For the record, this is my very own experiment done by my very own self on my very own body!
It began back in December, 2011 when my cholesterol was higher than it had ever been, even though it was still in the “good” range. So I changed my eating ways (knew in my heart I had been wild and crazy for a while) and 3 months later I wrote a blog about the results. (lowered cholesterol by 47 points!)
So now, 4 months after that blog, I went back for more testing. My cholesterol was still great but had gone UP 10 points. So why am I happy about that?
Because it really validates what happened before, so it wasn’t just a fluke. During these past 4 months, I really went OFF my NO SUGAR plan for about a month or so, triggered by grandkids visiting for two weeks and some other really interesting excuses, lol.
So for about 6 weeks of the past 4 months I was chomping away at the sweets and the result is my cholesterol went UP 10 points.
I began reading about nutrition about a year ago, and found some suggestions here and there that sugar was responsible for high cholesterol. I had always heard of several reasons for high cholesterol, fat, of course being the main one. But no one was waving the sugar flag about it. I had hardly ever seen sugar even mentioned with the word cholesterol. But once I focused on that and on how much sugar was in my diet, I decided to live without it.
I’d never heard anyone say “I think you need a little more sugar in your diet.”
Dr. Robert Lustig says if anything else has the markers in our body that sugar does, we label it a poison!
Dr. Michael Roizen says sugar damages the protein in your heart, kidneys, brain, skin, etc. for months after you eat it.
So, I began my sugar tracking by keeping a little tablet handy to total my grams of sugar each day. I try to keep it WAY UNDER 20 grams. The more real food I eat and the less processed food I eat, the easier that is to accomplish.
The results are clear. More sugar equals higher cholesterol. I also track my blood glucose pretty frequently. I’m not diabetic and don’t ever want to be. Home monitoring helps me know what foods and combination of foods will/will not spike my blood sugar.
By the way, Joe has joined me in my little experiment. His cholesterol and other numbers were way high into the danger range. After 4 months his cholesterol went down over 100 points! Diet alone.
PS - I'm also a veggie pusher, lol. No one ever told you you're eating too many veggies, did they? But that's another blog.