According to the posting on consuming excessive fructose by the Sacramento Raw Foods Yahoo Group, the following is reported regarding how excessive fructose affects your body:
How Excess Fructose Affects Your Body
1. Excessive fructose also elevates your uric acid levels, which is actually more dangerous than elevated cholesterol levels as it causes chronic, low-level inflammation, which increases your risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, arthritis and premature aging.
2. Excessive fructose also “tricks” your body into gaining weight by fooling your metabolism — it actually severely impairs your body’s normal appetite-control systems.
3. Excessive fructose rapidly leads to weight gain and abdominal obesity (“beer belly”), decreased HDL, increased LDL, elevated triglycerides, elevated blood sugar, and high blood pressure — i.e., classic metabolic syndrome.
4. Excessive fructose metabolism is very similar to alcohol metabolism, which has a multitude of toxic effects, including NAFLD (non-alcoholic fatty liver disease). Metabolically it’s very similar to drinking alcohol without the buzz.
The posting from the Sacramento Raw Foods Yahoo Group makes it clear that excess fructose is the problem, not simply fructose. Fruit contains part sugar and part fructose. According to the website posting, the biological changes made from eating a lot of fructose, that is excess amounts, are not seen when humans or animals eat starch or glucose. What’s an excess amount of fructose? The posting puts an excess at more than 25 grams daily of fructose.
You get a lot of fructose hidden in processed foods. It’s inexpensive for manufacturers. Also, there may be a problem of lax labeling laws. Another problem is whether fructose in any processed foods are even put on the label. What happens when you eat excess fructose is that your body may become sensitized to it.
How this happens is that the fructose activates metabolic pathways in your body . Now you’re in the realm of metabolic and genetic dietetics. The process that happens in your body is that the fructose may activate its own pathways in your body. And those metabolic pathways then become ‘unregulated.’
Your body is now more or less out of control as the more fructose you eat, the more effective your body becomes in absorbing fructose, according to the raw foods website posting. The conclusion of that much longer article which details the effects of fructose on your body, is that the more fructose you absorb, the more damage is done to your body’s metabolic pathways.
What you feel is that you now may become ‘sensitized’ to fructose. And if you’re feeling any toxic effects from the fructose or adverse reactions to it as you become more and more sensitized, the more sensitized you may become to any toxic effects from the excess fructose.
A small amount of fructose isn’t the problem. It’s the excess. You get the excess, perhaps, in eating highly concentrated amounts of fructose.
If you are using sweeteners of any kind that are concentrated amounts of fructose, it could be that your body was never made to process this high concentration. Find some other sweetener that doesn’t create its’ own pathways in your body and sensitize it.
There’s a lot less fructose in fresh fruit, and it’s balanced with sugar when eaten as a whole fruit, not as a juice with the pulp and fiber removed. Eat the whole fruit, not the sugary water from it–that is the juice without the fiber. Or you could try the plant, stevia in small amounts. See Stevia Information – Questions & Answers about Stevia.
Whatever sweetener you choose, don’t go overboard and consume any sweetener in excessive amounts. And beware of sweeteners that have had complaints they may have side effects in some people such as a fast heart beat. Nature created whole fruits for a reason. Eat foods as they grow naturally, for example purple sweet potatoes.
Don’t bake squash or sweet potatoes covered with sugar. Add spices such as cinnamon and cloves instead of brown sugar. The vegetables have enough sweeteners as they grow naturally.
Are you a vegan vegetarian? Check out the site of the Sacramento Vegan Meetup Group. Join the vegan group for a fun and healthy night out. Laugh, socialize and have great food.
Sacramento’s Vegetarian, Vegan, and Raw Foods Groups
Check out the various events from the Sacramento Raw Foods group called Raw Sacramento. It’s also known sometimes as a memory jogger, as SacRawmento. Check out their Yahoo group site called Raw Sacramento. There are numerous postings about where to find affordable raw foods and products.
Also, check out the Sacramento Vegetarian Society. The Sacramento Vegetarian Society monthly potluck meets the third Sunday of each month in the Sacramento Natural Foods Co-op’s Community Learning Center, 1914 Alhambra Blvd. near S. St.
They also have a Dineout site.The Sacramento Vegetarian Society usually organizes a dineout at a local restaurant on the second Saturday of each month. Check out their Calendar listings for other events of interest.
