Posted on 02/6/2013
It seems the connection between obesity and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) has finally slowed U.S. consumption of the sweet, unnatural stuff for the first time in years. Even with the sugar replacement being used in everything from ketchup to salad dressing to yogurt and everything in between, it seems consumers are getting pickier (and wiser) than in the past. That's great news...it's about time!
The decline of HFCS consumption is in spite of multi-million dollar campaigns trying to persuade the public of its safety and lobbyist on Capital Hill touting its likeness to its natural cousin, sugar. Seems like good money going to waste, if you ask me.
The down side to this is that people are now consuming even more sugar...something health and medical experts do not recommend. Extra calories spent consuming sugar could be used for more healthy choices, like fruit and vegetables. Extra calories from both sugar and its laboratory-made cousin, HFCS, can be attributed to weight gain and obesity.
So, my advice? Read labels and be a discriminating consumer. Do your own research and be wise about sources and who is providing the information. Choose wisely, and remember moderation is key in a healthy diet. However, I might like to add, that anything like HFCS should be eliminated in one's diet…so too should trans fat, food dyes and artificial sweeteners, harmful preservatives and additives.
At a loss about what you should eat then? Let us help you out. Our freshly prepared meals are balanced, good nutrition and do not contain any of those harmful ingredients. Even if you try us for a week, I'm sure you'll learn about portions and the right mix of foods for a healthy diet. You'll even see on our ingredient list on our meals, we do use sugar..in moderation.
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Great job everyone, keep it up, you'll be so glad you did in eleven weeks when we award the winner!
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She made healthy eating her mission in life long before anyone else did, in hopes of helping her own obese father. A registered nurse by training and entrepreneur at heart, she lives, eats and breathes everything about healthy eating and helping to improve people’s eating habits and overall health. She enjoys never having to bother with grocery shopping, cooking and counting calories. Her favorite SSHE meal, although it’s hard to pick just one, is the Potato Gnocchi with Basil Pesto Sauce.