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Scammed By Sugar Study

Posted October 27, 2016 12:00 AM by Chelsey H

Quitting sugar is hard.

Our brains are wired to see sugar as a reward, which makes us want more and more. Simple sugars, such as those found in soda and candy, cause sugar levels to spike because they are not combined with fiber and protein to slow down absorption like the sugar found in fruits and veggies. When the spike starts to come down, the rapid change in blood sugar leaves you feeling wiped out and shaking and searching for more sweets to regain that sugar “high.” And now you’re addicted.

To make matters worse, it was recently discovered that the sugar industry paid scientists in the 1960s to play down the link between sugar and heart disease and promote saturated fat as the culprit instead. Image Credit

Five decades of research into the role of nutrition and heart disease, including many of today’s dietary recommendations, may have been largely shaped by the sugar industry.

The papers were discovered by a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, and published in JAMA Internal Medicine. They showed that a trade group had paid three scientists to publish the false report on the connection between sugar and heart disease. And they were not the only ones. Last year, an article revealed that Coca-Cola had provided millions of dollars to funding in researchers who sought to downplay the link between sugary drinks and obesity.

We now know that “good” fats can actually reduce your risk of heart disease.

What makes this discovery so important is that for years health officials encouraged Americans to reduce their fat intake, which led many people to consume low-fat, high-sugar foods. Some experts claim this may have been fuel for the obesity crisis.

Fortunately, there are ways to reduce sugar addition by changing your diet and training your taste buds, and brain, to enjoy less sweet snacks.

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10/27/2016 6:54 AM

Pure sugar is pure poison....Eating it fosters a craving like any addictive drug, and it is as harmful as any of the big widely recognized illicit drugs on the market today....but sugar is cheap and it is not recognized universally as an addictive harmful substance, at least not on the same level as say cocaine or heroin or crystal meth, the big 3....It is regarded as a guilty pleasure, and even fed to our children with little or no thought...It alone is probably responsible for halting the once increasing life expectancy in the United States....

https://authoritynutrition.com/10-disturbing-reasons-why-sugar-is-bad/

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10/27/2016 9:50 AM

Pure sugar is pure poison....

My dad will attest to that.

He replaced his sugar with honey. And the results were phenomenal.

Not only felling better, but his joints also stopped aching.

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10/27/2016 10:45 AM

I disagree. Honey makes my throat close up and I can't breath thus it's dangerous to me.

As for sugar I find its effects gainful. It's largely what makes the world and everyone in it tolerable to me.

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10/27/2016 11:08 AM

What ever blows your skirt up to get you through the day....

anyways, that was the observation of a 90 year old man...

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10/27/2016 7:21 AM

Science reporting over the past couple decades has become awful. Most of the so-called reporters writing these stories are millennials with no sense of perspective and no background in any kind of science. They write these click-bait articles with scary headlines and distort what the scientists say, either because they are too stupid to understand what's being said or they feel the need to make scare-mongery distortions in order to get 'clicks' for advertising revenue.

And gee, what a coincidence, that just days before Halloween we get a story about the dangers of sugar. Sugar is poison! Sugar is addictive! Sugar will alter your personality! "That Twinkie made me kill!"

What nonsense.

My god, I wonder how I've survived 65 years without getting diabetes or becoming obese!

It's simple commonsense that too much sugar can cause problems. But if you have a problem, the cause isn't the sugar, it's you.

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What scientists say...

"Expert panels worldwide have made consistent recommendations on daily sugar intake. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends no more than 6 teaspoons (25 grams) of added sugar per day for women and 9 teaspoons (38 grams) for men.1 The AHA limits for children vary depending on their age and caloric needs, but range between 3-6 teaspoons (12 - 25 grams) per day.

That is in line with the World Health Organization's (WHO) recommendation that no more than 10% of an adult's calories – and ideally less than 5% – should come from added sugar or from natural sugars in honey, syrups and fruit juice. For a 2,000-calorie diet, 5% would be 25 grams.

Limit daily sugar to 6 tsps (25 g) for women, 9 tsps (38 g) for men.

Yet, the average American consumes 19.5 teaspoons (82 grams) every day.2 That translates into about 66 pounds of added sugar consumed each year, per person.3

Children and teens are particularly at risk. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend limiting total intake of discretionary calories, including both added sugars and fats, to 5% –15% per day. Yet children and adolescents in America obtain about 16% of their total caloric intake from added sugars alone.4,5

It's easy to exceed those limits. With as many as 11 teaspoons (46.2 grams) of added sugar in one 12 oz. soda, a single serving is close to double most people's daily sugar allowance.6 But sugar also is pervasive in our food supply. A leading brand of yogurt, for example, has 7 teaspoons (29 grams) of total sugars in a single serving, most of it added.

