Food News Today for June 5th, 2014

The truth about sugar. Hemp History Week.

June 5, 2014

 ?In case you’re confused about sugar, a recent headline from the Huffington Post, spells out everything you need to know;  "Sorry But There's No Such Thing as a Healthy Sugar"!
Certain sugars with key names have taken on the disguise as "better for you". Words like agave, raw, natural, organic, are often associated with being a healthier option, but unfortunately, sugar is sugar. It's the calories, so often ignored, that make the so called "healthier sugars" act just like regular refined sugars.  Assistant Professor in the Department of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, Dr. Jaime Davis, explained to the Huffington Post by saying; "Ultimately, they're all having similar effects on obesity. There's no data that suggests that if you consume more calories from honey, you store it differently."

The problem with viewing certain sugars as healthier is the dangerous assumption that as a result you can eat more of it.  But guess what? You can’t! No matter what the source, you need to be mindful. ??According to the World Health Organization, added sugars should make up no more than 10 percent of your calorie intake and the American Heart Association wants women to consume less than 100 calories and men to consume less than 150 calories of added sugars a day. So, whatever your preference, table sugar, honey, agave, organic cane sugar, whatever…make an effort to limit your intake and try and use less!

This week marks the 5th annual Hemp History week. Across the country, supporters, such as myself, are hosting and attending events to help spread the word about the ever expanding hemp market. In fact, the 2013 hemp retail market exceeded $581 billion, that’s a 24% market growth from the previous year.  Hemp is also among the fastest growing product categories in Whole Foods and the wider natural products industry. So what are people using Hemp for? Everything from paper, textiles, body care products, vehicle parts, home building materials, and especially healthful foods.

When it comes to nutritional benefits, Hemp has a laundry list of enviable qualities. For example, hemp seed is a rich source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 essential fatty acids, and naturally-occurring vitamins and minerals such as vitamin E and iron. It’s also an excellent source of dietary fiber, a near perfect protein, it contains all ten essential amino acids, with no enzyme inhibitors, making it easily digestible to the human body. When it comes to food products there’s hemp oil, hemp seeds, hemp protein powders, cereals and snacks, food bars, hemp milk, hemp ice cream, even hemp tofu!

So, what’s the problem? Despite hemp’s growing popularity, Federal policy created in the 1930’s is still preventing farmers from growing it.  In February of this year President Obama signed a Farm Bill with an amendment to allow Industrial Hemp Research.  Hemp cultivation pilot programs are now beginning across the country.  With a lot of misinformation existing on Hemp, including its comparison to Marijuana, Hemp History Week is the perfect opportunity to learn some facts for yourself.
?Find out everything you need to know at Hemp History  Or ask me! Send me your questions, thoughts, concerns about Hemp on Facebook or twitter and get more information at

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