I’m sure everyone has heard that sugar is bad for them. I discuss this routinely with patients, and quite often see research/blog articles pop up on my social media feeds that promote the idea of limiting sugar, but at the same time, see TONS more posts promoting consuming as much as humanly possible. (via desserts, and promoting poor nutritional life choices)
Without trying to sound like a nutritional fanatic, it can resoundingly stated, that since the 1970s, the American public has been lied to. You’ve been duped, and collectively, our health has suffered from it.
According to a study that was just released (November 2017) research was conducted, and unpublished and said research proved that diets high in sugar (sucrose) dramatically increase the risk of heart disease and that it is a possible carcinogen. They concluded that increased sugar in the gut promotes elevated fat in the blood and that further studies were necessary.
This study was conducted by the Sugar Research Foundation (SRF), results were found, and it wasn’t published, because it would negatively influence the profits of the companies that supported the SRF.
It also shouldn’t be surprising that the SRF also privately funded a review in the New England Journal of Medicine, one of the most referenced medical journals in the USA, to promote sugar’s benefit and to make it sound like it wasn’t a bad thing for people to consume. This was done in 1967, around the same time they were funding their own research and finding that it was false, which they them purposely didn’t publish.
“The Sugar Association, a United States sucrose industry trade association  (which has organizational ties to SRF, the International Sugar Research Foundation [ISRF], and ISRF’s successor, the World Sugar Research Organisation, based in London, UK ), has consistently denied [10–12] that sucrose has any metabolic effects related to chronic disease beyond its caloric effects. On January 5, 2016, the Sugar Association issued a press release  criticizing findings from a study published in Cancer Research  using multiple mouse models that suggested that dietary sugar induces increased tumor growth and metastasis when compared to a nonsugar starch diet. The Sugar Association stated that “no credible link between ingested sugars and cancer has been established.”
Not only did the SRF (and associated associations) know that sugar alters gut bacteria, may cause cancer, increases the rate of disease, but they also covered this up and repeatedly released findings stating the alternative.
This is not only demonstrates a lack of integrity, but is remarkably fraudulent. Food industries used profit to “change” science. This all happened in the USA around the same time when foods started to change in composition. “Low fat” and “No Fat” foods became much more popular, and the only way that is possible, is to increase the amount of sugar. As fat content was decreased, sugar content has to increase to keep food tasting palatable. Packaged foods increased the amount of sugar, knowing, they were increasing the amount of disease in the public… for profit.
The fact that virtually the entire food industry was altered by poor journal politics, 40 years ago, and our national health has suffered since, is infuriating to me.
Here’s what we DO know:
High sugar foods are a main contributor to chronic pain generation.
High sugar diets are the lead contributors to high blood triglycerides.
High sugar diets greatly disrupt the balance of gut bacteria.
High sugar foods cause rampant inflammation that leads to chronic disease.
Sustained high sugar diets have been linked to increased rates of cancer.
So what does all this mean?
The best quote I’ve ever heard (to which I’ve heard so often that I forget the original source now), is “You can’t out supplement a poor diet”. The caveat to this is that not only can you not out supplement, but you can’t take medication to correct it, you can’t move enough to compensate for it, nothing replaces or correctly a poor diet, other than a routine healthy diet.
Exercise is important, but a well-rounded diet loaded with vegetables is critical for a healthy gut, a healthy body, reducing disease and promoting good health.
If you need more of an explanation or guidance as how to avoid all of this, contact my office for a consultation.
Kearns, C. E., Apollonio, D., & Glantz, S. A. (2017). Sugar industry sponsorship of germ-free rodent studies linking sucrose to hyperlipidemia and cancer: An historical analysis of internal documents. PLOS Biology, 15(11). doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.2003460