One more reason to skip the Chex Mix!

April 8, 2008 at 12:55 am Leave a comment

Despite bringing lots of healthy stuff to work like 1-cup servings of Kashi GOLEAN Original cereal and Just Veggies and Just Fruits, I still have cravings for vending-machine fare.  My current longing is for Chex Mix.  There’s nothing redeeming in it from a nutrient standpoint.  It’s all white flour, no multigrains in sight.  But, all things considered, it’s not a bad indulgence, right?  It’s only 210 calories and has a gram of fiber. 

Come to find out, refined carbs like Chex Mix aren’t just empty calories; they’ve been linked to throat cancer.  Yikes!

“The researchers, all associated with Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals of Cleveland, in Ohio, compared National Cancer Institute data for esophageal adenocarcinoma from 1973-2001 and food consumption information from the National Nutrient Data Bank from 1909-1997.”

“The incidence of esophageal adenocarcinoma increased over the review period and ‘strongly correlated’ with carbohydrate consumption. This cancer is also known to be strongly associated with gastroesophageal reflux (GERD), which, in turn, is associated with obesity and a high carbohydrate intake, the investigators report in the American Journal of Gastroenterology.”

Well, honestly.  How scary is that?!?!  I’m probably all right because I don’t eat a lot the white stuff, but I’m still not eating as clean as I’d like.  It’s spooky that these types of foods, which are daily staples for some people, can be so damaging.

I should probably take this study, like all the others, with a grain of salt.  But, hey… if it helps me to stop eating Chex Mix at work, maybe I’ll just take it face value.  Gotta get your motivation where you can.

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