Eating Healthy  

Posted by Michael



Let me begin by quelling the thoughts you may have had in simply reading the title of this blog:

I don't always eat well. I do love cheese, pizza, chocolate, cheese, Dr Pepper (Dublin of course), cheese, sweet tea, and many other things that include cheese in their ingredients.
I don't judge others that don’t think as I do on this subject.
I don't believe I am absolutely right in the way I think about eating healthy.
However, I do believe there is enough evidence on these matters that it would be foolish to disregard this or other sources of information you run across on eating healthy.
I do realize this blog has the potential to be really boring, but I'm ok with that.

**PLEASE take the time to watch these videos before you continue reading so that you can have a healthy (no pun intended) view of our food industry, what we are eating and what we are feeding our kids. I promise that watching all 5 of these videos will be well worth your time:

How to Get Fat Without Really Trying: How The Food Industry Is Deceiving You (Parts 1-5)


How The Food Industry Is Deceiving You (Part 1)

How The Food Industry Is Deceiving You (Part 2)

How The Food Industry Is Deceiving You (Part 3)
A quote from Part 4:
Peter Jennings: “You know what’s less healthy. You know where asparagus and soda pop line up.”
Paul K., An Advertising Specialist To Children: “You are absolutely correct that I am not going to get the same return on investment for a client in advertising asparagus and spinach to a kid, as advertising some of the so called less healthy products to kids...
Guilty as charged.”

How The Food Industry Is Deceiving You (Part 4)

How The Food Industry Is Deceiving You (Part 5)


This ABC special encouraged me to study the food we eat including natural and organic foods and the sweeteners and other ingredients used in our food. Much of our diet in America is rich with highly refined sugars, nutritionally barren flours, transfats, high fructose corn syrup, partially hydrogenated oils and other processed ingredients that aren’t natural. By "natural" I mean ingredients that are straight from the plant or animal-or they are made from whole ingredients, with as little processing and as few added flavorings, stabilizers, and preservatives as possible which ultimately keeps nutrition and original flavors intact. The more I read, I find that the body doesn't even recognize as food some of the highly processed products and convenience foods that have been introduced into the food supply in the the last 60 years. Examples of these foods would be commercial salad dressing, breakfast cereal, processed lunch meats, chips, crackers, soft drinks, most fast foods (hamburgers, fries, shakes), and many of the other foods in the video above.

I want to spend some time on 2 highly processed ingredients found in most foods today: High Fructose Corn Syrup and Partially Hydrogenated Oil (or Trans Fat). Until now, little laboratory evidence has been available on these topics.

In "How The Food Industry Is Deceiving You", the term High Fructose Corn Syrup (or HFCS) was used many times. Here is a definition and a little history I found for HFCS:

High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS)—A corn sweetener found in many foods and beverages, including non-diet soda pop, baked goods, and condiments that has been associated with blood sugar problems, depression, fatigue, B-vitamin deficiency, hyperactivity, tooth decay, periodontal disease and indigestion. It is has become the sweetener of choice for many food manufacturers because it is considered more economical, sweeter and more easy to blend into beverages than table sugar. It is derived from the wet milling of corn. (The corn wet milling process separates corn into its four basic components: starch, germ, fiber and protein.)
HFCS is any of a group of corn syrups which have undergone enzymatic processing in order to increase their fructose content and are then mixed with pure corn syrup (100% glucose) to reach their final form.
The process by which HFCS is produced was first developed by Richard O. Marshall and Earl R. Kooi in 1957 and refined by Japanese researchers in the 1970s. HFCS was rapidly introduced in many processed foods and soft drinks in the US over the period of about 1975–1985.

HFCS puts people at risk for metabolic syndrome which, according to the Mayo Clinic is a cluster of conditions that occur together, increasing your risk for heart disease, stroke and diabetes, particularly in children. Having just one of these conditions — increased blood pressure, elevated insulin levels, excess body fat around the waist or abnormal cholesterol levels — contributes to your risk of serious disease. In combination, your risk is even greater.

There is a rise in uric acid in the bloodstream that occurs after fructose is consumed. The temporary spike of HFCS blocks the action of insulin, which typically regulates how body cells use and store sugar and other food nutrients for energy. If uric acid levels are frequently elevated over time, features of metabolic syndrome may develop, including high blood pressure, obesity and elevated blood cholesterol levels.

Research by the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reveals that high fructose diets shorten the life span of laboratory mice from the normal two years to a mere five weeks.

