In case you missed it this week, a unique study came out that was picked up by all the major new outlets. I always get excited when this happens as News agencies are concentrated on reporting the low hanging fruit when it comes to science. Studies are often reported to give us information that is clearly obvious..: ‘Drinking Round-up is bad for you’ and ‘Exercise is good for you’. But there is also glimmering hopes that the population is getting smarter through persistent reporting on emerging topics. High Fructose Corn Syrup is a sweetener which has garnered lots of attention because of the Diabetes epidemic. Several studies are underway which will help to educate the population about its harmful effects and the prevalence in so many of our processed foods. Lets dive in today on this study, what it says and how it is going to be part of a trend in our health consciousness.
35 years ago the food industry changed. Sugar was getting expensive and food product companies were looking for ways to lower costs and increase demands. Trends in consumer spending were showing that;
1. Americans Love to Consume… everything… in large amounts .
2. The middle class needed economical and diverse food choices that tasted good, despite excluding natural fats (because fat was the devil then).
High Fructose Corn Syrup is a corn based product that is cheap to produce and pumps more sweet per gram than sugar can provide. What transpired has been a complete metabolic shift in our population that is now sending us into a multi-generation health crisis that includes Cancer, Diabetes and Cognitive Decline. According to consumerreports.org the Average American consumes 35.7 POUNDS of High Fructose Corn Syrup per year! This is a 1000% increase from only a generation ago!
Cancer cells are defective cells that do not die, but multiply and grow when your metabolism and the environment they live in, align. The food we eat is broken down into fatty acids which are essential for metabolic function, but in the case of High Fructose Corn Syrup, there is so much excess fatty acid production that your deranged cells have a feast which can speed up growth.
Understand This: Glucose is essential for normal cell growth and metabolism, Fructose is not. Fructose is the chemical most closely associated with processed foods and the growing health problems we see today. Natual Fructose consumption happens when we eat fruits and some vegetables but with the high amounts of natural fiber in these things, the metabolic effects are essentially a wash. High Fructose Corn Syrup is made of up 45% Glucose and 55% Fructose and has 0.0% fiber. Therefore your body synthesizes fatty acids quickly and in high amounts.
So… We know that the highly processed sweetener is not good for you. The focus on the study from the Baylor College of Medicine was to see JUST HOW BAD. Here is the gist of what the study did;
-fed mice a diet that consisted of 25% High Fructose Corn Syrup.
-used technology to analyze the breakdown of glucose and fructose in the mice tissues
-analyzed the cancer cell growth in the GUT of the mice.
The findings were astounding and alarming. Analyzing the tissues of the GUT, the researchers found that the Fructose acted on cancer cells like you act on the engine when you floor the gas pedal. Fructose main lines fatty acids into the cancer and tumor cells, increasing their growth. The rapid growth in Mice tumors aligns with the trends we are seeing in 25-50 year olds today. Normally, cancers like Colon Cancer take 30 years to develop after your genes go bad. High Fructose Corn Syrup cuts that time down to 5-10 years in some cases!
Taking what we see in this study and applying it to our own lives is quite obvious, which is why the news agencies are probably picking it up.
-Cut High Fructose Corn Syrup out of your diet and AUTOMATICALLY cut your Cancer Risk .
If Cancer is a metabolic (and genetic) disease, then we need to cut off its primary food source.
Simple, but maybe not that easy. Our food environment is ripe with HCFS. Eating and cooking with Whole Foods and healthy fats is a struggle for many people either from a habitual stand point or access stand point. We are starved for time and because we all eat so much… we are always starving. This is a problem and it takes work to change habits. But if you are a Soda Drinker or a Candy lover or White Bread fanatic, try and cut down on these areas and find a substitute. My go to are dried fruits and Nuts. Yes I can overdo these at times but Ill take a bout of Diarrhea because Im smashing the almonds over the risk to my metabolism by eating too much bread and processed grains.
The hope is that more and more of these studies come out and are reported on. We absolutely NEED to know about our food just like we needed to know that smoking was bad for us in the 90’s. ill be here it make sure you are up to date on the latest science and always know Im here to support you 100%.
In Love and Strength,
Programming Notes 3/25/-3/29 *** This is Week 7 of the Gymnastic Strength Progression. I have programed workouts this week which will push your capacity limit and merge into the aerobic POWER capacity training that will be coming when we fall into summer. Train hard, recover well and have fun with some moves we haven’t seen in a while.
20 Deadbug Ipsalateral Reach
18 Banded Good Mornings
16 Single Leg Toe Touch
14 Side Lunges
12 Piked Toe Touches (Plank Hold+ Toe Touch)
10 Dumbbell Reverse Flys
8 Single Leg hip Bridge W/ :05 Hold At the Top
A- 10X Single Leg barbell Deadlift 95/65
B- 8 X Barbell Roll Out
C- 10 X Sumo Deadlift High Pull
30 Deadlift 155/105
30 Wall Ball Shots
30 Pull Ups
20 Wall Ball
20 Pull Up
10 Wall Ball
10 Pull Up
10X @ Each
-Divebomber Push Up + Calf March
-Side Plank Knee TO Elbow
10m @ Each
-Marching High Kicks
-Lateral Line Touch
-Bottom Up Sprint Starts
1 Mile On the Air Runner
75 Double Unders
30 backSquats @ Bodyweight
.5 Mile Run on Air Runner
50 Double Unders
25 Backsquat @ Bodyweight
Row or Bike for 5 Minutes
1:00 Plank Hold
12 Shoulder Rolls
12 Banded Pass Thru
12 Banded Trunk Twists
12 Single Arm Ring Row
:12 Chin Over the Bar Hold
Max Pull Ups
-Followed Immediately By-
1:00 Hollw Body Flutter Kicks
*rest 2:00 Between Sets
20 Cal Row
16 Strict Ring Dips
200m Farmer Carry (Heavy Implement)
*2 differing weights is totally fine.
Roll OUT Upper Back, Lats and Teres for 5 Mins before Session
1:00 On Assault Bike
16 Supine Banded Pull Apart
16 Prone Pull Apart
16 Banded Single Arm Press (8 Per arm)
16 banded Bent Row
*Be slow and Controlled on each rep
Upper Body Strength:
4X Not For Time
14X Dumbbell Alternating Press W/ :02 Eccentric
12X Supine Ring Row (W/ Feet On Box)
14X Kneeling Landmine Press (7 Each arm)
15 Cal Bke
12 Dumbbell Man Makers
*rest 1:00 Between Sets
-Rest 3 Minutes
12 Cal Bike
10 Man Makers
*Rest :45 Between Sets
(A Man Maker is; DB Push Up, DB Plank Row, Burpee, Clean and Thruster)
50 Single Under Jump Rope
50 High Knee Jump Rope
50 Lateral Hops Over Kettlebell
12 Med Ball Single Leg Up and Overs (Each Side)
12 Med Ball Single Leg Lateral Throws
12 Med Ball Squat Jumps
8 Burpee Tuck Jumps
8 Ballistic Jump Lunges (Each Leg)
8 Lateral Jump Lunge and Catch *1 foot take off, 2 foot landing
Unilateral Strength :
10 Deficit Weighted Reverse Lunges
10 Depth Jumps (@ 10-12’ depth)
25 Double Kettlebell Squat
25 Double KB Lateral Jumps
25 Double Kettlebell Deadlifts
25 Toes to bar