Our blog focuses a lot on medicine, but I don’t think you can be an effective health care provider if you DONT focus on nutrition. Throwing pills at every problem does nothing (as you can see from the increasing numbers of sick and dying in this country), so please talk to your patients about eating HEALTHY foods (hint: that doesnt include lots of animal products)…
This series is taken from a blog found online…
Top 10 Nutrition Facts That Everyone Agrees on
By Kris Gunnars |
There is a lot of controversy in nutrition and it often seems like people can’t agree on anything.
But there are a few exceptions to this.
Here are the top 10 nutrition facts that everyone actually agrees on (well, almost everyone…).
1. Added Sugar is a Disaster
We all know that added sugar is bad.
Some think sugar is a simple matter of “empty” calories, while others believe it to cause diseases that kill millions of people each year.
It is definitely true that added sugar (sucrose and high fructose corn syrup) contains empty calories.
There are no nutrients in it and if you eat a lot of sugar then you’re likely to become deficient because you aren’t getting enough foods that actually have nutrients in them.
But this is just the tip of the iceberg.
There are other, much more serious dangers of sugar that are now reaching mainstream attention.
Sugar, mainly due to the high fructose content, is being implicated as a leading cause of obesity, cardiovascular disease and type II diabetes (1, 2, 3).
How does fructose do this?
Well, fructose is metabolized strictly by the liver, over time causing non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, insulin resistance, elevated triglycerides, abdominal obesity and high cholesterol (4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9).
Then fructose makes our brains resistant to a hormone called leptin, which effectively makes our brains WANT to get fat (10, 11, 12).
This way, eating an excess of added sugars sets up a relentless biochemical drive in the brain to keep eating sugar, getting fatter and eating even more sugar.
Bottom Line: Added sugar provides empty calories and is believed to be a leading cause of diseases that kill millions of people each year.
SO – added sugar is bad (natural sugar in fruit is good). Let us know your tips in the comments. Go to http://www.WagnerWolf.com for more books and info…