Those foods could turn our body into a breeding ground for Diabetes and Heart Disease
"Pure, White, and Deadly.”
It sounds like a euphemism for cocaine, the high-rolling, Wall Street-loving drug that American crop dusters have attempted to eradicate since 1994, spraying Columbian coca crops with glyphosate. "Pure, White, and Deadly” is the name of a 1972 book by John Yudkin, a British professor of nutrition. And no, it’s not a euphemism for cocaine, nor is it referring to glyphosate, which according to WHO causes skin rashes, respiratory problems, and miscarriages. John Yudkin is talking about sugar. He was the first nutritionist to sound the alarm on sugar, calling it the single greatest danger to our health.
Too bad nobody listened...
What Are The 5 Worst Foods for Diabetes and Heart Disease ?
1. Foods with Added Sugar
John Yudkin was scientifically ahead of his time. But 14 years after he floated the hypothesis that sugar was a public health hazard, Yudkin was derided, marginalized, and labeled a heretic by prominent nutritionists and the scientific mainstream. Because of his high-profile campaign against sugar, John Yudkin was the subject of a witch-hunt by the food industry.
The World Sugar Research Organization called Yudkin’s work "science fiction.” Ancel Key, a respected research nutritionist at the University of Minnesota, called Yudkin’s sugar theory “a mountain of nonsense.” Yudkin's findings were ridiculed. His reputation was ruined. He died in 1995, his work largely forgotten.
But prevailing winds have changed. In 2009, Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of California, gave a 90-minute speech titled Sugar: The Bitter Truth. Lustig didn’t just call sugar pure, white, and deadly. He called it a form of "poison” responsible for America’s obesity epidemic.
Long ago, sugar was only available to our ancestors in the form of fruit or honey. Today, high fructose syrup is added to everything from processed foods to infant formulas. Sugar is dietary enemy number one, replacing saturated fat as the arch villain of the modern diet. Sugar is the cause of maladies like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes (Learn a natural way to Fight Diabetes).
In 2014, Berkeley, California passed a tax on sugary soft drinks. And in June 2016, Philadelphia –one of the largest cities in the U.S. –passed a soda tax that increased the cost of a 20-ounce soft drink by 30 cents. Whether a soda tax is another example of an unchecked nanny-state wielding its power or an honest attempt by government to improve public health, one thing is certain… John Yudkin is getting the last laugh. And sugar is just one of many foods that turn the body into a breeding ground for diabetes and heart disease.
2. Red Meat
Houston is dubbed America’s fattest city. But it’s not just a Texas-sized waistline that affects Houston. According to residents, diabetes is so common that when you run into people at church that you haven’t seen in years, the typical response is, “I’ve got the sugar.” It's a Houstonian slang term similar to the “Big C.”
The Guardian states that by 2040 one in five Houstonians will have diabetes. And in a 2010-11 survey, a third of adults in Houston self-described as obese. What's going on in the Lone Star state?
Maybe it’s the fact that people in Houston eat out at restaurants more than residents of any other American city, or perhaps it’s the fact Houston residents are eating 20-ounce sirloins and fat-roped ribeye’s the size of cowboy saddles. All that red meat isn’t good for the waistline, nor is it good for the heart.
The saturated fat and cholesterol in foods such as steak, hamburger, lamb, and other red meat has long been linked to heart disease. And recent research at leading U.S. medical centers suggest that L-carnitine, a component in red meat, leads to clogged coronary arteries.
The process works like this: you eat red meat, red meat delivers a heroin-like shot of L-carnitine to bacteria that lives in the human gut, and the bacteria turns the L-carnitine into trimethylamine-N-oxide (TMA0). According to the journal Nature Medicine, TMAO causes the disease process that leads to cholesterol clogged arteries, which in turn can lead to a heart attack.
3. Processed Meats Such as Bacon, Sausage, and Salami
Processed red meats such as bacon, sausage, and salami have even more damning evidence against them than red meats. According to cardiologists and professors of medicine, these foods are Petri dishes of heart disease and early death. Studies indicate that processed meat intake can increase diabetes by 41%. (learn more about the #1 natural solution to cure Diabetes Type 2 )
4. Refined Grains and Starches
According to Paleo-enthusiasts, refined grains and starches have contributed to "disease of civilization" such as diabetes and heart disease. While some dismiss the Paleo-diet as just another quasi-religious fad, there’s hard science that backs it up. In a six-year study of 65,000 women, those with diets high in refined grains were 2.5 times as likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes compared to those who ate whole grains.
Fish has a reputation for being a healthy food. So it may come as a shock that recent studies indicate fish consumers may be at greater risk for diabetes. Why? Persistent organic pollutants include hazardous compounds such as dioxins and PCBs. Dioxins and other man-made industrial chemicals are highly resistant to breaking down in the environment. When fish are exposed to trace elements of these pollutants a chain reaction occurs, an fish consumers are also exposed. There’s growing evidence that these pollutants not only lead to metabolic diseases such as diabetes, but also increase the risk of cancer.
It's not just food that turns the body into a breeding ground for diabetes and heart disease. Many cities in the U.S. are car-centric, and long commutes due to urban sprawl are part of America's health problem. All of the hours spent in an automobile create what sociologists call "time poverty,” which means that people no longer have the time to exercise or cook a healthy meal. It’s not just about eating too much red meat; it’s about not having time to make the necessary dietary changes.
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