Americans are lied to every day. It happens so much that we've become complacent about it. One of the biggest lies comes from Big Agri, many so-called health experts, and even the president's wife. They're telling you that the obesity problem we have here in the United States is a result of eating too much and not exercising enough. Now a new documentary is exposing the truth. And God willing, it may change lives for the better. If it doesn't, the future health of our children looks pretty bleak.
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The movie is "Fed Up." And it explains why for most people, simply cutting back on calories and exercising doesn't work.
I have known this for more than 30 years. It goes back to the early days when I became a medical heretic. That was when it finally sunk into my head that not only did medical school not teach me everything I needed to know — it taught me virtually nothing but how to diagnose what drugs my patients needed. Then I learned a simple fact. If I took my patients off sugar, strictly off sugar, most of them got better. Wow! What a revelation. But here's the problem.
It's not so easy to get off sugar. Sure you can stop adding it to your coffee and cereal. But that doesn't get the job done. In fact, doing that is just a drop in the bucket. That's because Big Agri has learned something. They have learned that when you add sugar to foods, they sell better. This has become such a problem that 80% of the foods that Americans eat have added sugar. So for most Americans, they don't have to add sugar to their foods. It has already been done for them. And that's not the only problem.
The other aspect of this is the processing of foods. Take grains and potatoes for example. As these foods become processed into flour, breakfast cereals, crackers, potato chips, and protein bars, they begin to have the same effects as sugar. So it's not just about cutting added sugar out of the diet. You also have to cut out these heavily processed convenience/fast foods. And you have to carefully read labels.
Or better yet, as I mention in my book Bursting With Energy, cut out eating foods that come with labels. That's because Big Agri has learned how to disguise the sugar they put in foods. So they can label sugar as: barley malt, various syrups, cane juice crystals, caramel, dextran, dextrose, diastatic malt, diastase, ethyl maltol, fructose, fruit juice concentrate, galactose, honey, lactose, maltodextrin, maltose, panocha, sorbitol — the list goes on and on. For a full list, just search the Internet for "different names for sugar."
So if you know of someone you love who has a problem with weight, especially a child, please take them to see this movie. Once their eyes are open to the truth, they can stop the useless practice of exercising to lose weight and watching every darn calorie they eat. What will get them real success is to get completely off the sugar train, and on to fresh, whole foods that don't come in packages.
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