It caught me by surprise, but the first decade of the 21st century is over. What most surprised in those 10 years? For better or for worse, it was the explosive emergence of the blogosphere. The blogosphere is galactic in size, but there is one tiny corner I am learning to love: blogs that write about nutrition without selling a product. Here I write about noncommercial posts that merit your attention. If the blog is really good, I will add a link in our “best nutrition blogs”.
Stephan Guyenet has a great blog titled Whole Health Source; it is the first blog to make our “best” list. Guyenet is an interesting and thoughtful guy, a biochemist with a PhD in neurobiology. His posts include articles of interest from AJCN (the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.) Recently (Nov. 20, 2010) he wrote about sugar, and blood sugar levels around the world.
Based on USDA data we are each eating about 150 lb. of added sugar a year (less what is spilled or lost in process). Our biggest sugar intake comes from high-fructose corn syrup in soft drinks and processed foods. Because sugars are slipped into our diet in a wide variety of processed foods, we are unaware of how much we eat. Too much sugar is making us sick. Diseases associated with high sugar consumption include obesity, diabetes, coronary heart disease, and certain cancers. We all know people with these chronic diseases. Maybe it’s us.
Guyenet’s discussion on glucose testing may go beyond the interest of some, but it does confirm the theory that glucose levels in the civilized world are higher than indigenous people eating native diets. This leads to the observation that eating a healthier diet of natural (rather than processed) foods will lower our glucose levels, and improve our health. Some call this “low glycemic index” eating. Others just see it as eating foods close to their natural state.
To live longer, eat less sugar. We’ll return to this subject in future postings.
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