October 2016 Newsletter
Sugar: The New “Big Tobacco” Scandal
For nearly 60 years, the sugar industry has paid scientists to publish research that portrays saturated fat as the culprit behind heart disease, obesity and other diseases, and to downplay the role that sugar has in causing the diseases. Some of the research appears to come from very reputable sources, but it is full of conflicts of interest. Researchers at Harvard wrote to senior sugar industry executives that were funding the research, “We are well aware of your particular interest,…and will cover this as well as we can.” After receiving drafts of the research, one sugar industry executive responded, “Let me assure you this is quite what we had in mind, and we look forward to its appearance in print.” Coca-Cola has funded millions of dollars of research to play down the link between sugar and obesity. Other research is even more blatant. In June 2016, The Associated Press reported that candy makers funded studies that claimed that children who eat candy tend to weigh less than those who do not. Read More
How Much Food is 2,000 Calories?
Large restaurant chains continue to make a big deal of how they are reducing portion sizes. But, at the same time they are quietly introducing new dishes that are so rich and full of sugars and fats that they have an entire day’s worth of calories in a single meal. Eating bountiful amounts of food and staying under 2,000 calories a day is not that difficult if you eat whole foods, watch your portion sizes and eat your vegetables. However, it is becoming almost impossible to stay under 2,000 calories per meal at many restaurants. A single steak and a drink at a popular steakhouse has roughly 2,000 calories, with no sides, appetizers or dessert. Here is what 2,000 calories looks like at some of the most popular restaurants in the US. Read More
Your Kids May Be Too Clean, Dirty May Be Healthier
Researchers are now discovering that microbes are crucial to our health. Avoiding them by being too clean can lead to a range of newly common chronic, noninfectious diseases and disorders like diabetes, allergies, asthma, inflammatory bowel diseases, autoimmune diseases, autism, obesity and certain types of cancer. Preventing babies and children from getting dirty, shields them from getting the essential microbial exposure required for development of a healthy immune system. So tell your kids to go outside, get some exercise, and get dirty! They will love it. Read More