Chi-Tang Ho, Ph.D., conducted chemical tests among 11 different carbonated soft drinks containing HFCS. He found ‘astonishingly high’ levels of reactive carbonyls in those beverages.
These undesirable and highly-reactive compounds associated with “unbound” fructose and glucose molecules are believed to cause tissue damage, says Ho, a professor of food science at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J. By contrast, reactive carbonyls are not present in table sugar, whose fructose and glucose components are “bound” and chemically stable, the researcher notes.

Reactive carbonyls also are elevated in the blood of individuals with diabetes and linked to the complications of that disease. Based on the study data, Ho estimates that a single can of soda contains about five times the concentration of reactive carbonyls than the concentration found in the blood of an adult person with diabetes.

Here are some products that contain HFCS:
Capri Sun, Sunny Delight, Snapple (except Snapple Antioxidant Water), Hawaiian Punch, Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice and in most energy drinks. It is also found in chocolate drinks like Yoohoo, Arizona Tea, SoBe Beverages, cookies, ice cream, Campbell soup, Heinz Ketchup, Mayonnaise, Ragu, Aunt Jemima Syrup, Hershey's Syrup, Breyers Yogurt, Kraft Barbecue Sauce (and many other BBQ sauces), Smucker's Preserves, Nutri-Grain bars, Claussen Pickles, Mott's applesauce, Ice Cream (Ben & Jerry's, Blue Bell, etc), many breakfast cereals and some breads! HFCS is also in Robitussin, Vicks NyQuil and other cough syrups.
High fructose corn syrup also masquerades under the name of crystalline fructose in Glaceau Vitamin Water and some energy drinks.

This site has an even more extensive list of foods containing HFCS: accidentalhedonist.com/index.php/2005/06/09/foods_and_products_containing_high_fruct

This site lists menu items of fast food restaurants that have HFCS:
foodfacts.info/high-fructose-corn-syrup.shtml

This site has a list of foods free of HFCS:
stophfcs.com/list.html

Sugar In General
The average American consumes an astounding 2-3 pounds of sugar each week, which is not surprising considering that highly refined sugars in the forms of sucrose (table sugar), dextrose (corn sugar), and high-fructose corn syrup are being processed into so many foods such as bread, breakfast cereal, mayonnaise, peanut butter, ketchup, spaghetti sauce, and a plethora of microwave meals.
In the last 20 years, we have increased sugar consumption in the U.S. 26 lbs. to 135 lbs. of sugar per person per year. Prior to the turn of this century (1887-1890), the average consumption was only 5 lbs. per person per year. Cardiovascular disease and cancer was virtually unknown in the early 1900's.
The "glycemic index" is a measure of how a given food affects blood-glucose levels, with each food being assigned a numbered rating. The lower the rating, the slower the absorption and digestion process, which provides a more gradual, healthier infusion of sugars into the bloodstream. On the other hand, a high rating means that blood-glucose levels are increased quickly, which stimulates the pancreas to secrete insulin to drop blood-sugar levels. These rapid fluctuations of blood-sugar levels are not healthy because of the stress they place on the body.
One of sugar's major drawbacks is that it raises the insulin level, which inhibits the release of growth hormones, which in turn depresses the immune system. This is not something you want to take place if you want to avoid disease.
An influx of sugar into the bloodstream upsets the body's blood-sugar balance, triggering the release of insulin, which the body uses to keep blood-sugar at a constant and safe level. Insulin also promotes the storage of fat, so that when you eat sweets high in sugar, you're making way for rapid weight gain and elevated triglyceride levels, both of which have been linked to cardiovascular disease. Complex carbohydrates tend to be absorbed more slowly, lessening the impact on blood-sugar levels.

Sweeteners To Avoid:
Brown Sugar, White Granulated Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup & Artificial Sweeteners.

Artificial Sweeteners include:

Saccharin (Sweet'N Low) - This is a potential carcinogen.

Aspartame (Nutrasweet & Equal) - Causes headaches, depression, cancer and increased hunger.

