Yesterday, I woke up in a major funk, totally depressed…Sunday night we watched “60 Minutes” on CBS, as usual. However, one segment totally ticked me off: is-sugar-toxic . Dr. Sanjay Gupta interviewed a California pediatric endocrinologist, Dr. Robert Lustig, about his You Tube Video “Sugar: The Bitter Truth.” (youtube)
Sugar, no matter in what form, is linked to obesity, type II diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. No news there, but we learned the liver processes sugar. Too much sugar cannot be properly processed and is turned into fat. Fat makes us obese and our bodies react by becoming diabetic, hypertensive, and heart sick. There are plenty of fatty foods tempting us, but to know why and how sugar turns to fat is a major bummer.
Although I don’t consume that much sugar, it’s probably more than I should. Dr. Lustig said that sugar is just as addictive as alcohol and drugs, but our brains don’t react to it the same way. Because sugar is considered a food and does not harm our brain cells, its intake is acceptable. (We’re not talking about sugar rushes or the Twinkie defense.)
Wellllll, that did it for me! It was just one more thing I had to deny myself. I haven’t had a crispy BLT or Sausage McGriddle or glazed doughnut in years. Due to a bleeding ulcer, I have had to avoid spicy foods, alcohol, carbonated drinks, aspirin, and ibuprofen. Since Danny’s stroke, we have also abruptly changed our diet to mostly fresh fruits and vegetables, low-sodium, low-to-no fat meals, and almost no processed food. (I am not going to make every-frigging-thing from scratch!) No ice cream, no cheese, no bread…Even Danny’s low-fat yogurt has sugar or fructose in it. In fact, check your labels – sugar is practically everywhere!
So yesterday morning, Dr. Lustig’s logical assault on my freedom to choose what I eat led me to forego my one cup of coffee (with a dollop of hazelnut creamer and a packet of hot chocolate mix), throw out the Keebler wafer cookies, which had been in the fridge for a month, and go to the store for two fresh glazed doughnuts. They were my last stand – my last defiant treat before checking sugar at the door of my new near-abstinence. I hope he’s happy!!!