“Consuming aspartame along with carbohydrates like a double burger, large fries and a diet drink can lead to excess levels of phenylalanine in the brain. Phenylalanine blocks the production of serotonin in the brain, which causes an increased craving for carbohydrates, like another double burger, large fries, and diet drink. The whole thing becomes a vicious cycle.” -From, “Sweet Poison” By: Janet Hull
[SIDEBAR: It’s funny how we’re taught not to “get dirty,” yet, there’s so much power and serenity in the soil.]
According to some research, soda can age you in a manner similar to cigarettes. It is said that a daily intake of 8 ounces of soda can age you by 1.9 years; daily intake of 20 ounces can age a person by 4.6 years.
Americans are becoming aware of the dangers of soda consumption. Soda consumption has dropped by 20% since the 1990s.
Over the years Americans intake of sugar has surged, greatly contributing to soaring rates of diabetes and obesity. Some sources have stated that on average, modern day Americans, consume about a pound and a half of sugar almost every couple of days. Comparatively, in the 1800s, the average American ingested less than 12 pounds of sugar on an annual basis. We are now being warned that most of us need to be more vigilant about our sugar levels.
An article once posted by the New York Daily News states that Brooklyn residents are increasingly dying from diabetes. The article states that: “Diabetes deaths in Brooklyn have shot up 42% over the past 15 years…The hardest-hit neighborhood was southern Crown Heights, where the number of deaths increased by a whopping 141% from 1992 to 2006…The citywide increase in diabetes deaths for [that] period is 62%. In southern Crown Heights, 51.5 of every 100,000 residents die of diabetes. That number is 54.6 per 100,000 in Brownsville and 48.1 in Bed-Stuy.”
In addition to diabetes, high-sugar intact also leads to mental deficiencies such as: a lack of concentration, and moodiness. More seriously, scientists are also looking into whether or not high-sugar levels contribute to the onslaught of Alzheimer’s disease- which is an intense state of dementia.
Let’s resolve to be more healthy. Also be sure to drink lots of water.
This is the way to age!
Ernestine Shepherd is the Guinness Book of World Records record-holder for being the oldest competitive female body builder. She looks amazing, and more importantly, she is super-healthy.
[SIDEBAR: Her and her husband are beyond admirable.]
A few days ago, fast food chain Burger King, introduced the bacon sundae. The bacon sundae is just as its appellation describes it; a combination of: vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, caramel syrup, bacon bits topping, and a strip of bacon. The sundae has been touted as an addition to the franchise’s summer menu.
The Burger King’s website describes the dessert as: “a cool collision of sweet and salty” and states it is “sweet and savory made with cool, creamy and velvety vanilla soft serve, chocolate fudge and smooth caramel, made to order with our new thick hardwood smoked bacon.”
The sundae has the following nutritional stats per serving: 510 calories, 18 grams of fat, 10 grams of saturated fat, 61 grams of sugar, 670 mg of sodium, and 40 mg of cholesterol. The sugar the small-sized sundae contains is equivalent of approximately 15 teaspoons.
Are Americans really going to go for this combination of pork and ice cream? Will this “dessert” gain popularity as a novelty item? Or, is this bacon sundae just a ploy to draw attention to the Burger King brand right before it goes public on the stock market again? Inquiring minds.