But people keep getting fatter. How can that be when we have always been told that fat is the problem and we just need to cut down on the fat?
The answer is fairly simple; fat does not make you fat. Refined sugar on the other hand, does.
Here are some frightening facts. The average Canadian eats 26 teaspoons of sugar a day. That adds up to 40 KG of sugar a year, or over 80 lbs of sugar!
Sugar works in two ways in your body. Sugar is made up of fructose and glucose. When we eat sugar the glucose goes out to feed our muscles and brain. The fructose heads right to your liver. Since we are eating so much fructose our livers can’t handle it all and has no choice but to turn it into fat.
But being fat is actually the smallest of the problems sugar causes. It also is linked to cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer’s. That’s right, it won’t only make you fat. It will also make you sick and may kill you as well!
The food industry is well aware that sugar is addictive. That’s why sugar is in so many foods. If you eat some, the sugar will bring you back and you will want more. That’s good for business for the food industry and horrible for all of us!
It’s high time we cut down or out all the refined sugar we eat! Our waist size and our health really depends on it.
Devin Sherrington is a master personal fitness trainer and owner of 360fit in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He lives in Fletchers Lake with his children Reign and Journey.