Sugar is going to murder you dead!

Posted by joe rigs on Friday, October 18, 2013 Under: Health
If we in the alternative or holistic health space want to be taken seriously, we’ve got to do better that this.

There are no absolutes in nutrition. What’s true for one person, or one population, will not be true for another.

We can not say sugar CAUSES diabetes or heart problems or... wrinkles? Really? Where’s the research on that?

Sugar does not make you nervous or fat.

The idea that sugar makes you fat is particularly counter productive. It serves to instill more guilt in someone that may already be dealing with body image issues and shame.

If you’re in the holistic health field you should be consistently looking for ways to lift people up rather than putting them down.

Sugar will not kill your teeth or suppress your immune system.

None of these statements are true.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying go out and pound a garbage can sized Dr. Pepper but blanket and extreme statements like these are ridiculous.

Deserving or inspiring ridicule; absurd, preposterous, or silly.

We spend a lot of time dispelling the myths around things like cholesterol and saturated fat. These are nutrients that have been wrongly vilified for decades. Let’s not use the same extreme language for a substance that our bodies preferentially used for energy.

Context is everything. Maybe we can say something like this:

“For individuals who have blood sugar dysregulation or are predisposed to metabolic disease, the over-consumption of processed sugar may exasperate health issues.”

That’s a statement that can be supported by scientific research. Saying, “sugar causes diabetes” is a false statement and can not be backed up... by anything.

Unless you consider an internet meme scientific literature and in that case you’d have to believe that bacon is not only the world’s most perfect food but can cure cancer and resolve international conflict.

Actually, that last one might be true.

A reduction of sugar, or even a low-carb diet, can be a reliable therapy for diabetes, weight loss and other health issues.

But just because reducing a particular food is an effective therapy for certain conditions doesn’t mean that food is inherently evil. It doesn’t mean it should be avoided by everyone.

Just because a zero fat, vegan diet has been effective, in some people (anecdotally anyway), for treating atherosclerosis doesn’t mean that fat or meat was the cause of atherosclerosis.

Health issues from diabetes to depression are multi-factorial and to pin them on a single nutrient is alarmist, extreme, and just plain silly.

Sugar does not cause anxiety. You know what does?

Worrying too much about sugar!

So just stop it. Please. And thank you.

Comment below and let me know your thoughts. Is sugar inherently evil or is context important? 

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Joe Rignola, HHC, FDN Joe Rignola is an author, Certified Functional Diagnostic Nutritionist and Health Counselor. More importantly, I hate talking in the 3rd person. I'm really just a guy who took control of my own health and overcame several ailments including metabolic disorders, digestive issues, depression and ADD. Actually, my recovery from ADD however is questionable.