Sugar Might Not Be the Devil
Sugar is the Devil, according to all the Fake News that’s fit to print.
According to the Food and Drug Administration …
“The goal is for Americans to limit added sugar to no more than 10 percent of daily calories, according to the proposed guidelines. For someone older than 3, that means eating no more than 12.5 teaspoons, or 50 grams, of it a day.”
What if sugar were the Devil sometimes, and a Guardian Angel other times?
What if timing and circumstances were paramount?
How does the Food and Drug Administration explain guys like Hugh Hefner?
He’ll be 91 revolutions around the Sun in just a few weeks, and has probably downed enough sugared Pepsi to fill a swimming pool.
Today Hef drinks up to 30 cans of decaffeinated Diet Pepsi a day, but, for years, he guzzled an equal amount of the Devil’s sugar-loaded version.
Each 12-ounce can of regular Pepsi contains 41 grams of sugar and high fructose corn syrup.
By FDA standards, one can would leave him with only 9 grams left to go for the rest of his day.
But he was slurping down 30 times 41 grams, or 1,230 grams.
At 150 calories a can, that adds up to 4,500 calories a day.
The Bunny Master is rumored to be frail and sick today, although his reps deny it.
But maybe it’s because he switched to Diet Pepsi, a product of “better living through industrial chemistry.”
Diet Pepsi contains sucralose, advertised as “320 to 1,000 times sweeter than sucrose” and “three times as sweet as aspartame.”
Maybe that’s why Hef said (after he switched from sucrose to sucralose) …
“In my wildest dreams, I could not have imagined a sweeter life.”
Or maybe not.
Many “experts” claim sugar causes cancer, misquoting Otto Warburg, who blamed lactic acid, not sugar.
Ironically, many “health” advocates are recommending lactic-acid fermented foods.
Ray Peat (“Glycemia, starch, and sugar in context,” 2006-2016) …
“Judging by present and past statements of the American Dietetic Association, I think some kind of institutional brain defect might account for their recommendations. Although the dietetic association now feebly acknowledges that sugars don’t raise the blood sugar more quickly than starches do, they can’t get away from their absurd old recommendations, which were never scientifically justified: ‘Eat more starches, such as bread, cereal, and starchy vegetables — 6 servings a day or more. Start the day with cold (dry) cereal with nonfat/skim milk or a bagel with one teaspoon of jelly/jam. Put starch center stage — pasta with tomato sauce, baked potato with chili, rice and stir-fried beef and vegetables. Add cooked black beans, corn, or garbanzo beans (chickpeas) to salads or casseroles.’
“The Dietetic Association’s association with General Mills, the breakfast cereal empire, (and Kellogg, Nabisco, and many other food industry giants) might have something to do with their starchy opinions. Starch-grain embolisms can cause brain damage, but major money can also make people say stupid things.”
Emma Sgourakis (“defending fruit … and other NONcomplex carbs,” the nutrition coach dot com, Jul. 20, 2012) wrote …
“Sugars DON’T raise blood sugar more quickly than starches do. Starch efficiently stimulates insulin secretion, and that accelerates the disposition of glucose, activating its conversion to glycogen and fat, as well as its oxidation.”
According to the same source …
“Some carbohydrates are very hard for us to digest (cellulotic green vegetables) while others (grains, legumes, starchy veggies) will raise blood sugar so quickly that they will cause blood sugar regulation issues leading to the perpetuation of the affects of high cortisol and adrenaline.”
I’m the Yes No Maybe Guy, so my take is that sugar can be Good, Bad, or Otherwise.
Here’s one case in point …
James Hamblin (“Feed a Cold, Don’t Starve It: Sometimes sugar causes inflammation. Sometimes it does the opposite,” The Atlantic, Sept. 8, 2016) wrote …
“Ketogenesis limits the body’s formation of substances known as reactive oxygen species, which can damage cells. When you introduce glucose (as in, if you eat sugar, or any carbohydrate that breaks down into sugar), that switch to a fasting metabolism is undone. The sugar triggers the release of the hormone insulin, which tells the body that we don’t need to use our fat reserves, bringing ketogenesis to a grinding halt. So when the mice were given glucose, the inflammatory process caused damage to neurons in the brain, causing the mice to convulse and die.
“Meanwhile the virus triggered a different type of sepsis, in which removing glucose was uniformly lethal. In that case, glucose seemed to be necessary for adapting to the stress of viral inflammation, by preventing stress-mediated apoptosis (cell death). Without that, an area in the brainstem was destroyed by inflammation, and the mice would stop breathing.”
So, for those who walk big circles around sugar, let’s hope cancer isn’t caused by a virus.