Diabetes has become a huge problem in the USA, as well as obesity where all roads lead to sugar, whether in the form of simple carbohydrates (breads, pastas) or outright sugar such as candies, soft drinks and processed foods. Heart disease also has links to sugar as well.
American’s are slowly awakening to the problems caused by sugar, and some areas of the country such as NYC have even tried to tax soda due to its affects on our health.
Many of the problems our doctors treat with medications can be better served by improving their diets, which in time will improve their health and reduce the risk of problems such as diabetes type 2.
The current science indicates that carbohydrates can be addictive at the cellular level, and cause cravings and contribute to food overconsumption.
While sugar in small amounts is likely not harmful, most of us are unaware of just how much sugar is used in the foods we eat, especially in soft drinks, ice cream and other foods.
Recently, Vox published an investigative article suggesting the sugar industry has, with its lobbying and government influence affected the science that our diets are based on, and perhaps may be why we currently eat and consume the way we currently do, however, this is slowly beginning to change. There article is based on a journal article in JAMA Internal Medicine.
Check the article out here
How the sugar industry has distorted health science for more than 50 years
Updated by Julia Belluz on September 12, 2016 [email protected]
The sugar industry has a long history of shaping nutrition policy in the United States, working to mask the potential risks of consuming too much of the sweet stuff.
It wasn”™t until this year, for instance, that the US Dietary Guidelines finally recommended people keep their consumption of added sugars below 10 percent of their total calorie intake “” decades after health advocates began pressing for the measure. The sugar lobby had fended off this recommendation all the while.
New research, published today in JAMA Internal Medicine, shows that Big Sugar may have done more than just advocate for favorable policies. Going back more than 50 years, the industry has been distorting scientific research by dictating what questions get asked about sugar, particularly questions around sugar”™s role in promoting heart disease.