I have suspected for years that the American public has been lied to about the effects of sugar and saturated fat on health, especially heart disease. Finally, postdoctoral fellow and researcher Cristin E. Kearns has uncovered documents that prove that the sugar industry paid scientists to shift the blame for rising rates of heart disease from sugar to saturated fat.
Here is a quote from the article that was published in the New York Times:
“The sugar industry paid scientists in the 1960s to play down the link between sugar and heart disease and promote saturated fat as the culprit instead, newly released historical documents show.
The internal sugar industry documents, recently discovered by a researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, and published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine, suggest that five decades of research into the role of nutrition and heart disease, including many of today’s dietary recommendations, may have been largely shaped by the sugar industry.
“They were able to derail the discussion about sugar for decades,” said Stanton Glantz, a professor of medicine at U.C.S.F. and an author of the JAMA Internal Medicine paper.”
I want to urge you to read the entire article, especially if you suspect that sugar has impacted your health.
This is about so much more than the theory that sugar consumption drives fat storage and accelerates aging. This is about studies and government regulations that tell us to eat a certain way in order to prevent the number one cause of death in our nation: heart disease.
Yes, I cut sugar, and the grains that break down into sugar, out of my diet in order to lose weight and look younger. I changed my diet because I want to sing and dance and look my best for as long as I possibly can. I wrote Sugar Freedom in order to offer my solution to other people like me who couldn’t stop eating sugar and starch without eliminating it permanently. I became a trainer and coach because I wanted to turn my cause into my livelihood.
Until I read that article, I admit that I felt some concern over studies that conflict with my experience. There are large studies that show a correlation between eating red meat and saturated fat and shorter lifespan. Here is my theory on that correlation:
I believe that eating saturated fat is healthy, but only in the absence of sugar, and the foods that break down into sugar. So that means that a serving of grass fed organic beef with a side of spinach and garlic sautéed in pastured butter is incredibly healthy. Take that beef and put it on a bun made with wheat and top it with ketchup made with sugar, and that dish isn’t healthy anymore, due to the insulin raising and inflammatory effects of the condiment and the bun.
I wish the formula for fat loss and appetite management was simpler. It would be so easy to sell a diet that just cut sugar and not whole grains. It would be so easy to sell a diet that told you to cheat with whatever food or drink that you wanted very week-end. Sugar Freedom is not for the casual dieter who wants to drop a few pounds. Pardon the drama, but for me and many of my clients, getting off of sugar and grain is a matter of life and death.
I used to be scared to share my story and my solution.
If any other diet works for you: Weight Watchers, Dukan, Ornish, that is wonderful. Please, go ahead and try portion control and calorie restriction first. If you absolutely have to get off of sugar and grains, then please, take the quiz on this page, try the free sample menu, and if you find that it works, join us.