No parent wants to lead his child to failure; we all want our children to succeed, to be happy, and to lead balanced & healthy lives.
A recent study published in the May 2012 Journal of Physiology showed that over consumption of food with high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) slows brain function and hinders memory and learning abilities. The findings are no surprising, what you eat affects how you think!
High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) affects children’s memory as well as adult’s memory. No excuses here.
Previous studies showed that HFCS increases the risk for type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart diseases, and allergies. HFCS can’t be used as body’s fuel; most of the HFCS eaten gets turned into triglycerides by the liver and stored in the liver or fat cells. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, an average American consumes 40 and 60 pounds of HFCS every year.
We have to distinguish between the natural fructose and the high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) which is added to most commercial foods, sweeteners, and preservatives.
Fructose is a simple sugar that occurs naturally in foods. It gives fruits their sweet taste. It also contains antioxidants and vitamins which we want to consume. Most fruit contains mostly glucose, not fructose. And our bodies can absorb fructose from fruits. This is one of the reasons why it doesn’t spike blood glucose levels or trigger insulin which eventually harms our memory.
Many processed foods, commercially prepared and commercially baked foods contain high levels of HFCS. Products like ketchup, soups, topping, sauces, sweet pickles, frozen foods, boxed breakfast cereals, salad dressing, canned foods, boxed dinners, breads, crackers, pies, dried fruits and vegetables, energy bar (yes, even energy bars!), yogurt, soft drinks and fruit drinks may contain large amounts of HFCS.
The best advice for you is:
- Read labels
- Choose products with low HFCS level & if possible HFCS-free products.
Eat local, fresh & organic foods to support your health
Voilà! – The Cranberry Beans
Now it’s the season of this great starchy vegetable. Great source of fibers and proteins. Can be added to salads, served as a side dish and just eaten like cooked Edamame.
– 1 lb. fresh organic cranberry beans in their pods
– Cook cranberry beans in a large pot of water.
– Bring to a simmer, cover, reduce heat to low, and cook for 30 min. or until beans are tender.
– Peel the pods, sprinkle with Himalayan salt, relax and enjoy snaking it.