A friend led me to a very interesting lecture about sugar… and I’m not gonna lie, it’s hard to watch– it will make you question what you’re eating. Here’s a quick summary about the video from UCSF:
Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, explores the damage caused by sugary foods. He argues that fructose (too much) and fiber (not enough) appear to be cornerstones of the obesity epidemic through their effects on insulin.
And the lecture (which is actually pretty entertaining– I watched it in 2 parts):
The convincing research on the negative health consequences of excess sugar in the diet and my own personal experiences have made me a believer. About four years ago, I began experimenting with the elimination of sugar from my diet. After only a few days of eliminating sugar, I noticed positive changes in my eating patterns, mood, mental clarity and more balance in my energy levels. This was enough evidence for me to remove all white sugar and artificial sweeteners from my diet at home. We now use small amounts of maple syrup, honey, fruit juices, pureed fruits and sometimes agave to sweeten our food. Of course, I still need my local ice cream shop fix and an occasional dessert when I visit one of my favorite restaurants (Birchwood Cafe, Sen Yai Sen Lek, Spoonriver, Red Stag… I could go on). Oooh, I also have a hard time passing up a pumpkin bar… and a freshly baked cookie… 🙂
How about you? What are your beliefs about sugar? Do you have any tips to sweeten foods in a more healthy way?