2-Part Series, The Sugar Addiction
I am compelled to also share this discussion for your health. Our modern-day American food industry, marketing strategies that push all the right buttons in our minds, and the intial low-fat diet craze has done a fantastic job in leading us on and convincing us that products labeled as “low-fat” or “no-fat” are better for our health; furthermore, the use of images displaying a vibrant person as healthy and full of vitality has played us for fools. We have trusted our favorite food companies & have believed they have our best interests in mind. In this first article are some facts about our true daily sugar intake, some of the sources and why are sugar intake is so high. The next article, I will share some action steps for you to begin the process of change and how Young Living Essential Oils can help.
The Hidden Truth
Leading scientists, physicians, journals of medicine and health advocates are sounding the alarm to the general public; it is time to really listen how our food choices are affecting our body. I believe this sneak tactic is beginning to unravel more rapidly as more of the general population is coming to the realization of the havoc that processed & fast foods are wreaking on our bodies and that of our families. There is hope! You can take control of your daily food choices. You can decide what comes into your home and you can begin to make some changes—Starting Today!
Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist and leading researcher in the US on childhood-obesity, delivers a fact filled and significant argument that sugar is poisonous to the body. The video on YouTube titled “Sugar. The Bitter Truth.” is well worth 90 minutes of your time to clearly understand what is happening to our bodies when we eat so much junk food. Some of the information may be over your head, it was mine, but hang in there; I believe Dr. Lustig does a great job to break it down for us.
Did you know? Here’s a Short List:
New research, published in the online journal BMJ Open, describes the sugar content of fruit drinks, natural juices and smoothies, in particular, as “unacceptably high.”
According to Yale Health, the average American consumes around 22 tsps of added sugar every day; for teens, the figure is closer to 34. One 12-oz can of soda contains 10 tsps of sugar.
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommend no more than 3-4 tsps of sugar a day for children, 5 tsps for teens and 7 tsps for adults.
Baby Formula is Loaded with Sugar: Formula, a staple in the WIC program & one brand Similac Isomil, contains 43.2% corn syrup solids and 10.3% sucrose. It’s a baby milkshake, Lustig describes, and a clear indicator that this may contribute to childhood obesity. Furthermore, the earlier you expose children to sweets, the more they will crave it later.
Sugar versus High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS): Although, it has been singled out as a major cause of obesity and disease, HFCS is no different from table sugar, or sucrose.
Sugar is More Fattening than Fat: The low-fat diet craze did us no favors, and as a matter of fact, it has caused more harm to our bodies. Fat in our foods offers taste to the palate. Well, when you take the fat out of a product, what could you substitute it with for flavor? You got it—sugar.
Sugar consumption contributes to the creation of more fat in the body, Dr. Lustig explains, more than dietary fat or glucose. He further explains a study that revealed the effects of fructose in the body appearing to behave more like a fat than carbohydrate and even more, 30% of the fructose we eat, ends up as new fat.
Fiber is Still So Essential: Compared to our ancestors eating 100 to 300 grams of fiber at day, we are only averaging 12 grams. The primary reason is that our food source is overwhelmingly refined and processed. And as our fiber consumption has dropped, our sucrose intake has increased. We need to focus again on eating high fructose foods that come in high fiber packages, for example apples.
Although the sugar is present, it’s the fiber that makes all the difference in the body for slowing absorption of sugar in the gut, which limits spikes and sugar crashes in the blood; as well as, the fiber speeding the feeling of fullness, thereby, reducing the risk of overeating. Lustig says, “Fast food is fiber-less food.” Is it any wonder why you feel like you’re starving an hour after a big mac, French fries and a milk shake?
Soda Increases Thirst: Soda companies know this, Dr. Lustig explains; soft drinks contain caffeine, a mild diuretic which makes us urinate more, thereby eliminating water from our body. Soda also contains about 55mg of salt, and what happens when we take in salt and excrete water? You got it, we get thirsty. So why so much sugar in soda pop? To cover the taste of salt, and soda companies know exactly what they are doing. Furthermore, you may have already heard and seen this fact already, sugar has been found to be eight times (8x) as addictive as cocaine, which ensures that you’ll stay hooked on processed foods and sweet drinks.
Sugar Found in Every Meal: A major problem with the labeling of our processed foods is that we really have no way of knowing how much of the sugar in the products we purchase for breakfast, lunch or dinner is natural to the food itself, or if the sugar was added. Look at this “short” list of names for sugar, there are over sixty (60). It is overwhelming!
Dr. Lustig explains that lactose is a natural sugar found in dairy, which does not cause any major harm. A small serving cup of plain yogurt has about 7 grams of sugar. However, if fruit is added the sugar content goes up to 19 grams, so 12 grams have been added. So he likens it to a cup of plain yogurt with a bowl of frosted corn flakes added to it. Did you realize that? Yuck!
We need to start taking better control of foods we choose, become our own health advocate and do our own research to know the natural sugars in our foods. So, just choose plain yogurt & add a few pieces of fresh fruit. A wellness lifestyle is not an easy lifestyle in today’s world. It is possible though if you are intentional and committed each day. You are the only one who can make that choice; however, you will not be alone on the journey toward greater wellness.
Young Living is an excellent way to begin living a lifestyle of wellness. With a global community ready to support and encourage you, there is no better time to begin than Today! I recommend the Premium Starter Kit as it has been designed to give you a great introduction to essential oils & the Young Living lifestyle. If you have questions, please contact me. I’m here to help.