November 04, 2016
With Halloween just behind us, some of us may be suffering from a sugar hangover. I’ll confess: I love a sweet treat. But I also know sugar has been revealed to be one of the least healthful things we can put in our bodies. In fact, it’s hard to think of a good reason to eat any kind of processed sugar.
One of the biggest surprises for me this last year is learning that more and more medical professionals say sugar is far worse for us than saturated fat. I say Hooray to that. Julia Child – who never met a pat of butter she didn’t like – lived a long healthy life. And it’s been shown in recent studies that sensible portions of saturated fat (butter, cheese, grass-fed animal protein, avocados, to name a few) is actually beneficial.
Our friend Jeannie Oliver, Certified Holistic Health Coach, Fitness Nutrition Specialist, NASM Certified, Personal Trainer and classically trained chef, wrote this:
“Fat Was Never the Bad Guy”
Having grown up in the 80’s and 90’s I was one of those who fell prey to the high carb low fat diet craze and it took me years to reverse the damage it did to my health and my waistline. Luckily we now know better and the truth is finally coming out.
A report published in the JAMA Internal Medicine on Sep. 12, 2016 revealed that the sugar industry paid scientists in the ’60s to shift the focus from sugar as a link to heart disease and blame saturated fat instead.
The New York Times reported the discovery of internal sugar documents. The documents suggest that many of today’s dietary recommendations were influenced by the sugar industry.
According to the NYT, “A trade group called the Sugar Research Foundation paid three Harvard scientists … to publish a 1967 review of research on sugar, fat and heart disease. The studies … minimized the link between sugar and heart health and cast aspersions on the role of saturated fat.”
Sounds similar to the decades-long cover-up of the health hazards of nicotine, doesn’t it? The NYT article also cites the previous revelation of soft-drink companies covering up the link between sugary drinks and obesity.
Why do wellness coaches and health practitioners care so much about the recent report? As the NYT cites, “For many decades, health officials encouraged Americans to reduce their fat intake, which led many people to consume low-fat, high-sugar foods that some experts now blame for fueling the obesity crisis.”
Just one more reason to recognize that sugar is addicting and harmful to our health; the better choices we can make, the better we can influence our health and longevity, and the health of our kids. Read the entire article, with links to the research, here.