It’s the sugar!
Regular readers of this blog will know that I have written about sugar MANY times before.
Of course, if you follow a healthy lifestyle, then you likely already know that refined white sugar is the ‘villain of the hour’ in the health and wellness industry, and quite rightly so! For the last few years, the evidence against sugar as the real ‘bad boy’ of the modern Western diet has been mounting.
Following that trend, you will be interested to see the results of a new research study that was posted just last week. The authors of the study wanted to see if the ‘anti-sugar rumours’ were based in truth, so they set out to study links between sugar consumption and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the United States, collecting and collating data from several surveys published between 1988 and 2010.
The study collected data from roughly 43,000 people studied over a period of 12 years, with up to 15 years follow-up, and the sample included 831 people whom died from CVD during the period observed.
The researchers adjusted the data for all the usual factors such as age, sex, ethnicity and so on, and they concluded that “Most US adults consume more added sugar than is recommended for a healthy diet. We observed a significant relationship between added sugar consumption and increased risk for CVD mortality.”
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In a related research note, the author concludes “Overconsumption of added sugars has long been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, under the old paradigm, it was assumed to be a marker for unhealthy diet or obesity. The new paradigm views sugar overconsumption as an independent risk factor in CVD as well as many other chronic diseases, including diabetes mellitus, liver cirrhosis, and dementia—all linked to metabolic perturbations involving dyslipidemia, hypertension, and insulin resistance. The new paradigm hypothesizes that sugar has adverse health effects above any purported role as “empty calories” promoting obesity. Too much sugar does not just make us fat; it can also make us sick.”
In other words, until recently, the medical establishment thought that the principle danger of sugar was that it’s sweet taste encouraged over-eating (too many calories) and hence was a contributing factor to weight gain, high body fat and ultimately obesity. It was then believed that obesity, in turn, was the major causative factor in other conditions.
Remember when the “low fat advice” first came along? That was in the 1980’s, and in reaction to demonising saturated fat (in particular, meat) companies have been adding sugar to your food ever since. As the fat was cut and sugar added, things have been going very wrong. People have been getting fat, and sick.
MotherNaturesDiet is your way out of this madness – just eat real, whole, fresh, organic, natural, whole foods. If it has a label and a list of ingredients, you can bet there is probably some kind of sugar in there somewhere, so just buy food that doesn’t have a label.