I’m Declaring War
Yes, I am declaring war on a food item that is making me sick and is making millions of others sick. I am declaring war on SUGAR. Sugar in all of its’ forms. And I’m declaring war on artificial sweeteners too. Why? Because processed sugar and artificial sweeteners are killing us – you and me. Let me explain.
While shopping at my local health food shop, I picked up a very handy booklet, “Sugar Detox: Defeat Cravings and Restore Your Health” by Ann Eugene. It is full of information and whether I go on their “diet” or not is yet to be determined. But you know I am all about research and finding the right info so I can heartily recommend this book.
“Chronic maladies such as liver disease, high cholesterol, hypothyroidism, metabolic syndrome, obesity and type 2 diabetes have become commonplace in our modern culture” as pointed out quickly by Eugene. She also points out, “In addition, other prevalent health problems including anxiety, depression, fatigue, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine headaches, and weight gain, have also become increasingly pervasive.” Many of these diseases and conditions can be easily controlled and even prevented by totally removing SUGAR from out diets.
I had no idea how pervasive sugar has become in our every day life. Do you realize that the average American consumes over 126 grams of sugar a day? (According to 2014 findings – it is probably more now) I don’t understand metrics but when I was told 126 grams is almost 26 teaspoons, that got my attention.
There is sugar in most everything we eat especially processed foods. The manufacturers add extra sugar and fat to make up for the natural goodness of food they removed during processing. If you were to keep a sugar diary of all of the food you eat and drink in a day, you would be astonished. Just the flavored drink you get at Starbucks to start your day has up to 25 teaspoons of sugar. And that is before you put anything else in your mouth.
But finding the sugar on the label may not be easy. Did you know that there are at least 300 names for different sugars that can possibly be on a label? Some of the unfamiliar names are treacle, galactose, trehalose malted barley extract, ethyl maltol and dextran. None of those sound like sugar to me so if I was reading a label they might get passed my scrutiny.
Read your labels and do some research to make your own list of sugar names. Get used to being a sleuth and rooting out sugar in your diet. I am going to be posting more info from this book and further discussions on sugar and artificial sweeteners this week. Stay tuned.
Join me in the war on Sugar – for your own health and your families.
Bye for now.