You are probably right q. My kids who are now 44 and 45 grew up on koolaid - with TONS of sugar - can't imagine that being good either but we really did not have money for juice so that is what they drank. They also had whole milk and lots of mac and cheese, hamburger helper and corn! We had to eat what we could afford - just one example of not the best way. They are ok healthwise - neither has any health problems except one son has exercise induced asthma (no doubt secondhand smoke from my husband). He is 45 and eats well, is in such good shape that he belongs to a road bike club and peddled all summer in bike-a-thons - one 100 miles and got over $2,000 in sponsors for diabetes.
You are also right about a LOT of people trying to lose weight eating more when using artificial sweenteners - mostly because they don't really know any better. They certainly helped me lost over 100 lbs. once and 70 lbs. a second time - eating sugarfree cookies, jello, etc. BUT - I know how to use them right. The only reason I gained the weight back was stress and not caring about myself enough to eat right and exercise. Sure wish I could exercise now but I can't even walk around the house.
Oh well, enough of this. If everyone ate the most natural food you can buy - no preservatives, no chemicals, of course we would be better off - sick or not - UC or not! Here, we have organic food, health food stores, farmer's markets, etc. Boy, I would love some of my grams homemade bread (no preservatives there lol). There again - too expensive for a lot of us to feed our families so we rely on cheap mixes, etc. As for me, I rely a lot on "fast" food because I can't stand in the kitchen to work, etc. Just had a small bowl of Dinty Moore stew over lowfat biscuits. YUM!!
68 yr. old granny
New diagnosed with proctosigmoiditis
canasa and proctofoam
colazal tried rowasa
Prilosec for GERD
Inderol for hypertension
Xanax,Lipitor, multivitamin, calcium w/D, Tylenol