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  • Sugar is toxic, a new study is showing

    sugar 1487238 639x423For years nutrition experts have condemned fat as one of the worst things you can eat for health. But new studies are proving that sugar may be the real culprit. Despite the popularity and availability of low-fat foods on the market, the rate of diabetes, heart disease and obesity continue to skyrocket. Dr. Peter Lustig says it’s because sugar has been added to fat-free products to boost flavor.

    For years, Lustig, an endocrinologist from the University of San Francisco, has been studying the effects of sugar on his child patients. And he’s been trying to educate people on the health dangers of sugar, which he thinks is responsible for much of the nation’s health woes today.

    Up until now, studies done on sugar consumption have been inconclusive because they resulted in weight loss. Thus the health benefits seen in the studies could have resulted from caloric restriction and weight loss instead of avoiding sugar.

    Lustig has done a new study on 43 obese children that controls for weight loss. Only a few of the children lost weight but most remained the same weight during the 9-day study. During the study he reduced sugar to 10 percent of the diet by replacing it with starch and keeping calories the same. The results were significant. Many of the children went from being insulin resistant (a precursor to diabetes) to insulin sensitive. Also, fasting blood sugar dropped by 53 percent, along with insulin production. Triglyceride and LDL levels also declined and the kids showed less fat in their liver.

    Finally, Lustig says, a study definitively links sugar consumption to metabolic syndrome.

    However, changing ingrained public perception about sugar versus fat will be a longer process. Lustig hopes his study will change the views of doctors and government health officials about sugar. And these thought leaders will change their nutritional and health recommendations to patients and the public. These new findings may also influence the dietary guideline recommendations released at the end of the year by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    One of the issues with sugar is how addictive it is. Even if people know its harm the habit is hard to break. But there is a way to stop sugar cravings without much pain. The 21-Day Body Makeover program is designed to help stop sugar cravings in a minimal amount of time.

    One of the most interesting parts of the study is that some of the children did lose weight despite consuming the same amount of calories. And Lustig has future studies planned that will show the effect that sugar has on the body apart from its calorie content. One of the findings hinted at in the recent study is the effects of sugar on the liver.

    If you want to experience the health benefit of reducing or giving up sugar, check out my 21Day Body Makeover Comprehensive Solution for support.

  • Sugars are the Enemy of Your Detoxification Goals

    Sugar is More Than the Enemy of Your Weight Loss Goals

    Sugar is the fuel for cancer.

    Ridding your body of unnatural chemicals and toxins is one of the major factors to reducing your risks of cancer and disease.

    Do you Think of Sugar as Toxic to Your Body?

    Here is some research, as shared by Dr. Ben Lerner, that suggests you SHOULD.

    The Journal of the National Cancer Institute in 2004 showed that women who ate the highest glycemic (or sugary) foods were three times more likely to develop colon cancer. 

    Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, found that pancreatic tumor cells use fructose to divide and proliferate. The study, published in the journal Cancer Research, noted that tumor cells thrive on sugar, but they specifically used fructose to proliferate. And finally, it suggested that people who "reduce fructose intake... may disrupt cancer growth."

    To read the full article from Dr. Ben Lerner, click HERE.

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  • Weight gain traps

    While weight gain and obesity are on the rise, so are the desires of many people to avoid the traps of weight gain and disease. It seems that the country is divided between people who eat fast food andsmoothie drink 1966284 640guzzle soda, and those who are always looking for healthier options.

    The problem is that the marketing machine puts out lots of confusing messages to trick and confuse consumers into purchasing products that are not as healthy as they seem.

    Nothing is sadder than someone attempting to eat healthier but falling short due to misinformation.

    Let’s go over just a few of the health marketing traps that are easy to fall into so you can recognize and avoid them in the future.
    Marketers have discovered that they can use certain health buzzwords to attract unsuspecting consumers. The dangers of these buzzwords are that they make consumers think that they can eat twice as much of the product than generally recommended.

    Two of the most commonly deceptive buzz words are sugar-free and fat-free. Ironically most of the foods that have those words on the label are the ones that can make you fat and sick.

    When foods are sugar free that means they don’t contain regular white sugar. But to make them tasty and appealing, manufacturers will often use artificial sweeteners or sugar alcohols, which can cause digestive distress and still disrupt the body’s metabolism.

    Drinks are some of the worst culprits when it comes to this. Let’s look at one of the most popular ones that should be avoided: vitamin water.

    While it sounds healthy, vitamin water is typically full of food coloring, chemicals, artificial sweeteners or sugar. These drinks can be harmful to the teeth, liver and waistline. Not healthy at all.

    If you want to get your vitamins, a better choice would be drinking water with added green juice powder. Green powders are available at many health food stores and are made from actual green veggies and are supportive to your bones and liver. Just read the label and make sure there’s no added sugar.

    Green powders will boost your energy through actual nutrition and not just a sugar rush. Mix a scoop of green juice powder with 16 to 32 ounces of water and enjoy the natural buzz.

    Breakfast cereals are another category of food to watch out for.

    While they are delicious, easy, comforting and nostalgic, many of them are not very healthy. Don’t be led astray by the cereal boxes labels that boast antioxidants, minerals, fiber and essential vitamins. Typically these cereals are fortified with synthetic vitamins, which are not naturally found in real food ingredients.

    You’d be better off taking a multivitamin, especially since some grains, proteins and ingredients in the cereal may actually block your absorption of vitamins.

    These cereals are fortified with good things to distract your attention from how much sugar they contain. Consuming sugar robs the body many essential vitamins, especially if that sugar causes inflammation in the body.

    Eating cereal for breakfast will make you hungry soon after as blood sugar spikes and then drops. A breakfast full of protein, healthy carbs and fiber will fill you up and keep your blood sugar stable.

    Vegetable chips are one of the sneakiest health food deceptions.

    While they sound like they should be healthy, the truth is revealed from reading the label. Most veggie chips are made mostly from potatoes fried in oil. There are some other veggies mixed in for show, but the nutrients are processed out of them.

    These chips are fried in hydrogenated fats, which produce the byproduct acrylamide, shown to cause cancer in some studies. This is the opposite of healthy.

    Those chips are also full of salt, bad fats and are high in calories. Always read labels and choose veggie chips that are baked instead of fried and contain few chemical or white potatoes. Or make your own sweet potato “fries” by baking them. You can also snack on fresh veggies with salsa and guacamole.

    Lastly, store bought smoothies are not as healthy as homemade ones because they are loaded with sugar in the form of juice, fruit or sweeteners with little healthy fat or protein to balance the blood sugar spike.

    Instead of buying a smoothie, make your own with low sugar fruits, veggies, coconut water, and healthy fats and proteins like nut butter, pea protein, coconut oil or avocado. Put a handful of greens in your smoothie, like kale, you won’t be able to taste it combined with all the other ingredients. Not only is this a blood sugar balancing treat it can also be a healthy meal replacement.

    One of the best ways to ensure a healthy diet is to minimize processed foods.  And if you do eat prepackaged foods read the labels to make sure there are no hidden sugars, chemicals and toxins.

    The bottom line is: Don’t trust food manufacturers to look out for your health, they just want to sell you their products.

    While packaged foods may be convenient, nothing is as healthy as eating foods in their natural, whole form. The 21-Day Body makeover preps the body for this kind of real food diet by decreasing sugar cravings and priming the taste buds for wholesome foods.