Our Broken Food System

Temptation“I’ve tried every kind of diet there is and nothing gets the weight off.”

Does that refrain sound familiar? For way too many years, we assumed that fat people were lazy. Or that they just didn’t try hard enough. If they did, certainly the weight would come off.

Now we know differently. Our food system is broken.

With authorities like Dr. Robert Lustig, pediatric endocrinologist, leading the charge, we now know that the reason for weight gain, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome is sugar. And while food companies are fully committed to keeping you addicted, Lustig is just as passionate about freeing all of us from the heavy chain of sugar addiction.

The Lies Food CompaniesTell To Keep You Addicted

You know how it goes. In your head, you’re dreaming of a trim body, one that runs as smooth as a luxury limousine, not like the Ford Fiesta you currently inhabit. Then your grocery store has Oreos on sale. The package says it has reduced fat so you grab it.

Chalk one up for the food companies. It’s just one of the many lies they tell to sucker consumers into staying committed to their addiction. As Lustig says, “A calorie is not just a calorie.”

That fat the manufacturer reduced just got gobbled up by the additional sugar they added to keep those cookies tempting.

Check out the Women’s Health magazine graphic on the numerous name disguises for sugar. (source: Robert Lustig and Women’s Health magazine)

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When you decide to dramatically cut sugar from your diet, you are committing to a new lifestyle. And once you tame the sugar beast, you will be surprised at how different the world looks. You will see food in a whole new way. The food companies, by the way, hate that.

The Biggest Change You’ll Want To Make

When you give up sugar, does that mean you have to give up all sugary sweets? If you find that you can eat the occasional doughnut or icing laden muffin, go for it. For me, it doesn’t work. First of all, my taste for such junk foods has completely changed. I no longer want it.

Even if I eat store bought granola, I have to be very careful. It’s very easy to slip back into old patterns. So that one is your call.

But that soda and canned juice has got to go!

There’s absolutely nothing good about a soda. A single can continues 100 teaspoons of sugar! And if you’re thinking that you’ll just switch to diet sodas, think again. Aspartame is an excitotoxin. That means it turns off the “full” button in your brain. Your body doesn’t know when it’s full; you keep eating and eating.

Diet sodas also increase belly fat, high blood sugar and cholesterol.

And canned fruit juice?

They contain the same amount of sugar as soda, just minus carbonation. Plus, fruit juices are highly processed with all the fiber removed from it. It also loses the nutritional value and is almost as worthless as soda. Avoid it!