Sucralose (Splenda)- This provides essentially no calories and is not fully absorbed. Sucralose is made when sugar is treated with trityl chloride, acetic anhydride, hydrogen chlorine, thionyl chloride, and methanol in the presence of dimethylformamide, 4-methylmorpholine, toluene, methyl isobutyl ketone, acetic acid, benzyltriethlyammonium chloride, and sodium methoxide, making it unlike anything found in nature. The presence of chlorine is thought to be the most dangerous component of sucralose.

where i got this info: medicinenet.com/artificial_sweeteners/article.htm

This is a great article from Time Magazine this year about sugar substitutes:
time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1711763,00.html?cnn=yes

The best thing to do is avoid all artificial and chemical sweetener substitutes. They have NO food value, trick the body into thinking it is eating something sweet, and they have by-products of harmful toxic side effects.

Sweeteners To Seek Out:

You want to look for sweeteners produced from crops that had been farmed without chemicals and pesticides because sweeteners are concentrated, and therefore pesticides and chemicals used on crops concentrate in the final product.

Natural Cane Sugars - Look for these words on the package: natural, raw, unrefined, whole and/or unbleached.

Agave Nectar - This sweetener is made from the juice of the agave plant and is known for having a low glycemic index.

Honey - Look for raw, unfiltered, unprocessed honey. Darker honeys contain higher levels of antioxidants.


Partially Hydrogenated Oil (Trans Fat)
Trans fat is the common name for a type of unsaturated fat with trans- isomer fatty acid(s). Trans fats may be monounsaturated or polyunsaturated.
Trans fat comes from adding hydrogen to vegetable oil through a process called hydrogenation-a process developed in the early 1900s and first commercialized as Crisco in 1911. The goal of partial hydrogenation is to add hydrogen atoms to unsaturated fats, making them more saturated.
Trans fats interfere with important, normal functions by inhibiting enzymes which are necessary for the body's normal metabolism of fats and they keep doing it for a long time. Using trans fats in the manufacturing of foods helps foods stay fresh longer, have a longer shelf life and have a less greasy feel.

When you eat normal cis fats, the body metabolizes half of them in 18 days. When you eat trans fats the body requires 51 days to metabolize half of them. This means that half of the trans fats you eat today will still be inhibiting essential enzyme systems in your body 51 days from now.

The difference between cis fats and trans fats is the molecular structure. cis fats exist naturally and have hydrogen atoms crowded on one side, which causes the structure to bend allowing molecules and enzymes to bind to it. The bending prevents cis fats from solidifying at room temperature.

Trans fatty acid structures have one hydrogen atom added to one side of the structure and the other atom to the other side which prevents the structure from bending, thus making it more difficult for molecules and enzymes to bind to it. The very fact that the structure is straight allows trans fats to solidify at room temperature



When it comes to fat, trans fat is considered by some doctors to be the worst of them all because of its double-barreled impact on your cholesterol levels. Unlike other fats, trans fat — also called trans fatty acids — both raises your "bad" (LDL) cholesterol and lowers your "good" (HDL) cholesterol.
A high LDL cholesterol level in combination with a low HDL cholesterol level significantly increases your risk of heart disease, the leading killer of men and women.

Reading food labels:
How do you know whether food contains trans fat? Look for the words "partially hydrogenated" vegetable oil. That's another term for trans fat. The word "shortening" is also a clue: Shortening contains some trans fat.

It sounds counterintuitive, but "fully" hydrogenated oil doesn't contain trans fat. Unlike partially hydrogenated oil, the process used to make fully hydrogenated oil doesn't result in trans fatty acids. However, if the label says just "hydrogenated" vegetable oil, that usually means the oil contains trans fat.

Although small amounts of trans fat occur naturally in some meat and dairy products, it's the trans fats in processed foods that seem to be more harmful.
For more information on how to read food labels, see this site: healthyeatingadvisor.com/food-labels.html


Books We Recommend:
Super Natural Cooking by Heidi Swanson
Deceptively Delicious by Jessica Seinfeld (Faith makes the mac & cheese recipe for Evan all the time…good stuff!)
Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubles

Magazines We Recommend:
Cooking Light
Real Simple
Food & Wine (not for health reasons, but just because we love both Food and Wine!)

