It is hard to listen to television or read the news papers and resist the message urging us to fill our bodies with total crap.
I worked passing out food samples in a big box store and I used to read the labels as I was handing food to people on electric scooters who were so obese or crippled from lost of limbs due to diabetes and other diseases caused by an improper diet that I had to bite my tongue to keep from say. This has 2300mg of sodium per serving and 900 calories mostly from fat and High Fructose Corn Syrup. Stop eating this shit.
The joke is I’m just as big a sucker as they are because I ate the shit too. I have sky high blood pressure and cholesterol.
I should have listened to my vegetarian and health food eating friends but I had substance issues and was abusing my body any way. Eating garbage was the issue that remained even after getting clean and sober.
Now that I’ve tried to get more conscious of what I eat and to lose weight I find myself thinking that a lot of the food they sell should have the same warning labels on the packages they are required to put on tobacco products.
Not that the corporations would ever let their puppet do that.
But here’s some leads on a few articles from the last couple of days:
From Seafood Source: http://www.seafoodsource.com/newsarticledetail.aspx?id=9085&utm_source=NewsLinks&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=InformzNews
U.S. government: Eat fish twice a week
BySteven Hedlund, SeafoodSource editor
31 January, 2011 –
For the first time, the U.S. government is advising all Americans, including pregnant and breastfeeding women, to eat seafood at least twice a week for heart and brain benefits. Previously, the twice-a-week recommendation was limited to heart patients.
On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S Department of Health and Human Services released the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, as required by Congress every five years. The guidelines serve as the basis for federal nutrition policy.
In the guidelines, the agencies said: “Moderate evidence shows that consumption of about 8 ounces per week of a variety of seafood, which provide an average consumption of 250 milligrams per day of EPA and DHA, is associated with reduced cardiac deaths among individuals with and without pre-existing cardiovascular disease.”
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From The New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/01/business/01food.html?scp=1&sq=Salt%20level%20in%20food&st=Search
Government’s Dietary Advice: Eat Less
By ANDREW MARTIN
Published: January 31, 2011
As the nation’s obesity crisis continues unabated, federal regulators on Monday issued their bluntest nutrition advice to date: drink water instead of sugary drinks like soda, fill your plate with fruits and vegetables and cut down on processed foods filled with sodium, fat or sugar.
More important, perhaps, the government told Americans, “Enjoy your food, but eat less.” Many Americans eat too many calories every day, expanding their waistlines and imperiling their health.
While the recommendations may seem obvious, it is nonetheless considered major progress for federal regulators, who have long skirted the issue, wary of the powerful food lobby. (The 112-page report even subtly suggests that people eat less pizza and dessert.)
Previous guidelines urged Americans to curb sugar, solid fats and salt, but avoided naming specific foods, let alone urging consumers to eat less food over all.
“For them to have said ‘eat less’ is really new. Who would have thought?” said Margo G. Wootan, director of nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. “We should have been saying ‘eat less’ for a decade.”
Ms. Wootan said she was nonetheless pleased that the guidelines provided “understandable and actionable” advice rather than the “big vague messages” of the past.
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From World Socialist Web Site: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2011/feb2011/cdcd-f02.shtml
One third of Americans are diabetic or prediabetic
By Gary Joad
2 February 2011
According to the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet released by the United States Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on January 26, last year saw an increase in the numbers of people with diabetes in virtually every age category.
The federal agency reports that some 25.8 million Americans, or 8.3 percent of the total population, have diabetes. Fully a third of these individuals do not know that they have the disease and are unaware of the serious risks it creates for their health. In a staggering indictment of the state of public health in the US, the CDC found that a further 79 million people in the country are prediabetic, meaning that their blood sugar levels are elevated, but not yet to the point where they meet the criteria for a full diabetes diagnosis.
Diabetes is a malfunctioning of blood sugar control in the human body. Blood sugar levels depend, in part, on the quality and timely release of the protein called insulin from the pancreas, an elongated endocrine organ behind the stomach.
In Type I diabetes, which is generally diagnosed in individuals under the age of 20, a person’s pancreas has virtually ceased producing insulin. In Type II diabetes, which generally onsets after the age of 20, the body fails to produce enough insulin and what it does produce is unable to reduce and control blood sugar as efficiently as in non-diabetics.
The CDC report notes that “diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, non-traumatic lower limb amputations, and new cases of blindness among adults in the United States.” It is also a major cause of heart disease and strokes, and “the seventh leading cause of death” in the country. According to the government agency, “The risk for death among people with diabetes is about twice that of people of similar age but without diabetes.”
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