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Let's Not Sugarcoat It...


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If you’ve spent much time in the health and fitness world, you’ve likely encountered talk of the “newly discovered” ills of sugar consumption and the pandemic effects that sugar overconsumption has had on public health. And if you’ve ever looked at food labels, defered to government dietary recommendations, or taken a high school health class, you’ve also likely heard that dietary fat is to blame for rampant cardiovascular disease and obesity. Unfortunately, much of the conversation about diet and nutrition trends more towards dogmatic zealotry and away from fair, scientific discourse. This just adds fuel to the fire of the “what the hell am I supposed to eat, then?” pickle that you end up in if you take an internet deep dive into what’s what in the world of nutrition and health.



To make matters worse, politicizing and opportunity for financial gain have had an enormous say in what the public perceives as “healthy” and “unhealthy.” Take, for example, the influence of the sugar industry in financially pushing for and funding a “fat = unhealthy” body of scientific literature and deflecting attention away from studies implicating sugar (read more about it here).



While I don’t believe in sweeping and absolute dietary prescriptions, I do think that it’s fair to note that, in general, we as a population consume an unhealthy amount of sugar, and it can have serious negative side effects. We’ve reached a sort of critical mass in our public consumption of sugar. The advancement of agriculture, the direction of civilization, and now modern industry and lifestyle have led us to a place where we have surpassed the “just go easy on it” prescription -- that’s just not working anymore. We’ve blown through all the stops and warning signs and are are now at the precipice. We, as a population, are overweight, sick, and sugared up, and it’s high time to put sugar at the top of our “to be avoided” list. It’s easy to consume, it adds up quick, and it’s everywhere.
Barbeque sauce? Mostly sugar. That “healthy,” vitamin-packed, superfood fruit juice? Glorified sugar water. “Healthy” snack bars? Granola? Cereal? Flavored yogurts? Salad dressings? Frozen meals? There’s a good chance it’s packed with sugar.



We’re looking at an uphill battle with decades of pro-sugar and anti-fat propaganda, education, and market dominance. Yes, we all have some idea that too much sugar has a high potential for negative health implications -- we know that a Snickers bar isn’t a healthy snack -- but that’s not enough. Our national habits show that a) marketing is outperforming our education, and b) the dangers of sugar overconsumption have been underplayed up to this point. In essence, we don’t quite get it yet.



How much is too much? Why is too much sugar dangerous? Are all sugars created equal? Is the prescription the same for everyone? These are questions that we, to some degree, ought to be able to answer for ourselves. And yet, ask the average high school graduate and they’ll probably tell you that fruit juice is healthy, granola bars are a whole food, all athletes need Gatorade, and eggs will kill you.



I won’t lie and say that figuring this stuff out for yourself is simple. It can get confusing at times. So where do you start? Well, right here.
In the video below, Dr. Lustig lays out, in relatively simple and digestible terms, the dangers of sugar overconsumption, how things got this way, and why it matters. Find a way to set aside the time to watch this video and educate yourself, even if it's just 10-15 minutes per day.




Sugar: The Bitter Truth







I’m not here to definitively tell you what’s right and what’s wrong, and I honestly believe that speaking in absolutes about these things really does more harm than good; but I also believe that we all owe it to ourselves to do some self-education on what our food choices do to our body. Take the time and arm yourself to understand how to fuel and care for the only body you have.



- Preston Sprimont







2/7/17




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