Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.
I have an inquisitive mind. I don’t always understand the world around me so I ask questions and seek out answers. I’ve had people get defensive as if I’m questioning their judgment or honesty but that’s not it. I’m just curious how things work and how it effects me. I guess that’s why I like doing research so much.
Anyway. Somewhere in my research about diabetes I discovered that the food industry, the medicine industry, and the diet industry are all owned by many of the same people. What does that mean? It means that not only are they giving us food that makes and keeps us fat but they are also the ones creating the medicines to control the diseases caused by eating those foods and they are the ones selling us the diet solutions that just don’t work.
We count calories, keep up with points, visualize or measure portion sizes, check the carbs, take medications, have surgery, and all the different ways diets are supposed to work; yet most of us continue to be sick in one way or another. Some of us do actually loose weight and feel healthier for awhile. What happens when we go back to eating normally? It all comes back. Often worse than before. It becomes a lifelong fight to stay thin and healthy. I don’t know about you but I get tired of the constant fighting. I prefer peace between my food and my body.
At the risk of sounding like a doomsday person let me say this; if our food is made in a lab it will take a lab to digest it. Starting in the years of WW2 and the beginning of rationing continuing into all the years that have followed we’ve been eating chemical food. Its been fed to us little by little to get our bodies used to eating it. I’m not sure which chemical food came first but I do know margarine replaced real butter and shortening replaced real lard. Fluffy, soft bread replaced homemade dense bread. In today’s modern food world we have chemicals called MSG, Aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, pink slime, and meat glue used in our food along with a whole bunch of other chemicals.
When one natural ingredient is removed from a food its replaced by chemicals to mimic the taste of food. We’re not eating food anymore; we’re eating chemical products made to taste like food. For example, when fat is removed from a food then that food tastes like cardboard. So to compensate for the removal of the fat there are various chemicals put back into it. Sugar is added to disguise the disgusting taste of those chemicals. Our bodies are designed to crave sugar. Replacing fat with sugar convinces our tongues and brain that what we’re eating is food. Could that be the reason for so many chemical varieties of sugar? We become food junkies craving those chemical sugars. Now you know why they call it junk food.
Sugar is not harmful in moderation. You find sugar in fruit and in honey but they aren’t harmful. There is sugar in carrots but those aren’t harmful either. You don’t automatically loosen your belt in order to eat second or third helpings of carrots or apples do you? No you don’t. But with the highly sugared or salted artificial foods you will. You’ll loosen that belt or unbutton that top button to eat second and third helpings. An hour later be ready to eat more. You’re craving that high just like any junky.
Its the act of getting too much sugar disguised in what we eat that’s harmful to our bodies. Sugar is made in many chemical forms. Again with the chemicals. I believe at last count there were 56 different names for chemical sugars. How are we ever supposed to remember all those names so we can avoid them? One of those chemical sugars is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). You’ve heard of it haven’t you? Who hasn’t these days.
High fructose corn syrup is the cocaine of the sugar world. Here’s how HFCS was explained to me. Its well known that cocoa leaf tea is not addictive or harmful. People in South America, especially in Peru, drink cocoa leaf tea much like the US people drink their coffee or the British drink their tea. The concentrated form of the cocoa leaf is cocaine. Cocaine as everyone knows is highly addictive and harmful.
Corn by itself is not harmful although it does contain natural sugar. We eat corn as a vegetable dish, bake it into bread, create a desert from it, and use the starch as a thickener without a problem. Now if you remove the sugar (fructose) from the corn and reduce it down to a concentrated form you get high fructose corn syrup. HFCS would then be the cocaine of the sugar world. I believe HFCS is highly addictive. Its put into just about every food we consume these days. Even baby formula. (Gotta get them hooked early.)
The more HFCS is used in food, the more our craving for it. We are addicted and want more just like any other addict craves their drug of choice. I can’t prove it but I believe HFCS is injected into cuts of meat disguised as a tenderizer or a flavor enhancer. I’m not talking about just lunch meat. By the way, the WW2 generation would have made their own lunch meat at home. Now really, where do you think the food companies got their secret family recipes?
Sometimes I wonder if HFCS is somehow being injected into fresh fruits too? I can remember a time when one apple would be enough to satisfy my desire for an apple. Now days I’ll find myself eating two or three apples and still want more. Its the same with other fruit I eat. Pears, peaches, bananas, or oranges; one piece doesn’t really satisfy my craving. Its possible, I guess, to have an injectable form of HFCS for fruit because if apples can be picked and kept for months in storage without spoiling wouldn’t it be possible for chemical sugars to be added to the fruit as well?
Animals and bugs know what isn’t good to eat. Its their instinct. Something is seriously wrong with our food if the animals and bugs won’t touch it. Meat eating ants won’t go near frozen chicken nuggets. Wild birds won’t eat the bread crumbs. Chickens won’t eat the tomatoes. Opossums won’t eat the garbage. Yes, something is wrong but we must eat. What we are eating needs to change before we can change our health. Until a person really studies and understands what is going into the body they can’t control how that body reacts. We must stop relying on the medical industry for pills, the food industry for truth, or the diet industry for quick fixes. We must take control of your own health. Study, learn, make changes.
I’ve been hearing how HFCS is now being removed from different foods. That could be a good thing providing its not being replaced by something just as addictive or worse. I worry it could simply be renamed. Remember there are 56 different names for sugar already. One more will not be noticed right away.
TO BE CONTINUED
Shoot, I did it again didn’t I?