Alternative health experts have spent decades warning Americans that the conventional wisdom regarding health and nutrition is corrupted by backroom deals between big food and big medicine. And for all the eye-rolling nutrition contrarians have endured, new evidence provides some long overdue vindication.
Waistlines throughout the nation have expanded vastly in recent decades, thanks in part to the 150 to 170 pounds of refined sugar each American consumes on average over the course of a year.
Eating too much sugar can cause an array of health problems ranging from mild inflammation to more serious conditions like diabetes and a variety of cancer.
Many of us still consume sugar regularly, feeling that moderation and an otherwise proper diet offsets some of the risk.
What you may be surprised to learn is that refined sugar is so bad for the human body— and so lacking in any redeeming nutritional qualities— that some health experts classify it as a poison.
It doesn’t help that the sweetener millions of Americans mindlessly guzzle in their morning coffee, afternoon soda and maybe even as part of an evening cocktail each day is as deadly addictive as cocaine.
Unless your name is Keith Richards, you probably realize that stirring a couple rails of cocaine into your morning coffee would eventually have disastrous health consequences…
Yet, many of us stir a packet or two of sugar into multiple cups a day without a second thought.
Again, you may be thinking, “What’s a couple packs of sugar going to hurt? I diet, exercise and make healthy life choices…”
Unfortunately, you may not realize that your mild sugar intake isn’t so mild after all. If you eat virtually anything that comes from a package, you’re probably taking in way more sugar than you mean to consume.
Bob Livingston talked about this earlier this year, warning that many of us have unwittingly become sugar addicts.
Big Food laces almost all processed food with refined sugars, particularly in the form of fructose corn syrup, which is cheap for them because it is subsidized by the government to the tune of billions of dollars.
So we become addicted to sugar-laced processed foods and desire more of them. Meanwhile the host of diseases resulting in excess sugar consumption, while a plague on the people, mean big dollars for Big Pharma, which constantly creates new “wonder drugs” to mask the symptoms of diseases caused by sugar.
The government subsidies for fructose syrup Livingston noted are a product of U.S. corn subsidies.
Additional subsidies for the white refined sugar sitting in your pantry right now are a result of the 1934 Sugar Act, a New Deal effort to revive a U.S. sugar industry that had been ravaged by the Great Depression.
Why did sugar prices plummet during the Depression?
You guessed it… people with very little money to spend stopped buying sugar, a sweet luxury, because they needed to squeeze life-sustaining nutrition out of every last cent.
Today, thanks to sugar and corn subsidies, the situation is nearly reverse for folks on a tight budget. The government spends hundreds of millions of dollars propping up the corn and sugar industries each year, making the nutritionally-deficient products cheap additions to all kinds of packaged foods.
The peddlers of junk foods packed with corn and sugar fillers have, for decades, been making money hand over fist thanks to the subsidies.
And as Americans have grown increasingly addicted to their products, the companies have become addicted to big profits.
In an effort to protect those profits, they use many of the same tactics big tobacco refined over the years to downplay the deadliness of smoking.
Today, after witnessing plenty of Marlboro cowboys die of smoking-related diseases, we all know the truth about tobacco…
“Tobacco will kill you, and I am living proof of it,” Wayne McLaren, a Marlboro Man who died of lung cancer at 51-years-old, reportedly said just before he died.
These days, big tobacco mostly just doesn’t want to talk about the deadliness of its products. But, at very least, warning labels have become commonplace.
Unfortunately, it isn’t likely that PepsiCo’s Captain Horatio Magellan Crunch will ever admit that the big C on his hat could be viewed as a sardonic reminder of the cancer you may get from eating too much of his cereal.
Major players in the sugary food and drink industry are actually doing quite the opposite of warning that sugar is deadly. They’re pumping millions of dollars into “research” to prove “there’s really virtually no compelling evidence” sugary products are bad for you.
The New York Times reported last year:
Coca-Cola, the world’s largest producer of sugary beverages, is backing a new “science-based” solution to the obesity crisis: To maintain a healthy weight, get more exercise and worry less about cutting calories.
The beverage giant has teamed up with influential scientists who are advancing this message in medical journals, at conferences and through social media. To help the scientists get the word out, Coke has provided financial and logistical support to a new nonprofit organization called the Global Energy Balance Network, which promotes the argument that weight-conscious Americans are overly fixated on how much they eat and drink while not paying enough attention to exercise.
Thankfully, some mainstream medical researchers not on a soda company’s payroll are finally coming to their senses about the dangers of too much sugar. If only by accident…
A researcher at the University of California, San Francisco, recently discovered some long-buried internal sugar industry documents which reveal that the sugar industry paid a couple of Harvard scientists $50,000 for some “research” way back in 1967.
Those scientists then conducted a study that revealed (surprise!) that saturated fat, not sugar, was the main cause of heart disease and other food-related chronic health conditions.
The research was published in the New England Journal of Medicine, and subsequently corrupted 50 years of medical research into sugar’s nasty health consequences.
Basically, mainstream researchers need to start over in determining whether sugar belongs in the human diet in any form…
Luckily, contrarians like Livingston have invested hundreds of hours in truly independent research into sugar and how it affects health. It’s no coincidence that he began compiling his popular newsletter more than 40 years ago, just as phony paid-for research into all manner of foods and chemicals sold to American consumers was becoming increasingly accepted by the establishment. And as the phony research continues to be the mainstream norm, Livingston continues to call it out.