The Corn Refiners Association has launched an add campaign singing the praises of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). Take a gander at this YouTube video of one of their commercials (as a mom pours juice for kids). Notice they say that, “like sugar, it’s fine in moderation.” Ok, well let’s analyze moderation with sugar and HFCS. Remember, at its basic level, food is simply a drug: it triggers a hormonal response in the body. Carbohydrates trigger insulin release. Broken down to it’s basic form, the body treats a Snickers bar and Broccoli the same–they’re Carbohydrates; granted there are a lot more beneficial things that come with fruits and veggies as our carb source (reference Paleo diet). Excess carbohydrates = excess insulin = insulin resistance. Over time, this is called Hyperinsulinemia. This wreaks havoc on our bodies and is the cause of Type 2 diabetes and is HEAVILY linked to a plethora of other ailments (Alzheimer’s, Cancer, High Triglycerides, Heart Disease, High Cholesterol, Infertility, etc…).
With the above in mind (assuming I also eat Protein to release glucagon and temper my insulin release), my 165 lb frame can only take about 40-45 grams of Carbohydrates in one meal without triggering excess insulin and fat storage. BTW, I feel best at around 30-36g of carbs per meal.
So, I’m 32 years old, 165 lbs and I can’t normally take in more than 40-45 grams of Carbohydrates in a meal. I searched for the nutritional data for many of the fruit juices on the market today. Nearly all of them (regardless of “light” or not) hover in the 27-35 grams of carbohydrates per 8 oz or 1 cup serving. Any given day, it’s common to watch children of age 2 and up drinking an entire 9 oz Capri Sun (around 28g of carbs)…followed by cake, chips, etc. If my 165 lb frame can only take 45 g max, imagine what a 2 year old can handle prior to pushing their little bodies into a state of excess insulin. The juice alone pushes kids to a state of excess insulin. With persistent excess insulin (i.e. juice at every meal, chips, soda, little protein) our kids reach a state of insulin resistance very early on. The results: obesity, diabetes, difficulties focusing in school (Alzheimer’s is now called Type 3 diabetes!).
I watch parents smoking around their kids and I wish there was a law against it. The civilized industrial western diet we accept as “normal” is pushing us and our kids towards a dangerous state of health every day. Too subtle? Ok, we’re killing our kids. Take steps NOW to break this cycle. Check out our Nutrition links, the links embedded in this post and on the Crossfit.com mainpage. Comments are encouraged.