Websites To Hit:
hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/index.html
healingdaily.com/detoxification-diet/sugar.htm
diabeteshealth.com/read/2007/09/11/5430.html
eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2007-08/acs-swn081007.php
healthyeatingadvisor.com/food-labels.html
time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1711763,00.html?cnn=yes
medicinenet.com/artificial_sweeteners/article.htm
accidentalhedonist.com/index.php/2005/06/09/foods_and_products_containing_high_fruct
foodfacts.info/high-fructose-corn-syrup.shtml
stophfcs.com/list.html

There is SO much information here and I have only scratched the surface on healthy eating. There are so many other things we could talk about like practical & healthy foods for meals and snacks, recipes, liquids that are healthy when used in moderation (i.e.- coffee, tea, wine and even water in moderation. Have you ever heard of Hyponatremia? Not good.), working out (if you would like a great tool for working out, check out Crossfit: crossfit.com. We have a small community online where we share our struggles and wins from our workouts, encourage each other and give each other constructive criticism/ideas/resources, etc. If you would like to be added to our email list, let me know. Josh Patterson sends an email out each week with our workouts for the week in detail.) and so many other things.
If you have any questions, please post them and I would love to research it for you. If you haven't yet, go back to the top and watch the 5 videos posted. These videos opened my eyes more than anything else to our health crisis in America.

In conclusion, health isn't the goal of my life. Working out isn't the goal. Doing all this to the glory of God is my goal. If I stop eating certain foods that will harm my body and choose to eat foods that will give me nutrients, I do this not to gloat, I do it all to the glory of God.
"Whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God" - 1 Corinthians 10:31

I hope this was helpful! Thanks for reading.

here are a couple email responses I've received after posting this:

I have not eaten any sugar, white flour, trans-fats, high fructose corn syrup, or partially hydrogenated oils since December 31. I've lost 23 pounds, and counting...

We read your blog post and LOVED it! Good for you and your family for being aware of what goes into your body. It can be a difficult task with little ones, but it is sooooo worth it! We are trying to convince our children that it is totally because we love them that we don't allow so much "junk" to go into their little bodies. Our daughter is in a preschool and she takes her lunch to school. You should hear/see what all the other children eat for lunch! Sad, really sad.

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45 comments

Um, that's pretty funny! We had a stinking blast hangin' with you two the other night. Let's not let so much time go by without more fellowship! WE love you guys!

March 12, 2008 at 8:22 PM

what a blog! thanks so much for posting! i am going to make Jer sit and watch these videos with me. i do have a question that i'll post later if i dont find it after going to the websites

March 14, 2008 at 8:45 AM
Anonymous  

Hi, I don't actually know you guys, but I stumbled across this entry. My husband and I have just finished reading a book called The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan. Maybe you have read it, but if not, you should check it out. It talks about how we don't really eat food anymore, but we eat "food like substance." Thanks for writing this entry!

Best,
CA

March 14, 2008 at 10:38 AM

I'm glad you finally blogged about this! You said way more than I expected! Thanks! Also, I just started reading a book called In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan who wrote the book the previous commenter talked about! Anyhow, we need to get together with you guys soon!

March 14, 2008 at 10:37 PM

Does this mean I should stop eating Muchacos from Taco Bueno?

March 14, 2008 at 11:52 PM

Ok... this is jerry...I know nothing about this stuff, but have seriously been thinking about eating healthy for like the last 4 days!!! I want to learn more. This was a good start, and not boring at all! Thanks!

March 15, 2008 at 2:12 PM

Ok, I originally just saw the Ronald McDonald in handcuffs, that's why I said it was funny(Iguess the rest wasn't posted yet). Not funny now that I couldn't stop watching the videos and had to read everything you posted... thanks Michael. It really opened my eyes to my family's health and what we can do to honor the body that God gave us. You guys are the best!

March 15, 2008 at 10:24 PM

Last year I ready The Maker's Diet, and while I felt like some of it was over the top, I thought a lot of it made a lot of sense. So I changed most of my eating habits...but, like anything it's easy to return to Splenda and "low-calorie" things to fool yourself you're eating well. Thanks for the reminder that eating what the Lord created is really the best thing for us.

March 16, 2008 at 11:09 PM

I keep trying to read this and then my head explodes...I am going to try again today.

March 17, 2008 at 9:59 AM

Yes Summer, you should stop eating anything called a Muchaco.

Very interesting Bleecker! Can't wait to hang out with you guys for some Dave Barnes! Too bad my date is going to have to hang with the babysitter!

March 18, 2008 at 12:34 AM

I have a link that says go "here" so that you can view it.

