In 1972, a British scientist sounded the alarm that sugar – and not fat – was the greatest danger to our health. But his findings were ridiculed and his reputation ruined. How did the world’s top nutrition scientists get it so wrong for so long?
Join best-selling author Michael Pollan on a fascinating journey to answer the question: “What should I eat to be healthy?” This new documentary directed by Michael Schwarz (The Botany of Desire) cuts through confusion, busting myths and misconceptions. In Defense of Food shows how common sense and old-fashioned wisdom can help us rediscover the pleasures of eating and avoid the chronic diseases so often associated with the modern diet.
The effects of sugar can take your body down a vicious cycle known as metabolic syndrome. UC Davis' Kimber Stanhope altered the diets of a group of volunteers for her study. Instead of her subjects eating food like rice, pasta or bread, she had them consume a sugary beverage. The effects on the body started in the liver and from there Stanhope explains how that set off a chain of responses in the body.
This guideline provides updated global, evidence-informed recommendations on the intake of free sugars to reduce the risk of NCDs in adults and children, with a particular focus on the prevention and control of unhealthy weight gain and dental caries.
This is a fascinating article published in the Telegraph in 2014 about John Yudkin, a British physiologist and nutritionist and the founding Professor of the Department of Nutrition at Queen Elizabeth College, London. In the early 70's, when the food industry was blaming fat for the increase in heart disease and promoting the low-fat diet, he argued that his research pointed to sugar as the more probably cause. He published his findings in the book Pure, White and Deadly in 1972. Sit down with a coffee for ten minutes and have a read. It might change your food choices and what you feed your kids.
We are, on average, 3st heavier than we were in the 60s. And not because we're eating more or exercising less – we just unwittingly became sugar addicts.
The new Public Health England programme to combat the obesity and diabetes epidemics is welcome, but I fear it won’t make much difference
What we do and don’t know about dietary science.
It’s increasingly hard to eat less sugar, as market shelves are filled with sugary products. In the past ten years alone, global sugar intake has risen by ten percent. In what’s not the first and surely not the last appeal of the sort, the World Health Organization reports adults and children from the Americas to Western Europe and the Middle East must halve their daily sugar intake to reach acceptable levels. Otherwise the risk of obesity and tooth decay, to name a few, will skyrocket. In terms of daily energy intake, the new guidelines means that people should keep sugar at a maximum of 10% of equivalent energy.
Sugar is being called the new tobacco. Recent revelations exposed the sugar industry’s backroom cover-up of the harmful effects of this pervasive ingredient. Decades ago scientists were paid thousands of dollars to mislead the public into believing that fat should be avoided, when in fact, sugar causes a multitude of health problems and behavioral issues. Diabetes is more prevalent today than ever before and obesity is at epidemic proportions, especially amongst children. In The Case Against Sugar, science writer Gary Taubes (Why We Get Fat) delves into America’s history with sugar. He explains what research has shown about our addiction to sweets. He clarifies the arguments against sugar, corrects misconceptions about its relationship to weight; and provides perspective for making informed decisions about it.
This video shows how Sugar leads to the same problems as Alcohol by examining the Biochemistry.
This video explores the addictive nature of sugar, why it's in all our food and how it is affecting our brains, bodies and overall health.
This video explains the, history, data and Biology behind what really matters to weight gain & The vicious cycle created by a bad diet.
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, newly released historical documents show.
This is the story of how we came to be afraid of fat and cholesterol & Why the anti fat mindset has made a lot of people's health worse.
Kids in the United States are sweet on sugar, but a major health organization is issuing new guidelines to curb children's consumption of sugary foods and beverages.