Sweeteners? Stick to an apple a day if you have a sweet tooth or end up neurologically damaged.

Hello my friends,

I’m a bit of a stickler for healthy living and eating (the latter especially being my favourite pastime) and therefore I want to share my concerns about what I think is damaging us in the long run. My daughter and I went to sample the organic cafe menu at a castle half an hour up the road. They have their own cattle mooing away behind the garden wall. It turned out that it’s still difficult to find something gluten- and dairy-free even there, but the surroundings made up for all of that, it was sweet, as in pleasing to the senses, pity that motorway runs right past it…that was less sweet. 

Talking of sweet, you can have too much of a sweet thing as you will find out if you read on …

Especially for my wonderful friend Heather from Scotland (thanks for your message, my dear), here are some excerpts from an article on my favourite website, called Natural News, the alternative to the mainstream news channels, which are all in the pocket of big business.

Mayor Bloomberg’s soda ban will cause New Yorkers to poison themselves with more aspartame
September 14, 2012 , by Mike Adams
“(NaturalNews) Ah, the hilarity of the nanny state knows no bounds, it seems. Especially not in New York City, where Mayor Bloomberg oversaw a large-sized soda ban that just became law. The really hilarious part of the law? It does not apply to aspartame-laced “diet sodas” which, by any honest measure, are far more toxic to your health than regular sodas made with HFCS. (HFCS=high fructose corn syrup). HFCS may cause diabetes and obesity, but aspartame causes neurological damage and early-onset Alzheimer’s. But that’s just what New York needs, it seems: A wave of crabby soda-drinking senior citizens who are half blind and can’t remember where their apartment building is located. (Or has that already happened?)That the New York city health board actually thinks diet soda is healthier than regular soda is a sad, sad commentary on the state of nutritional ignorance in NYC. So under this nanny state plan, citizens will be pushed to consume more neurotoxic aspartame — gee, what a brilliant plan! Why not ban vitamins, too, and just force everybody to take a daily chemotherapy pill and call it a “public health initiative?”

Look, society is SICK. Disease is rampant. The food supply is toxic. People are eating themselves to death with GMO, HFCS, MSG, aspartame and more. But that’s mostly because huge food corporations dominate the legislation process and the poisons they put into the foods never get questioned.

glossary

nanny state = a government that makes decisions for people that they might otherwise make for themselves, esp those relating to private and personal behaviour.

obesity = being morbidly (deadly) overweight (too heavy)

crabby = bad-tempered, grumpy, being in a bad mood

soda = soft drink, non-alcoholic, usually carbonated beverage, fizzy drink, pop (like cola etc.)

ban = prohibition, something that is forbidden

laced = added, mixed with 

rampant = widespread, epidemic

toxic = poisonous

GMO =genetically modified organism

MSG = monosodium glutamate, a taste enhancer (improves the taste of food)

If you want to hear about the dangers of aspartame in drinks, sweets etc, you can listen to a radio show about it on:

http://loehwing.posterous.com/sustainable-health-nutrition-with-your-host-r-11217

And here’s some research done by the UCLA on how sweeteners make you daft- not in the sense of ‘frolicsome’ as the Scots seem to use it, well that’s what my dictionary says anyway, I actually like frolicsome, we don’t do enough frolicing if you ask me- but think more along the lines of turning into a simpleton 😉 

This is your brain on sugar: UCLA study shows high-fructose diet sabotages learning, memory
Eating more omega-3 fatty acids can offset damage, researchers say
By Elaine Schmidt May 15, 2012
“Attention, college students cramming between midterms and finals: Binging on soda and sweets for as little as six weeks may make you stupid. 
 
A new UCLA rat study is the first to show how a diet steadily high in fructose slows the brain, hampering memory and learning — and how omega-3 fatty acids can counteract the disruption. The peer-reviewed Journal of Physiology publishes the findings in its May 15 edition.
 
“Our findings illustrate that what you eat affects how you think,” said Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, a professor of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and a professor of integrative biology and physiology in the UCLA College of Letters and Science. “Eating a high-fructose diet over the long term alters your brain’s ability to learn and remember information. But adding omega-3 fatty acids to your meals can help minimize the damage.”
 
While earlier research has revealed how fructose harms the body through its role in diabetes, obesity and fatty liver, this study is the first to uncover how the sweetener influences the brain. 
 
Sources of fructose in the Western diet include cane sugar (sucrose) and high-fructose corn syrup, an inexpensive liquid sweetener. The syrup is widely added to processed foods, including soft drinks, condiments, applesauce and baby food. The average American consumes roughly 47 pounds of cane sugar and 35 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup per year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
 
“We’re less concerned about naturally occurring fructose in fruits, which also contain important antioxidants,” explained Gomez-Pinilla, who is also a member of UCLA’s Brain Research Institute and Brain Injury Research Center. “We’re more concerned about the fructose in high-fructose corn syrup, which is added to manufactured food products as a sweetener and preservative.”
 
 

No sweet is worth that, is it now? I can let you in on another secret, if you are craving something sweet, you might enjoy the Chinese naturally sweet tasting  tea, Jiaogulan. It is healthy as well, good against high blood pressure. It is also called immortality tea because the people in the region where it’s grown drink it every day and grow amazingly old while looking young. Available over the internet, find out more here for instance: http://www.immortalitea.com/faqs%20jiaogulan.htm

or here: http://www.jiaogulan.org/jiaogulan-linked-nitric-oxide-production-blood-vessels-2/

Let’s enjoy the sweetness of the fruits of the Earth instead, you won’t appreciate how sweet your everyday orange or apple are until you forego all that processed junk. And cooking or baking it yourself is actually a lot of fun and so satisfying, as you get to eat it, too 🙂
 
 
So stay alert and keep healthy, the longer we can enjoy each other here on this planet.
I wish the air fares to Scotland weren’t so expensive, otherwise I would have gone there this summer to visit my dear friends, we could have froliced in the sea like Puff, the magic dragon!
Instead I had to content with a day out to the bifurcation near the above mentioned castle of Gesmold. This is where the river Hase splits itself in two, (hence the word bi=2 and furcation as in ‘fork’) only the result is two tiny streams instead of a full blown river…see me searching for it below 😉
 If you also would like to listen to the song about Puff, the magic dragon Harry Chapin
 
click on the youtube link:
 
happy frolicing, folks 🙂
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