March 18, 2008 at 10:53 AM
Laura Mackey  

Thanks Faith and Michael for posting this info! To be honest I get really sick of skinny people talking about healthy eating. And, when I saw this blog I was kinda feeling sorry for myself for being overweight and miserable. ;) But, these videos and your words are just a reminder of how to take care of what God has given us.
I have heard most of this stuff before and it doesn't make me any thinner. I think what helps us to make good choices about food is knowing that God truly cares about how we care for our bodies/His temple.
I know the Lord has been pursuing me to get real about this health crisis for a while. Everywhere I go I hear the same message - and I've already shared that it initially makes me upset. But, I know that God is pursuing me in this and I want to thank you guys for being part of that process.
Love you and can't wait to see you soon!
Laura

March 18, 2008 at 10:58 AM

thanks, bleeck for posting this. i have gotten pretty slack in my eating (esp being prego) so this has been convicting about what I put into my body as well as feed my family. so much of it goes back to self-control and discipline. glad to be on this journey with you guys.

March 19, 2008 at 2:14 PM
Jessica  

two other realy good books are "eat, drink, and be healthy" by Walter C.Willet and "the maker's diet" by Jordan S. Rubin.

March 20, 2008 at 1:57 PM

If your family is anything at all like mine, we try to eat healthy at home and out. We end up in restraunts usually at least once a week and multiple times on a busy week. So, I picked up a book at B&N called Eat This, Not That by David Zinczenko. It's not any type of solution or change your eating habits but it does list some major food places/grocery items that we go to and gives some nutritional info on some meals and advice on reading a menu! I like it anyway. :-)

March 20, 2008 at 9:41 PM

I want to see some Arboretum pics!! Where are they?? :)

March 24, 2008 at 7:03 PM

Wow! I thought I was the only one who researches this stuff! I've been made fun of for knowing much of this. I just heard yesterday that anything made with corn that is NOT organic, is probably made with genetically modified corn. Meaning, it's not from the way God created corn. It's man made corn that messes with our bodies in an unnatural way. So, corn, canola oil, soybean oil, and/or vegetable oil, is mostly made from genetically modified foods. The program was stating that if we eat corn based products, soybean it organic is the best because it is from what God made. If you see the words non-GMO in the label, that's a great thing. The program was on Dr. Oz's radio show if you need the credibility behind the statements.

March 25, 2008 at 9:24 PM

The comment under the "kid's village" title was from something else that doesn't exist anymore. I just forgot to change the title. Anyways, the comment made under that name is me, Regina Stankowski. Just wanted to clarify. I really appreciate those videos! The grocery guy really knew how to get around answering the questions truthfully. Thanks for sharing!

March 25, 2008 at 10:20 PM

Okay, I finally made it through! Geez, perserverance is key. Well, this is very helpful. I know alot of this stuff, but putting it in practice is the hard part. But I have many reasons to do so. Thanks for the effort and info!

March 26, 2008 at 11:23 AM

hi Bleeckers!
We go to the Denton campus now and saw your site from the Warrens, which by teh way we are 2nd in line for "Business of Being Born" after you guys are done with it! WE had our little boy Rev at a birthing center and we are having #2 at home, we want to see that movie though and how they portray natural birth. This was an awesome post, so glad to know their are like minded eaters out there as us. We are pretty much vegan but do eat some meat if it is grassfed/no hormones etc. We try to eat everything in its most natural state possible, the way God made it! You need to check out the book "Nourishing Traditions" by Sally Fallon. Its amazing. I am part of a organic/natural health and medicine group through yahoo and I have learned so much from the group. We have drastically changed our eating and pretty much the way we live in hte past 3-4 years. We are into natural medicine as much as possible etc. Glad to hear ya'll are watching the Business of Being Born movie. My husband Clay and I are tryign to get a venue in denton reserved so we can show it to more people in Denton. Denton does have a large natural birth/breastfeeding community though. ok, I could go on forever! Thanks again for the post. Your info was very in depth, all correct and RIGHT ON!

March 27, 2008 at 9:09 PM
David Campbell  

Love it! Keep up the great blog!

March 29, 2008 at 1:49 PM

This was so long to read...so I was just hoping that maybe you could just let me know if I can continue eating Rosa's. This is very important.

March 30, 2008 at 11:41 PM

A lot to take in, but very interesting. Thanks for taking the time to research all that.

April 3, 2008 at 7:48 PM

Some times we need to take drastic action to deal with dietary matters - maybe not as literal as expressed in Proverbs 23:1-3. The idea of restraint is good. Never thought of food as being deceptive. Note Prevention's, "The Sugar Solution."

