Food. It's a very sensitive subject. I do my best not to be preachy, but you'd be amazed how defensive people get about their food. I will tell someone I'm a vegan and they immediately feel judged and will withdraw from the conversation or on the flip side will get very aggressive in defense of their food policy. I ask not that people side with my beliefs when it comes to a healthy lifestyle, but that people approach the world with an open mind and seek education so that they can make informed decisions in their daily lives.
We all know about diabetes. Type 1, type 2, and the newest type 3. Type 1 diabetes is a genetic failure with the pancreas. The body is incapable of creating the necessary insulin needed to turn sugar into fat for energy storage. Type 2 diabetes occurs when a person consumes a lot of sugar over a period of time that the body produces so much insulin that the body becomes resistant to it. Insulin becomes less effective so people have to supplement with insulin shots for their body to be able to break down the sugar they are consuming. Type 3 diabetes is what we commonly know as Alzheimer's. Recent studies show that a person with type 2 diabetes increases their risk of developing Alzheimer's by 50%.
So where is all this sugar coming from? In the late 1970s there was a public outcry about the amount of fat present in food. The food industry knows that if you take the fat out of food it tastes like cardboard. If you've ever eaten reduced fat Cheezits you know what I'm talking about. The only thing reduced fat Cheezits are good for is throwing at your annoying little brother. No one is going to eat food that tastes nasty so the food industry came up with a solution. Lets just add sugar to make it taste better! Brilliant decision. Here's the kicker... The USDA requires that all food have a nutritional label with the daily recommended intakes right? If you look at a nutrition label the sugar content doesn't have a daily recommended value %. It's fuckin blank. Why? Because if you knew how much sugar you actually ate in a day versus how much scientists suggest you wouldn't buy any of their food.
It's because of sugar we have 14 year old children in this country that weigh 200+ pounds and have type 2 diabetes. One scientist's greatest fear was they have no idea how to treat someone with diabetes for their entire life. Type 2 diabetes used to be known as "Adult On-set Diabetes" and most commonly occurred around the late 40s to early 50s. People were given insulin supplements to combat their body's deficiencies and they lived another 10-20 years. Children with type 2 diabetes hopefully still have 60+ years to live and who knows was the consequences will be.
The easiest way to combat this is to cook at home for your families and use whole ingredients. No chips, no crackers, no granola bars, no fruit juices, and definitely no soda (not even diet soda). A whole apple has the fiber necessary to help your body negate the sugar intake. A glass of fresh organic apple juice has all the fiber removed and your body will still experience the sugar spike and influx of insulin as if you had just eaten a snickers bar. Metabolically there's very little difference between drinking a glass of fruit juice and eating a candy bar. Stick to whole foods, as green as possible and as often as possible. Stay away from stevia/splenda and other artificial sweeteners because your body doesn't know the difference between them and real sugar, the response is still the same. Your body still experiences the sugar spike, insulin is still injected into your liver and fat is the by-product.
I'm not telling everyone to go plant based, however it is currently the only food policy that is showing signs of not only stopping diabetes but actually reversing type 2. Oh and just because you're skinny doesn't mean you're healthy. People's genetics play a big role in how your body metabolizes fat. You could be a skinny fat person and be at risk for diabetes, stroke, and other cardiovascular diseases. Something to ponder over for a while :)
Research shows that sugar is 8 times more addictive than heroin.