The high sugar content in our diet is killing us
Jeff Ritterman, M.D. wrote an article published yesterday by Truthout discussing the results of two paradigm-changing scientific studies regarding the dangerous health consequences of consuming foods with high sugar content. For the past 40 years, we have been warned to avoid foods that are high in fat. As a result, most of the food sold in grocery stores, supermarkets and convenience stores have labels advertising low fat content. These studies conclude that fat content is relatively unimportant. Instead, consumers should be concerned about sugar content. Nearly all processed foods contain high amounts of sugar.
The two studies are:
1) In March of 2015, The Mayo Clinic Proceedings published a review article entitled, “Added Fructose: A Principal Driver of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Its Consequences.” The article points out that each of us, on the average, consumes 30 times more added sugar than an American did when the Declaration of Independence was written.
2) Another review article published in April of 2015, in the medical journal Hepatobiliary Surgery and Nutrition, had the provocative title of “Carbohydrate intake and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease: fructose as a weapon of mass destruction.” Fructose was identified as the culprit leading to fatty liver disease and the resulting type-two diabetes, coronary artery disease, obesity and stroke.
Dr. Ritterman said,
For four decades the wrong dietary advice has been given over and over again. A huge amount of harm has been done.
It’s high time that the Centers for Disease Control, the American Heart Association, the American Diabetes Association and mainstream medicine revise the guidelines and demonize sugar, the real culprit, and leave fat alone.
As for dietary advice:
Begin by avoiding all added sugars, especially liquid sugar like soda.
Eat your fruits, don’t juice them. Juicing concentrates the sugar and removes the beneficial fiber.
But personal choice is only a small part of what we need to do. We need to make the healthy choice, the easy choice.
We need our hospitals, clinics, dental offices and other health facilities to be free of foods and beverages with added sugar. We need to do the same with schools, day care centers, and municipal, county, state and federal facilities.
We need a national Soda Tax like the one in Mexico, with the proceeds invested in programs to further reduce added sugar consumption. It’s working in Mexico, let’s learn from our neighbor.
Please read the article. I do not believe it’s possible to overemphasize the importance of the information contained in the article