If you want to learn more about fructose, check out this posting on the Sacramento Raw Foods Yahoo Group. The message also details the effects of fructose on your body.
What are some of the raw foods, vegan, and vegetarian groups in Sacramento, and where do they meet for events, lectures, and potlucks? Most of these groups meet in the evening. What the city needs is a group for senior citizens who use public transportation to have a lunch out once a month or once every few months so people can meet, listen to speakers, and catch a bus or light rail home before sundown when it’s scary for seniors to sit at bus stops after dark. How about more noon lunches?
Speakers might choose to talk about cooking with bean flours, gluten-free foods, vegan, and raw foods and the effects on health. Other topics might include the effects of different sweeteners on the body’s pathways or how to desensitize your body from too much of one type of sweetener.
Events and speakers also can be scheduled on weekends to attract more people. For example, in Arden Arcade’s Whole Food Market on Eastern & Arden, no bus service goes there on weekends, and evening bus service probably will be stopped on weekdays in that area.
This is another barrier for seniors living within a mile, since most of the streets have no sidewalks between Watt & El Camino and the food markets. Accessible places for meetings at noon would be the Country Club shopping mall at Watt & El Camino and the Town & Country Shopping Mall, near Trader Joe’s around Marconi & Fulton. Another spot where meetings are much needed but aren’t there in the daytime is the area by Marconi & Watt.
The numerous senior citizens in the area have no or few places to gather, and it’s a great location for vegetarian, vegan, raw food or other health-oriented events, since there are so many supermarkets located in that area and several shopping malls as well as many empty storefronts and church social halls every few blocks between Watt Avenue and Eastern Avenue, riding up Marconi. But where are the walkable daytime events for the many seniors living in that area of Sacramento?
With the vegetarian and raw foods meetings, most of the groups meet either in the evening or in places not near public transportation, which leaves out the non-drivers, most of whom are retirees or the visually impaired who use public transportation.
There is a great need for meetings to be held in the Arden Arcade area, especially near Watt & Marconi or Watt & El Camino, where large numbers of senior citizens live near the shopping malls in those areas, where there also are church social halls available, but so far, no nutrition-oriented meetings at noon or in daylight hours to accommodate those who walk or use public transportation.
Sacramento’s Nutritional Needs
Sacramento has a few vegan restaurants. But what about daytime cooking classes in preparing unprocessed, organic, and local foods? Nutritional anthropology and medicinal archaeology are fields related to how different ethnic groups look at meals, eating, health, and nutrition, including using foods as medicines. If you go back far enough medical family history written up in genograms can be linked in some ways with medical archaeology, even if we think of archaeologists in Sacramento looking at what foods people at locally in 1900 or 1850 here.
Compare those local foods to the pre-Columbian foods eaten in this area, or the use of tepary beans, a very healthy choice of food grown in the Southwest that had been eaten for centuries. Check out the sites on tepary beans to get some facts and background. Or introduce tepary beans to people that work with diabetics or senior citizens looking for healthier foods with fiber.
One local point of interest that brings together nutrition with anthropology and genetics is to look at what people ate in Sacramento from the Gold Rush era of 1849-1850 to the turn of the century in 1900. What was nutritional health like back then? Do you begin to see a bigger picture view and some of the local historic details of what healthy eating is and was thought to be like in the last century and today right here in Sacramento?
Live Foods in Sacramento
How is ethnobotany used in Sacramento? Ethnobotany is about documenting, describing and explaining complex relationships between cultures and (uses of) plants: focusing, primarily, on how plants are used, managed and perceived across human societies. It’s related to anthropology in the sense that ethnobotanists study how foods are used as medicines.
The field also includes how plants are used in divination, in cosmetics, in dyeing; as textiles or tinting the hair with herbs such as sage, in construction, as tools, as currency, as clothing such as fabrics made from hemp, in literature in rituals other than divination, and in social life.
One way to study ethnobotany in Sacramento is to look on supermarket shelves. Notice all those waxed cardboard containers of sweetened hemp milk? Did you ever wish it could be manufactured without the added sugar? How about almond milk on the shelves in similar containers? Did you ever wish it could be made without all that added salt, even in the unsweetened varieties on the shelves?
