Sugar: The bitter truth...link
Monday, May 02, 2011
In my quest to eat healthier, live healthier and be healthier... I keep coming back to sugar...I received the following youtube link in one of my Dr. Mercola newsletters... it's over an hour long.
"Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explores the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin. Series: UCSF Mini Medical School for the Public [7/2009] [Health and Medicine] [Show ID: 16717]"
Now... I've been trying to cut back and cut out sugar from our diets(hubby and mine) but... he's got an incurable sweet tooth. I have a soft spot for Peppermint Patties...I've been trying to make most of our dinners from scratch so as to avoid processed foods with HFCS (Do you realize it's in lunchmeats from the deli!!!) Read the ingredient labels on some of your packaged foods, you'll be amazed how many things have HFCS in them!
Those of you that have managed to go sans the sugar in your diets...
How did you do it?
Have you posted a blog?
I'm really interested in this. It may be the biggest challenge to date. Especially since I don't live on a farm and have endless hours in the day to cultivate food items from total scratch (like grinding my own flour etc)....
Here's the link to the mercola article...it is a pretty interesting read.
Member Comments About This Blog Post
Mare, after reading your blog, I remembered an article I read last week in one of my email articles I get for healthy living or in the Washington Post that said moderate amounts of real sugar is better than a higher amount of artificial sweeteners. This article had the latest studies done on the subject in the past year. Even fruits contain sugar in them and I refuse to give up my fruits!! Any way, I searched for bad rap for sugar because I know those words were in the article. I didn't find it, but I found an awful lot of information that supported the low or moderate usage. I also found some that say sugar must be totally cut out. The difference - most of the latter articles were mostly published in 2009 and earlier. I suppose there will always be differences in opinions, but I believe the low amount is the way I want to go. I remember when Atkins was so popular. Sure you lost weight, but it wasn't healthy in the long run. There was the no or low carbs claiming how bad they were and remember sugar is a carb. But if you read some SP articles or even on the food tracker, your body needs some carbs (healthy). Portion sizes are important and we are told here no to cut out food we love, just eat a very small portion. And now we are finding dark chocolate is filled with some stuff our bodies need (antioxidants, etc.). It's my opinion but I've read a lot this morning, and it is my conclusion that in small and natural amounts, real sugar is OK. I'm not supporting going out and drinking a liter of soda. What I am saying is I feel it's ok to have a small piece of dark chocolate, etc.
2423 days ago
Mare, I'm having the worst time right now because (I'm assuming) of all the stress I'm under with Deb's death, DH being away for months, Dad's health, hormones, on and on and on....I am craving sweets like crazy. I usually am a "salt" person but not now. It's a daily battle right now but I know I'll win it. I just don't know when. LOL.
Have a terrific wknd.
2439 days ago
More and more, I'm trying to find foods that are as close to source as possible. It can be difficult, and is certainly more expensive, but I find the cost to my health in the long run is even costlier. I grew up being given sugar when I was sick - on doctor's advice, because I had hypoglycemia and that was the treatment back then. My teachers kept their Easter, Xmas and Valentine's candy in a drawer for me; my parents kept chocolate bars in the fridge for when I was sick at night. In reading your blog, I realize it's been the most difficult "comfort food" cycle for me to break. I don't revert to it often, but when I'm feeling really down, there's nothing like some really good chocolate! I know now to be careful with it, and with what I eat around it. I don't think I'll ever let it go completely, though.
Aside from that, never been a pop drinker, don't put sugar in my coffee or tisanes, don't eat desert much, so I'm pretty good on the sugar front. I read all, absolutely all labels, even stuff I've known to be safe before because they change their stuff so often. I look forward to viewing the video you linked, to see if I learn even more...
2444 days ago
I love flavored tea (no sugar) and I eat a lot of fruit. In addition, cause I shop at a Co-op I buy once a week, Two vegan chocolate chip cookies (one for me and one for my hubby) Its just a treat that we both look foward to and we sit and talk about our day.
2450 days ago
Hi! How are you doing with this? I don't like artificial sweeteners so I use real sugar at home for my coffee. Maybe it is time to wean myself off of it. I drank it completely black and sugar-free for several years so I know I can do it.
You mentiioned that HFCS is in deli-meats. How is it labelled in the United States? I read nutrition lables all the time but I guess I forget the ingredients list. I live in Canada so I'm not sure what has to be listed.
Thanks for the article!
2451 days ago
I'm insulin resistant and have PCOS so it's important that I avoid sugar and processed starch.
I pretty much follow the advice in the GI Diet book (except that I can't handle artificial sweeteners like they recommend!). I stopped drinking fruit juice and cut out all sugar, potatoes, white flour and white rice. I only eat low-glycemic index carbohydrates now such as fruit (except bananas/mango/melons/kiwi/dried fruit), veggies, legumes, whole grains, low-fat dairy, and for me as a vegetarian, soy products. (Though lean meat and fish are totally okay in a low-GI diet). I still struggle to keep my carb levels down and I probably eat too much fruit (5 servings a day) but I've lost almost 40 pounds so far so the general principal is working for me.
2458 days ago
I never really had a sweet tooth, but I completely eliminated sugar and sweetners from my diet. I used to drink 2 liters of diet coke a day and now all I drink is water and my morning and afternoon tea or coffee. I substituted sugar with stevia to sweeten my coffee a bit, but that's all. Stevia is a natural source.
It took me about 2 to 4 weeks to lose any craving for diet pop or sweetners. Sugar/sweeteners are really an addicition. Once I stopped using them for a while, I didn't crave it at all. I'm not saying you won't experience withdrawal, but, if you can stick it out, is is well worth it. I think the same holds true for fatty foods.
2458 days ago
Comment edited on: 5/2/2011 9:53:26 AM
Mare, I have been trying to cut out the sugar, but have not had much luck. I am REALLY addicted. I have been told by my Drs. that I have an autoimmune disease brewing, and know that the sugar is causing inflammation, but I haven't found a way to cut it out. I feel so tired and achey most days, that sugar momentarily makes me feel better, sad but true. I look forward to watching the video at home later, thanks for posting the links! Once you start reading labels, it is very eye opening for sure!
2458 days ago
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