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The sugar conspiracy

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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?

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In Defense of Food

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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.

What Does Sugar Actually Do To Your Body?

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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.

John Yudkin: the man who tried to warn us about sugar

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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.

Sugar, Processed Food, and Obesity – Sugar Is In Everything

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.

The Case Against Sugar

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.