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Did you know that about 80% of food items in most U.S. grocery stores are spiked with added sugar?  Did you know that it is estimated, at the rate we are going, 1/3 of Americans will have diabetes by 2050?

In a recent article on Boston.com/Health, Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatric endocrinologist and author of the best-selling new book Fat Chance, explains, “what makes sugar so problematic is how it’s handled by the body.” Too many sweet sips of a Starbucks Caramel Macchiato causes a surge in the hormone insulin and also alters the way the liver metabolizes the simple form of sugar, glucose. Too many giant spikes in insulin over time due to a high consumption of sugar or other refined carbohydrates, Lustig said, can lead to insulin resistance, liver problems, and ultimately Type 2 diabetes in those who are susceptible. He believes that the reason diabetes rates have surged over the past two decades has more to do with our increased sugar and processed food intake than our expanding waistlines — though, no doubt, the two go hand in hand.  (You can read the whole article HERE.)

What can you do to “budget” added sugars?  Lot of delicious things!   The easiest way to do this…do not eat food in packages.  If it is in a box on a shelf, it is totally processed.  Shop along the perimeter of your grocery store, where all the fresh produce, meat, dairy and fish are.  Be aware that, the deeper you get into the aisles, the more processed (and FULL of added sugars) the food is.

“A high fiber, low sugar diet is real food,” Lustig said. “That’s what people should eat.”

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