The Case Against Sugar Review – an Unsweetened Attack on Diet Myths
Gary Taubes’s latest assault on the ruinous effect of sugar on our lives and the promotion of fat-free diets is detailed and compelling
Read the full article at: www.theguardian.com
Sugar is Not Just Empty Calories
Even more important are its effects on hunger and metabolism. Sugar causes your insulin levels to spike, which results in a later sugar “crash” in which the hunger causes you to overeat. This cycle continues as you satisfy that hunger with more sugar, causing another insulin spike. Over time, these insulin spikes desensitize your body to insulin, which is a major cause of obesity, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.
Change The Way Your Body Stores Fat
The other important effect of sugar is on your metabolism and fat storage. It’s not just that the calories in sugar are stored as fat, but rather that a diet high in sugar changes the way your body stores fat overall. The net effect is that a greater proportion of ALL the calories you eat are stored as fat.
There is also an effect on the type and location of fat that is detrimental to your heart health. Fructose, which is the chemical that makes sugar taste sweet, is metabolized in the liver, and this process results in the accumulation of visceral, or deep belly fat. This type of fat is not only unsightly but it also raises your level of LDL, the bad cholesterol, and is a major risk factor for heart disease.
So Gary Taubes continues to fight the good fight, against the food industry who wants you to believe that all calories are equal. They’re not. Sugar is what’s making you fat.
One Simple Yet Powerful Change
Try this simple experiment on yourself for one week: replace your sweet cereal with whole grains like steel-cut oats with berries and coconut milk. For a week make fruit the sweetest thing you eat all day. You will notice 2 things right away. Your cravings for sweets will disappear and body fat will start melting away effortlessly.