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The Sugar Coated Truth

August 7, 2018 by

Decades worth of research show that excess sugar is damaging to human health. However the sugar industry has been able to hide this evidence and mislead the public with science that they were able to manipulate. The sugar industry claims that sugar is a harmless source of energy and could even be a part of a healthy diet.

The documentary, ?Sugar Coated? investigates the sugar industry?s secretive PR campaigns, showing how the sugar industry normalized eating excessive amounts of sugar by deflecting any data that suggested sugar could lead to poor health.

Processed Food Includes Added Sugars

Over the last 30 years, the rates of obesity have doubled and Type 2 diabetes has tripled. Evidence has shown that sugar is largely to blame for this, but definitive proof is still unknown. The sugar industry continues to move forward because of this lack of proof because they are able to deflect suspicions by finding conflicting evidence.

The sugar industry thrives because it fuels uncertainty, while health statistics plummet. However, doctors claim that eating sugar in high amounts is poisonous. The thing about processed foods is that they have so much added sugar. Seventy-four percent of processed foods have added sugars, which are disguised under 61 different names such as barley malt, dextrose, and rice syrup. These sugars are all the same.

What Is Moderation?

Eating sugar in moderation is 6 to 9 teaspoons (25 to 38 grams) of added sugar each day. At this rate, it is not poisonous.

This is how much your body can safely process. The average American eats 19.5 teaspoons of sugar a day. A 2014 study showed that 10% of Americans eat 25% or more of their daily calories through added sugars. Further, those whose diets consist of 21% sugar are twice as likely to die from heart disease than those who get 7% or less of their calories from added sugar.

In addition to type 2 diabetes and heart disease, sugar triggers insulin resistance and therefore drives almost all chronic diseases, such as nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s, and dementia. Eating sugar in moderation is difficult if you eat processed foods.

Sugar?s Law of Attraction

While saturated fat is known as being the dietary villain, the snack food industry had to find a way to remove fat from their products while maintaining the taste. The solution was to add sugar.

The food industry does a lot of research to calculate the combination of ingredients that will make users become addicted to a product. The truth is, big flavors will overwhelm your brain, which then responds by suppressing your need to eat more.

However, this satiety is overcome by complex flavors that excite your taste buds enough to be alluring, yet lack a distinct, overriding single flavor that lets you know that it is time to stop eating.

The Sugar Industry and Sugar Limits

Policies have been created to limit the amount of sugar allowed in products. The sugar industry then created another study to refute the truth of this recommendations and to make sure people stay uncertain.

Currently, there is no reliable evidence that shows any of the recommended daily caloric thresholds for sugar is strongly associated with negative impacts on one’s health.

Research Bias Based on Funding

There are certain links between funding and study outcomes. Studies that had a negative outcome were more likely to have received funding than those with a positive outcome.

Some studies that show sugar is not harmful to one’s health have industry fingerprints all over them. Coca-Cola and Pepsi-backed research has also concluded that drinking diet soda is more beneficial for weight loss than pure water, which is clearly not true.

Following the proposed sugar guidelines of only eating up to 10% of your daily calories in sugar would cut snack companies? profits in half, so it is clear to see why they will to go to such lengths to try to mislead the public about the science. However, greed is not an excuse to cause other people to have health problems. It is time that people stop buying into the sugar industry?s misdirection campaigns.

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