Being the science nerd that I am, I’m becoming more interested in food chemistry and the science behind healthy living. I need to put that Biology degree to use, right?
I thought it would be fun to do some research on areas of nutrition and health that seem to come up on a regular basis and make it a regular feature on my blog. I'm game for anything! Plus, I have "Google-Syndrome" - if I don't know something, I look it up. A lot. To the point where it interferes with my everyday life.
|I love fruit! Especially berries with almonds in oatmeal.|
Fat accumulation on the organs is called visceral fat versus subcutaneous fat found beneath the skin (hello, cellulite!). One rule of thumb I've heard (not 100% if it's true) to tell what type of fat you have is the "Lay Down test." Lay down on your back. If your fat drops to your sides and your stomach becomes flat, it is mostly subcutaneous. If you still have a little pooch and your stomach sticks up, you most likely have visceral fat.
|Lots of High Fructose Corn Syrup...this is why I no longer get Orange Leaf|
So what’s the deal with high fructose corn syrup? While there are still studies being conducted on this issue, it seems to boil down to too much of a good thing. The fructose found in fruit is paired with fiber which may slow down the rate of absorption. The concentrated nature of HFCS seems to have a shocking effect on the body and may impact the response and effectiveness of insulin.
A list of some common fruits and their fructose contents!
Please see the following links for more information:
General Information on Fructose: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FructoseGeneral Information on HFCS:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-fructose_corn_syrup
The Issue Is Fructose,Period. http://www.science20.com/michael_goran/issue_fructose_period-90840
High-Fructose Corn Syrup Linked to Diabetes: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/775139