This is a question that only you can answer as we area different. However over the last few years, sugar has certainly started to become the villain. Is that fair? Perhaps. Two facts seem to be at play:
- We’re certainly eating far more processed and refined sugars than at any other point in history
- The rise in sugar consumption correlates with the increase in our body weight, with 60% of Americans now overweight, and 30% obese.
On the other hand, carbohydrates is a macro nutrient that the body needs for energy. And humans love sweet things which not only tastes good, is also an indicator that the item is safe too eat. The problem seems to be that not all carbohydrates are equal and, though we have been sold a number of stories over the years like:
All calories are equal
Fat is bad
If you want to be healthy, do some exercise
Over the last 12 months, whilst more and more research articles have appeared trying to convince us that sugar is bad, I have published a number of blog posts to help you decide what action you should take for your wellbeing. Below is a selection of some of the best pieces, including access to insight from research and other resources.
Why are more than 110 Million Americans Obese The latest figures from The United Nations Food & Agricultural Organisation estimates that there are about 1.5bn overweight people in the world (a fifth of the world population).
Not all sugars are equal: Spotlight on Fructose Many people believe that fructose is healthy sugar as it comes from fruit. Are they right?
Happy Sugar-Free Easter Here are a few practical ways to get through Easter and other celebrations and not feeling that you are missing out!
The War Against Sugar Continues Did we really get 40 years of dietary advice wrong?
Sugar: The Bitter Truth Robert Lustig caused waves when he delivered his speech Sugar: The Bitter Truth. Here’s the full 90 minutes lecture. You definitely won’t agree with all of his points, but his argument is compelling.
How to reduce sugar cravings: Radio Interview? Here’s a link to an interview I gave to Debbie Walker on Natural Health Radio.
Is Sugar Really Addictive? For some ‘sugar sensitive’ people, it definitely is.
The Taste for Sugar Insight from New Scientist that not only highlighted the growth in the amount of sugar we’re consuming over the last few hundred years, but the fact that ‘however much you might want it, you really don’t need sugar’.
Sugar :A guide to the different types If sugar was always labelled ‘sugar’, it would be so much easier to avoid if we chose to. The trouble is that Food manufacturers cleverly disguise sugar on their food labels meaning that you have to be a ‘food detective’ to know exactly how much sugar you’re eating.
Sugar: Are you eating too much? Insight from the Credit Suisse Research Institute which
found that we eat and drink an astonishing amount of sugar . For instance, according to the research, ‘the average person consumes 70gsm of sugar and high fructose corn syrup per day’ – that’s 17 tsp, up a whopping 46% from three decades ago! Given that this is an average, the truth is that many people are eating a lot more than this!
Added sugar: never assume A good example of why it’s important to read labels!How much sugar in Coke?
How much sugar is in a can of coke? Now here’s a question for you. Would you drink a glass of water with 8 teaspoons of sugar added? Well that’s exactly what you do every time you drink a can of coke. If you don’t believe me, watch this video.
Sugar Addiction Quiz Sugar certainly seems to fit into the definition of an addictive substance. For example, eating just a small amount makes you want more and if you don’t have it, you get withdrawal symptoms. Here’s a short quiz courtesy of Nancy Appleton where you can see just how addicted you are.
Sugarholics Watch Jack LaLanne discuss simple tips to beat sugar addiction in just five days.
How much sugar are you drinking? It’s estimated that as much as 50% of sugars are consumed in the form of drinks in the form of sodas and juices.
Is Agave Syrup a good alternative to sugar? Many people believe agave is a “healthy” sweetener because it is “natural” and marketed as being low-glycemic. So should we all replace table sugar with Agave Syrup?
Whilst insight and knowledge is very valuable, as we all know, insight without action is not much use. So if you’re keen to get started, but not sure what to do first, here are a few next steps for you:
1. Sign-up for Weekly email tips to help you bring the Unsugar Philosophy to life
3. Join the next Unsugar Diet Online Coaching Programme. A three week, modular, group programme designed to take you towards a slimmer version of yourself.
4. Follow the Unsugar Diet Pinterest board: http://www.pinterest.com/larry92999/sugar/ where you’ll find many insights and practical steps to help you follow the unsugar diet philosophy:
And finally, here are 10 good reasons to understand more about sugar so that you can shop, eat and live smartly: