02 July 2012

Supermarkets linked to obesity

From Vic Cherikoff in response to an article on supermarket chain power in The Age.

Remember to eat your fruit!

...There is another consequence to our fruits and vegetables being bred for the distribution chains. Our food is drifting away from providing our ideal nutrition and just becoming a commodity. This introduces a cost to the public purse as Government health budgets blow out with the rise in diseases of nutrition (DON). 
Consider the mangoes that we all love to eat. Remember when they were full of fibre and you had to chew the not so sweet juice and flesh off a hairy seed? The fibre is gone. But the mangoes are bigger now than they used to be. The water content is up and so is the sweetness. There is up to 3% more sugar in a mango than in the equal weight of Coke (or that other brand). And that sugar is primarily sucrose which is half fructose, a sugar which is responsible for the insulin resistance of our cells, for maintaining a high blood glucose level AND leading to metabolic syndrome.


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