10 Reasons Sugar Is Bad For You

My first video series on Instagram explored 10 detrimental effects of sugar on our health. Here are the scientific references behind each of my 15-second videos (and my face, courtesy of yours truly). Enjoy!

 

NUMBER 1: It is absolutely unnecessary. Table sugar (white sugar) increases the caloric content and sweetness of foods, without giving your body anything it needs. As a counter example, consider raw honey. It is sweet but also contains vitamins and amino acids. It’s a better option!

 

Sugar is calories. That’s it. Adding to this fact, people who eat a high-sugar diet also reduce their intake of nutritious foods, making their overall diet even poorer in value. 

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The USDA: In Bed with Breakfast Cereal

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responsible for publishing Dietary Guidelines for Americans every 5 years. These serve as the basis for school lunch programs, nutritional recommendations in hospitals, and are held as the social norm for what is considered healthy eating. You can find the previous USDA reports (1995 to 2005) here, and the current 2010 one here.

If the guidelines had our best interest at heart, they would reflect the latest nutritional research and objectively inform us of the best possible diet to fend off chronic disease and reverse the rise of metabolic syndrome.
Unfortunately, that’s not entirely the case. The guidelines are more a reflection of political forces and a tool to market US-made food products rather than a guide to better the health of Americans. Following on last week’s article, I’d like to look at the long-standing relationship between the USDA and processed food manufacturers.

Case in point: the ready-to-eat breakfast cereal industry.

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