Food issues
When entering any grocery store in any city/town or obscure spot on the map, it doesn't take significant degree of observation to realize how blessed we are with the varied and plentiful food supply in this country. The same when you try to decide which of thousands of restaurants available within 20 miles of your location you would like to have breakfast, lunch or dinner. Unfortunately we take it for granted. Our ability to produce, cleanse, regulate, package and distribute food to our fellow citizens is unprecedented in human history. In addition to convenience and variety, public health has improved significantly due to elimination of food and water borne illnesses. On the opposite side of access to varied and plentiful food supplies are decisions on how much food is needed and which are the best foods for your individual health. As a result of poor choices, childhood obesity has grown in this country. In addition, we are facing worldwide population growth and the resulting increase in demand for safe food. The challenge for us to maintain the convenient and healthy access to plentiful and varied food supplies is to do things necessary to make sure the planet can sustain needed levels of production, minimize waste and make personal food choices that are in our best interest. Follow the public discourse below.

How Sugar Is Both ‘Brain Saver’ and Toxin: The Truth About Artificial Sweeteners

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When does sugar work for the brain, and when does it work against it? What’s needed for the optimal use of sugar in the body? Dr. Russell Blaylock knows what it takes to keep a brain in top condition. He was a neurosurgeon for 25 years, alongside which he had a nutritional practice. Sugar, he says, isn’t always nutritionally bad for the brain. “And we found that people’s memory improves if you give them glucose,” he says. “For instance, you can take Alzheimer’s patients and give them a drink with [glucose] and their memory gets better temporarily,” he adds. Of course, eating too much of the “wrong” sugar has its risks. It’s clearly connected to obesity, and with that comes higher risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, and other diseases. But whether sugar is helpful or harmful to the body depends on the form it’s in—for example, whether it’s a simple sugar or complex sugar, and whether the right nutrients are there to help metabolize it. “It requires enzymes to slowly break the sugar down to produce these different elements that are used during [cellular processes], like the Krebs cycle and electron transport,” Dr. Blaylock explains. Today, Dr. Blaylock joins Vital Signs with Brendon Fallon to reveal sugar in both its harmful and healthy forms, and to explain how we make it work best for our bodies.

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