I'm reading fewer and fewer of these articles. I'm trusting more to how I feel and I'm feeling good. I know my triggers, forbid nothing but have found a balance of sorts. Certainly not perfect but not stressing about it either. Be well. 2496 days ago
Wonderfully written article -- thanks so much for posting! The sugar (and wheat and fat and carbs) debates will go on; meanwhile we each have to figure out for ourselves what foods will be part of our ongoing food plan. It makes sense to me that eliminating most sugars from the diet will lead to less hunger and better health. Empty calories are not always so empty of effects on the body.
This is one of the most incredible articles I've ever read regarding sugar, its potential for "toxicity," and some of the many factors that go into individual physical responses to sucrose vs HFCS, added sugars vs more natural foods, etc. Just brilliant. He has taken some very complicated information and presented it so well!
The only bone I would pick is the part of his self-experiment calling for blood work: that may be quite doable for someone in the medical profession; certainly he can afford to pay for such tests himself, if nothing else. The average person doesn't have access, and would have to pay a small fortune for several tests over the course of the diet trial. I'm lucky if I can get annual tests for lipoproteins, triglycerides, and so forth. If I was to do this on a 90-day basis, I would have to pay for at least one of the tests on my own, and perhaps toward some of the second test - my budget wouldn't go for it, even if it was "only" a couple hundred pounds.
Having said that - as a diabetic I have a home-testing kit, so while I wouldn't be able to test for some of the more telling items (HbA1c, and the triglyceride check itself) I could track the blood glucose itself, at least pre- and post-meals. I haven't done a day-long check for awhile. Maybe it's overdue, and this would be a good experiment in which to use it.
Just as he had to make adjustments to his trial diet in order to eliminate added (commercial) sugar, I would as well: I don't eat as "clean" as I did even a year or two ago. It's easy to slip back into old habits. I watch my weight, but I know my blood glucose fluctuates now and then, and I'm sure it's in response to "I'll just have a bowl of THIS cereal (one I know has added refined sugar) today, since I usually eat healthier whole-grain" and "I think I'll try one of THESE (granola bar, for example), because it's convenient and just one won't hurt" and so on.
And it's easy to blame the manufacturers / food industry. I tend to worry more about sodium - I hate how it's added to everything, whether it's prepackaged food, fast food, four-star restaurant food, or even hospital food. EVERYTHING seems to come with sodium in its preparation; it can be labelled "low sodium" only because the food has no added salt during cooking / re-heating / serving.
For me, sodium is what Dr Attia describes as "acute toxicity": I can feel my blood pressure rising within less than an hour of consumption, and it responds proportionately to the amount of sodium. Sometimes I think a carryout pizza would do me in!
But the idea of "chronic toxicity" in terms of what long-term exposure to the quantity (let alone quality / source) of sugar is really new to me. And food for thought.
I'll be following this guy's blogs, Meddy. I think I could learn a lot from him. Now all I need to do is - put the info to use! 2496 days ago
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