You’d never willingly eat poison, right?
“Sugar can act like poison in high doses—and the amount in our diets has gone beyond toxic.” says Robert Lustig, M.D., a neuroendocrinologist at the University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine. “The typical American now swallows the equivalent of 22 sugar cubes every 24 hours. That means the average woman eats 70 pounds—nearly half her weight—of straight sugar every year.”
There are 3 letters on food labels that you should avoid like the plague, especially if they’re at the beginning of the list of ingredients. Those letters are OSE.
Spotting sugar on food labels isn’t quite as easy as it once was. Now that food manufacturers are aware that consumers today are much more discerning than those of the past, they’re doing everything they can to disguise sugar on their lists of ingredients.
These days, it’s not likely that you’ll see “sugar” at the forefront of an ingredients list, but instead you’ll see these names:
And the worst of the worst, high fructose corn syrup.
If you see any of the above “ose” words in the first 3 or 4 ingredients on a food label, rest assured that product is loaded with sugar and you should be avoiding it.
For the average American, the single most important physical step you could take to improve your health would be to switch all of your beverages to pure water. The typical American drinks over 60 gallons of soda every year, and you simply can’t be healthy doing this.
One can of soda has about 10 teaspoons of sugar, 150 calories, and 30-55 mg of caffeine, and is loaded with artificial food colors and sulphites. (Diet soft drinks laced with harmful artificial sweeteners like aspartame, Equal and Splenda may be even worse, contributing to reactions from anxiety attack to seizures and from weight gain to brain tumors to death. But that’s another post.)
So, if you want to reduce your risk of cancer, obesity, diabetes, dementia and a host of other ailments simply, at least reduce your consumption of sugars by half.
According to Dr. Mercola:
Three of the best sugar substitutes are all-natural Stevia from the whole plant, Lo Han Guo, and dextrose (pure glucose). Contrary to fructose, glucose can be used directly by every cell in your body and as such is a far safer sugar alternative.
And while you’re at it, check the labels on your pet’s foods.
For clean, non-GMO, healthy foods: