Sugar: Is it bad for kids’ learning and behavior?

Important Points: Sugar Behavior Learning Brain Memory Sugar: Is it bad for kids’ learning and behavior? The effect of sugar intake on children’s behavior is a hotly debated topic in pediatrics. Parents and educators often contend that sugar and other carbohydrate ingestion can dramatically impact children’s behavior, particularly their activity levels. Physicians, on the other hand,… Continue reading Sugar: Is it bad for kids’ learning and behavior?

The Impact Of Sugar On Mental Health

When enjoying your tasty donut, the last thing on your mind your long-term mental health. However, there is plenty of evidence to suggest that you should be thinking of just that. Most of us know the harm of too much sugar on our physical health. It can cause obesity, wide-spread inflammation, and poor dental health… Continue reading The Impact Of Sugar On Mental Health

Could Chronic Pain Patients Be Could Substitution Sugar For Opioids….

Could sugar self-substitution for opioids in our patient’s be leading to insulin resistance, obesity, T2DM? In an experiment done on mini-pigs, they found that sugar can affect the brain’s reward system in a similar “manner similar to that of drugs of abuse” Sugar’s impact on the brain’s reward system boils down to how it affects… Continue reading Could Chronic Pain Patients Be Could Substitution Sugar For Opioids….

!Blue Light!

Watching TV before bed makes you hungry for dessert. Just one hour of exposure to artificial blue light at night, the kind of light produced by the our screens and light bulbs: • increases sugar consumption • raises blood sugar levels • reduces glucose tolerance (a warning sign of pre-diabetes.) After the exposure to one… Continue reading !Blue Light!

Sugar vs. Fat

In the 1960s, the sugar industry paid three Harvard scientists to publish a review of research on sugar vs. fat and their effects on heart disease. The Sugar Association paid the scientists the equivalent of about $50,000 today, cherry-picked the research included in the review; resulting in a biased article published in the New England… Continue reading Sugar vs. Fat

Sugar, Addiction, and Obesity

Sugar addiction, especially glucose, leads to obesity because of how it is metabolized. Sucrose (table sugar) is a disaccharide made of 50% fructose and 50% glucose. Sucrose is metabolized primarily in the small intestine, releasing equal parts glucose and fructose. Glucose causes insulin release and is rapidly cleared from the bloodstream by insulin-dependent channels. Fructose… Continue reading Sugar, Addiction, and Obesity

Sugar, vegetable oil, and grain

Sugar, vegetable oils, and grains — in my more than 20 years of experience, I have never seen a type 2 diabetic patient that didn’t have this unholy trifecta. The root cause of the obesity, prediabetes, and type 2 diabetes epidemic is this combination of acellular carbohydrates, industrial seed oils, and refined carbohydrates.

Intentional and Unlabeled Increase in Fructose

There has been an intentional, unlabeled increase in manufacturing fructose, which is having an impact on weight and leading to the obesity epidemic. Soda drinkers in particular are consuming more fructose than people realize. Manufactured high-fructose corn syrup contains a ratio of 55:45 fructose to glucose. High-fructose corn syrup was invented in the early 1970s… Continue reading Intentional and Unlabeled Increase in Fructose

Why we don’t count calories

Calorie-counting is a popular dietary approach, but it’s sometimes flawed in its philosophy. It’s easier to track not eating sugar/carbs and not eating artificial sugars than actually counting the calories and grams.  Tracking and reliving the calories of carbohydrates you didn’t eat only stimulates ghrelin, the hunger hormone, and focusing on feeling deprived of something only… Continue reading Why we don’t count calories

The Role of Fructose

  Many people think that sugar is sugar, but there are different types and sugar comes in many forms. Compared with glucose, fructose plays a primary role in development of metainflammation, obesity, prediabetes, and type 2 diabetes Fructose directly increases de novo lipogenesis, promotes dyslipidemia, decreases insulin sensitivity, increases visceral adiposity, and stimulates the reward… Continue reading The Role of Fructose