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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

SUGAR - Is Killing Us

Here are some facts to consider in regards to type 2 diabetes:

HFCS (High Fructose Corn Syrup) starting being added to foods in the early 1970's

The number of Type 2 diabetics in America has doubled in the last 30 years...SEE any correlation here?????

SUCROSE or table sugar , is composed of equal amounts of glucose and fructose, the latter being the kind of sugar you find naturally in fruit.
High Fructose Corn Syrup is also a mixture of fructose and glucose with about 55%  (fructose) and 45% (glucose)  in soft drinks. Although glucose is metabolized by the cells all through your body, FRUCTOSE IS PROCESSED PRIMARILY IN THE LIVER.

Therefore if you eat too much too quickly in forms such as soft drinks, and candy, your liver breaks down the fructose and produces fats called triglycerides. Any guesstimates on how many teaspoons of sugar are in a typical fountain cola drink at a fast food restaurant?

Take a LOOK:

Eight teaspoons of sugar sounds like a lot, right? It is. A typical 16-ounce bottle of soda has 44 grams sugar, or about 11 teaspoons. Interestingly, the USDA notes that retail soda (the stuff you buy in the can at the store) has more sugar than the fountain soda you get from fast food restaurants since (they're served with ice that takes up some space in the cup).

NO, that doesn't make the sodas in fast food restaurants HEALTHY.
Here's the sugar and calorie content for a cup of soda from a typical fountain:
  • 12-ounce cup (child size): 23 grams sugar and 95 calories
  • 16-ounce cup (small): 31 grams sugar and 128 calories
  • 21-ounce cup (medium): 44 grams sugar and 180 calories
  • 32-ounce cup (large): 65 grams sugar and 267 calories
In 1980 there were 153 million Type 2 Diabetics in the USA
In 2013 there were 347 million Type 2 Diabetics in the USA

The average American consumes approximately 22.7 teaspoons of sugar daily.

Concerning Blood Pressure, I found this interesting:

1900 - 5% of the population had high blood pressure
2013 - 33% of the American public have high blood pressure

The more sugar you consume in all its forms, the more your tissues become progressively insulin RESISTANT, and the harder your pancreas works trying to pour out MORE INSULIN which over time becomes less effective and the deadly cycle continues.

Is it any wonder that approximately 1/3 of Americans meet the statistical criteria for "Metabolic Syndrome". Metabolic syndrome brings obesity, especially around the waist, which ultimately leads to Type 2 Diabetes.

Type 2 diabetics then take the attitude that they can still eat and/or drink anything they want to and just get hooked up with an insulin meter pump and forget about diet and exercise. After a while they realize it takes more and more insulin to control their glucose levels and it is a downhill spiral.

You need to EAT LESS, EXERCISE MORE, and avoid sugar in all its many forms. Stay away from simple empty calorie carb's including but not limited to:

Pies, cakes, candy, pudding, cookies. muffins, breads, biscuits, doughnuts, MOST store bought breakfast cereals, etc. etc.

EAT more fresh organic fruits and vegetables, and pencil in time for a 30 minute brisk walk every day.


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