Sugar is Killing Us

Sugar is Killing Us

I found this fantastic video put out to help people become more aware of added sugar in their food and drinks. It breaks it down in an easy to understand way the problem with sugar and how it affects our brains and body. Wonderfully illustrated and animated too!

I think this would be a great video children would like to watch – it is very colorful and not too long – so they won’t get bored and it may help them when they need to make their own food choices.

I was actually at work so couldn’t listen to the video so I transcribed it below so people could read it if they are unable to watch the video.

TRANSCRIPT OF SUGAR IS KILLING US

There has been a lot of talk lately about sugar being bad for you, which is a bummer because, sugar is the best right! I mean who doesn’t like sweetness?

You can hate on any other taste and it’s totally understandable; bitterness, sourness, saltiness, umami. Yeah, that’s right, umami. Apparently it is a taste. And you know what, not everyone loves it.

But sugar, pretty much everyone likes the sweet, sweet taste of sugar. But now some scientists are saying sugar is toxic. Really scientists? Couldn’t you have just looked the other way on this one.

We all know that sugar isn’t the healthiest thing but it’s not dangerous, right? Well it turns out that it totally can be.

Here’s a sad statistic, for the first time in history US children are not expected to live longer than their parents.
why? a lot of it has to do with the fact that cases of obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease are through the roof.
Here’s another sad statistic. Today one out of every three US adults is obese. Not overweight, obese. One in Three.

But what does this have to do with sugar?

Sugar has been around forever so why is it suddenly making us so sick? What changed?

What changed is we’ve dramatically increased the amount of fructose we consume. Fructose is the sweet stuff that’s in sugar and high fructose corn syrup; sugars newer and cheaper twin. Fructose can do damage to your body in ways we are just beginning to understand.What kind of damage?
Let’s start with the nerdiness part of the body – the brain.

Just recently scientists discovered a hormone called Leptin. Leptin’s job is to tell your brain your body has had enough to eat. Guess what gets in the way of that job – sugar.

When you indulge in soft drinks and junk food your brain has a hard time recognized Leptin, so you stay hungry longer and eat more than you should. This causes problems with your pancreas. Your pancreas produces insulin, which helps regulate your blood sugar. The more sugar you have in your blood stream, the harder the pancreas has to work. And an overworked pancreas can lead to bad things; obesity, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes. And when you consider heart disease and liver disease, both of which can be caused by sugar, then, yeah, sugar is bad.

Okay! Cut down on the sweets, right? Not as easy as it sounds. High fructose corn syrup is now added to foods that never had sugar before, Food you wouldn’t expect. In fact, a recent study found that 80% of the food items in America now contain added sugar. 80%!

But like a  good raincoat, this trend is reversible.

Educated consumers can change the way food is manufactured, simply by making better choices. Good companies only make what we buy right, so avoiding food and drinks with added sugar will force the food industry to produce healthier food and stop adding sugar.

But we have to start now, because sugar is killing us.
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