I thought I was through with all of that once I was grown and living away from all of that. Well, turns out I didn't get away completely, my son was also diagnosed with ADHD, I went in with my eyes open about how diet affected behavior. Through a process of elimination, we learned what foods set him off and what foods were OK for him to consume. At that time, fructose was becoming the new sugar alternative, it was said that it didn't affect your body like sugar did, I tried it on my son, it made no difference, he still reacted badly to it. I tried using honey, with the same results. I learned that the sugars that he reacted to were simple sugars, the ones that didn't bother him were complex sugars. I didn't learn this from a book, it was experience. Now this video pretty much explains what I learned during this process, science is finally exploring what different sugars do to the body.
You would be shocked to know how much sugar and fructose is in our foods, the more processed the food is, the more likely it is to contain sugars and fructose. Did you know they even put dextrose in table salt??? Read the label, most "low-fat" or "no fat" foods contain added sugar and fructose as well as tons of sodium, none of this is good for you. It turns out that if you consume 100 calories of plain sugar, it is treated differently by the body, mainly the liver than if you had eaten 100 calories of fructose, you'd think that 100 calories of one sugar would be just the same as another form of sugar, but it's not, and the difference in how they are metabolized by the body are very important to your health.
After watching and listening to this show, I am going to be watching out for fructose in the foods I eat, or choose not to eat. I hope this opens your eyes to what the food industry and the government has done to our foods, to us, it's not a pretty picture.
My food goals:
- eat closer to the earth
- eat more of what I personally grow or raise
- eat fewer processed foods
- read all labels and choose healthier foods
Don't think I'm a saint, I like junk food as much as anyone else, it's a struggle for me. But if you give up one thing at a time, it's easier to par down your bad food habits. Pick one thing, maybe soft drinks, stop drinking them, choose another drink, water is best. What made me change my drinking habits is I discovered that I was only drinking sodas at work, at home and elsewhere, I drank water, I decided that if I could go without the soda on my days off and when I wasn't at work, I could give them up completely. Now, I don't miss them at all, in fact if I do drink one, it assaults my mouth! It's too strong, too sweet, too tart, too everything, after drinking one now, I feel bad afterward, I feel sluggish, bloated, I'm sure I felt that way every time I drank one, I was just used to feeling that way, yuck!
Tell me what you think after watching/listening to this show.
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