If you don’t know how bad sugar is for you, you’ve been living under a rock. To put it simply, sugar consumption increases your blood triglyceride (fat) and insulin levels, which are leading causes of chronic diseases such as coronary heart disease, Type II Diabetes, obesity and even cancer.
A little bit of history
To go back in time a little, it all started in post-war Europe when researches in the industry noticed a decrease in the incidence of heart disease. In 1957, a researcher by the name of Ancel Keys, studied the effect of dietary fat on health status, as he assumed the post-war reduction in food supply was a leading cause of the improved health status. The European diet, he believed, was in vast contrast to the Americans, who were among the best-fed individuals in the world, consuming a diet high in animal fat. You can read more about Keys’ Seven Countries Study here if you like, but I wouldn’t waste your time as his work has since come under much scrutiny. The same data set has since been used to support the positive correlation between sugar and chronic disease, but at the time, was completely ignored. As I always say, “fat doesn’t make you fat, sugar does”.
In contrast to Keys, British scientist John Yudkin was one of the pioneers in the field, whose research proved the detrimental health consequences of sugar consumption. Over his career, Yukin’s research often brought him into conflict with powerful lobbies (i.e. the multimillion dollar sugar industry), but there a very few of us whose eating habits haven’t been positively influenced by Yudkin in some way, whether we are aware of it or not. His book Pure, White and Deadly is still extremely relevant today, over 30 years later.
I Quit Sugar
Have you? Join Sarah Wilson and hundreds of us worldwide who are living a sugar free lifestyle. Her world-famous I Quit Sugar ebook is available here. And grab her fantastic I Quit Sugar Christmas Meal Plan while you’re there, to set yourself up for the silly season and beyond.
What about the low-fat products?
The short answer is, NO! The moral of the story is, do your research. Low-fat products became popular purely because of studies such as Keys’, which food manufacturers and marketers jumped on simply to make a buck. Low-fat almost always mean high sugar (or salt), so you are far better off buying a full fat version. The ol’ skim milk latte with one sugar order just makes me want to cry.
Want to know more?
* Sweet Poison and the David Gillespie collection
* Good Calories, Bad Calories and Gary Taubes collection
* The Paleo Diet for Athletes by Loren Cordain and Joe Friel – my new favourite!
There’s power in knowledge. Don’t let the food labels trick you. Keep it close to the source (with fruit pre or post training only) and it’s easy! Want to know more? Contact me today, I’d love to show you how simple natural nutrition can be.