Tuesday, August 3, 2010

King Corn # 1 & Obesity.

"Commodity corn (which is distinct from the sweet corn we eat directly) is the source of the majority of the calories we Americans consume.

Corn comes packaged as ingredients like cornmeal, corn syrup, and cornstarch; as animal feed; or as processed food additives like high fructose corn syrup, maltodextrin, xanthan gum, or mono- and di-glycerides.

In fact, it's almost impossible to find a packaged food in the supermarket that doesn't contain corn. This is problematic because the more that corn is processed, the more it becomes just empty calories that serve a particular manufacturing purpose.

Corn can make food sweeter or improve its texture, but it provides almost no nutritional value. As food scientists come up with new ways to rearrange corn molecules, they're able to cram more and more calories into the same amount of food.

That means the public is consuming an increasing number of calories with every bite. And suddenly it becomes clear why we have an obesity epidemic."
More at: http://food.change.org/blog/view/down_with_king_corn_part_1

There is a second episode of this coming tomorrow.
_______________

Today:

I got dressed and ready earlier than usual.  I let the dogs out while I fixed all five animals their breakfasts.   I go out with the dogs to praise them when they 'go', but I had to leave early, so I hoped they would do 'it' on their own.  When they came back in, they ate and I left.

My friend and neighbor, Claudia, had to get her car to the Ford house in the next town before 8.00 AM.  The AC had gone out. It is bad enough walking outside, it feels like you should be using all that heat to cook something, maybe eggs on the sidewalk.  Around here, the Houston area with the very high humidity, and most everywhere else right now, driving is terrible without AC. Especially for Claudia as she has had that liver transplant, and still does feel very well.

We left her car at the Ford dealership, and we have been waiting all day for news.  Claudia finally called them just before 6.00 PM, and they said they hadn't found the problem yet, and would start back on it in the morning.


Thank goodness the AC in my van works, as someone wanted me to take them to the Krogers in our little town, so I was out in the 97.8 deg. heat twice today.

1 comment:

Sandra said...

It's also difficult to stay away from corn when you have a food sensitivity to it. I have found it IS in everything!