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Sugar Is Us

Updated 9/1/2015.

 

The USDA published its first nutrition guidelines in 1894 as a farmer’s bulletin. It recommended consuming a variety of nutrient-rich foods in proportion and moderation while lowering levels of fat, sugar, and starch intake.  (Wikipedia, 2015)

Food Guides in the US 1894 -1920’s

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A few of the United States’ earliest food guides, left to right: W. O. Atwater’s Food: Nutritive Value and Cost (1894), Caroline Hunt’s Food For Young Children (1916), Helen Atwater and Caroline Hunt’s How to Select Foods (1917)

In 1894, people were mostly eating REAL FOOD – there were no fast food franchises, highly processed foods, energy bars, sugar-filled carbonated soft drinks, genetically modified foods, factory farmed animals pumped full of antibiotics and fed GMO grains.

 

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In the late 1970’s, the USDA nutritional guidelines reflected the new “low fat revolution”, urging Americans to reduce their intake of saturated fats and cholesterol – that is, to eat fewer traditionally healthy foods like eggs, butter, meat, and full-fat dairy. We now know that advice was seriously misguided and has been driving some of the world’s leading health threats – including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer.  (Gunnars, 2014)
The food industry responded to the new low fat guidelines by creating a slew of low fat “health foods”. Unfortunately, removing the fat from food also takes away its taste. So the industry replaced the missing fat with sugar. If you eat processed or fast foods and/or drink sodas or juice drinks, you’re consuming massive amounts of sugar in various forms.
Dr Stephan Guyenet, a neurobiologist and obesity researcher, says, “In the year 1822 we ate the equivalent of a 12 ounce can of soda every 5 days. Today, we’re eating the equivalent of a 12 ounce can of soda every 7 hours.”
(Source: Stephan Guyenet, PhD)
(Source: Stephan Guyenet, PhD)

 

“On average, Americans are eating about 22 teaspoons of added sugar per day, or 355 calories. This amounts to 70 pounds (32 kg) per year. Keep in mind that these are averages. Young males are eating about a 100 pounds of sugar per year… and many individuals are eating much, much more. (Gunnars, 2014)
Most processed foods, including ones calling themselves “health foods” contain sugar – often lots of it under various names. Among the ones to look for are:
  • Barley malt
  • Beet sugar
  • Brown sugar
  • Buttered syrup
  • Cane juice
  • Cane juice crystals
  • Cane juice solids
  • Caramel
  • Carob syrup
  • Corn syrup
  • Corn syrup solids
  • Date sugar
  • Dehydrated cane juice
  • Dehydrated fruit juice
  • Dextran
  • Dextrin
  • Dextrose
  • Diatase
  • Diatastic malt
  • Ethyl maltol
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice
  • Fruit juice concentrate
  • Fruit juice crystals
  • Galactose
  • Glucose
  • Glucose solids
  • Golden syrup
  • High fructose corn syrup
  • Invert sugar
  • Lactose
  • Malt syrup
  • Maltodextrin
  • Maltose
  • Maple syrup
  • Refiner’s syrup
  • Sucrose
  • Sugar
  • Sorghum syrup
  • Turbinado
  • Yellow sugar

–  Colquhoun& ten Bosch, undated

 

Some others:
(Source: livesmartohio.osu.edu)
(Source: livesmartohio.osu.edu)

 

 

This useful infographic from Dr Robert Mercola’s Newsletter lists the amount of sugar per 100 grams found in some common foods. As Mercola points out, sugars now constitute the majority of calories in most people’s diet. (Mercola, 8/31/2015)

 

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See my post on Katie Couric’s film ‘Fed Up’ for more information on the link between sugar consumption and the growing obesity epidemic.

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I highly recommend watching the film. Here’s Fed Up‘s home page.

 

Note added on 9/1/2015:
(Source: happytoberaw.net)
(Source: happytoberaw.net)
A comment from Na’ama Yehuda (see Comments, below) reminded me to stress that not all sugars are equal. The sugars that occur naturally in fruit and dried fruit are a lot healthier for us than any form of refined sugar. As Na’ama says, concentrate on eating REAL FOOD, avoid processed junk foods filled with refined sugars and other unhealthy ingredients, and limit your total consumption of sugar.

 

 

 

(Source: erinpersonaltrainer.wordpress.com)
(Source: erinpersonaltrainer.wordpress.com)

 

 

 

REFERENCES

Colquhoun, J. & ten Bosch, L. (undated). HOW TO SPOT SUGAR ON FOOD LABELS. Hungry For Change: Your health is in your hands. See: http://www.hungryforchange.tv/article/how-to-spot-sugar-on-food-labels

FedUp.com. (2014). Fed Up – the movie. See: http://fedupmovie.com/#/page/home

Gunnars, C. (2014). Added Sugar is The Single Worst Ingredient in The Diet. Period. See: http://authoritynutrition.com/sugar-the-worst-ingredient-in-the-diet/

Guyenet, S. (2012). By 2606, the US Diet will be 100 Percent Sugar. Whole Health Source – Nutrition and Health Science. See: http://wholehealthsource.blogspot.com/2012/02/by-2606-us-diet-will-be-100-percent.html