April 14, 2008 at 8:55 AM
Anonymous  

I just LOVE how the farmers ALWAYS get blamed!!! I did not even watch the other videos because I was so sick just watching the first one. In the video it said that farmers are so efficient in producing food that we have double the amount of food that we need. So why are people blaming ethanol for high corn prices? And why are people so concerned that we are using up all the corn for fuel? It's world demand that controls the markets, and the world has suffered devastating droughts that have caused exports to rise which in turns causes prices to rise as well.
People tend to think that farmers are getting rich from the farm subsidies and high corn prices. Well, I'll invite anyone of them to come and take a look at our books and just see how "rich" we really are. Oh, did I not mention that my husband and I farm, oh, and that I too come from a farm family who mostly grows corn. Oh, and by the way, I am NOT overweight neither is ANY of my family.
I hate when people blame others for their problems. How about a little self control every now and then. Also I love how we question the Bible, but we would never question what we hear on TV or read in the newspapers.

April 21, 2008 at 9:25 AM
Anonymous  

Does anyone know how they genetically modify corn, wheat, etc? We have someone in our family who is a plant breeder. And he says that you truly see that hand of God when you genetically modify the plant. God has set up an order and if you follow His great design that through cross pollination that we get a better, healthier, stronger producing plant. This is why American farmers produce twice the amount of food that we need, why are food prices are low (rising because of crude oil) and why we are able to feed the world. It doesn't sound so "man-made" when you actually think about how they genetically modify a plant. It's God's design.
If you really want to educate yourself I would recommend spending some time with an actual farmer.

April 21, 2008 at 9:43 AM

I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for this post. My husband and I had been "trying" to eat more healthy for sometime and it was not until I read your post that I got my butt in gear about it. I guess I knew all this stuff was bad for us but actually reading it and listening to it made it real for me. I just can't believe that we have been putting this stuff in our body. My 10 month old is by far the healthiest person in our house as she is an organic baby. Now my mission is to make our whole household that way. The Lord gave us such a precious gift in ourselves and our children. Why do we keep destroying that?? Or better yet why does the food industry keep destroying that? Oh yeah, all for a buck!! Greed is amazing. Makes people forget what they are really here for!!! Again, thanks for the EYE opening experience. It has truly changed our lives FOREVER!!!

April 25, 2008 at 11:52 AM

Hey! CM @ TVC DALLAS here.
Thanks for re-posting this on Twitter, I had forgotten about it. I have lots to say, but first: I second the Sally Fallon book "Nourishing Traditions" The wealth of knowledge in that book will blow your mind. The low-fat, low-calorie, low-salt diet, low-cholesterol diet purported by our FDA and AMA and AHA and others is bunk. It is fit for practically nobody. But then again, the gov. is in cahoots with corn and soy (don't get me started on Monsanto)because they SUBSIDIZE them! Of course the Standard American Diet (note acronym is SAD) laid out by the Federally produced food pyramid (which was famously altered in 2005) pushes too heavily toward products that contain "foods" produced by farmers who employ lobbyists in order to increase the subsidies. And I am well aware that the "farmer" is not the one we should blame. Every farmer who produces GMO crops does so because they MUST in order to maintain market share and profitability... if their neighbor is going to produce 1m bushels, and they can only produce 250k bushels in the same acreage.....you get the point. And GMO IS awful. It is not God's design. God designed a perfect plant that did not need our 'help.'

I am not even beginning here, sorry.
I do want to point out however, that Agave Nectar is NOT what we all once thought it was. It IS a highly refined HFS of its own.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2010/03/30/beware-of-the-agave-nectar-health-food.aspx

I am a former consumer of it as well. I now use Stevia for tea and other bevs and Rapadura for baking. On a related note... "turbinado" "sugar in the raw" is also highly refined down to white sugar, re-crystallized into larger rock size and tinted to appear "natural, raw, brown and healthy"

AHH! I wanna write more! PLease go get Nourishing Traditions. You will love the first 50-75 pages... Intellectual, fact and evidence based studies disproving/proving what we "know" about health. Also look into "The Weston A. Price Foundation" and realmilk.com

Thanks more than anything for being a believer who cares about stewardship of our bodies, especially since you have a large circle of influence!
Scott

May 13, 2010 at 10:17 PM

wow! Thanks Scott. I have a lot of reading up to do. Your comment is very helpful. I'll looking into all of that. God bless you bro.

May 13, 2010 at 11:51 PM

This is one lengthy post, but this is definitely a good read for those who want to check if they're doing things right in their "healthy" diets.

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