Thursday, August 7, 2014

Did you know that SUGAR has 56 different names?

According to Dr. Robert Lustig, an endocrinologist from UCSF, the increase in obesity over the past 30 years is due to the amount of sugar that is seen in our diets. Sugar has been noted as being the main culprit to the outrageously out-of-control obesity epidemic that we see today.

Learn more about the 56 different names given to sugar that continuously "trick us" at the grocery stores and learn of ways around the deceptive nature of the big food corporations.

Below are some ways to implement better shopping habits and what habits we should be avoiding in order to make our lives healthier...

  • Shop the edges of the store, not aisles for real food
  • Eat more omega-3 fatty acids, found in wild fish and flax
  • Eat fruit as dessert, and if you’re craving cookies or cake, make your own
  • Increase consumption of micronutrients, the vitamins and minerals found in fruits and vegetables
  • Up your fiber intake. Fiber protects your liver from sugar, says Lustig, and keeps you from overeating.
  • Eat more whole grains like farro, quinoa, steel-cut oats, hulled barley or brown rice
  • Drink your calories. Avoid soda, sports drinks and juice
  • Shop hungry—it leads to poor food choices
  • Eat anything with “partially hydrogenated” in the ingredient list. That means it contains trans fat, which our bodies can’t metabolize and ends up lining our arteries.
  • Buy anything that has sugar as one of the first three ingredients
  • Eat corn fed beef or farmed fish. Corn oil contains omega 6 fatty acids, which lead to inflammation
  • Buy processed food. “If it comes with a label,” says Lustig, “think of it as a warning label.”


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