Hardin, J.R. (2014). ‘Fed Up’. AllergiesAndYourGut.com. See: http://allergiesandyourgut.com/2014/06/01/fed/

Mercola, R. (8/31/2015). Sugar in Foods (A Sweet Trap) Infographic. See: http://www.mercola.com/infographics/sugar-foods.htm?e_cid=20150831Z1_DNL_SECON&utm_source=content&utm_medium=email&utm_content=secon&utm_campaign=20150831Z1&et_cid=DM84398&et_rid=1097998420

Wikipedia. (2015). History of USDA nutrition guides. See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_USDA_nutrition_guides

 

 

 

© Copyright 2015 Joan Rothchild Hardin. All Rights Reserved.

 

DISCLAIMER:  Nothing on this site or blog is intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

‘FED UP’

If you have the least interest in why our health is so compromised, Katie Couric’s new film FED UP is definitely worth watching.
The film focuses on the link between sugar consumption and the growing obesity epidemic. Over 70% of Americans are now considered obese – and the epidemic is spreading around the world.
Sugar – 36 varieties of it – is an important ingredient in most processed foods. Nutritionists now call the consumption of sugar a ‘toxic exposure’.  And thin Americans are not immune from the epidemic either. Thinness can belie a dangerous concentration of visceral fat inside the body surrounding the vital organs and a fatty liver. It’s such a common condition, there’s even an acronym for it: TOFI – thin outside, fat inside.
TOFI: Thin outside, fat inside
TOFI: Thin outside, fat inside
And, as we all know from personal experience, sugar is highly addicting.
FED UP shines a bright light on how it came to be that, after decades of concentrating on  fitness and healthy eating,  obesity and the serious problems resulting from it continue to get worse.

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FED UP is the film the food industry doesn’t want you to see.

 

From Katie Couric,  Laurie David (Oscar winning producer of AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH) and director Stephanie Soechtig, FED UP will change the way you eat forever.

 

 

This is the FED UP website.

 

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Here’s the film’s trailer.

 

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From the FED UP website:
  • A 20-ounce bottle of soda contains the equivalent of approximately 17 teaspoons of sugar. (Source: Kick the Can)
  • Individuals who drink one to two sugar-sweetened beverages per day have a 26 percent higher risk for developing type II diabetes. This includes any type of orange juice except fresh squeezed. (Source: Kick the Can)
  • Consuming one soda a day increases a child’s chance of obesity by 60%. (Source: Lasater, G., Piernas C., Popkin, B.M. Beverage patterns and trends among school-aged children in the US, 1989-2008. Nutrition Journal, 2011;10:103)
  • Latino children who watch Spanish-language television see 49 percent more ads  for sugary and energy drinks compared with their white counterparts. (Source: Lasater  et al, 2011)
  • Kids watch an average of 4000 food-related ads every year – about 10 per day. (Source: Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine: Trends in the nutritional content of television food advertisements seen by children in the United States)
  •  98% of food-related ads that children view (about 3920/year) are for products high in fat, sugar and sodium. (Source: Archives of Pediatric Medicine: Trends in the nutritional content of television food advertisements seen by children in the United States)
  •  It will take a 110-pound child 75 minutes of bike riding to burn off the calories in one 20-ounce bottle of soda. (Source: American Academy of Pediatrics)
  • In the United States it is estimated that 93 Million Americans are affected by obesity. (Source: Obesity Action Coalition)
  • One in five black children ages 2 to 19 is obese, compared with approximately one in seven white Children. (Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Food and beverage  marketing to children and adolescents research brief)
  • Almost 45 percent of overweight or obese children ages 10 to 17 are poor. (Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Food and beverage  marketing to children and adolescents research brief)

 

 

Some visuals from the film:

 

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Video-Fed-Up-Movie-Trailer-May-2014

 

 

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Some of the most moving parts of FED UP come near the end when two of the families with seriously obese children the film has been following get the message and switch from consuming diets based on processed foods to diets consisting largely of fresh foods. The health saving changes they experience are revelatory to them.

 

 

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I hope Katie Couric and Laurie Davis will now turn their considerable talents and resources to making another film – one about the systematic assault of GMOs on the health of humans, animals and the soil.

 

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REFERENCES

American Academy of Pediatrics

Archives of Pediatric Adolescent Medicine: Trends in the nutritional content of television food advertisements seen by children in the United States. See:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3674770/

FED UP trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCUbvOwwfWM

FED UP website:   http://fedupmovie.com/#/page/about-the-issue

Kick the Can:   http://www.kickthecan.info/

Lasater, G., Piernas C., Popkin, B.M. Beverage patterns and trends among school-aged children in the US, 1989-2008. Nutrition Journal,  2011;10:103. See:   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21962086

Obesity Action Coalition. See:  http://www.obesityaction.org/

 

 

© Copyright 2014 Joan Rothchild Hardin. All Rights Reserved.

 

DISCLAIMER:  Nothing on this site or blog is intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.