The Clean Hippie

Seeking the sustainable life in New York City

It’s Official, High Fructose Corn Syrup Will Make You Fat April 1, 2010

Filed under: Food — Alden @ 12:24 am
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I was talking to my mom on the phone the other day about her food “awakening.”

“I’m reading that book,” she said, “Omnivore’s Dilemma…Scary stuff. I went to the cabinet to look at what we had, and was like “Yup, that has corn, yup, that too. Seventy percent of it had corn syrup!”

Well, I’m glad my mom is reading this book. I’ve been gently nudging her for a while, but my comments on the hypocrisy of something called Smart Start that actually has high fructose corn syrup in it went the way most helpful-but-nagging facts go: in one ear and out the other. She buys a lot of that pseudo-healthy stuff like granola bars and 100-calorie packs. Stuff which that will make you fat, even as it makes health claims. But HFCS is just sweetener made from corn, right? It can’t be any worse than table sugar. At least, that’s what the commercials say.

Well, the verdict is in on HFCS, thanks to a new study that found:

“Rats with access to high-fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than those with access to table sugar, even when their overall caloric intake was the same.”

That’s right, if you stuff rats full of sugar, they don’t get fat. You stuff them with HFCS, and they get obese. So put down that Twinkie. Also, put down that salad dressing, granola bar, Smart Start cereal, flavored yogurt, and canned fruits and veggies, because HFCS is lurking in all those things. You can read more about sneaky foods to avoid here at EcoSalon.

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Nanana boo boo, I’m losing weight! January 9, 2010

Filed under: experiment,Food,Tips — Alden @ 3:39 pm
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Remember my New Years resolution? About not eating yucky processed food? Well, that happy side effect I mentioned of losing weight is happening.

New Years resolutions are hard to keep, because they force you suddenly out of your comfort zone. That’s why they usually fail. But this resolution has been slowly happening for a long time. So on New Years I just pushed the last of processed food out of my diet. So I can proudly say that since I arrived in New York City in July, my weight has dropped by 9 pounds. For a little thing like me, that’s a lot! (6% of my weight) I’m as skinny as I was sophomore year of college! 3 of those pounds were just in the last couple of weeks.

I think it’s because I’ve changed my whole outlook on food. Instead of the debate being in my head “I want that chicken nugget! No, it’s gonna make me fat. But it’s so yuuuummmy.” the conversation in my head is now, “Chicken nuggets…gross. Is there an apple around here somewhere?”

And also I mentioned before, those carb craving that used to happen almost every day in the afternoon, or late at night, where I would rummage through the fridge and pantry to find something to satisfy my sweet tooth – it has ceased completely. Even when I’m super super hungry, it’s just hungry. It’s not a craving. I can still be rational about choosing something that is delicious yet healthy for me and the environment. And I can look at cookies and go, “nah.”

So, ladies, if you need another reason to enjoy whole, fresh, local foods (besides avoiding preservatives, not giving money to disgusting factory farms, avoiding food-born pathogens, and superior taste) well there it is.