Is Sugar Killing Us Slowly?

I found this “Fed Up” documentary interesting and wanted to share the trailer with everyone.  I’m glad a movie with this subject material finally made it mainstream.   It’s also gives you one more reason to start a garden!

Everything we’ve been told about food and exercise for the past 30 years is dead wrong. FED UP is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see. From Katie Couric, Laurie David and director Stephanie Soechtig, FED UP will change the way you eat forever.

My Take

I also wanted to spout off a bit from my perspective on diet.  I share similar views with the video, and think high sugar and high carbohydrate diets are slowly killing us.  Our family follows a version of the Paleolithic diet and have cut out processed oils (PUFA’s), sugars, and grains out of our diets for the last three years.  We’ve felt great, leaned up, gained muscle and gotten stronger.  I think there’s something to it, but don’t just listen to my anecdotal story.  Check out the sources from the “Fed Up” documentary.  Do your own research.  Try a diet change for 30 days.  The most obvious thing is that we Americans consume tons of high energy foods and live sedentary lifestyles, and you can’t do both.  Here are some things you can do to help your health:

Help Your Health!

by guest blogger Jodi Rund

 

Take out the added sugar

In order to do this, you must read labels!  It now comes in many names. The higher on the ingredient list, the more sugar the product contains. Here is a list a few in which to help you detect:

  • Agave nectar,
  • Anhydrous dextrose,
  • brown sugar,
  • brown rice syrup,
  • cane crystals,
  • cane sugar,
  • corn sweetener,
  • corn syrup,
  • corn syrup solids,
  • crystal dextrose,
  • evaporated cane juice,
  • fructose sweetener,
  • fruit juice concentrates,
  • high-fructose corn syrup,
  • honey,
  • liquid fructose,
  • malt syrup,
  • maple syrup,
  • molasses,
  • pancake syrup,
  • raw sugar,
  • sugar,
  • syrup,
  • white sugar,
  • fructose,
  • lactose
  • maltose,
  • carbitol,
  • concentrated fruit juice,
  • corn sweetener,
  • diglycerides,
  • disaccharides,
  • evaporated cane juice,
  • erythritol,
  • Florida crystals,
  • fructooligosaccharides,
  • galactose,
  • glucitol,
  • glucoamine,
  • hexitol,
  • inversol,
  • isomalt,
  • maltodextrin,
  • malted barley,
  • malts,
  • mannitol,
  • nectars,
  • pentose,
  • raisin syrup,
  • ribose rice syrup,
  • rice malt,
  • rice syrup solids,
  • sorbitol,
  • sorghum,
  • sucanat,
  • sucanet,
  • xylitol,
  • zylose.

Sugars added to foods have been linked to a lowered level of essential micronutrients and an increase in body weight. Normal sugar consumption is now abnormal and humans are paying the price with obesity, type II diabetes, cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and insulin resistance, to name a few.  When you become resistant to insulin, the hormone that clears glucose (sugar) from your bloodstream, your body needs to release higher and higher amounts of insulin to try to clear the blood.  “80% of men who are 25 years or older are resistant to insulin to some degree” (1).  This is startling news. Eventually, your body reaches a point where the glucose cannot be pushed into the tissue and just remains in the bloodstream. Unregulated insulin will cause damage to the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas and this will quickly result in a downward spiral of health complications.  Sugar is killing us slowly!

Get rid of processed foods

fed up documentary

Processed foods is where you will find an abundance of the hidden sugars, PUFA‘s, starches, fillers, and what not. Grain based products are very high in processed carbohydrates, which your body turns into glucose and stores as fat. Grains also contain lectins and gluten. Lectins are toxins that a plant develops to protect itself. These lectins cause damage to the gastrointestinal tract and also pull vitamins from the intestines.Gluten can cause abdominal pain or discomfort, bloating, diarrhea, headaches, joint pain, mood disorders, and more. A large majority of people have none of these outward symptoms, yet their insides are riddled with inflammation, preventing absorption of valuable micronutrients.

You must move!

fitness mom outdoors gardenNot only does it make you feel better  and look better, research has found that resistance training and exercise can effectively clear glucose and insulin from the blood stream. (Diabetics who perform resistance training can clear glucose from their system without needing medicine (2)).   Start a garden!

Eat real food

The “low-fat” and on-the-go packaged food craze that so many have embraced is robbing our bodies of essential fatty acids and micronutrients while at the same time introducing a  conglomerate of bizarre food additives (and substitutes)  in quantities in  which  the body has never had to metabolize. Bottom line, stick to whole, real foods at all costs; and again…..start a garden!

(1)Center for Diseaes Center. “Benefits of Strength Training” cdc.gov/physicalactivity February 24, 2011. Web.
(2)Gordon B A, Benson A C, Bird S R, Fraser S F.  Resistance training improves metabolic health in type 2 diabetes: a systematic review. Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice 2009; 83(2): 157-175. [PubMed]

 

If you haven’t seen “Fed Up” in full, you can rent it below.

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 Jodi fit mom
Jodi Rund is a fitness trainer, elementary teacher, and mom. She enjoys an active, healthy lifestyle close to the beach in Costa Rica.
Connect with her: Facebook/TrainwithJodi
Twitter: @Train_with_Jodi

 

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2 Comments

  1. Hi Jodi,
    So nice to see you helping people with your knowledge, as always you look amazing!
    I have a question, I am trying to eat as clean as possible, you mentioned that you cutted grains out of your diet, I say muesli and oats for breakfast just about every day or rolled oats? Why you consider this is not good?

    I appreciated your help!

    Maria.
    (Abril & Ambar say hello to you and your husband)

    • Hi Maria!
      Grains contain lectins and gluten. Lectins are toxins that a plant develops to protect itself. These lectins cause damage and inflammation to the gastrointestinal tract and also pull vitamins from the intestines, preventing absorption of valuable micronutrients (iron being a huge one). Gluten can cause abdominal pain or discomfort, bloating, diarrhea, headaches, joint pain, mood disorders, and more. In addition, processed carbohydrates, like muesli and oats, are very carb dense (which your body recognizes as sugar and then releases the hormone insulin). First thing in the morning you do not want this insulin spike (unless it is right after a hard workout –and then may not be entirely necessary– more on that later…). I always recommend staying under 30g of carbs all day until dinner. At dinner, you may eat something starchy. So, in the end, if you do not want to give up your muesli and oats, try –at the very least– pushing them to the evening (not at breakfast).

      Cheers!
      Tell the girls hello 🙂
      Jodi

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