What Should We Do About Sugar?
So now you have seen why sugar is toxic and the backbone in the world’s largest epidemic.
As you start to understand how bad refined sugar is for your body on so many levels, it makes you wonder why sugar isn’t treated with the same stigma as alcohol, cigarettes and other drugs.
If this really is some major government, media, and corporate conspiracy that is killing all of us, why aren’t people screaming from their rooftops?
Well the sobering truth is that it won’t happen any time soon.
Gary Taubes, author of Why We Get Fat, mentions it will take a good 20 years of dedicated research and another 10 years of governmental legislation before anything happens. America makes too much money on processed food filled with fructose nationally and internationally that it would heavily impact our trading revenue. This also means the USDA will continue to avoid the issues of the lack of fiber in food to counteract the effects of fructose.
The cold truth is that this will continue to be a national epidemic for the foreseeable future. That is especially true with a struggling economy causing so many people to live in poverty and buying cheap food.
Who is Responsible?
The biggest problem is not government or corporations. It is you and me.
We can’t blame others about this. No one is forcing you to eat it. If so, please call the police.
We can change this by how we decide to spend our money. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to wait 30 years. So it really has to be a fight you and I take on for ourselves starting with our loved ones. It starts with providing healthy options in the home as a refuge to the constant crap that exists outside of those walls. You have to win the battle at home first.
What Options Do I Have?
The good news is that there are plenty of healthy options to eat. You just have to know what the right ones are. Know My Body talks about a ton of them ranging from protein and fats to fruits and vegetables.
While the USDA and the American government might not be taking action, there are efforts being made by people like Dr. Robert Lustig and Taubes to fight this epidemic. Robert Lustig co-authored an American Heart Association report recommending that men should consume no more than 150 calories of added sugars per day and women should consume no more than 100 calories of added sugar per day.
That is really low. That is less than a can of coke per day. This is no easy task for many of us. This is why I suggest to try to get rid of it all together if you can.
Our bodies need energy and as we mentioned naturally occurring sugars that come from sources like fruit and vegetables are solid sources. Load up on fresh produce.
The problem is that we often choose refined sugar over fruit and other carbohydrate sources. This is why you should be looking to always get that sugar fix with fruit and vegetables first.
So when you get that Pavlovian thought that you should go get ice cream at Cold Stone, realize that same fix can be met by bypassing the ice cream and going to the grocery store and getting that orange or carrots. If you focus on fresh fruits, vegetables, unprocessed animal protein, and healthy fats, then you should be doing very well with your diet.
While it might be hard for you to think of not eating added sugars, if you can cut it out of your daily diet then it will make a huge change in your energy, performance, and body composition.
What’s More Important?
I personally feel that by cutting out refined sugar it will have a larger impact than any drug or supplement you can take. I have seen it as the single biggest benefit personally in my life and it will help you live the life you deserve to have. If you can do that, it may be the difference between living an additional 10-30 joyous years and dying early.
And who knows, maybe we can put a dent in this worldwide cover-up.