Can Sugar Be Toxic?
April 19, 2012
Throughout this past year I made a commitment to myself to start eating better and give my body the right nutrition it needs in order to run Powerhouse Fitness as a business and teach nearly 3 classes a day.. everyday! Before my nutrition transformation I always felt tired and sore and could barely move in the morning! When I was 15 yrs old I made a commitment to myself to stop eating fast food and drink soda. I only drank water and tea and stayed away from fast food restaurants. However, I still craved pastas, bread, and items of food containing large amounts of sugar. Pancakes and french toast with syrup in the morning followed by a chicken sandwich and muffin for lunch and then possibly a pasta dinner to finish off the day with the addition to only one or two servings of fruits and vegetables throughout the day :/ Before last summer I made a goal for myself to lose at least 10 pounds and get extremely fit and lean in order to race at the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta in 2011. I was sitting in the back of the boat which is usually reserved for lighter rowers. I was currently weighing 220 pounds and wanted to be below 210 pounds by race day. I logged an average of 16 hrs a week of training for 3 months and basically kept my same eating habits. I stayed strong but it was a struggle for me to stay lean and in the end I only lost 1 pound. At that point I knew nutrition and trying to stay constantly aware of what I was putting into my body was going to be my sole focus for the next few months. I cut out most carbohydrates, bread, muffins, bagels, and pasta. I replaced those foods with corn tortillas. I also started eating whole raw nuts and grains and changed my eating habits to eat 2-3 times a day to eating much smaller meals and snacks 5-6 times a day. This boosted my metabolism and prevented me from getting those energy crashes throughout the day. I was more alert and energetic and was less sore ultimately taking less advil for pain. Like Socrates once said ‘Let food by thy medicine!’ Fruits, vegetables, berries, and grains were my focus and 3 months later with participating in the same workouts people were coming up to me all the time telling me I looked amazing and really ‘leaned out.’ I came to my own conclusion that by nearly eliminating all unnecessary sugar and carbohydrates from processed foods that I have become much healthier and have also noticed my body becoming healthier. I have started growing my own fruits and vegetables with my own Tower Gardens located at the Powerhouse Fitness Studio/ Warehouse in Long Beach. You can order your own right from this Website! Ask me more details about this amazing product and how to get better nutrition in your system on a daily basis HERE! At Powerhouse Fitness we also include FREE Nutritional Shakes After Class On Mon-Wed-Friday
When you eat a big dose of sugar you temporarily tamp down your immune system’s ability to respond to challenges. The effect lasts for several hours, so if you eat sweets several times a day, your immune system may be perpetually operating at a distinct disadvantage.
Sugar enhances inflammation
Inflammation, which is part of the immune response, is not always a bad thing. But eating sugar foods can fuel excessive, inappropriate inflammation that serves no useful purpose and actually promotes aging and disease. By cutting back on sugary foods will help you avoid excess inflammation in the muscles throughout your body. Foods can be the safe natural way to speed up muscle recovery
An influx of sugar into your body will have a fairly predictable result: Your blood sugar levels will zoom up. Shortly after, your pancreas will release a bunch of insulin to help clear sugar from your blood into your cells. As blood sugar levels go down, insulin levels return to normal. But when you eat a lot of sugar, you’re constantly calling for insulin, and that can backfire in a couple of ways. Over time, it takes more and more insulin to get the job done. Eventually, your pancreas may just stop responding to the call. In conclusion you then become an insulin-dependent diabetic. And along the way, exposing your cells and organs to chronically high insulin levels accelerates the aging process.
If you are what you eat, then what does it mean that the average American consumes 130 pounds of sugar a year? Sanjay Gupta reports on new research showing that beyond weight gain, sugar can take a serious toll on your health, worsening conditions ranging from heart disease to cancer. Some physicians go so far as to call sugar a toxin.
The following script is from “Sugar” which aired on April 1, 2012. Dr. Sanjay Gupta is the correspondent. Denise Schrier Cetta and Sumi Aggarwal, producers.
The chances are good that sugar is a bigger part of your daily diet than you may realize which is why our story tonight is so important. New research coming out of some of America’s most respected institutions is starting to find that sugar, the way many people are eating it today, is a toxin and could be a driving force behind some of this country’s leading killers, including heart disease.
As a result of these findings, an anti-sugar campaign has sprung up, led by Dr. Robert Lustig, a California endocrinologist, who believes the consumption of added sugars has plunged America into a public health crisis. Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Is sugar toxic? Dr. Robert Lustig: I believe it is.Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Do you ever worry that that’s– it just sounds a little bit over the top? Dr. Robert Lustig: Sure. All the time. But it’s the truth. Dr. Robert Lustig is a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, San Francisco and a pioneer in what is becoming a war against sugar. Motivated by his own patients — too many sick and obese children – Dr. Lustig has concluded that sugar, more than any other substance, is to blame. Dr. Sanjay Gupta: What are all these various diseases that you say are linked to sugar? Dr. Robert Lustig: Obesity, type II diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease itself. Lustig says the American lifestyle is killing us. Dr. Sanjay Gupta: And most of it you say is preventable? Dr. Robert Lustig: Seventy-five percent of it is preventable. While Dr. Lustig has published a dozen scientific articles on the evils of sugar, it was his lecture on YouTube, called “Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” that brought his message to the masses. Another great production on a larger scale that coincides with the topic of sugar is the idea of bad foods is ‘Fast Food Nation’ that premiered in movie theaters across the country not too long ago. Fast Food Nation: Bad Food!
By GARY TAUBES Published: April 13, 2011
On May 26, 2009, Robert Lustig gave a lecture called “Sugar: The Bitter Truth,” which was posted on YouTube the following July. Since then, it has been viewed well over 800,000 times, gaining new viewers at a rate of about 50,000 per month, fairly remarkable numbers for a 90-minute discussion of the nuances of fructose biochemistry and human physiology. Lustig is a specialist on pediatric hormone disorders and the leading expert in childhood obesity at the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine, which is one of the best medical schools in the country. He published his first paper on childhood obesity a dozen years ago, and he has been treating patients and doing research on the disorder ever since. Read more here