For the past six weeks I have significantly reduced the amount of sugar in my diet and the results have been terrific: more energy (fewer naps!), shedding unwanted pounds, and just a general overall healthy feeling both physically and emotionally.
It appears that we the consuming public were duped into believing that a low-fat diet was the secret weapon to healthier living. Sometime last year, it came to light that big companies like Coca Cola and Kellogs paid for Harvard scientists to conduct studies proving no relationship between heart disease and a high sugar diet. The results were published in 1967 in the New England Journal of Medicine and, to no surprise, concluded that previous studies implicating sugar's negative health effects were flawed, and that a low-fat diet was the best defense against heart disease.
We now know, thanks to the tremendous work of people like author Gary Taubes, that sugar really is the culprit for our obesity and life-altering, debilitating illnesses. Taubes book, The Case Against Sugar, exposes the sugar and high-fructose corn syrup epidemic and how it is making us all very sick. He maintains that sugar is the tobacco of the 21st century (it was actually an additive in cigarettes for a time).
The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that processed sugars and other high-glycemic starches increase inflammation, which causes pain, overheating, redness and swelling. While inflammation is a healthy response to some trauma in our bodies, chronic inflammation is the cause of many deadly diseases as well as everyday aches and pains.
Check out Taubes book, cut back on your sugars - just read the labels on your favorite foods - and see how you feel in a month. Speaking from experience, I think you'll welcome the change.