For years you were told that saturated fats were bad for you. They caused heart disease, heart attacks, atherosclerosis and obesity. You were told to stay away from meat, butter and other saturated fats. It was drummed into you that these fats caused high cholesterol and triglycerides. All these myths, lies might be too strong, have led us down the path of illness and disease.
After so many years of following this advice research found that sugar was the culprit. It was found that some in the sugar industry helped spread these myths to the advantage of sugar. Sugar, especially high fructose corn syrup, causes inflammation which is the root of most diseases. Although some fats do increase cholesterol they also raise high density lipoproteins (HDL’s) which are important for carrying fats to the liver to be burned as energy fuel. Sugar increases triglycerides, and lowers high density lipoproteins which is the good cholesterol. The ratio of high density lipoproteins to other values is the most important factor at reviewing cholesterol.
Sugar especially high fructose corn syrup is now recognized as the primary reason for our country’s obesity problem. At least 65% of Americans are overweight and 1 out of 3 of those overweight are considered obese. Soft drinks are the number one culprit. How bad is our consumption of sugar today? Statistics show us that today each child consumes over 30 teaspoons of sugar in one form or another each day. That comes out to an average of approximately 150lbs per year. This is an astounding amount.
If you’ve read my book another poison added to our diet is aspartame. History has shown that it took decades of bad research and payoffs to FDA officials for Aspartame to finally come onto the market. It came in as diet sodas and it is an excitotoxin that changes the chemistry of the brain. This substance has been linked through a series of studies to a number of serious diseases such as birth defects, autism, liver toxicity, memory loss, leukemia and many more. Various large studies on aspartame came up with these alarming facts: One diet soda a day increases leukemia risk by 42%, multiple myeloma by 102% in men, increased the risk of heart attack and strokes by a whopping 44%.
Finally, with these fake sugars added to diet sodas can actually increase your weight and many are addictive. You can’t drink only one.
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