Saturday, March 11, 2006

What Pisses Me Off (The FDA, Food Manufacturers and Corporate Lobby Groups)

My doctor say I should eat certain things but who can tell what to eat these days. If you want to eat a healthy diet these days I need to take my reading glasses to the supermarket, even then I can't believe what I read cause the food manufacturers lie. Government allows anything these days all you need is a wad of cash and a fancy lobbiest and the governement will let you lie to the everyone. This really pisses me off!

90% of manufactured refined food products should be removed from the shelves immediately.

Greg Critser in his book Fat Land, lays out a compelling case against high fructose corn syrup and the role the FDA had in approving its use in foods In "Fat Land: How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World." He argues that federal policies that aimed to stabilize food prices and support corn production in the 1970s led to a glut of corn and then to high fructose corn syrup. With a cheaper way to sweeten food, producers pumped up the size and amount of sweet snacks and drinks on the market and increased profits.

It's not natural ! as my daughter in law (a vet) often says "we are more thoughtful about what we feed our pets than what we feed ourselves "

Critser writes that despite the food industry's arguments that sugar is sugar, whether fructose or sucrose, no group "has yet refuted the growing scientific concern that, when all is said and done, fructose ... is about the furthest thing from natural that one can imagine, let alone eat."
Dr. George Bray, from the Diabetes Prevention Program at Louisiana State University Medical Center told the International Congress on Obesity that in 1980, just after high fructose corn syrup was introduced in mass quantities, relatively stable obesity rates began to climb. By 2000, they had doubled. The FDA approved its wide scale usage in food manufacturing without any studies whatsoever after lobbying from corn growers in the mid 1970's.

UC Davis and the University of Michigan have shown that consuming fructose, which is more readily converted to fat by the liver, increases the levels of fat in the bloodstream in the form of triglycerides.

And unlike other types of carbohydrate made up of glucose, fructose does not stimulate the pancreas to produce insulin. Peter Havel, a nutrition researcher at UC Davis who studies the metabolic effects of fructose, has also shown that fructose fails to increase the production of leptin, a hormone produced by the body's fat cells.

Both insulin and leptin act as signals to the brain to turn down the appetite and control body weight. And in another metabolic twist, Havel's research shows that fructose does not appear to suppress the production of ghrelin, a hormone that increases hunger and appetite. Because fructose in isolation doesn't activate the hormones that regulate body weight as do other types of carbohydrate composed of glucose, consuming a diet high in fructose could lead to taking in more calories and, over time, to weight gain.

A study by The Journal of the National Cancer Institute suggests that women whose diet was high in total carbohydrate and fructose intake had an increased risk of colorectal cancer. And Dr. Mel Heyman, chief of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at UCSF, is seeing sick children whose bodies have been overloaded with fructose from naturally occurring fructose in fruit juice combined with soda and processed food. The way the body handles glucose is different than fructose,'' he says. "It can overload the intestines' ability to absorb carbohydrate by giving it too much fructose.

This issue goes to the heart of American capitalism where the drive for profits force competitors to lower cost and provide a more attractive tasting foods without consequence of the health impacts on the consumer. Recently legislation was passed that outlawed law suits from people who had suffered health effects such as diabetes and obesity from seeking compensation from the manufacturers of these products. The large food manufacturers are in full control of the FDA. Many of us on this list will suffer the full effects of this irresponsible and ill considered manufacturing choices on behalf of the food manufacturers. In some ways the situation with food can be compared to the situation with the environment , there is little profit or shareholder value in considering the impacts on the long term impact of a corporations products on either the health of the individual or the environment.

Like I stated earlier ,if the long term health impacts on the customer were considered 90% of products would be taken off the supermarket shelves immediately. Eventually this issue will become unavoidable and companies as diverse as Coca Cola , Mcdonalds, KFC will evolve or go out of business as the public becomes more aware of the outrageous mass experimentation and manipulation of the FDA and food manufacturers .

Even worse are some of the less obvious junk foods from manufacturers like Kellogg's who manufacture a product called Nutragrain in Australia. Nutragrain is marketed by athletes as a food for elite sportsmen the sugar content is only 10% less than that of pure sugar (fructose based) , with the remaining content a mixture of 23 other chemicals, stabilizers, refined flour, etc etc., its nothing short of pure "snake oil" marketing. Eventually the huge health costs will need to be borne but the perpetuators of the mass poisoning of western civilization . But don't hold your breath this will take 20 years and hopefully Peak Oil will hasten to realization.

This is a compilation of quotes about the destructive health effects of soft drinks from some of the leading authors on health, nutrition and junk food.

When I was a kid , two plus two still equals four. However, the Food and Drug Administration would probably disagree. After all, according to their own calculations, ½ + ½ + ½ + ½ + ½ + ½ + ½ + ½ + ½ + ½ + ½ = 0.Lately, you might have noticed flashy labels touting "Zero Trans Fats!" on bags of potato chips, crackers and other snack foods.

