Nutritional Concepts 
Why the Sugar Debate?
There is a heated debate concerning the risks of consuming too much sugar, especially high fructose corn sugar.

It's 2010. How could there even be a debate?

There exists thirty years of impeccable research proving that empty calories from added sugars are implicated in:
  • Blood Sugar Imbalance
  • Weight Gain and Obesity
  • Immune System Suppression
  • Dental Caries
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Diabetes
High fructose corn syrup creates even more dramatic health problems, including:
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Visceral (belly) Fat
  • Elevated Triglycerides
  • Insulin Resistance
  • Fatty Liver
Common Sense
After constant media exposure and copious scientific data exhibiting the dangers of sugar in recent years, how could anyone believe that products containing this much added sugar are okay on a regular basis?
  • 17 tsp. added sugar in 20 oz. of cola
  • 10.5 tsp. added sugar in Snapple Lemon Tea
  • 9 tsp. added sugar in Kashi Go Lean Chewy Bar
  • 8 tsp. added sugar in small bag of M&Ms
It's time to stop the debate and take firm action. We have heard the "broken record" mantra for far too long from the sugar and soft drink lobbies claiming that, "sugar exists naturally in almost every fruit and vegetable." What they do not say is "yes, but fruits and vegetables are also loaded with health building vitamins, mineral, fiber, and water."

How can these lobbies look themselves in the mirror? We are at the height of an obesity epidemic where 27 percent of daily calories consumed by American children come from snacks considered candy, desserts, sweetened beverages, and salty snacks. These are calories consumed above and beyond three regular meals. To make matters worse, these same lobbies advertise directly to young children with the hope that they "hook a customer for life."

All I can say to the defenders of sugar is...shame on you.


Heart Smart Update
There are several important pieces of data we would like to add to last week's Heart Smart.
  • Health, United States, 2009.
    The Centers for Disease Control's report states that between 1971 and 2006, carbohydrate intake has risen steadily while protein and fat consumption has decreased. Yet, there has been no decrease in the number of Americans with cardiovascular disease. While the types of carbohydrates were not specified, we know that the increase was certainly not fruits and vegetables. It was grains and added sugars.

    The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition states in their March issue that the emphasis for reducing the burden of CVD risk should focus on limiting refined carbohydrates.

    Further confirmation was presented in the March issue of Journal Nutrition, showing that whole grain, as well as refined grain, raised inflammatory markers PAI-1 and CRP, which are associated with increased risk of CVD and diabetes.

  • Less is More to Reduce CVD Cases.
    Commenting on CDC report, The Lancet and Institute of Medicine stated that the US must focus on the simple things, such as rigorously encouraging lifestyle changes and addressing hypertension, to reduce the number of heart disease outcomes, rather than concentrating on grand, expensive technological gestures and medication use, which has increased ten-fold since 1994. According to The Lancet, "although blood cholesterol concentrations have been dropping, pharmacological approach alone is not enough to control and manage the escalating burden of heart disease."
Do not hesitate to contact us to make an appointment for heart health optimization.

Have a happy, healthy day.

Bonnie, Steve, and the staff at Nutritional Concepts Inc.
1535 Lake Cook Road
Suite 204
Northbrook, IL 60062
For 25 years, bringing the wellness of tomorrow, today.


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