Well, hello there – been a few but I’m baaackkk!
And an eventful week…
We learn that sugar makes you dumb…
And that coffee helps you live longer…
And nothing burns triceps better than 21’s…
Sugar can make you what?
Eating too much sugar can eat away at your brainpower, according to US scientists who published a study Tuesday showing how a steady diet of high-fructose corn syrup sapped lab rats’ memories. Researchers at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) fed two groups of rats a solution containing high-fructose corn syrup — a common ingredient in processed foods — as drinking water for six weeks.
1st, I feel for the rats. Man, they get no love. This research almost reminds me the saccharin experiments in the early 70’s where they force-fed humongous levels to rats and they got cancer. Rats ate saccharin. Rats get cancer. Saccharin bad.
Of course no one mentioned that they were fed what amounted to truckloads of saccharin and that rats have a peculiarity that causes them to develop cancer – “Sodium saccharin (NaSac) produces bladder tumors consistently in male rats only after lifetime exposure that begins at birth.”
But all that aside, this is not really about sugar, but about High Fructose Corn Syrup. That ubiquitous sweetener found everywhere. First, Princeton study links it obesity in rats (duh) and now this study that shows it makes up dumber.
And yet, the Corn Refiners of America would have believe that it’s just corn sugar – exactly the same as “regular” sugar. After this report, they may want to stay away from the “sugar” term.
The one aspect of report I found disturbing:
Average American will consume 40 lbs. of high fructose corn syrup.
That’s a lot of High Fructose Corn Syrup.
By the way, for those who think sugar and HFCS are the same – let’s dispense with that notion now.
Sugar is sucrose which a glucose molecule and fructose molecule weakly linked together.
High Fructose Corn Syrup is a mix of glucose and fructose as single molecules. It begins as corn or glucose syrup and a part of the glucose is converted to fructose.
This fructose is not to be confused with fructose found naturally in fruits. Fruit fructose, as a whole fruit product, comes synergistically associated with all kinds of good antioxidants, fiber, etc.
But not all bad news, as Foxnews.com reports:
A study on rats suggests that eating a high fructose diet for as little as six weeks may make you stupid. Luckily, a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids can counteract this IQ loss, researchers suggest.
“Our findings illustrate that what you eat affects how you think,” study researcher Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, of the University of California, Los Angeles, said in a statement. “Eating a high-fructose diet over the long term alters your brain’s ability to learn and remember information. But adding omega-3 fatty acids to your meals can help minimize the damage.”
But that’s not license to go town on sodas and processed foods loaded with HFCS thinking all you gotta do is pop a few omega 3 pills.
But was surprising to me. That high fructose corn syrup is bad for us – you, me, the environment, everyone is not news to me. That we consume far too much is not news. That the food industry force feeds it to us is not news to me.
That Omega 9 and its DHA component can help fight HFCS is news to me and welcome one. Omega 3 is like the wonder oil. If Omega 3 is not a part of your diet – why isn’t it. If you aren’t making extra virgin olive oil (for eating with everything) and using olive oil (for cooking) a part of your life – why aren’t you?
More reasons to be food label smart and avoid this train wreck of a sweetener.
Java a part of a long and happy life?
Cuz here’s the good news:
WEDNESDAY, May 16 (HealthDay News) — Older adults who consume three cups of coffee or more daily might lower their risk of dying from common causes by 10 percent, compared with those who drink no coffee, a large U.S. National Cancer Institute study suggests.
The finding applies to 50- to 71-year-olds drinking either caffeinated or decaffeinated coffee. And it suggests that coffee drinking is associated with a dip in fatalities stemming from cardiovascular disease, respiratory illness, stroke, diabetes, infections, and injuries and accidents.
Okay, I’m 50. I love coffee. This is sweet news.
But a key takeaway not mentioned in this article but is mentioned in Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide is this very interesting comment:
Cholesterol. Two substances in coffee — kahweol and cafestol — raise cholesterol levels. Paper filters capture these substances, but that doesn’t help the many people who now drink non-filtered coffee drinks, such as lattes. Researchers have also found a link between cholesterol increases and decaffeinated coffee, possibly because of the type of bean used to make certain decaffeinated coffees.
And a cup of coffee before you work out can give you a decent energy boost.
And what would this blog be without a quick training tip
Burn those Triceps
I basically utilize Rusty Moore’s guidance on sets and reps, so as he recommends in VIMB, I did my 1st triceps exercise (leaning 45 degree angle extensions) for 5 sets of 12, 10, 8, 6, and 15. For the last set, I took only enough time to undo a couple of straps to cut the resistance in half and immediately banged 15 reps. Talk a numbing pump in triceps.
For the second exercise (triceps pressdown), instead of doing 4 sets of 12 or max reps, I decide to do 21’s. If you’re not familiar, here’s how you do ‘em.
- From start position, press down halfway for 7 reps.
- On 8th rep, press to full extension.
- Then, only come back halfway before extending out again for 7 reps.
- On 8th rep, release all the way to start position.
- Now, do 7 complete reps.
Your triceps will cramp, ache, and swell like nothing else. Talk about a pump.
After that I attempted to do a couple of close hand push-ups.
That was funny, or pathetic.
My triceps felt great.
Give 21’s a try – You’ll thank me…
Or hate me…
Other articles on High Fructose Corn Syrup by Me – Who else – Daffy Duck?
What the Dieting Guru’s say
About Misconceptions With Food… by Isabel De Los Rios
Couple more interesting articles for your edification
How to Stop Yo-Yo Dieting: Tips for Lasting Change by Tanya Wilson
How to Calculate Your Daily Calorie Needs by Jini Cicero
Now – What do you think!