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Sugar: The Bitter Truth

This image of a cookie, cake and candy platter in my gym reminds me of the way sugar has become ubiquitous in American life. Like a trojan horse it can even sneak into the gym! We regard sugar as harmless and feed it to ourselves, kids and babies. If I sometimes sound somewhat militant regarding sugar it’s because of sugar’s insidious presence throughout the Modern American Diet including baby formula!

I captured the above product information directly from the Abbott Laboratories website, makers of Similac infant baby formula. The first ingredient in Similac is corn syrup which is sugar. The second ingredient is sugar which is sugar. Thus, sugar followed by more sugar! Ingredient #2 is common table sugar which is 1/2  fructose. Fructose is a dose dependent toxin that becomes injurious after chronic exposure. Fructose also equals fat because it cannot be metabolized by any organ of the body or burned as energy.  Thus, 100% of fructose is converted into fat by the liver! The body can do nothing else with it. The metabolism of fructose in the liver results in the production of triglycerides, a type of fat that can contribute to heart disease; uric acid, which is involved in gout; and free radicals, which promote age-related chronic diseases. Fructose promotes downstream disease. Industry is feeding sugar including fructose to modern Americans right out of the womb! Chronic sugar consumption leads to Leptin Resistance which is the holy grail of addiction discoveries. Leptin Resistance drives chronic sugar consumption and plays an integral role in Metabolic Syndrome.

Leptin Resistant Mouse

The pediatric endocrinologist Robert H. Lustig, M.D likens fructose to alcohol. He says chronic exposure to fructose is identical to chronic alcohol consumption. Children drinking coke may as well be drinking beer with regard to long term health.

There are 4 videos below, 2 long and 2 short. I’m giving you a lot of information. We cannot rely on government or industry to keep us informed. We must educate ourselves. In my case, I need to see the science to make good decisions.  Watch all or one of them depending on your appetite for knowledge. See if they don’t change your appetite for sugar!

1.5 hours

 1.5 hours (fast forward to the 5 minute mark; skip the introductions)

 9 minutes

 7 minutes

My 2014 nutrition philosophy reduces or eliminates sugar, starch and carbohydrates from the diet. My waistline is reducing as well!

Reply below and let me know if this information resonates with you.

 

Kenny Meadows - December 29, 2013 - 6:15 am

You’re dead on Stephen. I cut sugar out of my eating patterns about two years ago and lost 30 pounds without much exercise. It is really sad how sugar is hidden in almost everything though you really do need to watch what you eat.

Barbara Maat - December 29, 2013 - 3:02 pm

stephen, bravo to you. inform inform inform. the underlying truths are of such great consequence. and thanks so very much.

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