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Do Our Bodies Treat Sugar Like Poison?

Sugar isn’t poison, but it definitely isn’t good for you. One sugar in particular (glucose) lies at the core of virtually all of the metabolic reactions going on in your body because it is the primary molecule from which your body “knows” how to get energy. Most

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If Sugar Is Harmless, Prove It

Over the past half-century, the rate of obesity in America has nearly tripled, while the incidence of diabetes has increased roughly sevenfold. It’s estimated that the direct health care costs related to obesity and diabetes in the United States is $1 billion a day, while economists have calculated the indirect costs to society

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Do sugar substitutes spike our insulin secretion?

Not all sweeteners are created equal. There are multiple types of sweeteners, all of them chemically distinct from each other. It turns out that some of these sugar substitutes are even more harmful than sugars in many aspects. Despite not being sugar, some artificial sweeteners induce the same

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Endurance athletes who ‘go against the grain’ become incredible fat-burners

Elite performance on a diet with minimal carbs represents a paradigm shift in sports nutrition Elite endurance athletes who eat very few carbohydrates burned more than twice as much fat as high-carb athletes during maximum exertion and prolonged exercise in a new study — the highest fat-burning

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Why your diet should include more fat

Think back to the ’80s and ’90s when buying anything that didn’t don a low-fat label was simply taboo. Back then, butter and egg yolks topped the “do not eat” list, while refined carbs and packaged foods weren’t given a second thought. But times have definitely changed.

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Target: Blood Sugar Health

Published in WholeFoods Magazine November 2016 … Did you know that more than 29 million Americans have diabetes (1)? That’s more than 9% of the total population. The numbers climb every year with approximately 1.4 million Americans diagnosed with diabetes every year (1). With numbers like these,

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The Blatant Lies Big Sugar Tells to Keep You Coming Back for More

At the risk of sounding dramatic, sugar has become 2016’s tobacco: It’s terribly unhealthy for you, is widely available to kids, and is probably abused by ad agency executives. Sure, it may not be physically addictive, but unlike tobacco, it actually tastes good, which keeps people coming back

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Sugar lobby paid scientists to blur sugar’s role in heart disease – report

New report highlights battle by the industry to counter sugar’s negative health effects, and the cushy relationship between food companies and researchers. A new study details how the sugar industry worked to downplay emerging science linking sugar and heart disease. Influential research that downplayed the role of

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Study: Sugar Industry Secretly Paid Harvard Researchers to Blame Fat for Health Risks

In the 1960s, the leading sugar industry trade group paid three Harvard researchers nearly $50,000 in today’s dollars to publish a literature review that would link fat and cholesterol—and not sugar—to increased risk of heart disease. In 2007, Cristin Kearns was a general manager at Kaiser Permanente,

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Sugar industry paid scientists to misdirect obesity blame

Internal industry documents suggest that five decades of research into the role of nutrition and heart disease — including many of today’s dietary recommendations — may have been largely shaped by the sugar industry. The sugar industry paid scientists in the 1960s to downplay the link between

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