Sugar is gaining a lot of well-earned interest from the media these days for a multitude of reasons but especially on the subject of childhood obesity and metabolic syndrome. There always seems to be conflicting information on what is good and what's not on subjects such as this. The following short article is merely to point you in a direction to find answers which will need action. What's so bad about sugar? Prepare to be amazed.
1. Whats in a name
Often when I mention in conversation that sugar has many names people find it difficult to believe. These names are often found on processed food labels sometimes 4 or more times on one product. Recently, I came across a list of 56 names for this additive and here is the list for the Doubting Thomases and sceptics.
There may even be more names by now!
2. A Sugar-Free Drink?
A "miracle drink" from Dr. Mike Evans on this 4 minute video
"No child chooses to be obese"
~ Robert Lustiq, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Endocrinology
University of California, San Francisco
3. Read All About It?
Do you have questions about obesity such as:
-Why are we eating more
-What is making us fat
-Is obesity from fat or carbohydrates in our foods and drinks
-Why is there more disease such as diabetes in young children
-Does obesity have anything to do with soft drinks
-What is the Coca Cola Conspiracy
-Are corn syrup and fructose the same
... and many more!
In September, 2016 I posted a video to my Twitter feed called "Sugar: The Bitter Truth" or "The Skinny on Obesity". If you have children, or grandchildren who are overweight you will find answers to the above questions and many more in Dr. Lustiq's video. Here is the linK:
Obesity can be a very sensitive subject which can lead to serious, life-long health concerns (see links). For the sake of you and your family's health ~ I hope it is time to make a change.
Best wishes, health and success in 2017.
Links & References:
- A must read for 2017 The Case Against Sugar by Gary Taubes
- Sugar Coated Surprises by Dr. Stephen Devries, Gaples Institute
- Chemicals and corn syrup in Coca Cola
- Stop the Pop
- Please Mum Don't Supersize Me! a book recommendation
- The Coca Cola Conspiracy
... and more
- Sugar and Obesity: "Relation between consumption of sugar-sweetened drinks and childhood obesity" DS Ludwig et al (2001)
- Sugar and Diabetes: "Quantity of Sugar in Food Linked to Diabetes Rates" J. Bunim (2013)
- Sugar and Heart disease: "Eating too much added sugar increases the risk of dying with heart disease", Harvard Health Publications (2016)
- Sugar and Liver disease: "... fructose not good for the liver ...", Harvard Health Publications (2011)
- Sugar and Cancer: Oncology Nutrition (2014)
- Sugar and Dental Caries: World Dental Federation (2016)
- Sugar Consumption Among Canadians of All Ages from Statistics Canada (2015)
- Consumption of Added Sugars Among U.S. Adults, 2005–2010, CDC Health Statistics
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Update Fall 2020:
It’s almost five years since this article was written and in this time we have followed a Low Carbohydrate lifestyle. This article, and others, remain on my website as there are many positive aspects as well as links of interest. Enjoy and take care during this time of Covid-19 ~ Liz
Also since publishing this article (2016) there is new research with regard to Metabolic Syndrome which can lead to Type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimer's, heart disease and some Cancers. Here is a link to several research articles describing metabolic syndrome and also Insulin Resistance. At this time, please look into this topic if you have co-morbidities for Covid-19 such as obesity (June 2020) and the above.
The information contained in this blog is based on personal experiences and opinion. It is not to be misconstrued in any way as health care advice but is provided for interest and hopefully learning purposes.
Always seek qualified medical care and guidance if you think you have a health concern.