My sugar free column in the IHPA (Virginia Commonwealth University Inter Health Professional Alliance) Newsletter for September 2017:
*Original article wording (newsletter has edited – for space – version):
For years doctors, health food companies, and the world have told us that a high fat diet was bad for us. Because of this food companies have posted big signs on their food boxes that say: “no trans-fat” or “fat free food”, but that does not mean it is healthier for us! I have read about this and heard people speak on the subject and I will try to quickly and plainly tell you what happened. A long time ago some scientists thought that the fat in food was killing us, so they took some of their data and told the government that we needed to change our food habits. This made the food companies change the way they made food. BUT … the scientists didn’t give all the information. So we now have a system set up that may not be the best option for everyone. Because they have taken out some fat (which takes out flavor) they have had to replace it with something else: SUGAR! If you read my last newsletter article, then you know sugar is very addictive and very good at making us gain weight because we just want it all the time. I know that my great grandma (and many other relatives) ate bacon and fried chicken every day and lived into their 90’s. Most natural things are ok for us to have, as long as we are smart about how much we eat. I know that cooking things in bacon grease is not going to kill me like everyone thinks, but if I eat it every meal then it won’t be great for my health. I guess what you need to know is how to look at the box label. Just because something says all natural or healthy or less fat does NOT mean it is good for you. You should really look at the amount of sugar too. People are changing their tune about sugar and are realizing that carbs are more of a problem then natural fat. There are many phone apps or google searches that can help you understand what the label says and what is really in the food you buy. This month I want to give you a very simple recipe that can help at breakfast (which is when most children get the highest amount of sugar – not what you want to do right before school when they need to behave and concentrate).
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