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Old 10-13-2011, 04:49 PM   #41
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I've started drinking V8 Smoothies. Not replacing my normal med's, but not bad for a snack or even a meal. I put a cup of the drink in a blender, add a banana, ice and that's it. Pretty darn good. I do take a one a day vitamin too.

I've been drinking a half a glass of V8 low salt with ice and some lemon in the afternoon and it keeps me satisfied until dinner .
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Old 10-14-2011, 10:27 AM   #42
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I've been drinking a half a glass of V8 low salt with ice and some lemon in the afternoon and it keeps me satisfied until dinner .
Good sharing. I used to drink V8 but got distracted with other drinks. I think I'll give this a try again esp with crushed ice and lemon.
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Old 10-14-2011, 12:29 PM   #43
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I help support Costco and Vitamin Shoppe, my daily's include: fish oil, D3, C, CoQ10, Kelp, Zinc/Copper, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Cinammon, and Glucosimine/Chondroitin.

I'm still working, but most likely won't change anything when I'm retired.
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Old 10-14-2011, 09:48 PM   #44
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Yeah, it's a lot. On the other hand, at least it's real sugar and not that HFCS crap.
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... It doesn't really matter the source - HFCS in a soda, sparkling, all-white, sprinkly sucrose on your Cheerios, or fructose in that glass of all-natural, no-sugar added apple juice - too much sugar is bad for us.
I got curious about that condemnation of HFCS, and not knowing much about it, I read up a bit.

According to wiki, HFCS is made from corn starch, using the same enzymes that are used in the production of beer and Saki. These enzymes break the starches down to glucose (the alpha-amylase naturally occurs in malted barley), and a third enzyme to convert some of the glucose to fructose.

Table sugar is sucrose, a disaccharide; while glucose and fructose are monosaccharides. However, the body breaks sucrose down into glucose and fructose anyway.

I also found it interesting that honey has the same blend of fructose and glucose as HCFS. But you would likely only find one of these in a 'health food' store.


Why go through all this trouble to process corn starch with enzymes to make sugar, when we can more easily get sugar from other sources (sugar beets and sugar cane)? No good reason apparently, just this:

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In the U.S., HFCS is among the sweeteners that have primarily replaced sucrose (table sugar) in the food industry. Factors for this include governmental production quotas of domestic sugar, subsidies of U.S. corn, and an import tariff on foreign sugar; all of which combine to raise the price of sucrose to levels above those of the rest of the world, making HFCS less costly for many sweetener applications.
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Why go through all this trouble to process corn starch with enzymes to make sugar, when we can more easily get sugar from other sources (sugar beets and sugar cane)? No good reason apparently, just this:
It's all about the money. While I'm all for promoting US businesses I have never understood why we continue to do the things we do in messing with the sugar industry. Well, I do understand why it happens, but it makes no sense.

And if you want to get really unhappy about HFCS read the posts here about Robert Lustig's sugar/HFCS lecture at UCSF's mini-medical school, or watch the movie King Corn.
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