Sugar! As a pervasive element in the standard American diet (S.A.D.), it is now a known culprit in the de-healthifying of Americans (children included). Food manufacturers put some kind of processed sugar in almost all of their products. Why? So we'll get addicted to it (which we do), and eat more of it.
In this video, Dr. Mark Hyman, discusses several important points about how eating well can make us less sick.
In particular, Dr. Hyman speaks to the devastating effect that eating processed sugars has on the human body. He even describes sugar as a "recreational drug." Interesting thought.
I was a sugarholic for decades, consuming it in some form or another at breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. Though I looked reasonably healthy, I finally realized that sugar was a fundamental driver in the metabolic problems I was experiencing - high blood pressure, constant heartburn and acid reflux, joint pain due to inflammation, headaches, constantly increasing belly fat, etc. Sugar was not only shortening my life, it was compromising the quality of the life I had. Thanks to the thinking, speaking, and writing of functional medicine physicians like Dr. Hyman, Dr. Robert Lustig, Dr. David Perlmutter, Dr. Roby Mitchell, and Dr. Ben Edwards (you can find them all with a quick Google search), I began to see what I was doing to my own health.
Been there. Done that. Not going back.