Seed Magazine: Sweet Obesity article

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Sweet Obesity
I picked the article called, Sweet Obesity, on Seed Magazine because it is related to what we have been discussing in class.  The author cites an obesity researcher and health editor of Obesity Panacea that there has been a link between artifical sweeteners and obesity over the past 30 years.  The researcher also suggest that sugar "disrupts the metabolism and makes you hungrier."  In addition, lab rat who were fed artifical sweetener food ate more than rat who consumed sugar-sweetened food.  Therefore, they gain more weight than they would if they ate sugar.  

In our class readings and in some of my research, I have found that letpin and ghrelin levels changes in sucrose, table sugar, and HFCS are similar.  Those hormones are responsible for regulating appetite and hunger.  When I said similar, I don't mean it in a good way.  The researcher cites a report from the American Heart Association (AHA) that excessive sugar is dangerous and should be considered as a toxic substance.  HFCS is much sweeter than sugar but contain less calories, therefore it could be beneficial to dieters.  That is only if dieters can maintain the amount of food intake, then sweeteners can be effective in weight loss.  Nevertheless, HFCS is hard to moderate because everything is made from it, such as soda, canned food, yogurt, etc.  Most of us aren't aware of what we consume and how much we consume.  We don't really ask if HFCS is dangerous until we read about them in class.  There are readings that are for and against HFCS.  I cannot conclude that sugar and HFCS should be considered as toxic ingredients.  I think industries are to blame since they are the ones adding HFCS to a variety of food we eat daily.  However, we, the consumers, are getting what we demand for, that are cheap and convenient foods to suit our lifestyle, like McDonalds.  We should be aware of what food and how much we intake.  We should also maintain a balance between diet and exercise, since lack of them contribute to obesity and other health issues.  We should be responsible for our own actions and do what is necessary.

I have found an interesting video in regard to HFCS and want to share.  I've learned many things about HFCS that I haven't learned before.  I think it is worth watching.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8yfIMbv_f0Q (Part 1)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dukOVHLcrk0 (Part 2)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2vARSdg7bw (Part 3)

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It's interesting how artificial sweeteners cause such a problem in the human body. They have been linked to obesity and some, like aspartame, have been linked to type II diabetes, yet they still remain on the market. The FDA needs to be looking into these possible links.

The part that is a little concerning is like you said, we don't realize how much of our food contains these products. I don't think anything is being done about it because of how embedded in our food supply it is. Changing the makeup of the entire supermarket could cause quite the commotion among the American public. Instead we are slowly poisoned while others get rich in the health care system.

I think exercise in a main component in staying healthy especially in light how sedentary our lifestyles have become due to technology. It is so important to not only watch what one is consuming but also getting off the couch and doing something.

As Kim mentioned in class, you might look like this if you don't:

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I think its important to watch what we eat because it can lead to a very unhealthy lifestyle. Most of us have a "sweet tooth" and need our daily fix of sugar. We often don't think of the long-term consequences of consuming sugars we're just eating foods that taste good because we can. The food industry is capitalizing on this, they don't care about people they are just out to make a profit.

The link between artificial sweeteners and increased diet is very interesting mainly because it is added to most diet drinks, especially soda. If that is the case, the FDA needs to take action and protect the consumers from misleading advertising. I personally think the less tampering we do with our food the better. Nothing beats a meal you make yourself, it may take a little more time but it’s usually well worth it.

I think that HFCS is a large part to the health issues in America. We discussed in class that HFCS is in almost every food product on shelf, and I do agree that it is harmful to society. But HFCS is a main factor in preserving foods and lengthening shelf-life while also being a natural sweetener. The problem with substituting HFCS with artificial sweeteners is it could cause other health risks (such as cancer) and many people, myself included would rather consume natural than artificial sweeteners.

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