DailyDirt: Don't Eat Fat. Or Sugar. How About Just Less Of Everything?

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Everything in moderation. Somehow that adage seems to get lost in the media coverage of diets that claim near miraculous health results from totally eliminating X from a person's diet. Sure, there are things that you don't need even moderate amounts of, such as arsenic, lead and other toxins. But just less gluttony could go a long way. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.
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Filed Under: diet, fads, fat, food, health, moderation, sugar, world health organization

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    Colonel Panic, 19 Sep 2014 @ 5:25pm

    Well, actually...

    Dietary science is a constantly evolving field, and there have been a few (highly egregious in my opinion) mistakes in the past with things like our misunderstanding of dietary vs blood cholesterol, demonization of fat, etc...

    That said, we've known for a very long time now just how damaging and completely unnecessary sugar is in the diet, and it's really been an uphill battle against big holders in the food industry for years to try and raise awareness and start making progress toward reducing our nation's sugar dependency.

    Portion control is actually affected by sugar intake, and the metabolic syndrome (a.k.a., "why Americans are fat") has been demonstrated to be largely, if not entirely, the result of the body attempting to process an excess of fructose, the primary ingredient of refined sugar. Sugar impairs the body's satiety response, causing hunger and an inability to tell when to stop eating. Fructose, like alcohol, can only be metabolized by the liver, and involves virtually all of the same biochemical processes as metabolizing alcohol, resulting in all of the same health problems as excessive prolonged alcohol use.

    And that's really only the tip of the iceberg. There's all kinds of other ill effects of a diet high in sugar, such as glycemic load, diabetes, etc... while it supplies no benefit whatsoever to your body. It's effectively poison. I could go into a whole spiel on all the reasons you should avoid sugar, but it would be long and boring, and I'm not really fully qualified to discuss all of the biochem aspects anyway... but let's just say that while it seems unrealistic to try and eliminate sugar entirely from the western diet (It's everywhere), it is highly advised to reduce your intake as much as possible, as the less of it you consume, the better. As a former smoker, I consider sugar more hazardous to public health than smoking.

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