hobnob biscuits.
Exclusive research for Mailonline has revealed that a single 250ml serving of white grape juice contained the same amount of sugar as four Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts.
Until recently, we thought the 'bad' drinks were those such as Coke and Pepsi, while orange juice was an easy way to get one of our 'five a day'.
But the goalposts have shifted. More and more experts are warning that sugary drinks in any form are largely to blame for our ballooning waistlines.
Shouting this message from the rooftops is one leading U.S. expert, Dr Robert Lustig.
In his new book 'Fat Chance: The Bitter Truth About Sugar', he argues that it doesn't matter whether the sugars you drink come from fruit juice, smoothies or fizzy drinks.
He says that liquid fructose sugar is dangerous for our health, irrespective of the source.
These sugars are overloading our livers and leading to health issues such as heart problems, diabetes and obesity, which not only affects our quality of life, but also costs the NHS over £6 billion a year.
But why is orange juice, for example, so bad?
The key issue is a lack of fibre. When we eat fruit, fibre forms a protective layer that acts as a barrier to the intestine.
This slows absorption of sugar, so the liver has a chance to catch up. In fizzy drinks, fruit juices and smoothies, the barrier has gone, which leads to the liver being overloaded.
Also, fruit – which is how many of us get our five a day – is high in fructose, which affects blood sugar levels. Any sugar that the body doesn’t need is converted to fat – and we’re getting bigger. - Mail Online

Read the whole article - I dare you. How interesting that the things that are advertised as being the "healthy" choice are actually the opposite... The worst iced fruit drink, according to the article, is the Costa Massimo Red Berry Cooler, with a whopping 97.1 grams of sugar - that's as much as
16 Nature Valley Oats & Honey Granola Bars. 

How do you think the manufacturers get their drinks to be so tasty? There is no magical "healthy alternative" flavour enhancer to take the place of sugar - well not yet anyway. This is especially evident in weigh-less foods, they all contain markedly higher amounts of sugar than their competitors. Don't believe it? Read the labels. When I started reading the labels of food in the store I was shocked - simply amazed at all the crap that gets put in there with the packaging then still being audacious enough to claim to be the "healthy alternative". 

This leads us to the next question: You think these companies making all this "healthy stuff" actually care about you or me? Really? I think not.

The really scary thing is that we don't really know what is in any of the things we eat or drink - as has been shown so well by the horsemeat scandal. The only way we could find out for sure what the hell we are being fed is by becoming scientists. How can we trust the companies making the food, drinks and water we consume when the companies' main goal is to generate as much profit as possible? We don't. We can't. Our lives, our health and that of our loved ones depend on what we consume to nourish our bodies. When we take in toxic, harmful and otherwise inferior quality foods it takes a toll on our bodies - we weaken ourselves and open ourselves up to an entire host of health problems, known and unknown, treatable and untreatable - but mainly preventable. 

It is a disgrace to the gift of life that we so easily discard of our lives and health simply because we lack the initiative to investigate what it is that we are really participating within and supporting in the world. There are so many ways that our ignorance could harm us - we just haven't experienced them all yet. What happens when the toxic waste in the oceans gets to the point that the fish we eat is practically radioactive? Will the companies selling the fish care enough to pull the stock, or will they keep selling in an attempt to make as much money as possible while they still can? Hmmm... I wonder...