Are you eating more sugar than you think you are? If you’re trying to cut down on (or eliminate) sugar, it may not be as simple as it sounds. Sugar seems to sneak into virtually every processed food, and often under code names that don’t explicitly say “sugar.”
A new report released by organic advocacy group, The Cornucopia Institute, highlights rampant misleading marketing efforts by leading yogurt brands in the industry.
The report points to major yogurt makers including Dannon, Yoplait and Chobani of turning yogurt—a longtime health food—into little more than junk food loaded with artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and emulsifiers.
Here are 10 articles from 2014 that I found especially interesting. There are 3 articles about the microbiome and the bugs in our gut. The most fascinating one is the research showing that the bugs in our gut may be driving our appetite, cravings and moods, driving us to eat what they want. I had to include the important piece from Men’s Journal, on how every time you walk into a physician’s office, you run the risk of overtreatment. This is essential reading if you haven’t seen it yet! There are also articles on some unusual beneficial effects of exercise and the detrimental effects of sitting too long. And obviously I had to include posts about the benefits of fat and the evils of sugar.
Millions of people have their vices, and for many it’s that available-without-prescription drug known as sugar. Its destructive and addictive abundance has helped make more than two-thirds of American adults either overweight or obese, not to mention saddling them with life-altering problems like diabetes, heart disease, cancer and dementia. Its disease-promoting effects are proof that sugar is anything but sweet. Excess sugar, in all its guises, causes so much illness and suffering. I cannot stress enough how important it is to kick it and all sweeteners as well. And trust me, I know how challenging it is – I once had a sweet tooth too!
Sugar – the less of it we eat, the healthier we all will be. At last, people are starting to get the message that too much sugar is bad for your health. And while it’s great that millions of sweet-tooth junkies are ditching sugar, they’re switching to non-caloric, artificial sweeteners, swapping one bad habit for another. So, if you’re hooked on the powdered white stuff, it’s time to make a change. Ideally, your daily dose of sweetness should come from the naturally-occurring sugars found in some whole, organic, unprocessed foods, not from synthetic sources or processed foods.
We all have our ups and downs, but if you’re feeling anxious, depressed or lethargic and can’t seem to shake it, your diet may be to blame. Have you ever heard that the gut is considered the 2nd brain? Gut health is a major factor in feeling happy, so food and mood are very intimately linked. There are certain foods that could be contributing to your mood swings more than others — a diet high in processed foods, sugar, artificial sweeteners, and chemicals has been shown to have a significant impact on mental health.
Here are 5 culprits that may be zapping your vitality and leading to major mood swings.
Of all the artificial sweeteners, Splenda (sucralose) has earned the reputation as being one of- if not the healthiest, or rather, “safest” of the bunch because it originates from sugar. A guilt-free sweetener that actually comes from sugar? Sounds too good to be true, and more research says that’s exactly the case.
Artificial sweeteners are on our Scary Seven list of food ingredients to avoid for a reason; they’re harmful chemicals that trick your body and put you at risk. Sucralose is no exception, and here’s more evidence to that effect.
Pointing towards the dangers of sucralose and why it should be avoided at all costs is a recent study (entitled “Sucralose, a synthetic organochlorine sweetener: overview of biological issues”) published in the recent issue of the journal Toxicology and Environmental Health.
A recent report released by Harvard health researchers have connected the consumption of sugary soft drinks and sodas with as many as 180,000 deaths each year around the world, with 25,000 of those deaths occurring in America, making it the third highest country on the list.
According to the report, 133,000 of the deaths are related to diabetes, 44,000 come as a result of cardiovascular disease and 6,000 are cancer deaths. The researchers calculated the impact of obesity and diet-related deaths by measuring the quantities of sugary beverages consumed based on age and sex. Latin American and Caribbean countries had the most deaths from diabetes and East/Central Eurasia had the highest number of cardiovascular deaths. Mexico, where sugary drink consumption is the highest in the world, had 318 deaths per million adults directly related to their soda and sweetened beverage habits.
For a while now, agave nectar has been all the rage. It seems we have finally found a healthy solution to our love affair with sugar – a natural sweetener that makes everything taste delicious without spiking blood sugar. It’s even been presumed safe for diabetics. The health food stores can’t keep it on their shelves and raw and natural foods companies have rushed to switch from sugar or brown rice syrup to agave.
But is everyone just drinking the agave Kool-Aid?
Sugar is one of the most dangerous ingredients on the market. It’s addictive, added to almost every processed food, and will make you overweight, depressed and sick if you eat too much. In fact, Americans eat close to 130 pounds of the stuff per person per year (4 times more than the recommended daily allowance), likely because it is so addictive. That’s why it’s exciting to know there are alternative sweeteners made in nature, like “stevia,” that don’t wreak havoc on your health – or do they? That’s what I went on a quest to find out. Here’s what happened…