Day 35 – Hormones Anyone?

Armed with my new knowledge of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and the many health dangers associated with it, I dawned my wife’s reading glasses (I couldn’t find mine) and headed to Whole Foods Market for our weekly grocery shopping. The idea was to ensure we reduced or eliminated HFCS from our family’s diet. Unfortunately, this effort opened a whole-nuther (see Oklahoma dictionary) can of worms for me.

Last week after learning about HFCS I discovered all my favorite yogurts used HFCS as a sweetener – so I tossed them. My youngest daughter told me about how much she liked Greek yogurt and suggested I try some. So, while at Whole Foods Market I went hunting for a healthy Greek yogurt to replace my HFCS laced yogurt. As I peered through my wife’s reading glasses at the various labels I noticed a statement on several of them. It read, “No significant difference has been shown between milk derived from cows treated with hormones and milk from non-treated cows.” What? What does that mean? So I looked it up and found an FDA Guidance Document claiming there is no danger in these hormones and producers are allowed to use this phrase on their products. What it really means is the yogurt makers with this statement are using milk from hormone treated cows and the others are not. More research on the subject turned up several articles contradicting the FDA findings and suggest there are health dangers associated with the controversial rBGH, IGF-1, rbST and bST hormones given to cows to increase milk production. Particularly, the rBGH and the IGF-1 hormones can cause colon, breast, and prostate cancers according to the Cancer Prevention Coalition (click here for article).

I suppose the question is how many people have to get sick or die while the FDA gives a wink and nod to food producers who put dangerous chemicals, hormones, steroids, and cancer causing substances in our food so they can squeeze every ounce of production out of every animal? And why, with so many reliable counter claims, does the FDA approve these practices? Instead of the Health and Human Services Dept. (governing agency of the FDA) arguing about who is going to get free contraceptives they should be looking into serious issues like dangerous hormones used in cows and other issues where there is solid evidence of health threats. That is why the FDA was established!

In the end I bought OIKOS Greek Blueberry yogurt and it was really, really good.

I am at yet another plateau as I weigh in anywhere between 248 and 250 depending on the day.  Perhaps I need to change up my workouts again.

As each week passes the type and quantity of food I eat changes. I would say about 60% of my food intake is meat, 20% veggies, 15% fruit, and 5% other. The only processed food I am eating now is my hormone free OIKOS yogurt. This week I am aiming at losing five pounds.

End of Day 35

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