Thought this was important enough to put here.
Mark Bittman on food and all things related.
Sugar is indeed toxic. It may not be the only problem with the Standard American Diet, but it’s fast becoming clear that it’s the major one.
A study published in the Feb. 27 issue of the journal PLoS One links increased consumption of sugar with increased rates of diabetes by examining the data on sugar availability and the rate of diabetes in 175 countries over the past decade. And after accounting for many other factors, the researchers found that increased sugar in a population’s food supply was linked to higher diabetes rates independent of rates of obesity.
In other words, according to this study, obesity doesn’t cause diabetes: sugar does.
The study demonstrates this with the same level of confidence that linked cigarettes and lung cancer in the 1960s. As Rob Lustig, one of the study’s authors and a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco, said to me, “You could not enact a real-world study that would be more conclusive than this one.”
The study controlled for poverty, urbanization, aging, obesity and physical activity. It controlled for other foods and total calories. In short, it controlled for everything controllable, and it satisfied the longstanding “Bradford Hill” criteria for what’s called medical inference of causation by linking dose (the more sugar that’s available, the more occurrences of diabetes); duration (if sugar is available longer, the prevalence of diabetes increases); directionality (not only does diabetes increase with more sugar, it decreases with less sugar); and precedence (diabetics don’t start consuming more sugar; people who consume more sugar are more likely to become diabetics).
Not surprised... The processing of foods doesn't help... and we also have too much salt in our diets. We are eating more than we should of preserved foods. Eat fresher, direct nutritive foods and you will feel loads better...
The diet I'm on only allows for sugar from fruit. I can have small amounts of sugar, later, but I'm doing my best to stick to fruits and stevia (powdered leaf form, not processed like truvia). Since I've cut out sugar, most salt, and other things as well, my numbers are so much better. I had a cheat day Friday (hard to get around it) and feeling the difference really hit home for me.