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Beware The Low-Carb Food Disaster!

The "low-carb" craze has is sweeping through the United States, and South Beach, Atkins, Sugar Busters, and The Zone are just a few examples of programs followed by thousands of "diet-conscious" Americans. These programs all tout the importance of a low-glycemic diet to help stabilize blood sugar and manage insulin levels, thereby preventing fat storage, high cholesterol, and inflammatory conditions.

EnergyFirst agrees with the basic biochemistry underlying these programs. However, unlike these popular "low-carb" programs which often include recommendations for processed, packaged, nutrient-devoid, over-cooked, and artificially sweetened "dead" foods to manage blood sugar (which is not a healthy way to do achieve that goal!), EnergyFirst focuses on a return to whole, natural, unprocessed foods which are nutrient-dense (rich in essential amino acids, fatty acids, fiber and phyto-nutrients), in the right balance (according to each individual's biochemical constitution) to ensure stable blood sugar and managed hormone levels-returning to the way Mother Nature and God intended us to eat!

Many of us have fallen into the trap of eating processed, packaged, artificially sweetened foods such as ready-to-drink shakes (for example Myoplex by EAS), diet sodas, protein bars, and Lean Cuisine frozen dinners, much to the chagrin of the food manufacturers who are making over $40 billion per year by pulling the wool over our eyes! Everywhere you look, in grocery stores, at gyms, at pharmacies, and even the superstores like Walmart, you find "low-carb" food sections. Just look at what you are getting when you buy these foods:

  • A long shelf life - Packaged foods can last for years! This is great for grocery stores and so-called "health food" stores that stock these products, but think about what that means for you. Packaged food with a long shelf life has nothing live in it! It is entirely dead, which means it has little to no nutritional value or life force left in it! Also, these foods are typically loaded with chemical preservatives and hydrogenated fats, which research has shown are linked to many disease states, including cancer.
  • Sugar-substitutes - sugar (affectionately called "white death") has been replaced with aspartame, Sucralose (Splenda), Saccharin, Ace-sulfame-K, and sugar alcohol (sorbitol, mannitol, maltitol, xylitol). Although these sweeteners do not cause a significant rise in blood sugar levels like sugar, they do raise insulin levels, which encourages fat storage and conditions of inflammation. Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame, Ace-K, Sucralose, and Saccharin, are chemically altered substances and have been linked with a horrifying array of health issues. Aspartame (trade names: NutriSweet and Equal) is a synthetic sweetener 160-200 percent sweeter than sucrose that contains two amino acids; aspartic acid and phenylalanine. Aspartame hydrolyzes to aspartic acid, methanol (wood alcohol), and phenylalanine. Aspartame, when heated in any liquid environment (e.g. the body!), breaks down to diketopiperazine, a neurotoxin (brain poison). People with Phenylketonuria cannot use aspartame. Aspartame may be disruptive to the brain (especially the developing brain of infants and children) and can cause headaches, mirgraines, irritability, seizures, fatigue, fibromyalgia- and MS-type symptoms, tremors, liver disease, loss of bone density, and vertigo.

Sucralose (Splenda) is made from sugar but, is also chemically altered by replacing one of the carbon atoms with a chlorine atom, making it a chlorocarbon that is 300-400 times sweeter than sugar. This chemical alteration makes its structure similar in nature to a typical pesticide, such as DDT. Preliminary animal studies have shown that Sucralose suppresses thymus function, and causes calcification of the kidneys and liver enlargement.

Ace-Sulfame-K, Ace-sulfame potassium, or Ace-K is considered one of the most dangerous sweeteners ever allowed to enter the market. It is often the preferred sweetener used in protein powders. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) in Washington , D.C. is the official "watchdog" of the food and nutrition industry. They consistently monitor the "consumables" industry and report the potential dangers of foods, drinks, and nutrients consumed by the public. They have no alliance to any food company or manufacturer, and as such, are free to report on products that may pose a health danger to the public. Since 1987, the CSPI has warned against humans using Ace K. CSPI lists Ace K on their "Food Additives to Avoid" and states that, "Tests show that the additive [acesulfame K] causes cancer in animals, which means it may increase cancer in humans." CSPI went on to say, "... acetoacetamide, a breakdown product, has been shown to affect the thyroid in rats, rabbits, and dogs. Administration of 1% and 5% acetoacetamide in the diet for three months caused benign thyroid tumors in rats. The appearance of tumors raises serious questions about the chemical's carcinogenic potency." The CSPI statement made about Ace K speaks volumes and states in no uncertain terms that it is a dangerous substance: "Avoid acesulfame K and products containing it. Your sweet tooth isn't worth it."

Sugar alcohols are the least noxious of the sweeteners listed above, but in amounts of over 20 grams per day they can cause gastric upset (flatulence, acid-reflux, bloating).

Yes, processed, packaged, artificially sweetened foods are convenient and may taste good, but they are simply not health-enhancing! In fact, in the long-term, they will reduce energy, increase fat storage, and contribute to myriad diseases! If we simply return to eating foods that God and nature intended us to eat, we will return to optimal health and energy! It's truly that simple!


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