Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Sugar: Just Say No!

Yes, I’ll admit – I have been called a fanatic, the food police, etc. Whenever I am offered sweets, I look down my nose and make comments like “sugar is bad for you”.  I obsessively read ingredient labels - scanning them for hidden sugars. It doesn’t matter if the food is something I may purchase – or something simply sitting on a friend’s kitchen counter. And so, you can imagine how and why my friends make fun of me – but now – at last - I have been vindicated! Studies now back me up: New research is showing a connection between sugar and many chronic diseases such as obesity, type II diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease. In addition MRI studies have shown that sugar stimulates the reward/pleasure regions of the brain (just like drugs do) – in other words: Sugar is addictive.

Here’s the big problem: It’s in everything! Sugar comes in many forms (high fructose corn syrup, evaporated cane juice, etc) – and it is added to most processed foods. The average American consumes 130 lbs of sugar each year.

Please take a moment to watch this enlightening 60 Minutes segment: Is Sugar Toxic?


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