written by Miss Spurigo
Tired of watching members of their religious community fall victim to the health perils of sugar-laden soft drinks, a group of African-American pastors is filing a lawsuit against both the Coca-Cola Company and the American Beverage Association (ABA) for engaging in what the group says are deceptive marketing tactics concerning the safety of these companies’ beverage products.
Leading the charge is William Lamar, the senior pastor at Washington, D.C.’s historic Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church. Lamar says he’s had to preside over so many funerals for parishioners who have died of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke, that he finally decided enough was enough.
“It’s become really clear to me that we’re losing more people to the sweets than to the streets,” stated Lamar and Delman Coates, pastor at Maryland’s Mount Ennon Baptist Church,
The article later mentions that it is mostly the high fructose corn syrup HFCS found in sweets like sodas that are devastating to human health. Any health publication on HFCS will reveal that the reason it is so harmful is HFCS shuts down the brain signals letting the stomach know when it is full. This causes soda drinkers to have an extended appetite, to take in much more calories from carbohydrates in a single meal, than if they didn’t have the soda in the first place. HFCS is also abundant in candy causing even more sugar/carb cravings. Corn syrup is cheaper than cane sugar because corn has a higher yield and only needs a little bit of water for growth.
Simple carbohydrates like corn syrup, refined white sugar, and and flour (white bread) are all simple carbohydrates. Simple carbohydrates reach the blood much faster causing an ongoing cycle of high blood sugar whenever we consume it, until diabetes develops over time. Complex carbohydrates however do the the opposite: they reach the blood stream slowly and gradually keeping the body fuller and satisfied for longer periods of time as complex carbs are more nutrient dense. Unfortunately, this makes complex carbs pricier in the grocery store, and less appealing to poor communities who are always seeking to save money on food….notice how raw pure can sugar is more expensive than refined white sugar, how sweets with cane sugar or honey is more expensive than sweets and sodas with corn syrup, how wheat bread, organic produce, and natural meats are more expensive than refined chemical, pesticide filled foods.
No wonder heart disease, diabetes, and cancer are on the rise! wouldn’t it be sensible for all people regardless of class to make a long term investment in what they put in their bodies, so they won’t have to make a short term crippling investment in heart surgery, chemo therapy, and all that diabetic equipment, that can leave many in pain and debt? We as a people must work to not only occasionally sue these fraudalant monsanto supporting food corporations like these pastors, but educate ourselves on harmful ingredients and food labels so they we can boycott them.
Tips to prevent or manage health problems:
Always keep pictures of ice tea using 1/2 cup of raw can sugar. Tea is from nature and sometimes doesn’t even need sugar, and hot tea can prevent that bloated feeling after a meal.
Buy 100% juice, with no high fructose corn syrup on the label. Cranberry juice and pineapple juice is best.
Drink soda at parties and restaurants, don’t bring it home!
For sweets, bake your own using raw cane sugar, and substituting white flour for complex carb flours like brown rice flour, almond meal flour, buckwheat flour, and gluten free flour mixes even if you are not gluten free
There is nothing wrong with ice cream, pudding, jello, flan, rice crispy treats, and dark chocolate, all low in sugar and carbs as long as there is no corn syrup!
Keep white breads, red meat, and vegetable oil out of the diet; allow greens, red and sweet potatoes, brown rice, beans, corn tortillas, salad, soup, rice pastas, nuts, oatmeal, bananas, olive and coconut oil, natural sugars back in! Beans, brown rice, corn tortillas are cheap complex carbs!
My personal knowledge from Southwest Institute of Healing Arts and the amazing book, “The Science of Skinny.”