When Reader’s Digest magazine reached out to me about my family’s 2018 health resolutions, my response was easy: “We’re going to eat even less sugar this year.” Since Dr. Fiola and I had children, we don’t have sugary food or drinks in our home. This has helped us offset our desire for it. I’ll admit, I’m proud when our daughters tell the restaurant server we only order dessert on our birthdays.”
What’s So Bad about Refined Sugars?
Sugar addiction is real. When you eat sugary foods, the same ‘feel-good’ parts of the brain fire up in the same way they do for people who abuse drugs, alcohol and nicotine. Many of us eat up to four times the amount of added sugar we should, thanks to hidden sugars in everyday foods, like yogurt, ketchup and barbecue sauce, ‘health/nutrition’ bars and those energy drinks we hand out to our youth athletes for ‘fuel.’ A mountain of studies has confirmed that sugar also ages you by fast-forwarding the body’s aging process by shortening the length of your chromosomes. Sugar consumption is also linked to a host of deadly diseases, particularly cancer, liver damage, heart failure and obesity.
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A Doctor’s Dose of Sweet Reality
Let me be clear — I’m not preaching that you and your family should never eat a sugary piece of candy or a slice of birthday cake. But it should be a special treat, not something that plays a role in daily meal-planning. If this is the way you treat sugar, metabolic syndrome (obesity) and the related chronic diseases that go along with it, could curtail your overall health-and your family’s health.
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It’s never too late to change course. Why not start right now?
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