The Sugar Industry Exposed: Fat vs Sugar

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A searcher at the University of California in San Francisco has found some fascinating news which has been published on Monday in the JAMA Internal Medicine for the world to see.  It confirms what most of us already knew for many years; evidence exposing the sugar industries and the lies they’ve been feeding the public since the 1960’s.

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It was accidently discovered that back in the 1960’s, a group of 3 Harvard University scientists were paid a large sum of money to play down the harmful ways sugar can affect our bodies.  Instead of advising the public of how destructive sugar is when consumed, they produced results that leaned towards saturated fats and blamed that as the major cause of heart disease, cancer and diabetes.  The documents were discovered while conducting research for something completely irrelevant to this discovery and the dishonesty and fraud was exposed.  The evidence that was discovered revealed the actual studies that were conducted on the subject of sugar being harmful.  The documents used in the final results of the study were hand selected by the sugar Association, known in the past as the Sugar Research Foundation.   The Sugar Association was ultimately responsible for producing positive results and eliminating all the negative feedback which they knew would eventually affect their pockets.

Although this event took place more than 50 years ago, the sugar industry continues promoting sugar and influencing the public into believing sugar, if consumed moderately has no damage to our bodies.  However, research indicates that the quantity they are referring to is very low and most common Americans consume quadruple the amount of sugar daily without even realizing because everything we eat today contains some form of sugar even though it’s labeled differently. We must continue to educate ourselves as well as our children to pay attention to labels and understand what they are reading.  An average person will consume 60 pounds of sugar a year according to statistics.  That is equivalent to 60 packages of one pound sugar bags.

NY Times reports, “They were able to derail the discussion about sugar for decades,” said Stanton Glantz, a professor of medicine at U.C.S.F. and an author of the JAMA Internal Medicine paper. As children we were educated on proper nutrition and what we needed to consume daily in order to stay fit.   Lessons were dedicated to educating students of all ages on fat being the harmful agent and can lead to diseases such as Cancer, Heart Disease and Diabetes yet we were never advised about the dangers of sugar.  NY Times also reported that all those involved, are no longer alive.  Two crucial discoveries were also uncovered which now explains a lot “One of the scientists who was paid by the sugar industry was D. Mark Hegsted, who went on to become the head of nutrition at the United States Department of Agriculture, where in 1977 he helped draft the forerunner to the federal government’s dietary guidelines. Another was Dr. Fredrick J. Stare, the chairman of Harvard’s nutrition department.” Well this pertinent information definitely explains everything and all the pieces are starting to fall together.  Brings me sadness daily knowing there isn’t a soul out there worth trusting,

 Everything we needed to know about sugar today!

Did you know there are over 50 different names for sugar that are added to our food and beverages?  Robert Lustig, M.D., professor of pediatrics in the division of endocrinology at the University of California – San Francisco provides this information on the following info-graphic.

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Did you know that sugar contributes to inflammation in our bodies? For example the buildup of plague in the arteries which leads to coronary diseases as well as other chronic diseases such as arthritis, asthma, most types of allergies, heart disease and stroke, diabetes, depression  and cancer just to name a few.

The American Heart Association recommends the following amount of sugar daily.  A woman should consume no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day; equaling to approximately 100 calories which is a nice size healthy snack.   A man should consume no more than 9 teaspoons of sugar per day equaling to 150 calories, good enough for a light beer or two.

How much sugar are we actually consuming daily?

It could get really confusing when buying food and analyzing the amount of sugar it contains. You can’t possibly do that for every single package you pick up in your local market or you’ll be there for hours. Not a good idea for those with a tight schedule.   What we recommend is to shop in food stores that you know are selling food that is trustworthy, not processed, whole, natural and you can read the labels without all the confusion.  That way you never have to second guess the products that you buy there.  Make an effort not to buy majority of your food items from supermarket shelves, instead buy your food from the produce section.

A perfect example is a 20oz bottle of soda contains approximately 39 grams of sugar which comes out to be your 4 times the limit of what we are allowed daily. The sugar content is based on a serving size of 8 oz cup and a 20 oz would contain almost 3 times the amount of sugar.  Remember, the serving size plays a huge role in the amount of sugar a package may contain so pay close attention to that section of the label.  Processed fruit in yogurt are also full of sugar, although it’s not advertised as processed with added sugar. It’s not a natural source of sugar which is the type of sugar you should be consuming but is added to the fruit portion of the yogurt.  Eat everything in moderation and preplan your meals so you’re not picking on items you’re not supposed to. Another great recommendation is don’t go food shopping on an empty stomach. Eat before you go to avoid over buying because you were hungry at that time.  Don’t bring junk food into your home or you will eat it. It’s simple!

There are foods that we can eat to safely remove the sugar from our bodies.  Healthy and nutritious foods like apples, eggs, coconut butter, olive oil and omega 3 fats from fish.  It is also recommended to eat good fats at every meal like avocados, nuts and seeds (which also contain protein) is also a great way to curb your appetite the right way.

What changes will you make in your life now that you know the truth? We’d love to hear from you, our readers!

By: Ida L

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Source(s):

www.nytimes.com

www.archinte.jamanetwork.com

www.heart.org

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