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Have you heard about the sugar conspiracy?

Did you know that in 1972 a British scientist, John Yudkin, discovered that sugar and not fat was the greatest danger to our health? He published a book entitled, "Pure, White and Deadly", but his findings were dismissed and he was discredited. He had hypothesised that sugar had been part of the western diet for just 300 years whereas saturated fat was bound up with evolution and was present in breast milk.

It was not until nearly 40 years later in 2009 that Robert Lustig, who specialised in the treatment of childhood obesity, produced a youtube video entitled, "Sugar: The Bitter Truth", which has been viewed over 6 million times and which vindicates the findings of Professor Yudkin.

Health effects

It is now scientifically proven that sugar has been responsible for obesity rates taking off in the 1980's rather than saturated fat and cholesterol. The figures are startling. In 1980, 15% of Americans were obese and 6% of Brits. By 2000, 35% of American were obese whilst two thirds of Brits were either obese or overweight.

The figures were also closely related to the rise in diagnosis of type 2 diabetes. In fact, research has shown that there is a close association between sugar intake and the development of type 2 diabetes, though there are other causes including stress, lack of exercise and genetic predisposition.

Sugar is also implicated in the development of cardiovascular disease, dementia and tooth decay.

In the case of cardiovascular disease, sugar is found to have a more significant impact than that of saturated fats.

To avoid tooth decay, it is recommended by the World Health Organisation that sugar should form a maximum 10% of our energy intake, with a reduction to below 5% bringing additional health benefits. 10% equates to 70g of sugar for men and 50g for women, though in the U.K., on average these recommendations are exceeded.

How to cut down on sugar

There are three sources of sugar in our diets:

  • Added or "free sugars" which provide no additional, nutritional benefits (vitamins and minerals) e.g., biscuits, cakes, fizzy drinks; ๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿฟ
  • Natural sugars including honey and fruit; ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿ’ and
  • The product of digestion of more complex carbohydrates such as bread, rice and pasta. ๐Ÿš๐Ÿฅ–

We need to avoid mainly added or free sugars which mostly come from sugar cane or sugar beet. If we can get most of our carbohydrates from starchy rather than sugary foods, we will feel fuller for longer as starchy carbohydrates give a slower release of energy. It should be noted that complex carbohydrates form an important part of a balanced diet and provide energy.

If you have enjoyed learning about this topic, please upvote and comment, @fleur ๐Ÿ’

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https://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/apr/07/the-sugar-conspiracy-robert-lustig-john-yudkin
bhf.org.uk
diabetes.org.uk
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Sugar.... the new white powder

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Very true! ๐Ÿ’ก

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I try to use sweeteners but i have heard some say the chemicals are bad in other ways just not as bad as sugar.

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You may find this interesting: Sugar Substitutes Linked to Weight Gain and Health Problems

"The message is there isn't strong evidence for a benefit from these products โ€“ and there's potential evidence for harm," Dr. Azad said.

Dr. Azad, however, says it's likely safer to steer clear of nonnutritive sweeteners in general. She offered this advice: "I'm going to say that you should drink water."

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Stevia is an all natural sweetner.

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Sugar is extremely easy to overconsume due to the lack of satiation and tastiness.

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Hello,
True it's overconsumed in most country specially in EU by young peoples...

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Hi kylek717, thanks for stopping by. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Thanks for this, what an important topic! I have noticed that when I eat fatty foods like bacon, or I fry my food in lots of oil, I am less likely to fall into the carbo trap where you get hungry faster, crave more sugar and refined carbs. Downward spiral, makes me fat, tired, and hungry.

I have also heard eating a spoon of peanut butter helps you not to get hungry. But this is a big interesting subject.

Diabetes is a killer I agree.

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I love peanut butter , thanks for commenting ๐Ÿฅœ

Good post. Now I just need to cut the "added sugar" out of my diet and should be ok.

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Wow! Excellent information! You know... I've heard that sugar is a legal drug. It cause lot of damage! :\

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Thanks for stopping by ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ

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Thanks to you! Greetings :)

Hey @fleur that was a great article.

The food pyramid though?

I would say that I'm no longer so sure about red meat and/or salt being unhealthy.

I keep reading a lot of articles that seem to suggest beef is in fact healthy.

There have also been a few articles I've seen mentioning about salt, and a new book on that subject that suggests we might be eating too little of it, and not too much.

(I'll have to dig a few of those articles up and send them your way).

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Here are 2 articles that suggest red meat as good for you:

http://roguehealthandfitness.com/red-meat-is-health-food/

http://www.menshealth.com/health/heart-protection

"Grill a Steak
You may think it's bad for your heart, but you'd be wrong. Beef contains immunity-boosting selenium as well as homocysteine-lowering B vitamins. And up to 50 percent of the fat is the heart-healthy monounsaturated variety."

I'll have to find the salt related ones (I forgot to bookmark them).

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Hi @futuristgear, thanks for taking the time to respond and for info about beef. I will look into other health issues in future blogs ๐Ÿ™‚

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No problem!

When I get the time to find the salt articles I'll post them as a comment for you too. :-)

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I must cut down a lot but i like cakes and other sweet things, i went a month recently without having sugar in my tea or coffee and avoided chocolate and other indulgences and it made me kinda depressed :( i like cake .

