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146 Reasons Why Sugar Is Ruining Your Health _Not!

By Anne Keckler | March 26, 2009

Have you seen this email that is being forwarded around? 146 Reasons Why Sugar Is Ruining Your Health is one of the latest in a long line of messages designed to tell us that some common food is the epitome of evil and will cause every illness known to mankind. Well, I’m here to tell you it just isn’t so.

In the eighties we eschewed dietary fat. We were told by nutritionists and doctors, as well as all the magazine articles, that eating fat would make us fat! Why, it seemed so simple. If we would just quit eating fat, we’d all lose weight and be free of things like heart disease. Naturally, the only reason this didn’t work is because we simply didn’t have enough willpower, right?

For some people, meat is the sinful food that most people eat, and they believe that if we all just quit eating meat we’d all be thinner and healthier. We must deprive ourselves of this food that mankind has been eating for millennia, and we’ll be better off for it, right?

Dr. Atkins, many people believe, advised us to give up carbs during major surgeries and treatments likeĀ hemorrhoids treatment (when he really just said to eat the amount that is right for your lifestyle).

Hmm… I’m seeing a trend. What is with the human idea of deprivation that makes us feel so holy?

And now it’s sugar. Well, to be fair, I remember the nutty Susan Power claiming that you would become instantly weaker as soon as sugar touched your tongue. Does anyone else remember her?

I’ve been meaning to write this article for a few days, ever since I first received that email about sugar, but I put it off until I saw that Tom Ziglar (yes, the son of Zig!) had written a blog post about his “Purity Diet.” This diet consisted of buyingKratom for saleand ingesting it in huge doses, which can lead to persistent side effects, because nothing in a large amount is good.

Again, someone is proposing that some foods are purer than others, that there are good foods and bad foods. In fact, Tom’s ideas about food sound a lot like those of the zany creators of the Hallelujah Acres Diet.

Wouldn’t it be nice if there were some foods that you could simply give up, and by doing so you’d be guaranteed weight loss, health, and longevity? That would be so simple.

But nutrition is a little bit more complicated than that. I’m sure it’s not too complicated for you to understand, but it’s more complicated than that.

But back to sugar.

All carbohydrates are made up of sugars. Table sugar (which I must assume is what the email author is talking about, but didn’t specify) is sucrose, which is a simple carbohydrate. It is converted to glucose in the body, the same as every other carbohydrate you consume! Carbohydrates are your body’s main source of fuel, and are especially important to proper brain function. How much carbohydrate you need in your diet depends a lot on your activity level.

I wrote much more about carbohydrates here: http://www.annekeckler.com/nutrition-carbohydrates/

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Topics: Nutrition, Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

One Response to “146 Reasons Why Sugar Is Ruining Your Health _Not!”

  1. Jaxxi Hax Says:
    April 26th, 2009 at 10:34 pm

    Do you have an opinion about corn syrup? I’ve read it is bad for your liver – true/false?


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