King Corn—the Subsidized Crop That Drives Our Fast-Food Nation

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King Corn follows two college buddies as they set out to learn more about corn—how it’s grown, and how it ends up in so many of our foods. What they find raises troubling questions about how we eat—and how we farm

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STRIKE: Fast Food Workers Demand ‘Living Wage’ to Keep Serving Food that’s Killing Everybody

A series of rolling fast food “walkout” strikes makes it way to the South this Thursday, August 29th. Thousands of workers from Dallas, Houston, Austin, Memphis, Tampa and over a dozen other cities are planning to walk off their jobs to protest the fact that they aren’t being paid $15 / hour to serve GMOs, high-fructose corn syrup, soybean-assisted “meat” burgers and aspartame to their customers.

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Is Agave Nectar Good For You?

Is agave nectar good for you? With all the research done on high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), consumers focused on eating healthier prefer “natural” sweetener options.  Many believe that agave nectar is a healthy choice – and the sales reflect that.

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Surprising Health Hazards Associated with All-Fruit Diet

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  • Ashton Kutcher recently disclosed he suffered pancreatic problems brought on by following an all-fruit diet adopted in preparation to play the character of Steve Jobs in the upcoming film “Jobs.” Steve Jobs died of pancreatic cancer in 2011
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Study Claims Junk Food Cravings Trigger the Same as Drug Addict Cravings for Hit

The brain’s response to the tempting appeal of a sugary, fatty milkshake or to a bag of salty, greasy snack chips appears to be the same response a drug addicts brain exhibits when anticipating the next “hit,” suggests a new study published in the journal Archives of General Psychiatry. Ashley Gearhardt of Yale University and her colleagues found that the addictive nature of many junk foods is literally the same as the addictive nature of drugs.

The team analyzed the brains of a group of 48 young women, who were tempted with either a chocolate milkshake or a tasteless beverage solution. Based on data gathered using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), the team discovered that the women’s anterior cingulated cortex and the medial orbit frontal cortex — two areas of the brain known to respond to drug addiction — both responded to sensory cravings for the milkshake, regardless of the women’s weight.

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Blood Pressure Rise Increased by High-Fructose Diet

You could be increasing your risk of high blood pressure as much as 87 percent if you consume too many sodas, candies, and other highly sweetened foods.

A new study pinpointing that result implies that cutting back on processed foods and beverages with high-fructose corn syrup may help prevent high blood pressure.

The rising amount of fructose in diets during the past 200 years parallels the increasing rate of obesity, and the number of obese Americans has risen abruptly since the use of high fructose corn syrup became widespread, according to the researchers at the University of Colorado Denver Health Sciences Center.

Americans consume 30 percent more fructose now than just 20 years ago, and as much as four times the amount of 100 years ago when the obesity rate was less than 5 percent. Although obesity has long been linked with the risk of high blood pressure, no conclusive studies directly linked fructose to hypertension.

The new study examined 4,528 adults with no history of hypertension. The amount of fructose in their diets was calculated based on a questionnaire that included foods such as soft drinks, candy, bakery products, and fruit juices. The team found that those who ate or drank more than the amount of fructose in two and a half sugary drinks each day increased their risk up to 87 percent.

“These results indicate that high fructose intake in the form of added sugars is significantly and independently associated with high blood pressure levels in the US adult population with no history of hypertension,” said the authors.