I just finished reading a transcript from an excellent CBS 60 minutes interview Dr. Sanjay Gupta did with Dr. Robert Lustig that asks the question, “Is sugar bad for you? Before I give you my opinion please take the time to read the transcript or watch the video here: Is Sugar Toxic?.
OK my turn, and remember these are only my opinions as I am not a medical doctor…
Like everything in life moderation is key to eating healthy. This means you should be able to eat just about anything you want IN MODERATION!!!
I absolutely love ice cream and years ago I would eat a whole pint every night all by myself. Does that sound healthy to you?
Of course not, so I finally wised up and now eat ice cream occasionally and in much smaller portions.
The same for fast food.
I love fast food but know that I should only eat it now and then and not daily so I make it a habit to only eat fast food once a week as a little treat to myself.
The same goes for other foods, i.e. sugar. You shouldn’t put sugar on everything you eat and if you do have to put some on your cereal just use a little bit and not a giant spoonful.
True Story: My uncle used to go through a 5 pound bag of sugar every week! I’m not kidding EVERY week. By the way, he has been very sick for the past 6 months with more illnesses than I can remember.
The problem is that you can be putting so much sugar into your body without you even knowing it thanks to the highly processed foods we seem to constantly gravitate to. Don’t believe me? Go to your cupboard or pantry and look at the food you have in your home.
I bet you can’t find anything that doesn’t contain some sugar in the form of high fructose corn syrup. It is in practically everything that we buy today and I am astonished at some foods that have high fructose corn syrup in them. Folks, it is everywhere and I think that is the reason why so many people are getting Diabetes in our country.
When you buy food check to make sure it truly is low in sugar just like you check to make sure it is low in salt. Also, eat more fresh foods or foods that have been minimally processed. As an example, don’t but canned fruit in heavy syrup. Instead look for fruit packed in it’s own juices with no sugar added.
Hint: Concentrated apple juice is used many times as a sweetener but the food label can say it is all natural and no sugar added, etc. but it is just as bad for you in my opinion.
Am I all wet here? Is sugar bad for you or is it just another “the sky is falling” headline? Let me know what you think and please click the Like button if you found this article interesting.