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Now we know that sugar effectively includes anything made with flour i.e. breads, pastas, most breakfast cereals, and potatoes, corn and rice; why is sugar the enemy? And why do we seem to like it so much? Think about that caveman in the paleolithic era. There has been a period of time when food was scarce. The early human is fighting for his life. He is hungry and so too are predators which may seek to feed on the Man. Survival is paramount. Confronted with the choice of some honey from a bee's hive or some tender leaves/lettuce and strips of a dead carcass, in this context, really the context in which our metabolism still functions to this day, which would be the better choice?
The better choice would clearly be the honey, quick energy, evade or fight off the other hungry predators. Though honey would kill us if we had no way to store it rapidly just like it would put a modern diabetic into ketoacidosis, coma, then death. Humans have the backup of insulin to bring that sugar back down to normal, only rarely did the caveman resort to this gram of insulin producing tissue sequestered in his pancreas. Back at the carcass if still safe, the insulin has made us very hungry so we might even gorge off the carcass so as to really store some energy and fat for the next famine. An other kindred human, one who ate the meat and fat first took so long to digest it and make energy, that he was overtaken by a leopard while still digesting and thus taken out of the gene pool. That's why kids really love sugar because for our ancient non video game playing ancestors, sugar's quick energy might make the difference between life and death on the plains of Africa.
Today, there are no famines. Most people have seldom really been hungry in America. Food is abundant. And as it happens the cheapest food that is easy to package and requires little or no preparation is mostly combinations of flour, sugar, a little salt, and sometimes fat. Look in the seven eleven. How about fast food? A Caveman would be delighted at the abundance, convenience and quick energy processed food provides. But like us, after a couple of years of an office job and pancakes for breakfast, not having been chased by a leopard ever, our noble ancestor would be obese, diabetic, and his teeth would be rotten.
"But Dr. Z, is sugar not the main energy source your body uses, especially your brain?" Yes, but the introduction of large amounts of simple sugar into our bodies with the associated production of insulin, every day, sometimes many times, is harmful to our bodies. When sugar concentration rises about 130mg/dl it starts to stick to our normal proteins, irreversibly "gumming them up". Over time this causes neuropathy, vascular disease, inflammation and eventually cancer. HgA1c is a test used to monitor diabetics, for example 7% means that much of your hemoglobin is sugar coated and therefore not doing its job of carrying oxygen as well.
Doesn't Fat Make You Fat?
The answer in normal circumstances is no.
Proteins are used to make many things in the body, like muscle, collagen, and bone. Excess protein is largely excreted as urea in urine. Fats, likewise are used to make brains, cell membranes, bone marrow, and sebum to keep your skin healthy. Unless calories are taken to extreme excess, a high fat diet seems benign (Look at the Inuits). On the other hand, sugar, is really used in predominantly two ways, it's either used right away to replenish muscles depleted of their sugar from exercise, or burned when the body is moving. Otherwise, sugar triggers insulin to store the sugar as fat. Then the excess insulin makes you hungry very soon, causing you to want more sugar. It's the extreme tendency of people to fall into this trap and the food companies know this all to well. Cookies, snack cakes, toaster pastries, candy, and ho ho's might have saved the life of a starving and frightened caveman, but it's what killing us.
So my friends, be mindful of what you eat and think to yourself not What Would a Caveman Do (WWCD), because for all intents and purposes, you are a cavemanand may even feel you need that cupcake to survive. Think instead What Did the Cavemen Eat (WDCE)?
Proposal to limit food stamps to the same items as WIC?
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