Sugar is poison. So when I hear someone telling me that they are hooked on carbs, I’m thinking “if they only knew that they are hooked on sugar.” When I question the person who says, “I’m hooked on carbs,” never do I hear whole grains, vegetables or fruit. It is always cookies, muffins, potato chips, bread … and the list goes on. If they were hooked on the healthy carbs, that would be a great thing! Sadly, it is sugar is what they are craving and the harmful health effects of sugar is worse than fat. If you are hooked on sugar and suffer with sugar cravings, self-hypnosis can help you end your unhealthy cravings. Learn hypnosis and create healthy desires for plant-based food that supports you in your health and wellness.
Sugar Is A Poison
VegSource April 25, 2011: The rise of obesity is usually blamed on too much eating and not enough exercising, but Robert Lustig, MD, a UC San Francisco pediatric neuroendocrinologist, asks us to look beyond the obvious. Yes, more Americans are overweight today than 30 years ago. Kids are still getting heavier, compared with prior generations of kids. But behaviors that some might refer to as gluttony and sloth are merely consequences of the true cause of the epidemic, Lustig says. Food was just as abundant before obesity’s ascendance. The problem is the increase in sugar consumption. Sugar both drives fat storage and makes the brain think it is hungry, setting up a “vicious cycle,” according to Lustig.
More specifically, it is fructose that is harmful, according to Lustig. Fructose is a component of the two most popular sugars. One is table sugar — sucrose. The other is high-fructose corn syrup. High-fructose corn syrup has become ubiquitous in soft drinks and many other processed foods.
Lustig believes that fructose generates greater insulin resistance than other foodstuffs, and that fructose calories, therefore, fail to blunt appetite in the same way as other foods. Unlike conventional calorie counters, Lustig does not believe all food calories have the same impact on fat storage and energy expenditure, regardless of whether they come from fat, protein or carbohydrate. Fructose, a type of carbohydrate, is not metabolized like other foodstuffs, and not even like glucose, the other major carbohydrate, Lustig says.
In addition, Lustig claims that fructose is just as bad as alcohol in causing fat storage in the liver — and in causing fatty liver disease. Much of processed food labeled “reduced fat” instead has sugar added to make it more palatable, Lustig says. But when it comes to harmful health effects, sugar is worse than fat, he claims. Consumption of either results in elevated levels of artery-clogging fats being made by the liver and deposited in the bloodstream. But fructose causes even further damage to the liver and to structural proteins of the body while fomenting excessive caloric consumption, Lustig says.
Lustig prescribes four simple guidelines for parents coping with kids who are too heavy:
- Get rid of every sugared liquid in the house. Kids should drink only water and non-dairy “milks”.
- Provide carbohydrates associated with fiber.
- Wait 20 minutes before serving second portions.
- Have kids buy their “screen time” minute-for-minute with physical activity.
Sugar Is A Poison is an excellent article from VegSource and I hope that you will seriously consider the consequences of the sugar that you do eat. If you are craving the sugar of junk food and processed food isn’t it time that you learn hypnosis and change your eating habits? Self-hypnosis can really make a huge difference in your life and in the life of your family.
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