I need to be a speed blogger right now because I need to move onward with Micro! After my first round of flashcard memorization, I took a little health break to run and eat lunch. Somehow I managed a 5-mile run just before a late lunch. It was a great run because it wasn’t terribly hot out there and I felt strong. Great stress relief too! Before I left I did have a small handful of roasted garbanzo beans for some crunch and chew – my mouth needed the energy for the run 🙂
I settled down around 1pm for lunch.
I made a sandwich with a small piece of last night’s leftover salmon on a homemade cheese bun with some goat cheese spread on, spinach and mustard. Mmmmm!
Plus a TJ’s greek yogurt + H2H + almond + honey combo
Plus a few grapes –
And a leftover half orange –
I studied some while I muched –
The crunchy H2H was so good and my volumny stomach wasn’t quite full so I ended up adding on a small bowl of cereal + milk. Probably should have just waited 20 minutes, but both my stomach and my mouth ganged up against me. Couldn’t resist a tsp of PB too!
Off to turn my brain to mush
Nicole (the other one) says
I’ve been on vacation the past week and don’t have time to read all the comments. But I’ve been dying to know if we’ve discussed the ridiculous new High Fructose Corn Syrup Commercials that have been running on television. When I first saw one (Monday) I literally had to pick my jaw up from the floor! Please let me know if I’m beating a dead horse and this topic has been covered!
Very pretty presentation!! 🙂
nicole – i saw those! find it hilarious that there is now hfcs propaganda. their website is pretty ridiculous too (i think it is http://www.sweetsurprise.com/)
i don’t think they have been discussed here at all.
Looks delish! The orange looks like grapefruit to me!
Mmm, grapes!! Wow, that orange looks red on the inside – gorgeous!!
Good luck studying!!
Christie i. says
I agree, the orange is a lovely color.
Good luck with your studies!
I’m so happy someone brought up those commercials! I actually thought it was a joke when I first saw it because I was watching a comedy on TV and thought it was a skit or something! Clearly the corn syrup business is hurting from the health kick the nation is on these days, I’m interested in everyone else’s thoughts on these!
here are the commercials for anyone who hasn’t seen them
I find Greek yogurt to be incredibly filling, but I have to wait a few minutes for the feeling to really hit. Same with peanut butter.
Hey Kath, Are those rolls Matt made or store bought? They look particularly delicious.
I’m sorry, but do any of you actually know what HFCS is?
It’s two sugar molecules derived from corn – Glucose + Fructose. *Most* HFCS is either 42% Fructose or 55% Fructose (the remaining proportion being glucose). Do you know what sucrose (table sugar) is? It’s two sugar molecules derived from cane or beet – 50% Glucose + 50% Fructose. Other sweeteners (such as honey) have very similar profiles.
hmmm…that would mean that HFCS is really not all that “high” in fructose, is it? And really not all that different from other nutritive sweeteners, is it?
Do you know that in Canada, the 55% or 42%HFCS is not *allowed*, by law, to be labeled as HFCS? It is labeled as “glucose-fructose”. The reason for that is that HFCS is not in fact *high* in fructose. As mentioned above, it has almost an identical fructose composition as other disaccharides. Health Canada considers the term HFCS to be misleading and therefore does not allow it on food labels.
As noted by the FDA in 1996, “the saccharide composition (glucose to fructose ratio) of HFCS is approximately the same as that of honey, invert sugar and the disaccharide sucrose” (table sugar). The slight variations among the various sweeteners are clinically negligible.
Our bodies can’t tell the difference between pure sucrose made from sugar beets or corn. Sucrose is sucrose. It’s the same thing. They are metabolized the same way.
It is not biologically possible for HFCS, once ingested, to be metabolized any differently from any other sucrose. Recent studies have confirmed that the sweeteners are absorbed and metabolized similarly, use the same metabolic pathways, and have the same effects on glucose, insulin, leptin, ghrelin and appetites.
These commercials are not “propaganda”. They were developed by a trade association to DISPELL the myths, hyperbole, and junk science that individuals (like you) perpetuate.
Nicole (the other one),
I did see the HFCS commercial and rolled my eyes, because of course the whole campaign is sparked by the quest for money. But I agree with scientist that HFCS is really just sugar syrup – it’s not like trans-fat (which HAS been proven to have negative health effects) or artificial sweeteners (which MAY have potential side effects). But I think the lesson learned is that whole fruits have none of them 🙂
They are Matt’s 🙁 His Cheesy Bread (in the sidebar) made into roll form.
Grounded Fitness says
haha i like how thats your qucik post. that would be a me sick at home with nothing to doall day post.
scientist- i dont know if you read the blog, but im pretty sure no one here eats table sugar- and if they do, its very rarely. Most people here try and eat as wholey as possible, and when its snuck into food, it makes us cranky. i think we would all react the same if there was a national campaign just like this about table sugar.
Anne P says
Yeah I think the point is just that it’s in things that don’t need it. Like bread, applesauce, condiments, etc etc. So unnecessary. I even noticed the other day that it is in Robitussin cough syrup!!
Grounded Fitness says
“snuck” probably isnt the right word, more like added for no reason. you cant fight that the FDA says for a healthy diet you should limit as much added sugar as possible, and for a company to try and ease our minds with commercials like this is insulting to our intellegence.
because we are all very intellegent- so play nice. no need to fling accusations.
