I found some interesting facts on soybeans in a local magazine called Scottsdale Health.

1. 1 acre of soybeans can produce 82,368 crayons.

2. The soybean is the highest natural source of dietary fiber.

3. A Zen monk discovered how to make soy sauce out of fermented soybeans back in 1254 A.D.

4. The brand 3 Vodka uses soybeans to make its vodka.

5. Soybeans contain all of the amino acids essential for human health; in other words, it’s a complete protein.

Beware of trans-fat labels. Current FDA rules allow companies to label products as trans-fat free if they contain less than 0.5 grams/serving. However, the labels are deceiving, since people might eat multiple servings of these foods and think that they hadn’t consumed any trans-fat. Trans-fat raises LDL cholesterol and lowers HDL, giving your cardiovascular system a double whammy.

The theory behind calorie-free (non-nutritive) sweeteners seems logical enough. BUT, you may want to rethink that theory. New research indicates that these ‘diet’ foods change the way the body metabolizes things; from the way the brain perceives them, to the way calories are expended after the fact. A 2008 study ┬áconducted on more than 18,000 people found that those consuming one or more diet soft drinks per day increases the risk of health problems and metabolic disorders (weight gain) by 30-40%! I use honey or maple syrup to sweeten oatmeal, etc. If the sweetener is man-made, it will negatively affect your waistline and potentially your long-term health. Jack LaLane had a saying I try to live by: “If nature made it, eat it. If man made it, don’t.”

The weather here is perfect. Highs in the 70’s, citrus blossoms blooming. I think I’ll take the dog for a walk.

Stay well, John R Blilie, M.S.