A Healthy Choice: Cut sugar consumption!

From an article at mercola.com entitled The Link Between Obesity and Cancer  these main topics to encourage cutting back on sugar are discussed:

  • Processed Food Drives Obesity and Cancer Epidemics
  • Studies Showing Obesity-Cancer Link
  • Your Body Has Limited Ability to Process Sugar
  • Understanding the Sugar-Cancer Connection

So how do we cut back?  Dr.Mercola gives an exellent, doable list:

  1. Avoid processed sugar/fructose, grains, and processed foods
  2. Eat a healthful diet of whole foods, ideally organic, and replace the grain carbs with:
    • Large amounts of vegetables
    • Low-to-moderate amount of high-quality protein (think organically raised, pastured animals)
    • As much high-quality healthful fat as you want (saturated and monounsaturated from animal and tropical oil sources). Most people actually need upwards of 50-85 percent fats in their diet for optimal health—a far cry from the 10 percent currently recommended.

Other ways to cut down on your sugar consumption include:

  • Cutting back on the amount of sugar you personally add to your food and drink
  • Using Stevia or Luo Han instead of sugar and/or artificial sweeteners. You can learn more about the best and worst of sugar substitutes in my previous article, “Sugar Substitutes—What’s Safe and What’s Not
  • Using fresh fruit in lieu of canned fruit or sugar for meals or recipes calling for a bit of sweetness
  • Using spices instead of sugar to add flavor to your meal

And a final piece of advice from the doctor:

“Remember, exercise will not compensate for a diet too high in sugar, and such a diet will destroy many of the benefits of exercise too boot. So you really need to address what and when you eat if you want to shed excess weight and lower your risk for cancer and other chronic disease. There’s no magic bullet, but a healthy lifestyle may be as close as you’ll ever get to one.”

Read the entire article and learn more at: The Link Between Obesity and Cancer


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