Grounded Fitness – the POINT is that from a scientific, metabolic, physiological perspective, ALL sugars are treated in the same manner by your body. This INCLUDES the sugars in fruit – which are glucose, fructose and sucrose – just the same as added sugars (whether sugar, HFCS, honey, molasses or any other syrup). Your body does not distinguish. Just because the fruit is packaged with other nutrients does not mean the body treats the *sugars* any differently.
Now, if you are about to tell me that the sugar in fruit is *better* because its asborption is slowed by fibre, I would tell you that table sugar has a glycemic index of 60 which is exactly the same as a banana and lower than watermelon. The food matrix differs but the *sugars* are the same. Your body cannot tell the difference between them.
As to whether most of you do not eat table sugar, if you don’t, you are being pretty silly considering it is simply sucrose extracted from a plant (cane or beat), perfectly natural, and provides 4 calories per gram just as any other carbohydrate. Is is also present in many healthy foods including yogurt, cereals (yes, even high fibre cereals!), breads and other items to make them palatable. It also acts as a texturizer, tenderizer, preservative and stabilizer in many foods. I highly doubt that none of you eat sugar.
Lasty, I do not believe that the HFCS commercials are sparked by a quest for money. They are sparked by rampant misinformation and miunderstanding about an ingredient.
either way. because of incredibly cheap corn supplies in the US, HFCS is in freaking everything and is a cause of obesity and type 2 diabetes in the population. when the commercials say “moderate consumption” is okay…. that’s actually impossible since unless you purposefully try hard to avoid them, HFCSs are omnipresent in most of the food america eats.
Ange C. says
Interesting convo..i am enjoying this!
Christin S- u r welcome…on the okra info. 😉
I want to jump in here and say how much I appreciate GroundedFitnesses ability to
a) say exactly what I am thinking, even though i can never find the right words
b) disagree with someone in a way that is polite, to the point, and not laced with bitterness, snottiness, or anger
Kudos grounded fitness and I will leave the debating to you because you are so amazing at it, I will just say I agree with you 1oo% percent, they put in HFCS where it is unnecessary. And the phrase “in moderation is ok” is laughable, EVERYTHING in moderation is ok is it not? I mean you could do hard drugs in moderation too, just because it won’t always kill you doesn’t mean it’s good for you.
Christin S says
Totally interesting discussion! I too saw that commercial and rolled my eyes, but it’s good to see the other side wether or not you agree…Scientific discoveries are made everyday because people QUESTION what they know to be true. I am sure Scientist is right about hfcs and sugar and how it is metabolized, but I think regardless of the source, sugar is something the body only requires a certain amount of just like everything else…Sugar and hfcs are buzzwords in the US becuase we are seeing the affects of too much sugar all day every day to the point where it is an EPIDEMIC. In the end, all we can do is take personal responsibility for the amount of sugar we put into our bodies. The best way to control this is to limit things like hfcs and other added sweeteners, because if we are eating the fruits that have other health benefits such as antioxidants, we are getting more bang for our sugar buck, so to speak. Why would we want to put processed foods with hfcs in our bodies and miss out on the benefits fruit, bread, etc have to offer besides sugar?? We are going for OVERALL benefits, not just sugfar content…
Christin S says
sorry, my grammar in that was TERRIBLE! (and thanks again Ange C for saving me from dorkdom)
i’m eating a no-pudge brownie. me likey sugar. I concur, interesting comvo out here.
I thought HFCS is sweeter than table sugar so that is why it spikes the blood sugar more rapidly than table sugar? Also the fact that it is not natural bothers me and why I try to avoid it. Also the vast quantities it is produced at is not good for the environment, as a future atmospheric scientist this is another reason why I am against it as well as white over processed table sugar. Also I think that commercial is just ridiculous.
Cyclist Kate says
First, I just wanted to say a belated thank you to Kath for answering my question on hunger the other day. That was exactly what I was looking for! Thanks!
And then…I don’t have a television, but I did see the hfcs ad in the NY Times. I have a difficult time believing that this campaign isn’t financially motivated, exactly how I have a hard time believing the “Got Milk?” campaign is put out there purely for our health.
Also, I was under the impression that hfcs is a more concentrated sweetener than table sugar? Obviously, they are both “foods” to be avoided since they have absolutely no nutritive value beyond calories, but I don’t understand why hfcs would have gotten so much press over the past few years if it weren’t detrimental to our health. It is a product that, due to the corn surplus and our natural desire for sweetness, has come to be in the majority of processed foods I believe that’s not okay. If nothing else, avoiding hfcs would mean avoiding sodas, which could only help the diabetes/obesity problem we have now.
Grounded Fitness says
ModelBehavior- I dont understand the the need to be rude when you disagree with someone.
I also dont understand the need to assume what im going to say, because I wasnt going to say that at all.
saying that sugar in fruit is better never crossed my mind, but thanks for preemptively shutting me down. that facilitates great discussion and understanding.
of course there is sugar in food. there’s just no need to add more. and then tell people that its ok. its unneccessary. that’s all.
I just really want to ask you…where in the world do you find all those cute little spoons? it is driving me crazy and I want one so bad!!! 🙂