Sunday, January 19, 2014

BIG SUGAR IS KILLING US: ALL CALORIES ARE NOT THE SAME

It has become enemy number one!

It is void of nutrition.

and we have no dietary requirement for added sugar, but it is essential to the bottom line of the food industry.

In fact,  the main source of sugar in our diets remains that added during the processing of manufactured food

Until this past summer, I rarely read nutritional labeling on packaged foods. A diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes changed all that. Educating myself to avoid a read potential dependency on insulin shots opened my eyes to the insane amounts of sugar found in packaged and processed foods.

For example, Heinz tomato soup has 4 teaspoons of sugar per serving. It is amazing how much unneeded sugar is lurking in our diets.

The food industry has mounted a well financed campaign to convince consumers that there is no link between sugar and health problems like obesity and hear disease.

Educate yourself. Watch the CBC's Fifth Estates "The Secrets of Sugar". The more I learn about it, the more I am scared. The bitter truth about big sugar will shock you.

Read nutritional labels. Reduce your sugar intake. Start using more unprocessed and whole foots in your diet. If you eat complex carbohydrates or those paired with fiber, fats or protein, you give your body more of a chance to deal with the sugar more gradually. Aim for those healthy carbohydrates like  whole grain breads, brown rice, quinoa, buckwheat and amaranth which are the healthiest forms of foods in the grain group. Beans, whole fruits and whole vegetables are also healthy forms of carbohydrates.

To figure out if a packaged food contains added sugars, and how much, you have to be a bit of a detective. According to the American Heart Association, the line for sugars on the Nutritional Facts Panel contains both the natural and added types as total grams of sugar. There are four calories in each gram, so if a product has 15 grams of sugar per serving, that’s 60 calories just from the sugar alone, not counting the other ingredients.

Sugar has many other names. Besides those ending in “ose,” such as maltose or sucrose, other names for sugar include high fructose corn syrup, molasses, cane sugar, corn sweetener, raw sugar, syrup, honey or fruit juice concentrates.

The bottom line is that we do not need all this extra sugar, in fact it is killing us.  There is a reason that health experts are calling sugar "the new tobacco".







1 comment:

ViewPoint2010 said...

Peter, this is an excellent report prepared by the 5th Estate team. We know so little about the pervasiveness of sugar in our food chain. Corn syrup is one of the enormous culprits. Thanks for posting this. Good luck with your diabetes management. I've been on low-dose insulin for 12-years now.