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The Sugar Trap

October 5, 2020

This is one big con about the need for sugar. The Australian Dietary Guildlines recommended we eat products made from white flour, rice, and potatoes, which contain refined carbohydrates. They are basically pure starch that is converted in the gut to glucose. Therefore you are eating sugar. 

The dietary guidelines are flawed!


There is no dietary process that demands we eat sugar or carbs. Early humans evolved on a wide range of fresh seasonal foods and they did not develop type 2 diabetes.

Before the 1600’s sugar was expensive. Only the rich could afford the expensive imported product. This included Queen Elizabeth I who came to the English throne in 1558, and cleaned her teeth with sugar and even honey.

Throughout history various items were viewed as status symbols for the powerful and rich, the more rare and expensive, the greater the status, and food was no exception. With the opening up of the New World of the Americas, sugar gained popularity. Sugar became a status ingredient as it needed to be imported. Before the more expensive sugar came on the scene, honey was used as a sweetening agent. 

So sugar was thought to have been one of Elizabeth’s favourite ingredients! 

Thus the modern world’s addiction to sugar began. 

Not only was sugar used in lavish deserts but also it was believed to have medicinal properties, including the cleaning of the teeth. So Queen Elizabeth’s teeth didn’t stand a chance with the diet of desserts and the cleaning of the teeth with sugar.

Medieval times - the start of the Sugar Trap

The boom in the sugar trade increased the the availability and popularity of sugar. About 100 years ago, dietary guidelines were introduced, and at the same time sugary drinks, breakfast cereals, and highly processed foods came on the scene.

The guidelines were flawed by industry and ideology. We are told to eat less fat and more carbs and now we are more fatter, have more decayed teeth, and type 2 diabetes and its complications are never more prevalent!

We now have 10% of the population has type 2 or pre-diabetes with 50% in some lower socio-economic groups!

Avoid sugar!

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