whats the fuzz about the fizzy?

What are you drinking during the day? Having a sody pop? In one of those 20oz bottles, you are consuming about a 1/3 c of sugars. Chronic excessive consumption of sugars can result in increased risk of disease.  The American Heart association's services found that Americans are consuming around 22.2 teaspoons of sugar daily. Their new guidelines suggest that women should limit themselves to 5 teaspoons of sugar per day, while for men, it’s 9 teaspoons daily, and for children, it's 3 teaspoons per day. Keep in mind that these added sugars aren't necessary at all. Its a luxury that many have gotten comfortable with.

Scientists are now following the effects of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) finding that consumption greatly elevates the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity,  insulin resistance, kidney stone formation, promotes gout, and is contributing to an upsurge in cases of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Fructose, the predominate sugar that makes up HFCS  is metabolized very quickly flooding metabolic pathways and therefore increasing blood triglycerides and fat storage in liver. This is why so many people have huge fat stores in the mid-section. High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is found in many processed goods: yogurt, cakes, cookies, crackers jams, jellies, juice drinks, frozen foods,  and bread. Check out the nutritional labels on packaged foods to find out if what your eating contains this potentially hazardous synthesized ingredient.

Needless to say, excessive consumption of any added sugar can also increase the likelihood of disease.

When you cook with fresh ingredients utilizing natural flavors, the need for added sugars and salts are reduced.  Spices, herbs and the flavors found in fresh foods stimulate the plate and satisfy the tummy.

Studies have shown the effects of aroma on the brain and hormone production. Many herbs and spices that are used in cooking have those effects on the brain inducing healing. Ayurveda, and aromatherapy are a few food therapies that can be utilized. Traditional Chinese Medicine also associates certain foods with energizing specific organs or yin yang.

From my personal experience, eating locally grown produce energizes me more than the stuff that's been transported over thousands of miles. Perhaps it's because the food and I resonate as were from the same soil. Maybe its because our farmers don't radiate their harvests so the bio-energetic energies are still vibrant.

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