Lifestyle & Nutrition Blog
We Are Already Sweet Enough!
We are addicted to sugar. Given current statistics on heart disease, diabetes, obesity and fatty liver, the evidence for this is abundantly clear. The prevalence of these diseases, particularly in the last 25 years can be traced to our increased consumption of one simple ingredient: sugar. Currently, the average American consumes around 57 pounds of added sugar each year!! This is unbelievable. Sadly, it is our children that will suffer the greatest health consequences due to this epidemic as the foods and beverages that they consume daily are saturated with sugar. I was curious to learn about history of our sugar addiction and came across a book called; A Case Against Sugar.
I have chosen to highlight the book The Case Against Sugar written by science journalist Gary Taubes. The Case Against Sugar provides a comprehensive look into the history, geography, production and consumption of sugar since data has been gathered on the subject. Our dependent relationship with sugar began at least 10000 years ago likely with the accidental chewing of a stalk of sugar cane. Since then, sugar has made a consistently strong appearance in our food sources. Sugar evolved from the simplest of forms (raw sugar cane), to now being camouflaged in foods and beverages under the guise of at least 61 different names such as fructose or dextrin, with many of these forms created in food science labs.
This book provides an in-depth look into the domestication of sugar cane and the multitude of uses of sugar that has resulted in society’s dependence on it. Gary Taubes exposes covert ways in which government agencies as well as policies regarding regulation of sugar in food have been manipulated by big food companies. He also acknowledges the unsettling truth that at different times in history, noted health experts have endorsed the ‘health benefits’ of sugar and enthusiastically encouraged its consumption. Truly, by reading this book you will discover that our dependence on sugar is no accident, by rather a calculated manipulation by scientists, food and beverage companies and health experts to cloud our views on the dangers of sugar consumption.
If you have any concerns about your own consumption of sugar and how it can negatively affect your health, you must read this book!
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