Kills? — We’re talking heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Apparently CBS decided to declare war on the Sugar Industry for April Fool’s this year. And it wasn’t very funny. They had a feature story on both the CBS Sunday Morning as well as their iconic 60 Minutes show in the evening.
I preferred the evening show with Sanjay Gupta over the morning show featuring a partially informed “registered dietitian,” who stated that we should get our sugar only from natural, healthy sources like fruit and yogurt. Not. Here’s how the 60 Minutes segment began:
(CBS News) If you are what you eat, then what does it mean that the average American consumes 130 pounds of sugar a year? Sanjay Gupta reports on new research showing that beyond weight gain, sugar can take a serious toll on your health, worsening conditions ranging from heart disease to cancer. Some physicians go so far as to call sugar a toxin.
Are you “watching what you eat?” When it comes to sugar? You may think you are, but unless you’re religiously checking the “added sugar” on everything you buy, you’re not doing a very good job. Even people who are eating a fairly healthy diet of mostly whole plants are often unaware of the added sugar in almost every packaged food at even the healthiest of grocery stores.
Just last week, I had lunch with a very “food savvy” colleague who was not aware that the soy milk that he puts in his cereal every day has lots of added sugar. A quick check of two brands, Westsoy and Pacific, reveals 10g and 8g respectively in added sugar per serving of soy milk. I have found that it is next to impossible to find unsweetened soy, rice or nut milk in the average grocery. And since there is no Whole Foods nearby, I usually order my unsweetened soy or almond milk in bulk. It’s also next to impossible to find ANY cereals without added sugar? My “old fashioned” oatmeal is one of the rare few?
Do you want to learn how to “really watch what you eat?” You can start by taking our free 4Leaf Diagnostic Survey. In less than five minutes, you can learn how healthy you are currently eating and how you can easily improve your score. It’s really all very simple—yet that simple message is not being delivered by our medical system. It really all boils down to two words—whole plants.
Meanwhile, back to the 60 Minutes segment. Dr. Robert Lustig of the UCSF Medical Center was the primary expert featured on the show. And Dr. Lustig has been preaching his message for over two years—beginning with his “Sugar, the bitter truth” video on YouTube—which has been seen over two million times. That 90-minute video is provided here for your convenience.
The Bottom Line. Controlling added sugar in your diet is simple. It’s the same process as controlling the cholesterol, the fat and the many other toxins in our food supply. It’s a simple matter of maximizing the percent of your calories from whole plants. And, for packaged foods, don’t buy anything with added sugar.
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