Avoid This Additive In Your Food - The High Fructose Corn Syrup

Over the years I trained myself to read the ingredients labels on every product I buy that is packaged. Note, processed food is constantly enhanced so don't be surprised that the ingredient list changed. You also may want to know that the ingredient list is listed from the ingredient that is used the most and then to the least.

The best nutrition for your body is to consume whole foods - or the least amount of ingredients. The more natural foods you eat the better you will be. Processed foods contain preservatives, chemicals, fillers, artificial flavors and artificial colors.

I avoid any processed food that is contains artificial flavors or artificial colors, but the most I avoid is the High Fructose Corn Syrup often abbreviated HFCS. Corn syrup is just a cheaper version of cane or beet sugar.

Why add to baked foods? HFCS preserves freshness in the baked foods. It is definitely a natural sweetener in other foods.

Why avoid it? Studies revealed that fructose turns into fat, thus the obesity. Your liver does not process or metabolizes the corn syrup effectively. It also increases risk of coronary heart disease, stroke and cancer, and type-2 diabetes. I think there is enough reasons for not to consume anything that contains High Fructose Corn Syrup.

You may want to read this as well: Top 10 Food Additives to Avoid

Urge To Cough During Orchestra Concert

Here you are enjoying beautiful music at the orchestra concert and suddenly you get urge to cough. It usually happens when you are recovering from a cold. It can be disturbing for someone who performs so it is better to be prepared. Bring some cough medicine or unwrapped candy or lozenges with you. Yes, unwrapped because they can make noise as well. Keeping quite even for the people that surround you in the auditorium is also important. They all paid for the tickets and want to enjoy the concert. You can also try to hold and cough during the loud passages of music. Now, if all the above do not work, then you can excuse yourself and quietly exit the concert hall. You may not be able to re-enter the concert hall immediately after you stopped coughing. Ushers will let you know preferred re-entrance to the auditorium.

Hopefully this hint will be handy one day, especially if you are not a regular when comes to concerts.

Another great tip for the orchestra concert is when to clap. Usually audiences tend to clap when the piece is finished. This gesture of holding the applause between the movements is actually considered respectful. Applause can easily break the performer's concentration. The conductor will usually let the audience know when the piece is completed by putting his/her baton down and turning towards the audience.

You also may want to remember this proper concert etiquette - no talking, tapping, humming, turning program pages, standing or leaning forward in the seat, and of course unwrapping candies or your cough lozenges. Such things my disturb both sides, audiences and performers.