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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Challenge of the Month

This is something new I'm doing.  I am going to issue a new challenge every month.  The challenge will be for 7 days.

This month's challenge is to cut out High Fructose Corn Syrup.  Now this is only for 7 days.  You will want to start checking your labels to see what foods have HFCS in them.

Why?  Why do we care if there is HFCS in our diets?  Isn't it just sugar?  A little sugar does no harm, right?

Well, all sugars are not equal.  The closer a food is to how God created it, the better it is for you. Natural sugars contain enzymes, vitamins and minerals.  Refined sugars are stripped of all that and rob your body of those things as they're digested.  If we're going to chart things on a Great-Good-Bad-Worse chart, sugar would be bad, but HFCS is worse.  You can't make this stuff in your home kitchen.  It actually takes battery acid to make and is reported to contain levels of mercury.  Read this article on that subject.

Most of the junk food my generation grew up on was loaded with sugar, but the same foods today are loaded with HFCS instead.  Could there be a link with this change and the rise in obesity rates?

So check your labels.  I challenge you to cut this one ingredient out for just 7 days.  Let me know if you have questions.  Get creative.  Remember, I didn't say you had to cut out all sugar.  If there is a food that you like that contains HFCS, make it from scratch with sugar instead.

I will report back here at the end of the 7 days and let you know what I've had to cut out.  (Yes, I'm sure I'm ingesting some HFCS, too!)  See you then!

1 comment:

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