Another way to look at a branch of ethnobotany in a wider sense is to look locally at nutritional anthropology. How do you study nutritional anthropology in Sacramento? You could start by going to the lie food events at the various vegan, vegetarian, and similar food groups or clubs.
Or you could make a tour of the ethnic grocery stores, meat markets, compare imported to locally-grown food, or eat at the various ethnic restaurants. Another way is to listen to lectures or take cooking lessons, but approach nutrition through anthropology. Here’s how to get started.
First find a group that needs more social networking at the juncture of the fields of nutritional anthropology, ethnobotany, and archaeology. You might start with the Native American and the story of healthy tepary beans grown all over the southwest. Check out the sites on tepary beans to get some facts and background. Or introduce tepary beans to people that work with diabetics or senior citizens looking for healthier foods with fiber.
In Sacramento, most natural foods cooking and nutrition classes are held between 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm, at various food markets, which is too late for most senior citizens who don’t drive and rely on public transportation. Many buses don’t run at night when many classes finish because they’re set on schedules for working commuters rather than retirees. Other seniors that can drive may not enjoy driving at night. And for buses that run at night, seniors don’t like sitting alone in the dark at bus stop benches.
Why Sacramento Needs its own Green Festival
Sacramento needs its own Green Festival. San Francisco has a green festival. Or better yet, Sacramento can also use a holistic health and nutrition festival that also includes green living.
When cooking and nutrition classes are held, most likely they’re at various natural food markets or in adult education classes geared for the working adult. There are not many noontime classes in broad day light offered at the various food markets, adult education classes, or senior centers.
Some classes are given for seniors that are in assisted living, where the lectures are given in apartment complex lounges and recreation rooms, but generally, they’re geared for persons needing assisted living rather than for the active senior nondriver who wants activities between noon and 3:00pm giving the individual at least an hour to get home before sundown, when safety issues arise riding public transportation.
What is really needed in Sacramento are nutrition classes in juicing, vegetarianism, healthy foods, choosing foods and comparing the various types of foods available in the natural food stores, health food stores, and various markets, including the farmers’ markets. Noontime classes could be held in shopping malls or food courts because most are right near bus stops. Cooking classes also can be held in areas where farmers’ markets also are selling produce, such as shopping malls or even tents put up in areas of parking lots near malls, houses of worship social halls, or campuses.
What seniors in Sacramento would like to see are more workshops or classes in green living and preparing organic foods that are not processed. What Sacramento needs is for the convention center, another easy location near bus stops, is to have a natural foods or green living festival or expo perhaps once a year, and in the daytime. But who will raise the money?
Two highly desirable events missing from local Sacramento senior centers, usually located near public parks, are daytime lectures on nutrition and green living, and cooking classes. Sure, you have the memoirs writing classes, the crafts, and the more expensive elderhostel travel itineraries. But what about affordable classes in nutrition similar to the classes given in cooking at Whole Foods Market?
Classes at the Sacramento Co-op usually are held early in the morning during the weekend or on weekdays in the evening after 6:30 pm. Seniors that don’t drive may be too wracked with arthritic pains or stiffness to get up early enough in the morning to ride the light rail downtown and wait up to an hour for a bus to get to a 9 or 10 am morning cooking class. That’s why classes between noon or 1 pm and 3 pm are excellent for older adults using public transportation to get to activities.
And the same category of seniors don’t like to drive after dark or take public transportation at night to attend a weekday 6:30 pm cooking class. The safest time of the day for seniors taking nutrition or any other class is between noon and 2 pm.
The same goes for concerts and other entertainment such as theatrical plays. Any day of the week from noon to 2 pm is excellent. The person avoids the rush hour on public transportation of kids coming home from school starting at 2:30 and also avoids the crowd getting out of work at 5:00 pm. One excellent example of scheduling the noon to 1 pm free concert every Wednesday is held each week at Westminster Presbyterian Church – A House of Prayer for All People.
That concert, mostly classical music, is free, open to the public, and exactly the best hour for seniors traveling an hour each way by public transportation to get out of the house. It’s a better alternative to sitting in the local parks during the afternoon. When it comes to scheduling cooking classes, the noon hour on any day of the week is perfect, if you’re trying to attract retirees and other active seniors looking for learning experiences during weekdays.