Thursday, August 27, 2009

Diabetes and Obesity Causing Corn Sugar Ladened Processed Foods Started with Nixon's Sec. Earl Butz (IN)

Secretary of Agriculture Butts at the behest of large corporations decided to cause small farmers to go bankrupt by greatly increasing the production of corn and other grains and taking waste product from corn and convert that into high fructose sugar which started the huge jump in processed food made from junk food into palatable, but unhealthy food at a substantial increase in profits.

This unhealthy direction was especially enhanced when Reagan ignored the Anti-Trust monopoly laws and allowed substantial takeover of our food industry by five huge corporations. Money is Power. Reagan also got rid of the FAIRNESS law which made biased reporting like FOX and CNN possible. See videos or film King Corn and Foods, Inc. Also read the "Omnivore's Dilemma" by Michael Pollan.

Bill Clinton talked liberal Democrat, but was actually what we call less conservative than Blue Dog Democrats from a Southern state and left Reagan's policies in place and was largely responsible for enhancing Reagan's policies of so-called free trade and signed bills prepared by the Republican House and Senate which seriously harmed the future income of the Middleclass.

Many families are forced to have their dinners at Fast Food restaurants because it is cheaper to eat there than buy food from the grocery store's processed and fresh foods at highly inflated costs. That is why the poor and middleclass tend to be obese while the affluent are typically not obese or over 30 pounds overweight. Read "Nickel and Dimed" by Barbara Ehrenreich who tried to live at the salary of Wall Mart, waitressing, and a cleaning woman.

She could not earn enough to afford the security for an apartment and had to live in very shabby, but high cost motels and eat at Fast Food restaurants. She also found that all the mentioned work was really hard and required unappreciated intelligence to do an acceptable job at very low pay. Even though Ehrenreich has a Ph.D. in microbiology at premier Rockefeller University, it was not such an easy thing to learn and do the different jobs efficiently enough.

Bush/Cheney accelerated the enhancing the riches of the top one percent who were the only ones who benefited from the eight years at the rate of increasing their average wealth by 11 percent per year each year on average while the rest of us could not keep up with inflating healthcare and other costs well beyond the increase of one percent added income.

Now the median income per family or half above and half below is $50,000, an amount that leaves half of American families with income barely able to feed and house their family without any frills unless they go into deep debt. With the banks canceling credit cards in mass and raising the interest rates and lower the amount of debt you can carry, many of these same families are in serious financial trouble. The "official" poverty rate set by Bush/Cheney of $19,000 is a big joke. Just renting a family apartment is a minimum of $10,000 a year.

Jim Kawakami, August 27, 2009,

Diabetes and Obesity Causing Corn Sugar Ladened Processed Foods Started with Nixon's Sec. Earl Butz (IN)

US News and World Report Sarah Baldauf, August 24, 2009

Added sugars, which are sprinkled on and processed into packaged foods and beverages, have become all too common in the American diet, says the American Heart Association. The group argues that sugar bingeing is helping drive the uptick in metabolic changes in the American population, including the exploding obesity rate, and has now recommended an upper limit on daily consumption.

Women should consume no more than 100 calories per day of added sugars, and men should not top 150 calories per day. There goes the soda habit: One 12-ounce can contains about 8 teaspoons or about 33 grams of added sugar, which equals approximately 130 calories, notes the AHA. (One gram of sugar serves up 4 calories, according to the American Dietetic Association.)

With math like that, it's not surprising that the average American rings up an average of 22.2 teaspoons, or 355 calories per day, of added sugars, mostly from sugar-sweetened beverages.

But those who shun sweet-tasting drinks are not off the hook. Part of the challenge of avoiding added sugars, argues the AHA, is that they have become far more prevalent over time; the amount of added sugars in Americans' food options increased 19 percent between 1970 and 2005. Here are 11 sneaky dietary sources that are surprisingly high in added sugars: [Corn sugar became a cheap source of sugar especially during the Reagan Administration on a larger scale because of their takeover policies with junk bonds. Jim)]

Fortune cookies. Just one fortune cookie packs about 3.6 grams of added sugar.

Flavored booze. Exercise good judgment when you drink: One ounce of crème de menthe has 14 grams of added sugar; 53-proof coffee-flavored liqueur has 16 grams of added sugar per ounce.

Baked beans. A one-cup serving of canned baked beans with no salt added will cost you nearly 15 grams of added sugar. [I buy organic canned beans for convenience which contains 2 gms per serving, but families should buy the beans and cook them. Good source of protein. Jim] ...

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