Watch Your Sugar Intake!

As if we didn’t need more proof that fructose (especially high fructose corn syrup) is not good for you, there is this report from Reuters.

So, a little background on my history leads to part of the reason why I try to lead a healthy lifestyle (which I promise to write about the full reasoning behind at some point in the near future).  It starts with my grandparents.

I’ve lost 2 (possibly 3… complications) of my grandparents to cancer.  My own parents are getting close to the age at which their parents really started to deteriorate.  I’d like to have my parents and other family members around as long as possible.  In addition to that, I would like to be around as long as possible, so I tend to take things that can cause cancer very seriously.

Smoking: never tried it.

Sunburns: I burned a lot as a kid, but I can’t change the past.  I’ve had maybe 2-3 slight burns in the last 3-4 years.  I try to put sunscreen on when I’m going out in the sun.

Even burnt food.  I try not to eat the burnt parts.

I generally try to stay away from fructose.  The linked article states that there may be a strong correlation between the increase in cancer and the prevalence of fructose in our diets.  I generally would like to keep myself as healthy as possible.

So that is my reasoning for trying to rid my diet of fructose.  I think it’s something that you should think about too.

Did Meat Make Us Smarter?

There was a very interesting article on NPR that I just found.  It’s called Food for Thought: Meat-Based Diet Made Us Smarter.

Essentially, the article is saying that when our ancestors switched from eating only fruit, vegetables, and nuts, to eating more meat, we had more time to spend on other things.  Digestion was using up the majority of the bodies energy supply, but then we started to eat meat and:

Meat is packed with lots of calories and fat. Our brain — which uses about 20 times as much energy as the equivalent amount of muscle — piped up and said, “Please, sir, I want some more.”

When we started to eat meat, our teeth, jaw, and mouth changed – as well as the big gut we were carrying around.  We had a big gut because we were eating everything raw.  Not that raw diets are bad, but cooking some foods helps the body digest those foods.  Raw foods were just being kept in our bellies being digested.

What does this mean to us?

Is it wrong to be a vegetarian?

I don’t believe this article is making that claim, but it’s fun to think about.  It is only saying that eating meat and cooking our food allowed humans to have more energy to do more things while thinking about other problems to be solved.  I guess one could make the argument that humans today need to have meat in their diets, but that is another argument and not at all the focus of this article or the research behind it.

All this article is saying is that eating and cooking meat helped humans evolve faster.

Is Wii Good Exercise?

Not that this is surprising to me, but I would hope that not many people “work out” with the Wii and think that they’ve gotten a good workout for the day (unless you are insane and work up a huge sweat).

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I am definitely on board with the Wii idea of actually making people move when they play games.  As long as you aren’t just flicking your wrist to mimic actual movement, playing some of the Wii sports is a lot of fun.

But if you are getting yourself up off the couch and doing something, it’s better than nothing.  I just hope that this isn’t you sole means of exercise.