My wife and I had our own personal revelation about diet a few years ago and will never go back to eating the way we once did, opting instead for a low-carb approach with virtually no sugar that is pretty easy to follow once you get the hang of it (Sucralose is a life-saver).
Here’s a story about sugar (the worst carb of them all) that seemed worth sharing:
Worldwide, 36 million people die of non-communicable (non-infectious, chronic) diseases. Some of those deaths are related to sugar. An increasing library of scientific evidence has linked sugar intake to caries, obesity and even cardiovascular diseases.
The evidence is clear: there is a direct association between sugar intake and death due to cardiovascular disease. As scientific and public knowledge on the effects of sugar increased, this led WHO (World Health Organization) to reconsider their recommendation for the amount of sugar that people should consume.
Previously thought of as an innoxiously sweet indulgence, some people are now asking whether in fact it is ‘the new tobacco’. Cigarettes were once considered a harmless pleasure and medical journals even carried advertisements for brands of cigarette with doctor’s endorsements or claims that they can cure a sore throat before the overwhelming array of research led to the unmistakable conclusion that cigarettes kill.
WHO experts say that together with high salt intake, not enough fruit and vegetables and lack of physical exercise, sugar is one of the main health risks and could become the ‘new tobacco’ because of its adverse impact on public health.
This is a pretty good article that covers a lot of issues beyond the basic message of sugar being bad for you. I”ve been making the comparison between sugar and tobacco for some time now – unfortunately, people look at you like you’re a little nuts when you do, though the 60 Minutes piece from last year – Is Sugar Toxic? – may have changed some minds.
Also, that HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) curve should make people sick just looking at it.