The sugar in one 12-oz soda is as much as in 1 orange + 16 strawberries + 2 plums.

Research also shows that, for some people, eating sugar produces characteristics of craving and withdrawal, along with chemical changes in the brain's reward center, the limbic region.

Using brain-scanning technology, scientists at the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse were among the first to show that sugar causes changes in peoples' brains similar to those in people addicted to drugs such as cocaine and alcohol.7,8 These changes are linked to a heightened craving for more sugar.9 This important evidence has set off a flood of research on the potentially addictive properties of sugar.10

Consuming too much added sugar over long periods of time also can affect the natural balance of hormones that drive critical functions in the body. Eating sugar increases levels of glucose in the bloodstream, which leads the pancreas to release insulin. Higher levels of insulin, in turn, cause the body to store more food calories as fat.

Insulin also affects a hormone called leptin, which is our natural appetite suppressant that tells our brains we are full and can stop eating. Imbalanced insulin levels, along with high consumption of certain sugars, such as fructose, has been linked to a condition called leptin resistance,11 in which the brain no longer "hears" the message to stop eating, thus promoting weight gain and obesity.

Leptin resistance enabled our ancestors to survive long periods of limited food supply by encouraging them to overeat during times of plenty and enabling them to conserve more calories as fat. In the modern world, that's not a benefit. To make matters worse, people with leptin resistance also tend to feel sluggish, making it difficult to be active and contributing to further weight gain."

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  • [1]Johnson, R.K., Appel, L., Brands, M., Howard, B., Lefevre, M., Lustig, R., Sacks, F., Steffen, L., & Wyllie-Rosett, J. (2009, September 15). Dietary sugars intake and cardiovascular health: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation , 120(11), 1011-20.doi:10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.109.192627. Retrieved from http://circ.ahajournals.org/content/120/11/1011.full.pdf
  • [2]Ervin, R.B., & Ogden, C.L. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2013). NCHS Data Brief, No. 122: Consumption of Added Sugars Among U.S. Adults, 2005–2010. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db122.pdf
  • [3]United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service. (2012). USDA Sugar Supply: Tables 51-53: US Consumption of Caloric Sweeteners. Retrieved from http://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/sugar-and-sweeteners-yearbook-tables.aspx
  • [4]U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2010). Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2010. Retrieved from http://www.health.gov/dietaryguidelines/dga2010/DietaryGuidelines2010.pdf
  • [5]Ervin, R.B., Kit, B.K., Carroll, M.D., & Ogden, C.L. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2012). NCHS Data Brief No. 87: Consumption of added sugar among U.S. children and adolescents, 2005–2008. . Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db87.htm
  • [6]Soft drinks: sugar content. Retrieved from http://www.floridahealth.gov/chdcollier/Documents/ToothFairy/sugarinsodas.pdf
  • [7]Volkow, N.D., & Li, T.-K. (2004). Drug addiction: the neurobiology of behaviour gone awry. Nature Reviews Neuroscience , 5(12), 963-970.
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  • [9]Avena, N., Rada, P., & Hoebel, B. (2008). Evidence for sugar addiction: behaviroal and neurochemical effects of intermittent, excessive sugar intake. Neuroscience Behavior Review , 52(1), 20-39. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17617461
  • [10]Garber, A.K., & Lustig, R.H. (2011). Is fast food addictive?. Current Drug Abuse Reviews , 4(3), 146-162.
  • [11]Shapiro, A., Mu, W., Roncal, C., Cheng, K.-Y., Johnson, R.J., & Scarpace, P.J. (2008). Fructose-induced leptin resistance exacerbates weight gain in response to subsequent high-fat feeding.American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology , 295(5), R1370–1375. doi:10.1152/ajpregu.00195.2008

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10/27/2016 9:45 AM

Again, we have 'reporters' who 'explain' what 'experts' say, without knowing anything about the 'reporters', their agenda (they all have one), or the (often self-appointed) 'experts'.

I've seen too many instances over the years of some previous study (e.g., eggs have high cholesterol and are bad for you) being later overturned (no, actually eggs are good for you.)

