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Whole30 Participant and Nutritionist Stress Importance of Eliminating Excessive Sugar Intake

The Whole30 Program originated in 2009 starting with the book “It Starts with Food”. The book highlights a wholesome eating pattern exempting sugar and generally any processed foods not considered “wholesome” for a thirty-day period. One key component: eliminate unnatural sugars. Sally Schöberlein participated in the Whole 30 program while residing in Germany; she says after the first few uncomfortable days sugar cravings, she began noticing a positive difference with the way she felt.

Melons, seen here, are considered a healthy sugar substitute according to Organic Lifestyle Magazine | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck
Melons, seen here, are considered a healthy sugar substitute according to Organic Lifestyle Magazine | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck

Oprah’s magazine identifies sugar as an issue, offering tips on reducing sugar intake. An article by Stephanie Schomer, “Sugar Shock: Three Things YouDidn’t Know about Your Diet”, identifies the average American consumes over three times the recommended daily sugar dose. The article states, “[the] American Heart Association recommends limiting our added sugar intake to six teaspoons daily, but our actual intake is about 22.2 teaspoons.”

Consequently, the majority of Americans overeat sugar, compromising a healthy lifestyle. What is the best way to maintain a healthy eating pattern with less sugar?

Pears | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck
Pears | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck

Nutritionist Sarah Skolnik recommends monitoring your eating patterns daily and understanding exactly what you are eating. Skolnik explains that the brain responds very similarly to sugar as it would addictive substances and it is important to know what ingredients are in your food. The difference between sugary food and drug addictions are slim, according to a study conducted by the NIH. The study “has revealed that sugar and sweet reward can not only substitute to addictive drugs, like cocaine, but can even be more rewarding and attractive.”

Most breads are considered complex starchy carbohydrates, seen here | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck
Most breads are considered complex starchy carbohydrates, seen here | Photo by Leilani Spring Fischbeck

 

New Study Proves E-Cigs and Vaping to be Harmful


A recent article from NBC News has just reported high levels of Formaldehyde within the E-Cigarette. This poses a high danger for e-cig and vapor users. The New England Journal of Medicine states that the exposure to formaldehyde from an e-cigarette can be five to 15 times higher than a regular cigarette. When e-cigarettes were introducing themselves to the market, the health risks associated with it were unknown although certain cities decided to ban vaping in public from the start. However, studies are now recognizing the formaldehyde carcinogen to be significantly high in e-cigarettes. A recent NY Times article titled, “Is Vaping Worse than Smoking?” highlights individuals questioning whether the focus of Formaldehyde specifically is tainting the results of how overall dangerous e-cigarettes are. However, at this moment, many health professionals feel that e-cigarettes or vaping is just as dangerous as cigarette smoking.

Infographic created by Leilani Spring Fischbeck on easel.ly
Infographic created by Leilani Spring Fischbeck