Sugar: it’s in everything we eat, we love it, and it’s absolutely killing us. Deaths from type 2 diabetes, obesity, and heart disease have all been linked to sugar intake, and yet our national consumption has never been higher. Thank goodness we had nutrition expert and bestselling author Cynthia Sass on the show to help navigate us through this sugar nightmare.
“A Direct Correlation”
When we used to think about sugar, our biggest concern was probably getting a toothache, or, at worst, a cavity. In today’s world the consequences are much more dire. The hard evidence linking sugar intake to heart disease, obesity, and type-2 diabetes is irrefutable. In fact, the rates for these illnesses are skyrocketing. “For every additional 150 calories of sugar consumed a day, the risk of type 2 diabetes goes up another 1%”. That’s “a very direct correlation” warns Cynthia, and it doesn’t end there. Sugar intake is still directly related to heart disease and cancer, the “top killers” of people in the United States.
What to do!?
There is some good news though. Unlike other diseases, we have the power – each one of us is in charge of our own diets, and therefore, in charge of our own fates. The simple answer? Reduce the intake of added sugars. “If theres one thing you could be doing differently in your diet, this is it,” implores Cynthia. Added sugars can be found in expected places, such as sweet drinks and cakes, and in unexpected places, like breads, crackers, condiments, even salad dressings. Limit these, and you limit your chances of acquiring life-threatening diseases.
No added sugars doesn’t mean you can’t eat things that are sweet. Naturally occurring sugars from fruit are bundled with antioxidants, fiber, and other vitamins and minerals, protective substances that can actually reduce your cancer risk from recurring, or it can help you fight the cancer itself.
Watch my full interview with Cynthia Sass here.
Check out Cynthia’s new book Slim Down Now: Shed Pounds and Inches With Real Food, Real Fast, in stores now!
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