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We are Sweet Enough!

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I have just been reading a 2013 study, so not an old study, about how a high fat and high sugar diet may impact on amyloid plaques. Amyloid Plaques are proteins and is the gummy stuff that clogs the brain and stops messages travelling between brain cells. This is a symptom of Alzheimer’s, but no proof that it is the cause.

The problem with this research is that fat and sugar are not good companions. We do not require great amounts of sugar for our bodies to function normally. Today’s diet is high in refined sugars, like sugar that we spoon into our tea, or carbohydrates, which is often made up of the predominant natural sugar within the food. Whatever type of sugar it is, it affects to the body are the same. The sugars impacts on our bodies insulin production and once the body uses the relatively low amount of sugar needed, it will switch the body to storage mode. The body will then store, as fat, anything you eat.

The amount you eat is of course important, but this is not necessarily about the physical size of the meals you eat, it is about how good this is as potential fuel. This fuel is measured in Calories and our bodies only require enough to keep us alive and functioning well. Too many calories and our body will store all the excess fuel as fat. Now. Sugar is very high in calories and so is fat. If you put the two together, you will not be surprised to hear that you body is going to be storing a lot of this as body fat!

The refining of sugar and development of farming to produce high sugar carbohydrate grains, in our very recent past, has given to a massive rise in sugar consumption. Following this rise in consumption, statistics show a following trend of obesity and diabetes.

There is growing evidence that high sugar levels are a major contributing factor to obesity and possibly diabetes. As I mentioned briefly before, sugar impacts on our insulin levels and the balance of these are vital. Continual intake of high levels of sugar has a direct affect on the insulin process and can make us become insulin resistant. Insulin regulates how the sugar gets into the organs of the body and used as fuel. Insulin resistance is when this process starts to fail and not work properly. The body will then try and compensate for this by producing more insulin from the pancreas, this in turn means you sugar levels go up and a viscous cycle starts to develop. The result of this is possibly, obesity, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.

I believe that we need to reduce the amount of all sugars we consume.

To give you some idea of how much sugar we need each day, the guidelines, please check online, is on average, 25 – 30grams, that is about 6, or 7 teaspoons.

If you want something to do, while you are self isolating, check the sugar content in the foods you have in your cupboards and don’t forget the spoons of sugar in your daily cuppa, about 4 grams plus, if you take milk in your cuppa, about 50ml could contains 2 to 3 grams of sugar too. It soon mounts up!

Ref: The Alzheimer’s Information Site. Reviewed by William J. Netzer, Ph.D., Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation at The Rockefeller University.
Source: Angela J. Hanson MD, Jennifer L. Bayer-Carter PhD, et al: “Effect of Apolipoprotein E Genotype and Diet on Apolipoprotein E Lipidation and Amyloid Peptides: Randomized Clinical Trial.” JAMA Neurology, Vol. 70 (No. 6), 2013. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2013.396

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