01-16.45 STEP 1: REDUCE YOUR CONSUMPTION OF ADDED SUGARS

QUOTE from Dr Fung (emphasis mine): 

“STEP 1: REDUCE YOUR CONSUMPTION OF ADDED SUGARS

SUGAR STIMULATES INSULIN secretion, but it is far more sinister than that. Sugar is particularly fattening because it increases insulin both immediately and over the long term. Sugar is comprised of equal amounts of glucose and fructose, as discussed in chapter 14, and fructose contributes directly to insulin resistance in the liver. Over time, insulin resistance leads to higher insulin levels. Therefore, sucrose and high fructose corn syrup are exceptionally fattening, far in excess of other foods. Sugar is uniquely fattening because it directly produces insulin resistance. With no redeeming nutritional qualities, added sugars are usually one of the first foods to be eliminated in any diet.” [1]

NOTE (my commentary):

At the simplest level, high level of glucose sugar in the blood indicates that there is too much sugar in my body. If I decrease the sugar entering my digestive system, the level of glucose in my blood will obviously decrease.

Sugar is uniquely fattening because it directly produces insulin resistance.

It makes sense then to eliminate added sugar by:

  • Hide the sugar bowl. There is no logical reason to add table sugar to anything at the table.
  • There is no logical reason to add table sugar to anything while cooking. It’s wiser to adjust a recipe that calls for sugar, or look for a new recipe.
  • It’s wise to watch for sugar hidden in various processed foods. Fortunately, I don’t have much of a sweet tooth today and can easily do without. One exception may be condiments, as the flavor is worth it, but it makes sense to be aware while shopping and examine labels.

fructose contributes directly to insulin resistance in the liver.

STRATEGY: No added sugar, make careful choices with processed foods, and avoid fructose as much as possible.

DISCERNMENT QUESTIONS
1. What gets your attention?
2. What does it say about Reality? (Any misperceptions to correct?)
3. What does it say that I need to obey? (What should be added to my strategy?)
4. How can I incorporate what is true into my Disciplines? (Specific methods?)
5. What questions do I have for the experts? What might be the answers?

SOURCE – Footnotes:
[1]  “The Obesity Code: Unlocking the Secrets of Weight Loss” by Dr. Jason Fung, Timothy Noakes –

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