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Is sugar toxic? Food addicts, this is for you!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

This is the latest blog post by Peter Attia and it will require you to think and deal with a little bit of science, but I think it's understandable for the non-scientist as well if you are willing to take a little more time for this well-written article:


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  • RUSSELL_40
    We always seem to focus on calling a food bad ( or toxic ), or good, instead of making a decision on how often we should consume it. I think sugar is " bad ", but we all have some of it.

    I choose to limit it to fruit, vegetables, and cheese, with cheese and fruit being limited. I'm diabetic, so I don't use sucrose at all, and avoid sweets, sauces, or any drinks besides water. Meat and eggs don't have added sugar .. yet, lol.

    There is a huge difference between the 4 lbs Peter Attia consumes, and the almost 200 lbs a year the average person does. Great blog. We should be focusing on the proper levels we should consume, not just labeling things good or bad. Almost nothing in our diet is all of one, or the other.
    1723 days ago
    Quite interesting, actually! I'm on the low end for sugar consumption, preferring that my carbs come from very natural sources rather than refined sugars.
    1724 days ago
  • M77355
    Thank you for posting this great info! You might enjoy a blog about sugar that I put on awhile back. It's sadly destructive stuff!
    1724 days ago
    Long but interesting. Probably most people consume too much sugar whether it be toxic or not. But I like that he points out that not every thing reacts the same to every one. I think that is important for folks to remember, just because I cannot tolerate a particular food does not mean that you have to stop eating it also. We see many times how well meaning people want to force their views on us.
    I know a lot of people who cut sugar but honestly it is sometime difficult to know who really benefited from it and who is just BSing. I would like to at least try and reduce my sugar intake because I believe it is just better for me and I guess that is good enough place to start. We are all on a different journey.
    Thank you for sharing the blog!
    1724 days ago
    1724 days ago
    I have been working to eliminate sugar from my diet. My life is so much better without it. I can taste food now. After 18 months, I still have times of sugar cravings, and I'm learning how to "tame the beast" within.

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    1724 days ago
    I guess if people can maintain a healthy weight, don't have food cravings and have good sugar, insulin and lipid blood levels than they are probably in a fairly safe range as far as sugar consumption.
    There is one other issue that this article did not talk about, that is how sugar consumption affects mineral balance in the body. Unbalanced minerals can cause a lot of health problems that we may never link to sugar consumption.
    1724 days ago
    Yes, that confirmed my own ideas - I am a "jill" person whch does not stop me from being fat. But I loved to get better arguments when I discuss with the "LCHF" people that claims that EVERYBODY should get off sugar completely...
    1724 days ago
    I really liked that! I did, I have to admit, scroll out of alot of the sciency parts because I get too bored with that stuff. I understand it, I just find it mind-numbing! But after he starts pulling it all together that is where it is good. I think I personally am tryingt o find where my toxicity is. I dont really eat SUGAR except in fruit,BBQ sauce, ketchup and I make honey mustard dressing. But I do cut it with apple cider vinegar and make it with mayo as well, so it isn't much. I do wonder about my fruit intake sometimes I love fruit! I have got to be more diligent with my tracker so I can spot patterns...

    1724 days ago
    Thanks for posting this really interesting.
    1725 days ago
  • JOHAL52
    Attia's article was difficult for me at first because I don't have a very scientific mind. I found the ending--where he contrasted himself and his wife--very understandable, however. I always envied my friends who seemed to have no problem with food. Who never worried about body image. And yet seemed to eat "normally"--every kind of food. My current thinking is that I am not like that--I DO have an issue with sugar especially. Moderation is very difficult for me. If changing what I eat can help with "moderation", then I want to walk that path.
    1725 days ago
    Excellent read - thanks!
    1725 days ago
    Interesting, thank you for sharing!
    1725 days ago
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