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  Federall Hill Gazette; March 2004

The Absolute Worst Foods: Doughnuts, Soda, and others...

   Some foods became so popular that the true facts about them seem hard to swallow.
    Dr. Joseph Mercola, the author New York Times 2003 bestseller, "The No-Grain Diet", and the newly published, "Dr. Mercola's TOTAL HEALTH Cookbook & Program", names The Five Absolute Worst Foods You Can Eat: Doughnuts, Soda, French Fries, Chips, and Fried Seafood. Sound yummy, don't they. Let's look at them.
    Doughnuts are fried, full of sugar and white flour and most all varieties contain trans fat. Store-bought doughnuts are made up of about 35 percent to 40 percent trans fat. An average doughnut will give you about 200 to 300 calories, mostly from sugar, and very few other nutrients. It's too bad that Americans view doughnuts as a breakfast food as, nutritionally speaking, eating a doughnut is one of the worst ways to start off your day. It will throw off your blood sugar and won't stay with you so you'll be hungry again soon.
   One can of soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar (!), 150 calories (a sandwich), 30 to 55 mg of caffeine (just like in a good cup of coffee), and is loaded with artificial food colors and sulphites. The "diet" varieties are also dubious as they are filled with harmful artificial sweeteners.
    Studies have linked soda to osteoporosis, obesity, tooth decay and heart disease, yet the average American drinks an estimated 56 gallons of soft drinks each year. Soft drink consumption among children has almost doubled in the United States over the last decade, which is not surprising considering that most school hallways are lined with soda-filled vending machines.
    If you routinely drink soda - regular or diet - eliminating it from your diet is one of the simplest and most profound valuable health improvements you can make.
    About Chips & Fries we will talk in the next issue.
   Alex Tatevian, DA
   ACU WELL Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine
   141 Airport Road, Warwick, RI 02889
   Phone (401) 738-9355
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