I believe good health and good living starts with food. What you put into your body affects how you feel, how much energy you have, and how clearly you think. In today’s world, unfortunately sugar is in so many of the foods we eat. There are numerous reports on how sugar affects your health.
Dr. Mark Hyman is the author of “The Blood Sugar Solution” and many other best selling books. Dr. Hyman talks about how deadly sugar can be. According to the sugar expert, it is “8 times more addictive than cocaine”, and is hidden in many of the foods you eat. The science behind sugar as an anti-health food is beyond questioning. We have an obseity epidemic in the world and sugar is a major factor.
It is no big mystery that sugar makes you fat. Gaining extra weight in the form of fat is not a problem if you are just carrying around a couple of extra pounds. This is not the case for most people. The average person, including children, teens and adults, is overweight or obese.
Doctors and health experts recognize sugar is the leading culprit in making the world full of fat people. When you have an overabundance of fat on your body, multiple health problems are promoted. With a constant barrage of information 24/7, there is a good chance you are aware that sugar can make you fat, and is unhealthy for you when you eat too much of it.
Now we know that sugar is even more damaging to the human body than previously thought.
A study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, a leading health journal, shows that “Sugar is considered an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease, as well as many other chronic diseases.”
The journal went on to state that added, man-made sugars are much more harmful than sugars which occur in nature. Fruits and natural fruit juices, without harmful additives and sugar, are safe to consume. The problem comes in the form of processed food, energy drinks, soda and that seemingly innocent looking table sugar you have in your home.
Professor Laura Schmidt helps form health policy at the School of Medicine department of the University of California in San Francisco. She is one of many health experts that agrees with the JAMA Internal Medicine report. She also adds that, “Sugar has adverse health effects above any purported role as empty calories promoting obesity.” Yes, sugar will make you fat. It will also make you sick while you are packing on the unhealthy pounds.
Sugar has been linked to heart disease, cancer and dementia, depression and type II diabetes, infertility, impotence, acne, and of course, tooth decay. Dr. Hyman has said, “Sugar is the new fat.”
For years, we were told that “fat” was behind many of debilitating health problems people faced. Now as we are learning more about the “fat is bad” claim, sugar manufacturers were behind much of that information, which led to the fat-free food craze in the 1970s and ’80s.
We now know that fat was not (and is not) what makes us fat – sugar was and still is. Considering the fact that you eat about 180 pounds of sugar each year (3 to 5 times too much to be healthy), there is a very good reason people struggle with their weight.
Yes, there are some fats that need to be avoided or consumed in moderation, but healthy fats should be part of your daily diet. Avocados, salmon, olive oils, nuts, and seeds all have wonderful nutrients for your body.
White, processed sugar, however should be reduced and eliminated if possible. Experts don’t all agree on recommended substitutes for sugar, but there are plenty of healthy natural sugars, found in fruit. Dates, pure stevia, coconut sugar and raw honey are other options to keep your sweet tooth happy.
Realize that sugar is the true culprit that’s underlying so many health problems. Fat’s not the bad guy, so you can adjust your diet accordingly.