Who wants to give up a daily afternoon treat or a sugary afterwork cocktail? No one really wants to give up anything that brings them pleasure, but if you are reading this then you are interested in what is really going on with the controversy over sugar.
Sugar is a drug.
It’s addictive and causes major harm to the body when consumed in high volume. What is high volume you may be wondering?
Sugar is hiding in many foods you would never suspect such as yogurt, pasta sauces, dressings, and drinks. Sadly, even the “healthy” sugar options effect our bodies the same way and can cause harm. Over-consumption of sugar causes diabetes, tooth decay, and obesity.
The FDA recommends consumers limit added sugar to no more than 10 percent of daily calories. That means eating no more than 12.5 teaspoons, or 50 grams, of it a day. The World Health Organization recommends only half that amount at 25 grams per day.
Ultra processed carbohydrates metabolize as sugar in our bodies as well. These carbohydrates are in almost every boxed food in a conventional grocery store. They have essentially already been broken down in the processing and very little digestion is needed. Therefore, they are absorbed quickly into the blood stream.
Fructose and sugar in all its many forms is similar to alcohol in the way it metabolizes in the liver, inflames the organs, and causes addiction. As Dr. Robert Lustig from UCSF correctly states in his 2009 lecture “Sugar: the Bitter Truth,” fructose is ethanol, but without the buzz…
Sugar consumption is controversial right now mainly because of the money involved in the industry. Many also feel as though everything they enjoy is being demonized and they resist. It’s easy to dismiss various scientific studies because one study says one thing while another says the opposite. Keep in mind that many “studies” are funded by people who want a specific outcome and pay to get it. Be mindful of where you get your information and be mindful of your own body.
Your body is trying to tell you how it feels and what you need to do to feel better. Start by counting your daily sugar intake. You will soon realize after just a few days why there is a war on sugar and how hard it is to get it below 25g per day in our food culture. Read labels and make the effort to reduce your sugar intake and particularly the sugar intake of your children. Rather than feeling deprived, you will soon feel healthier and will soon BE healthier.