I eat and drink what I want, which sometimes includes a bit of sugar - but I know not to overdo anything. I'm in excellent health. I don't need or take any prescription drugs, my weight is nominal for my age and height. My exercise consists of yard work and some hiking.

I would not be surprised to find out in a few years that many of the self-appointed anti-sugar 'experts' are simply paid shills for the companies that make NutraSweet, Stevia, et cetera (or, are funded by some government study by bureaucrats who own stock in these companies).

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10/27/2016 12:04 PM

That's why all the sources are listed....they include credentials and any possible conflicts of interest so you can judge for yourself...You personally may not be representative of the average person, you may in fact be an exception to the rule, that doesn't mean that the problem doesn't exist, or can be dismissed so easily...in any case I wish you the best of health...

"More than 29 million people in the United States have diabetes, up from the previous estimate of 26 million in 2010, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in four people with diabetes doesn’t know he or she has it.

Another 86 million adults – more than one in three U.S. adults – have prediabetes, where their blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be classified as type 2 diabetes. Without weight loss and moderate physical activity, 15 percent to 30 percent of people with prediabetes will develop type 2 diabetes within five years. "

https://www.cdc.gov/features/diabetesfactsheet/

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10/27/2016 10:23 PM

So many people are obese and have diabetes because they sit on their rear all day and eat as if they were running marathons. It's not just the sugar.

Personal responsibility is dead.

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Be that as it may, we have to work with what we have....You can't control how much exercise people get, and in the end we all have to pay for the healthcare expenses that people in poor health generate...What we can do is educate people about the dangers of excess sugars in their food, and eliminate it from foods so that people can have a low sugar diet that is ubiquitous and affordable when they do make up their minds to make some effort towards a healthier diet....They don't seem to have any problem attacking smokers, a problem that pales in comparison to diabetes....

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10/28/2016 12:27 PM

Maybe we shouldn't be paying for poor people? I'm all for education. That's the best way to eliminate poor people. But, you can lead a horse to water . . . .

Again, we get back to personal responsibility.

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10/28/2016 12:58 PM

I had some ups and downs in my life... , I realized that the only one to get me out of the down turns is myself.

And I've found that the best way is through a structured quality education. I did it twice.

Once when I left the farm... kinda.

And the second time was get me back on track after some health issues.

Both never came easy, but nothing worth getting rarely does.

My experience with saying things like 'personal responsibility' or 'poor life's choices'... isn't always excepted. For some they believe CR4 should be a 'Safe Space', and it shouldn't be brought up, pointed out.

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10/28/2016 10:21 AM

Thank you for the "link fest". But if you read the little article you will have to ask, who paid for those studies?

When it's science for hire, the results say whatever the purchaser wants.

Reefer madness anyone?

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10/28/2016 10:32 AM

I didn't read every post or link. But the Sugar industry is big business, and big a big business, there are a lot of subsidies involved. So there is a lot of cash involved.

Every article, every study, every statistic on sugar or anything, whether its political, economics, infrastructure, ect.... one has to look at who direct or indirectly bankrolled that study. Its sad to say, that there's a good chance that its skewed..

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Agreed. As my Grandfather taught me. Always, consider the source.

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You're right, at who paid for the studies....but don't forget to look at how much money Big Sugar pumped into studies over the years and into politicians.

The guilt goes both ways.

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"When it's science for hire, the results say whatever the purchaser wants."

That's mostly not true....Grants for study come from many humanitarian sources only concerned with furthering knowledge and understanding and improving health...

http://innovation.unhcr.org/10-funding-resources-for-humanitarian-innovators-2/

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Under the circumstances you describe, that may be true. What we were commenting on was the veracity of a study about the health benefits of sugar paid for by the sugar companies.

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My opinion of sugar is, in moderation, everything is fine.

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10/28/2016 8:39 AM

We eat what we like, even though we instinctively know better, then when the less than optimum results appear, we want to find a group to blame for our bad choices.

No one really has to tell us sugar is addictive - we've all known that since we were children. Same goes for processed meats, greasy fried foods, and so on. We know - we just don't want to accept it until a study is done, then find a culprit to blame.

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10/28/2016 8:51 AM

the problem with sugar as well as fat (even though the studies show that fat is good and carbohydrates are bad) is that our primeval part of our brain will crave sweet more. Because its encoded in our primitive brain that sweeter is safe, ripe as well as packs more energy. Fat has similar.... Problem is, today we are not burning calories foraging for food, and these are more readily and easily available.

but hey, I only repeat what I hear.

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