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I love cake and have a little sugar in my tea, difficult to give up! โ˜•๏ธ ๐Ÿฐ

It's incredible how they tie candy and french fries with good fats then flip the food pyramid up-side down. I love seeing articles like this. I've been living outside of the US for most of my adult life. I got used to seeing populations of people that are healthy. It's first time back in the US for over 3 years and the what I saw I found so startling I couldn't even write my normal travel reports and tips. I wrote about culture shock instead. I'm now heading to Thailand in a week. I'm looking forward to a healthier diet there. Lot's of vegetables, fresh herbs and spices. Yes plain refined white sugar is terrible for the body, but I think GMO corn syrup is even worse!

I Following and up-voted

World Travel Pro!

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I have always thought that sugar is not a nutrient necessary because it is not produced by our body and because its intake abruptly raises important parameters that are equivalent to a reaction of our organism to something unnatural.

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Interesting point, thank you @ginotesta ๐Ÿ™‚

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@fleur hey this is ur new connection, and i am following you.
After reading your post I found my conclusions how to cut my daily sugar intake and this is true its worse than fat.

upvoted your post , hope to stay connected.

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Thank you @henaghosh123 for upvoting and commenting ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ

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Great information, I personally found a significant improvement in my overall health by removing "free sugars" from my diet. I did end up treating it like a drug and telling myself "just say know" by educating myself, replacing the addiction with something far more healthy, and changing my perspective on it as something deadly and repulsive. Thank You for spreading this awareness!

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Great willpower there! ๐Ÿ™‚

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I avoid table sugar as if it were poison... because it is. I use local honey to sweeten my coffee, and that helps with seasonal allergies too.

Remove table sugar and acidic foods and drinks from your diet, and you remove almost all of the causes of tooth decay as well.

Dentists and doctors will not tell you these things because there's no money to be made off healthy people with good teeth.

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I wish that I had eaten fewer sweets when I was little! Thanks for commenting ๐Ÿญ

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Me too! I ate sugar like crazy, and I got Grave's Disease probably because of it. Now I have to take a pill daily for the rest of my life.

I also got a ton of cavities from it even with fluoridated water, fluoride treatments at the dentist, and fluoridated toothpaste. In other words the fluoride didn't do squat. ;-)

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Sigh - this is depressing - I know it is bad for you but I looooove sweets and sugary food - good article - will resteem

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I love sweets too! Thanks @anneke for commenting and resteeming ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ

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Not only the obesity, it also acts like a drug at neurotransmitter's level.

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Thanks for your expert input ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ

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I agree that sugar is far worse than fat!!!!!!

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Yes, if only I could wean myself off it! Thanks for upvoting and commenting ๐Ÿญ

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I hear you!....my pleasure!

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Yeah nasty stuff for sure!

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@fleur
Nice writeup
Good job
Keep it up.

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Splenda is natural; broken down from sugar; a molecule named sucralose. It has 0 calories; heat stable; and tastes just like sugar would. The catch is that your body cannot absorb sucralose so it goes through your digestive track and is expelled through your waste.

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Thanks for your input ๐Ÿฌ

This is literally what I am trying to do! I try to eat healthily and I am a sugar cravings kind of person! I love my vegetables and mate tea and lots of water, but the sugar thing...my oh my is hard to control, especially on 'those' days, when you ar ea girl... This is gonna be resteemed !

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Thank you for your input and for resteeming ๐Ÿ˜Š

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No problem! I really liked this article :)

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You may like this Sam Harris podcast episode :-)
https://www.samharris.org/podcast/item/what-should-we-eat

"In this episode of the Waking Up podcast, Sam Harris speaks with Gary Taubes about his career as a science journalist, the difficulty of studying nutrition and public health, the growing epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the role that hormones play in weight gain, the controversies surrounding his work, and other topics.

Gary Taubes is the author of Why We Get Fat; Good Calories, Bad Calories; and The Case Against Sugar. He is a former staff writer for Discover and a correspondent for the journal Science. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and Esquire, and has been included in numerous โ€œBest ofโ€ anthologies, including The Best of the Best American Science Writing (2010). He has received three Science in Society Journalism Awards from the National Association of Science Writers. He is the recipient of a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Award in Health Policy Research and a co-founder of the Nutrition Science Initiative (NuSI)."

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Fascinating! Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ

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Thank you for reading and upvoting!!!

I love this topic!

The low carb aka sugar diet I follow is called "Keto"

Many have said it's the most dangerous one to follow but I have to disagree.
Been on it for 2 years and I have experienced only health benefits.

Although it must be mentioned that it is the easiest one to miss apply.
So there is where it becomes dangerous!!!

I can only advice to read up as much as possible and spread the word.
Sugar is really one of the worst!

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I'm currently trying to fight my sugar addiction. I managed to give it up for a month last year so I'm pretty sure I can do it again.

It's scary how sugars (and carbs in general) are still hidden in everything so they're almost impossible to avoid.

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good informative post i liked

am always remember you when i am Rich :) thank you

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I recently cut sugars down as much as I could. No junk food; no soda; no fast food; no processed food; no energy drinks; no sugar in my coffee. I lost 20lbs.

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I follow you @fleur , I hope you become my friend and follow me in @finalspots
Hopefully your day is fun and successful.
Regards @finalspots

sugar, very very sweet like me :v @fleur

Thank you! I confirm.. suger is dangerous for our health

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