Thursday, March 11, 2010

Day 471- Nutrition Bite

A Calorie is Not a Calorie

Glucose is the form of energy you were designed to run on. Every cell in your body, every bacterium -- and in fact, every living thing on the Earth--uses glucose for energy.

If you received your fructose only from vegetables and fruits (where it originates) as most people did a century ago, you’d consume about 15 grams per day -- a far cry from the 73 grams per day the typical adolescent gets from sweetened drinks. In vegetables and fruits, it’s mixed in with fiber, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and beneficial phytonutrients, all which moderate any negative metabolic effects.

It isn’t that fructose itself is bad -- it is the MASSIVE DOSES you’re exposed to that make it dangerous.

There are two reasons fructose is so damaging:

  1. Your body metabolizes fructose in a much different way than glucose. The entire burden of metabolizing fructose falls on your liver.

  2. People are consuming fructose in enormous quantities, which has made the negative effects much more profound.

-Dr. Mercola

Sugar Preacher

Today, I realized that I needed to turn over a new leaf. I can preach for a year, but return to my old routines at the drop of hat. When we live in a poor food environment, it is easy to return to unhealthy eating patterns. We are bombarded with unhealthy choices everyday. I walked down the isle at a convenient store this evening and the only choices were chips and easter candy. Fruit and vegetables were not an option. Well, I ended up buying the chips and easter candy. BOOH.... Tomorrow, I am going to start recreating a healthy food environment for myself.


Adam and Hilary said...

How are those Cadbury eggs?
Good for you to start eating healthy again!

The Sugar Preacher, M.S., M.Ed. said...

Ha! I did eat my last Cadbury egg the other day. I also came home and cleaned out all my cupboards of sweets. Candy Begone!!