Today, we know based on new studies that excessive sugar can have a devastating effect on health. Metabolic syndrome is one of the consequences of excessive sugar consumption, which leads to various diseases like obesity, diabetes and heart disease.
On the other hand, advocates of the sugar industry continue to depend that sugar is not a health risk. But on one study1 published recently in JAMA Internal Medicine found that the sugar industry paid scientists during the 1960’s in order to downplay the health risks of sugar.
The conclusion of the study states;
This study suggests that the sugar industry sponsored its first CHD research project in 1965 to downplay early warning signals that sucrose consumption was a risk factor in CHD. As of 2016, sugar control policies are being promulgated in international, federal, state, and local venues. Yet CHD risk is inconsistently cited as a health consequence of added sugars consumption. Because CHD is the leading cause of death globally, the health community should ensure that CHD risk is evaluated in future risk assessments of added sugars.
Does Sugar Causes Heart Disease?
The American Heart Association(AHA) admits that added sugar can cause heart disease. In a study2 conducted back in 2014 and published in the JAMA Internal Medicine found a link between added sugar intake and caridovascular diseases mortality among U.S. adults.
While the evidence is clear that added sugar have negative impacts on health, it’s just one of the major contributors. Added sugar cannot be blamed alone for heart diseases as there are other factors like consumption of bad fats like trans fats and various unhealthy lifestyle such as smoking, alcoholism, and sleep deprivation.
Research Funding Continues
The recent study exposed this bribery that happened 50 years ago. However, the same thing happens recently. According to the British Medical Journal(BMJ) investigation, evidence exists the connection between the sugar industry and public health experts in a scandalous sweetheart deal.
The Sugar Association, on the other hand, responded that there is no evidence of bribery. Unfortunately, there is no way to question the scientists who conducted the studies as they’re dead.
There is no doubt that sugar is a major contributor to many of the modern diseases like diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. However, we should also take into consideration that it’s just one of the many major contributors. Consumption of unhealthy fats like trans fats and excessive consumption of refined carbs. Unfortunately, all of these are present in many of the foods sold in the mainstream supermarkets.
Among the products that contained a high amount of added sugars include bottled beverages like soda and fruit juices, various products that are thought to be healthy also contain a high amount of added sugars. Moreover, sugar has evolved into many different names that the public or mainstream consumers have difficulty identifying them.
Therefore, one of the keys to avoiding or minimizing added sugar consumption is to know where it is hidden. Check this article to know the many different sugar names so you’ll be aware when you read the labels. Or, better opt for an healthy and alternative sweeteners like stevia or xylitol.
Another great way to minimize and avoid the consumption of added sugars is to consume whole foods. Always aim at consuming organically produced as genetically modified foods have unhealthy consequences in the long term.
Whole foods consumption preferably organic helps restore gut health. Whole foods are gut-friendly allowing the body to optimize its immune system making it resistance to common diseases. Added sugars, on the other hand, particularly artificial sweeteners have negative impact on gut health.