Thursday, 9 February 2012

Sneaky sugar...

Oh yes, it's another Daily Mail article. I promise I do actually look at different sources. It just so happens that the Daily Mail has a fascination with the whole sugar debacle at the moment.

Here's the article;

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2098428/I-went-cold-turkey-sugar-Its-toxic-addiction-say-scientists-easy-up.html

This article is definitely on the more subjective side of the fence. It's always good to read the factual papers/ articles but individual reports and experiences have their place. I really like to read the more personal accounts as this allows people to identify more closely with the problem.
Whereas with a heavily science-based article we can feel detached from the topic; we think, " Yeah, that's a pretty cool fact. It's awful the effect sugar is having. When will the madness end?" as we chow down on the half eaten snickers bar in our hand.

On the other hand, reading about a fellow human being, we feel a certain allegiance. We start to see the problem come to life. Seeing it in action, affecting others can highlight the problems in our lives that we may not previously have even known were there. We see this happen all the time when a friend or member of the family gets unwell and that particular condition or issue suddenly becomes a sore spot. Suddenly we know anything and everything about that problem and because we see the struggle and effect on everyone close to that person first hand we take a closer look at our own lives and we do anything we can to prevent that problem from happening to us.

So I hope that justifies my stance on personal experiences.

Now. Back to the article.

Most of us can identify with the author, Alison Tyler. Heavier than she admits that she would like to be, unwanted spots etc. These may be minor problems in comparision to what damage sugar and grains can go on to cause when consumed to excess. However, these are everyday issues which I'm willing to bet are top of the list for a lot of people and are often a precursor to those worse issues.

To summarise, she experimented by omitting most sources of added sugars and processed foods. She did still eat grains, so I hasten to add that therefore she has not technically eliminated all sources of sugar (albeit in starch form)...
Alison kept to this diet for a month, stating;

" I feel more energised throughout the day, probably because I’ve got off that blood sugar high-low rollercoaster, and I’m 9st 13lb — more than half-a-stone lighter — without adjusting the rest of my diet. "

She even noticed her tastes appear to change once the decrease in sugar is applied;

" On Sunday, I ate half a pomegranate and it tasted sweeter and more delicious than any I’ve eaten before. "

I have definitely found this to be true. A fresh strawberry is the sweetest, most delectable thing ever when all that sugary processed junk has been thrown out.

Alison does say in conclusion;

" I’ve almost finished a month of being totally sugar free — and I must admit I’m looking forward to eating it again, albeit in far smaller quantities. "

Overall, decreasing the amount of sugar in the diet is a good step in the right direction and hey, all big journeys start with a single step. To say you will never ever have another food product containing sugar in this day and age, well, lets just say you are bound to slip up at some point. As long as this is an abnormal occurence every once in a blue moon this isn't too big a deal. It's when this irregular occurence becomes a great deal more frequent that the problems will start.

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