Accumulation of Sugar

If you listen to the sugar industry, their product is harmless and may even be an important part of a healthy diet. They recommend getting 25% of your daily calories from sugar. Research shows that people who get 25% or more of their calories from sugar triple their risk of death from heart disease compared to those who get 7% or less of their calories from this sweet stuff. What resource is the sugar industry using to come up with that one?

They further promote the myth that saturated fat is to blame for weight gain and ill health and not sugar, along with the debunked energy balance theory. One of the most viewed documentaries on Netflix is called “What the Health.” Why are they ignoring the accumulated evidence against sugar in a misguided effort to promote vegan ideology? The film is funded through an Indiegogo campaign and supposed to expose collusion and corruption in government and big business that is keeping us sick. It’s really a call to veganism, but their arguments are flawed and might as well be considered a freebie to the sugar industry.

Dr. Neal Barnard, adjunct associate professor of medicine at the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and president of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, claims that diabetes is not caused by a high-carb, high-sugar diet, but by fat buildup caused by a meat-based diet. He recommends a low-fat vegetarian diet, free of any and all animal products, without any restrictions on carbohydrates. What???

The film completely ignores the low-carb approach and Barnard believes the sugar in the cookie is what lures you in, but it’s the butter that makes you fat. Don’t they know that store bought cookies aren’t made with real butter? Believe me, we aren’t all making homemade cookies at home from butter. To vilify ALL fats is a Fatal error.

How can some of these doctors and experts insist that carbs are incapable of making you fat and that sugar doesn’t cause inflammation? There must be a hidden agenda or ulterior motive somewhere there. Medical literature is filled with evidence showing processed sugar is one of the most inflammatory foods there is. Excessive sugars promote insulin resistance, and this is the fire that feeds chronic inflammation. It also promotes obesity and fiber-free carbohydrates clearly are the primary culprit when it comes to packing on those pound.

There is evidence showing animal proteins contribute to aging, and vegan Seventh Day Adventists are among the longest living humans on the planet. But, if you are living on plants alone, you need to figure out how you’re going to obtain animal-based nutrients. Americans eat far more protein than is required for optimal health and this can trigger ill health by activating the mTOR pathway that plays an important role in cancer and aging. Replacing those carbs with protein is an unwise choice as high-protein diets tend to have poor health outcomes in the long term. You need healthy fat and protein needs to be restricted to what your body needs for growth and repair.

The filmmakers and experts are all vegan, leaving the average viewer to conclude that simply by following the trail of evidence, the filmmaker eventually reached the conclusion that a strict plant-based diet is the sanest, safest and healthiest alternative. The film was undoubtedly created with the intention to promote the vegan lifestyle right from the start.

Eat your veggies but beware of false sugar claims. It is ultimately your responsibility to choose for yourself and your children. Eat responsibly with a full rich balanced meal. Don’t necessarily believe everything you read, but do your own research.

Fredda Branyon