You’ve probably heard sugar is bad for you. But, how bad is it, really?
Let’s start with the addictive nature of sugar . . . it’s more addictive than cocaine! In one study, animals were offered a choice between two feeding levers: one loaded with sugar or saccharin and the other with cocaine. 94% of the time, animals chose sugar or saccharin over cocaine!2
Researchers predict the same result for humans, concluding the reward delivered from sugar can surpass cocaine in even cocaine-sensitized and -addicted individuals.2
Our ancestral environment didn’t offer high concentrations of sweet taste. Mother’s milk was sweet, which meant, to our brains, anything with that taste was safe. This led us to find ways to get more of that taste, a taste we are not adapted to consume endlessly.
A new study in the British Medical Journal finds a link between sugary drinks and increased risk of cancer.1
The study evaluated over 100,000 healthy French adults with an average age of 42. Each were followed for nine years by taking dietary intake questionnaires, including tracking daily consumption of sugary drinks and 100% fruit juices.
The results show that less than 3.5 ounces of a sugary drink daily increases overall cancer risk by 18% and breast cancer by 22%. 100% fruit juices are also positively associated with risk of overall cancer.1
There was no increased risk found in prostate and colorectal cancer, but this may be due to a higher percentage of women (79%) than men (21%) in the study.
Artificially sweetened beverages did not show an increased risk of cancer, but researchers warn this may be because a very small number of participants consumed diet drinks.
The relationship between a diet rich in refined carbohydrates and sugary foods and drinks has been repeatedly linked to weight gain, insulin resistance (leading to increased risk of obesity), type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and Alzheimer’s.3,4
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The Sugar Conspiracy
Sadly, the sugar industry has hidden these facts from the public for decades. In 1967, the Sugar Research Foundation (known today as the Sugar Association) paid Harvard scientists the equivalent of $50,000 to publish a manipulated review of research on sugar, fat, and their connection to heart disease.
The review was published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, where studies were cherry-picked to downplay the role of sugar in heart disease . . . while pointing the finger at saturated fats.5
Blood Sugar: Heart Disease, Dementia + More
Heart disease, for example, is responsible for one in six deaths in the US, the leading cause of early mortality in America.4 One study shows that 73% of patients presenting acute myocardial infarction (heart attack) have abnormal blood sugar regulation and 50% have diabetes.5,6
To increase risk of heart disease, blood sugar levels do not have to get that high—prediabetic levels will increase heart health risks. In non-diabetics, for example, a 2-hour blood glucose at 96 mg/dL or higher was associated with a twofold increased risk of death from heart disease.
One study concludes the impact of refined sugars on insulin provides compelling evidence that overconsuming added sugars (sucrose or high-fructose corn syrup) may lead to increased risk of coronary heart disease.4
A diet of refined foods and sugars increases risk of sugar or glucose molecule glycation (sticking to a protein molecule). Glycation has been linked to a host of degenerative and inflammatory health concerns—most notably, age-related cognitive decline, such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.7,8
Top 4 Healthy Blood Sugar Strategies
- Exercise daily, combining resistance and aerobic activity. Learn Ayurvedic exercise here.
- Avoid processed and refined food. Eat whole, seasonal foods. Let me guide you monthly for free!
- Increase consumption of fresh organic vegetables and reduce meat and animal proteins to 10-15% of your diet. Learn why here.
- Get 7-9 hours of sleep. Learn how here.