Tuesday, October 16, 2007

The Misdirected War

The War on Fat and the War on Carbs are the wrong wars. Fat and Carbohydrates, along with Protein, are essential factors in a healthy diet. As with everything, these nutrients must be consumed in general proportion and not to excess. The mere presence of Fat or Carbs in a diet will NOT cause one to be unhealthy. The real enemy, when portions are the proper size is sugar. Sugar and sweeteners are everywhere. They are used for taste and for preservation and sugar can be a real problem for people that just can not seem to get rid of those last few pounds. If you take the time to look at what you are putting into your body you will notice that sugar is everywhere in packaged foods. It is in your cereal, it is on your beverages, it is in your lunch snack, your afternoon candy bar, and your nightly bowl of ice cream. I really like to focus on sodas as one of the worst offenders. A can of soda generally contains 45 grams of sugar. To put this into real world terms, 1 teaspoon is 4 grams, which means there are at least 11 teaspoons of sugar in one can of soda. Just imagine putting 11 scoops of sugar into your next cup of tea or coffee.
Think about it next time you complain about weight.

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