Contrary to popular belief, the biggest contributing factor of poor health in America is not lack of exercise… it is the overwhelming abundance of added sugar in our food. Don’t get me wrong; a daily regimen of physical activity is essential to optimum health, but ultimately it is sugar that’s driving the metabolic disease epidemic that now plagues our country.
Not only does sugar have a dampening affect on the metabolism, excess amounts are stored as fat. It is therefore crucial that you are cognizant of sugar intake when food shopping – however, this is easier said than done.
Take away #4: certain types of sugars, namely artificial sweeteners, are not required by law to be listed on food labels – nor included as calories. That is how you have the miracle soda with “no sugar and no calories,” yet is just as sweet tasting as the original. It is all a lie, unfortunately, with terrible consequences to your health. It also doesn’t help that there are so many kinds of sugar.
Take away #5: maple syrup, corn syrup, molasses, agave, fruit concentrate, cane sugar, maltodextrose – they may taste differently, but from the neck down, they are all the same. This disguises the truth from the public, because with over 60 different kinds of sugar, many with complicated, scientific names; some that aren’t even mandated to be included in the calorie count, it is brutally challenging to be an educated consumer. Furthermore, looping all the way back to wholesale stores, there is even more trickery in that many bulk products aren’t required to put labels on the outside of the packaging – only on each individual serving inside.
Take away #6: if a food company is not willing to put the nutrition facts on the outside of the packaging – making you have to Google it or buy it first to find out, consider that a red flag and try and find a healthier alternative.
A crucial step in overcoming the public health crisis that our society now faces is rectifying the deplorable legislation that governs the food industry. Until then, I implore you to be as knowledgeable as possible when weaving the aisles of your local food stores. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me for additional information – but when in doubt, here is the most helpful tip I can give you:
Take away #7: if it didn’t come from Mother Nature that way, don’t eat it. Surely there are plenty of food products that are manufactured yet still healthy – but if you follow this simple rule of thumb, you cannot go wrong.
Part 4 of this blog post will reveal our 8th, 9th, and 10th take-away, as well as shine light on some of the other sketchy practices within the food industry.