Sugar is harming our health. I have seen first hand the effects of sugar consumption. Three years ago, I was working as a Nurse Diabetes Educator for a Community Health Center. One of my clients came in for her routine appointment and told me about Dr. Robert H Lustig and his lecture. This lecture can be found on YouTube and it is called “Sugar, the Bitter Truth”. As a person that is always interested in nutrition matters, I took the time to watch the hour and a half lecture that evening on YouTube. I am not in the habit of drinking soft drinks, processed fruit juices or fruit drinks so I believed at that time that I was not consuming high fructose corn syrup.
The two things thing that stuck out in my mind from watching Dr. Lustig’s lecture was that high fructose corn syrup is a poison and that food manufacturers are in the habit of putting high fructose corn syrup into most processed foods. The obvious food that high fructose corn syrup is added to are in sweet foods such as candy and chocolate bars but sugar is hidden in not so obvious food such as catsup, spaghetti sauce and canned soups.
At that time, I was in the habit of buying “Lean Cuisine” frozen dinners so that I could take them to work and heat them up for lunch. My schedule was extremely busy and I rarely had time to cook homemade meals to take them to work. Lean Cuisine was my “healthy backup plan”. I was under the impression that even though these were frozen meals, they were generally healthy.
I started reading the ingredients in my packaged meals after watching the lecture and was surprised to learn that every single one of those packaged meals had high fructose corn syrup added to it. So much for the “healthy meal”. I stopped buying Lean Cuisine from that day forward.
In my quest to continually refine my healthy food consumption, I was finally forced to find time in my schedule to cook homemade meals and freeze them in single serving portions in order to take my meals to work. My slow cooker became my best friend and I developed the habit of batch cooking to get enough meals in my freezer to last me two weeks at a time. Now, I was confident in the knowledge of the ingredients that was in the food that I was eating.
In future blog posts, I will talk more about the health effects of sugar and high fructose corn syrup. A good resource book on the subject is a book called “Pure, White and Deadly” authored by John Yudkin. I have put a link on this blog post to the lecture called: “Sugar, the Bitter Truth”. It gets a bit technical at times especially when Dr. Lustig goes into hepatic (liver) fructose metabolism. Despite the technical portions, the one and a half hour lecture is well worth watching in order to thoroughly understand how high fructose corn syrup and sugar affect our metabolism. There are some interesting statistics in this lecture about fat consumption and the relationship with heart disease. I was happy to learn what Dr. Lustig had to say about this and I have now gone back to eating butter instead of margarine and I don’t trim the fat on my meat.
Pork chops anyone?