Ahhh….Sugar

The USA Today put out a recent piece discussing the data from the National Center for Health Statistics which showed that for kids,  59% of added-sugar calories come from foods and 41% from beverages.   The sources or “added sugars” they mentioned were table sugar, brown sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, maple syrup, honey, molasses and other caloric sweeteners in prepared and processed foods and beverages, such as cakes, candy, cookies, muffins, soft drinks, jams, chocolates and ice cream.  This did not include fruit or fruit juice.   The article goes on to say that “a diet high in added sugars is linked to many poor health conditions, including obesity, high blood pressure and other risk factors for heart disease and stroke. The findings come at a time when a third of children in this country are overweight or obese.”  This is pretty brave stuff but not brave enough.   What if other carbohydrates are just as bad?  I mean bread, pasta, pretzels, bagels, etc. all raise your blood sugar almost as high as table sugar (via glycemic index).  Should this be ignored?  Why is just “added sugar” the culprit?   They quote a nutrition professor at UNC who states,”A major problem is that sugar contains nothing nutritional, and it is edging out the food kids should be eating, especially real fruits and vegetables.”  So now we need to define sugar a little better.  The truth just may be that sugar equals all carbs equals insulin spikes equals obesity equals leptin and insulin resistance which equals diabetes, heart disease and even dementia.  Isn’t it about time that we start talking about this?  Probably not because this could put a major dent in the grain world and they would not like that so much.  So….we get partial statistics like we saw in this study.

Douglas Farrago MD

Douglas Farrago MD is a full-time practicing family doc in Forest, Va. He started Forest Direct Primary Care where he takes no insurance and bills patients a monthly fee. He is board certified in the specialty of Family Practice. He is the inventor of a product called the Knee Saver which is currently in the Baseball Hall of Fame. The Knee Saver and its knock-offs are worn by many major league baseball catchers. He is also the inventor of the CryoHelmet used by athletes for head injuries as well as migraine sufferers. Dr. Farrago is the author of four books, two of which are the top two most popular DPC books. From 2001 – 2011, Dr. Farrago was the editor and creator of the Placebo Journal which ran for 10 full years. Described as the Mad Magazine for doctors, he and the Placebo Journal were featured in the Washington Post, US News and World Report, the AP, and the NY Times. Dr. Farrago is also the editor of the blog Authentic Medicine which was born out of concern about where the direction of healthcare is heading and the belief that the wrong people are in charge. This blog has been going daily for more than 15 years Article about Dr. Farrago in Doximity Email Dr. Farrago – [email protected]