While that sounds like an honorable attempt of the food industry to get rid of ingredients that clog your arteries and are dangerous to your heart health, it's really more like a scam... and the FDA is in on it. Because zero doesn't really mean zero. Under FDA regulations, "if the serving contains less than 0.5 gram [of trans fat], the content, when declared, shall be expressed as zero."Of course the pivotal word here is "serving."

An 11-ounce bag of potato chips contains 11 servings. That means it's perfectly legal for the entire bag to contain more than 5 grams of trans fat-which the Institute of Medicine has declared unsafe in any amount.How do you know it's in there, though? Simple: Search the ingredients list for "hydrogenated" or "partially hydrogenated" oil or "shortening." The higher up in the list, the greater the amount.

A typical example: According to its "Nutrition Facts" label, an 11-ounce bag of Lay's Cheddar and Sour Cream potato chips has 0 grams of trans fat. The ingredients list, however, shows "Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oil." Duh. But even companies that really have eliminated trans fat from their snack foods, often have replaced them with saturated fats. In other words: The fact that a snack food doesn't contain trans fat doesn't mean you should eat as much of it as you want-or even eat it at all.

Michael Murray ND and Joseph Pizzorno ND
Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, Revised Second Edition

"The allergenicity of penicillin in the general population is thought to be at least ten percent. Nearly 25 percent of these individuals will display hives, angioedema, or anaphylaxis upon ingestion of penicillin.... hives and anaphylactic symptoms have been traced to penicillin in milk, soft drinks, and frozen dinners."

"Many general dietary factors have been suggested as a cause of osteoporosis, including: low calcium-high phosphorus intake, high-protein diet, high-acid-ash diet, high salt intake, and trace mineral deficiencies. It appears that increased soft drink consumption is a major factor that contributes to osteoporosis. A deficiency of vitamin K leads to impaired mineralization of bone. Boron deficiency may contribute greatly to osteoporosis as well as to menopausal symptoms."

"Soft drinks have long been suspected of leading to lower calcium levels and higher phosphate levels in the blood. When phosphate levels are high and calcium levels are low, calcium is pulled out of the bones. The phosphate content of soft drinks like Coca -Cola and Pepsi is very high, and they contain virtually no calcium."

"The United States ranks first among countries in soft drink consumption. The per-capita consumption of soft drinks is in excess of 150 quarts per year, or about three quarts per week."

"Soft drink consumption in children poses a significant risk factor for impaired calcification of growing bones."

"Of the fifty-seven children who had low blood calcium levels, thirty-eight (66.7 percent) drank more than four bottles (12 to 16 ounces per bottle) of soft drinks per week, but only forty-eight (28 percent) of the 171 children with normal serum calcium levels consumed as much soft drink ... These results more than support the contention that soft drink consumption leads to lower calcium levels in children. This situation that ultimately leads to poor bone mineralization, which explains the greater risk of broken bones in children who consume soft drinks."

"Soft drink consumption may be a major factor for osteoporosis as they are high in phosphates but contain virtually no calcium. This leads to lower calcium levels and higher phosphate levels in the blood. The United States ranks first among countries for soft drink consumption with a per capita consumption of approximately 15 ounces a day."

James A Howenstine M.D.
A Physician's Guide to Natural Health Products That Work

"In an interesting experiment the sugar from one soft drink was able to damage the white blood cells' ability to ingest and kill gonococcal bacteria for seven hours."

"Soft drinks also contain large quantities of phosphorus, which when excreted pulls calcium out of the bones. Heavy users of soft drinks will have osteoporosis along with their damaged arteries."

James Duke PhD
The Green Pharmacy : The Ultimate Compendium Of Natural Remedies From The World's Foremost Authority On Healing Herbs

"And watch out for cola soft drinks, which are very high in bone-dissolving phosphorus."

Marion Nestle
Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition (see related ebook on nutrition) and Health (California Studies in Food and Culture)

"Soft drinks are the single greatest source of caffeine in children's diets; a 12-ounce can of cola contains about 45 milligrams but the amounts in more potent soft drinks can exceed 100 milligrams- a level approaching that found in coffee."

"Soft drinks have replaced milk in the diets of many American children as well as adults. School purchases reflect such trends. From 1985 to 1997, school districts decreased the amounts of milk they bought by nearly 30% and increased their purchases of carbonated sodas."

"The relationship between soft drink consumption and body weight is so strong that researchers calculate that for each additional soda consumed, the risk of obesity increases 1.6 times."

"Adolescents who consume soft drinks display a risk of bone fractures three to four-fold higher than those who do not."

"Sugar and acid in soft drinks so easily dissolve tooth enamel."

"Americans drink 13.15 billion gallons of carbonated drinks every year."

William Duffy
The doctor speaking in these dialogs is, Dr. McCay, the nutritionist at the Naval Medical Research Institute.

"I was amazed to learn," he testified, "that the beverage contained substantial amounts of phosphoric acid. . . . At the Naval Medical Research Institute, we put human teeth in a cola beverage and found they softened and started to dissolve within a short period... The acidity of cola beverages ... is about the same as vinegar. The sugar content masks the acidity, and children little realize they are drinking this strange mixture of phosphoric acid, sugar, caffeine, coloring, and flavoring matter."

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