Sugar Is The New Tobacco
There is a war going on, and it’s not one fought with weapons. The war on sugar is finally gaining momentum as research confirms that it not only has the same addictive effects as tobacco and other drugs, but it also leads to weight gain and disease.
Tragically, the average American nowadays consumes approximately 180 lbs of sugar per year. This number has increased from around 100 lbs in the 1950s. The use of corn syrup has octupled since its introduction, and high fructose corn syrup is questionably more harmful to the human body than regular cane sugar.
As a matter of fact, a study at Princeton University has found that rats who were fed a diet including high fructose corn syrup gained significantly more weight than their counterparts who were fed the same amount of calories with regular sugar (sucrose). Make no mistake, though, both groups of rats ended up gaining weight on these diets.
Sadly, almost 70 percent of American adults are considered overweight or obese, with almost a third in the obese category, and about one in 20 adults in the extremely obese category. The alternative health movement has been educating the public about the dangers of sugar for almost two decades. Now even mainstream science is catching up and becoming more cognizant of sugar’s detrimental effects on the body.
The Food and Drug Administration has finally announced that Americans should eat or drink no more than 50 grams of sugar per day. This equates to approximately one and a half cans of soda. It stands to reason that soda sweetened with high fructose corn syrup may do more damage than soda sweetened with regular sugar.
Needless to say, the soda industry is up in arms. The American Beverage Association has invested millions of dollars in fighting taxes and laws regulating sugar. Coca-Cola has dumped more millions into questionable research touting exercise over diet for successful weight loss. As a comparison, research suggests that weight loss, and then maintenance, should be a combination of 80 percent diet and 20 percent exercise. And recent research by the University of Copenhagen has found that it may actually be more beneficial to exercise less rather than to exercise more when you are trying to lose weight.
But what about the fat? The low-fat industry boomed in the 1980s and 90s when guidelines suggested we should limit our fat intake because it was said to cause obesity. Grocery store shelves were, and still are, lined with low-fat food items like cereal, granola bars, and
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