February 25

SUGAR – seems so innocent!

Good Saturday morning!  So good to be back with you again.  Hope you are having a great day so far.  Here it is cold, when it was 80° two days ago.  So most of you may be experiencing the same thing, hopefully you are still getting up and moving about. ?  Remember never sit longer than one hour.  Then get up and walk a bit, you will be surprised how much that helps.

I posted last time about nutrition.  What does nutrition have to do with “getting up and moving” you may ask.  Well let’s delve into that a bit.  Bad nutrition has an affect on all parts of our lives.  I am going to talk about SUGAR today.  Just one simple component of our lives.  One simple part of our diets, but it can cause a lot of issues with our health, making it difficult to live a happy, healthy energetic life.

According to draxe.com  (check out this website, it is chock-full of good health info) most people blame dietary fat on heart disease, which is true about certain Trans fats, however some 2016 research revealed that sugar is really the culprit, and there has been a huge cover up regarding sugar and your health. It states that “researchers unearthed a huge sugar industry scandal, proving that the sugar lobby sponsored phony Harvard research in the 1960s. Turns out the sugar lobby paid Harvard researchers to take the heat off of sugar’s health effects, instead turning the focus on naturally-occurring fats’ supposed role in heart disease.” ( JAMA Intern Med. 2016;176(11):1680-1685)  

If that is true then per this study “This faulty “research” concluded there was “no doubt” that the only dietary intervention required to prevent coronary heart disease was to eat less cholesterol and to eat polyunsaturated fat instead of saturated fat. (2)”

That’s a little worrisome to me!  And trust me when I say I know first hand that sugar can be very addictive!  As a typical American we eat up to 22 tsp of added sugar per day.

What exactly does sugar do to your body?  There are so many things I am just going to touch on a few.  Maybe we can study more later too.

1.)  Cardiovascular disease  – draxe.com quotes a 2014 study that found that people who eat 17% to 21% of calories from added sugars have a 38% higher risk of dying from heart disease.

2.)  Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is on the rise in the U.S. And guess what’s largely to blame? Sugar! High-fructose corn syrup hiding out in drinks and processed foods has been called a “weapon of mass destruction.” (5)  Who knew!?

3.)  Leaky Gut – Knowing that the microorganisms that live in the gut actually act similarly to a metabolic “organ,” researchers now believe sugar changes the gut microbiota in a way that increases intestinal permeability, AKA leaky gut symptoms.  I know this one sounds a little weird bUT remember your immune system is in the gut too, we need a healthy gut to have a healthy immune system.

4.)  Diabetes type 2 – Again according to draxe.com a 2013 study published in the journal PLOS ONE found for every 150 calories of sugar a person consumes a day (about the equivalent of a can of soda), they increase their risk of type 2 diabetes by 1.1 percent. This increased risk held true even considering researchers adjusted for the other types of foods people eat (including , meat, oils, cereals, high-fiber foods, oils).

Researchers also found the impact of sugar on diabetes held true regardless of a sedentary lifestyle and alcohol use. (10)

5.)  Cancer – Added sugars increase the risk of esophageal cancer, while added fructose (think high-fructose corn syrup dangers) appeared to increase the risk of cancer in the small intestine. (11)

Other research hints at a connection between high intake of added sugars and colon cancer. This higher risk remained even after adjusting for other colon cancer risk facts like being overweight or obese or having diabetes. (12)

There is only a few studies on sugar & cancers but I feel there needs to be more!

I am going to end here.  There are many articles out there pertaining to how sugar affects the body.  If you are interested in this at all, do a Google search and you will see.

It is hard work but I am here to tell you it can be done.  I have cut most added sugars out of my diet, it is not easy when you get those cravings but you can do this!  For your health.  ?  I have faith in you!

Get out! Get walking! Get moving!  Your health depends on it!  So happy you joined me today.  Thank you!



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Posted February 25, 2017 by Val in category "Uncategorized

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