Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Big Sugar recycles at Baptist Hospital: a facet of the campaign to persuade you that sugar is actually healthful ... by gimleteye

I couldn't believe my eyes when I read the Big Sugar disinformation on the Baptist Hospital public portal / website recently. Whether Natacha Borrajo knew or not that her work was following the Big Sugar talking points -- slickly alternating between half truths -- , Baptist Hospital should know better than disseminating inaccurate information ...


"... in an effort to keep our sugar intake in check, we may actually be contributing to other health risks."

In other words, don't worry! 

"Natacha Borrajo, a registered dietitian with Baptist Health Primary Care, looks at the top 5 myths about sugar consumption and explains that what we think we know about sugar may not be based on scientific evidence.

"Myth #1 – Sugar Is Addictive ... Researchers have been studying the effects of sugar on our bodies for decades. But, as recent as November 2016, scientists in Europe found little scientific evidence to point to sugar as an addictive substance."

In fact, sugar is not only addictive, it can be toxic to human health when consumed in excess. And, boy, is sugar consumed in excess in the US! According to a recent Credit Suisse analysis, annual health care costs in the US as a result of sugar consumption total more than $1 trillion. T-R-I-L-L-I-O-N/

Sugar's byproducts include severe pollution of Florida waterways, including the Everglades. Watch, "Sugar, the Bitter Truth" below and follow websites like Bullsugar.org and Captains for Clean Water.

Ms. Borrajo says that the human body experiences a “primal” need for sugar, as it’s used by the body for fuel. ... Our brains, especially, run on glucose,” she said. “So, receptors there light up when we eat sugar in preparation for the additional fuel.” But, unlike how the brain reacts to controlled substances, withdrawal symptoms from lack of sugar have not been documented. Furthermore, a study published in July 2017 in the journal Appetite concluded that little evidence exists to indicate that sugary foods lead to food dependency."

*** Watch Dr. Robert Lustig, "Sugar, the Bitter Truth", for a dose of facts. It's been watched more than 7.4 million times on YouTube.

"Overall, Ms. Borrajo reiterates that limiting added refined sugar in our diets is a healthy practice. But, she warns, don’t fall victim to general advice to avoid naturally occurring sugar, as found in fruits, vegetables and complex carbohydrates, such as whole grains. By doing this, you deprive your body of its natural fuel source and other healthy nutrients. You may even wind up replacing it with refined sugar or artificial sweeteners."

So, yes, the article concludes refined sugar is bad but your perspective would not be clarified by this Baptist Hospital communication.

“Sugar isn’t necessarily a bad guy,” she said. “We just need to watch how much we consume, so that we don’t overdo it.”


Geniusofdespair said...

I am addicted. I could eat sugared stuff and dispense with all else. I need help.

Anonymous said...

It is well established that sugar comes from many sources; refined sugar is the most harmful of all. I am also addicted. Refined sugar is in so many food products and often the least expensive ones in the grocery market. Americans are being poisoned and Big Sugar is blocking any and all efforts to restrict sugar in the American diet. Some day there will be a class action lawsuit against Big Sugar just like against tobacco, and that will be a great day for America. #MAGA

Gayle Ryan said...

correct your comment about speaker - it is a HE not a SHE ???

made a Facebook post :)

Anonymous said...

Let us remember in all generations both past and present how food values change ---salt--sugar milk--etc. We are so in tune to thousands of surveys reports --all with changes through the decades. Shakespeare said it right:
"Nothing is either good or bad, but thinking makes it so" ---I agree.