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How to Choose Healthy Foods

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Dr. Daemon Jones recommends a diet of whole foods. She advocates avoidance of processed foods which have been devitalized. She cautions people to read labels, and in the case of juice, to make sure that these juices are 100 percent juice without additives, preservatives and colorings. Watch out for high fructose corn syrup. Power bars and breakfast bars are processed foods with a high sugar content.

Soy should not be eaten in large quantities because it can affect the thyroid negatively. We often think of dairy products for calcium, but green leafy vegetables are actually a better source of calcium. Low fat can be dangerous because healthy fats are essential to a balanced diet. Salads and salad dressings can often contain ingredients that don't build health.

"As a naturopathic physician, Dr. Jones is turning her life’s passion – the pursuit of vibrant health – into her life’s mission for others. She uses private consultations, cooking demonstrations, lectures and workshops as a hands-on way to help people enjoy learning about improving their health. She is a faculty member of Smith Farms Center for Healing and the Arts and Food As Medicine Professional Training program."


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According to the American Dietetic Association (ADA), “high fructose corn syrup…is nutritionally equivalent to sucrose. Once absorbed into the blood stream, the two sweeteners are indistinguishable.” The ADA also noted that “Both sweeteners contain the same number of calories (4 per gram) and consist of about equal parts of fructose and glucose.”

As many dietitians agree, all sugars should be consumed in moderation as part of a balanced lifestyle.

Consumers can see the latest research and learn more about high fructose corn syrup at www.SweetSurprise.com.

Audrae Erickson
Corn Refiners Association

May 14, 2010 - 2:45pm
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