Friday, May 22, 2015

CORN ... NOT a Veggie !!

Eating vegetables with your meals can have amazing effects for your body. You think you’re eating healthier by adding more fresh fruits and vegetables to your daily diet but NOT if that list of healthy-for-you foods includes corn. Corn is not a vegetable it’s a grain. We are perplexed as to when corn entered the American dietary lexicon as a veggie, because it’s a grain and a really unhealthy grain at that. Corn is the most sugary, starchy, empty grain there is.
It’s not hard to understand why. Here are a few facts from the Whole Grains Council and USDA describe how the production of corn has become such a pervasive force in our lives:
-Corn is the most produced grain in the world, and America’s top field crop (some 80 million acres).
-Corn provides more than 20 percent of our world’s human nutrition.
-Most corn grown in America and Canada is used to feed animals (our poor pets and livestock).
-Corn is a key ingredient in producing non-food items, including cosmetics, ethanol, medicine, fabrics, ink and glue.
-Corn is processed into starch, food sweeteners, cooking oils and beverages.
Corn is a dominant force in another part of the processed food producing chain that harms health: Americans consume 35 pounds of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) the most common sweetener in soft drinks, condiments like ketchup, candy and processed foods such as breakfast cereals and even baby food every year. HFCS goes into soda, sports drinks, kids’ snacks, candy, and breakfast cereals, to name just a few items. If you find foods with that brown syrup look you are sure to find HFCS in it.
Corn contains antioxidants depending on the variety, including anthocyanins, beta carotene, lutein and caffeic acid. Unfortunately, some 85 percent of all corn grown in America is genetically modified at the DNA level in a laboratory for reasons that have absolutely nothing to do with supporting human health.
Big Food looks to these genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as a means to an end, allowing farmers to grow corn that resists many herbicides and insects, while ignoring the inherent problems linked to messing around with Mother Nature.
Not surprisingly, those spikes in insulin levels as a result of eating highly processed foods sweetened with unnatural sugars has come with a heavy price.For one, the National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse reported the estimated number of new cases of diagnosed diabetes between ages 20-64 has increased by 1.5 million Americans in 2010.Just as important, the number of Americans battling obesity has risen to more than a third (35.7 percent), while the medical costs associated with this growing disease have skyrocketed to nearly $150 billion annually.
SO lets get this grain out of the "veggie" category and find some healthy greens that you can replace it with ! Corn is NOT a vegetable it is a grain that is mass produced and causing harm you your body !!!

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