Global Sweet Tooth

Let me tell you about my sweet tooth: when I start having chocolate, I cannot stop until the whole chocolate bar is gone. So what do I do? I try to avoid it.

In March 2014, World Health Organization (WHO) announced that only 5% of our caloric intake could be from sugar vs. previous guideline of 10%. In the very same month Canadian Medical Association journal published an article stating that by 2019, half of Canadian provinces will have more overweight and obese adults than normal weight adults. This made me think:

The bitter truth is, it is hard to resist sugar. If you start reading labels you will realize sugar is almost added to everything from yogurt to protein bars. This is

because sugar activates reward systems in your brain. This feeling will encourage you to go back for more. By now, I hope that you are thinking if this is the reason experts compare sugar with drugs like cocaine. The answer is yes, they all activate reward systems of brain and get you hooked.

I am pretty sure, many people believe sugar is ok in moderation and they will argue that sugar is the food for our brain. This is valid to some degree but with a bit of twist. Our brain feeds on carb NOT sugar. Sugar by itself has zero nutritive value. As many of you know, there is an evolutionary reason behind every response in human body. Going back to our ancestors, food was scarce in winter and plenty in summer. This reward system was survival strategy to eat as much as possible in summer to survive in winter.

Now that we all know sugar is addictive, I am going to give you my bottom line advice:
“Sugar is not safe in any amount unless you get it from fruits and vegetables”.

In modern society our body is saturated in sugar. Therefore, any extra sugar that enters our body, will turn in to fat leading to fatty liver, obesity, high cholesterol and high triglyceride. Also, Insulin goes into overdrive each time a large amount of sugar enters our body and eventually our cells lose sensitivity to insulin and we develop diabetes type II.

To sum up, this will be my advice to everyone:

• Prepare your meals at home
• Read labels (dextrose, dextrin, Fructose, glucose, beet sugar, rice syrup, cane crystals, corn syrup, maltose, xylose, etc- they all mean sugar)
• Eat whole foods
• Avoid processed foods. If our ancestors would eat it, you can eat it as well.

Remember, our taste buds have twenty one day memory. Be patient while trying to quit sugar!

Dr. Z

Author resumes no liability for incorrect information or any action reader decides to take based on the information on this blog post. This blog post is only author’s personal input on the topic and by no means entails any medical advice.