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Ahhhh sugar! We have had a long romance with sugar, and it has been oh so sweet. We love it so much we put in our coffee, tea, cakes, candy, donuts, breads, and cereals. And as it turns out, it has been added to nearly all processed foods.

Our sweet little lover however, has been deceitful, distracting us and tantalizing our taste buds with delight while wreaking havoc with our health and our waistlines. That’s right, we have been in bed with a charismatic, poisonous rat!

Our obsession with this elusive white gold however, is not entirely our fault. We had the wool pulled over our eyes for a very long time. But the veil is lifting, and what we have discovered is not pretty.

Sugar has a dark and sordid past, not unlike drugs, alcohol, tobacco, cotton, or other big industries. The story goes back to the 18th century and it involves slavery, wretched and impoverishing working conditions, cartels, lobbyists, and politicians. It’s all about money and power, and unbeknownst to most people, the sugar shenanigans are alive and well today.

Here are two documentaries that might interest you: “Big Sugar” Sweet, White & Deadly, by Brian McKenna presents the history of sugar in all its dark glory from the 18th century to contemporary times, and Hungry for Change exposes the dangers of sugar and how we’ve gotten ourselves into a dieting “trap” that guarantees to keep us fat and sick.

So, it seems that the time has come for the romance with sugar to come to an end. It is a bittersweet ending and there will be lots of mourning and a lingering desire for another fling for some time to come. However, we will survive. And, we will walk away healthier, happier, and more beautiful than ever!

I hope you found todays post informative and interesting. Thank you for reading!

Yours in health and well-being,

Allison

 
 
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Good morning readers!

I was watching a video this morning that scrolled across my Facebook wall that inspired today’s post.

Jeremy Paxman on BBC Newsnight interviewed James Quincey, the President of The Coca-Cola Company’s Europe Group about the amount of sugar in Coca-Cola products, particularly in the sodas you buy at the cinema (they contain a staggering amount of sugar—the equivalent of 23 to 44 packets of sugar!!!) Watch video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W4tSdTUbxMs.

It is an undisputable fact that refined sugar is not only counterproductive to your health, it is linked to quite a few life-threatening diseases, including diabetes, obesity, cancer, hypertension, and liver damage. And added sugar is a standard ingredient in most processed foods in the form of high fructose corn syrup, evaporated cane juice, brown rice syrup, and molasses, just to name a few. (1)

Dr. Mercola, one of my favorite go-to sources for diet and health information, has written many articles about sugar and sugar substitutes. Here’s a link that lists the articles available through his website: http://search.mercola.com/results.aspx?q=sugar. He also provides great information about the difference between eating fresh fruit versus drinking fruit juice.

My personal take on it is that fresh whole fruit contains fiber that slows down the release of sugar into the bloodstream.  On the other hand, fruit juice by itself does not have anything to slow down the energy release. And, many store brands of fruit juice have added sugars, making them even worse!  Certain sugars, like liquid fructose, are easy and cheap to manufacture, and are readily used in the manufacture of processed foods. This type of sugar is particularly bad for you.

Honestly, if food has been “manufactured,” it most likely contains unwanted sources of sugar and other less-than-savory, and possibly hazardous or toxic, ingredients.

As always, I recommend eating a nutrient-dense diet featuring unlimited amounts of fresh vegetables across the color spectrum, some quality protein and healthy fats (coconut oil, avocado oil, almond oil, etc), fermented foods, and small to moderate amounts of fresh fruits. My personal experience has been that eating this way keeps me feeling satiated, boosts my energy level, promotes weight loss, and even improves mental health.

If you want to know exactly what a diet like this looks like, join our Healthy Lifestyle Initiative (HLI) and gain access to our healthy lifestyle eating plan and other tools and resources designed to help you maximize your health and fitness levels. Sign up here.

 I hope you found today’s article helpful. Let me know what topics you want to learn about!

Yours in health and well-being,

Allison

References

1. CNCA Health. The Dangers of Sugar: Is It Really That Bad? Available at: http://www.cncahealth.com/explore/learn/nutrition-food/the-dangers-of-sugar-is-it-really-that-bad#.VMZknMZwNKo.