For over 60 years, saturated fat has been blamed for heart disease, leading to the rise of sugar overloadthe dangerous low fat, high sugar diet.

Manufacturers of processed food reduced fat and added sugar and the industry has been extremely reluctant to admit that products laden with sugar are harmful to health.

But research now shows sugar is the dietary contributor to chronic health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and liver disease. So as well as making us fat, sugar is making us sick.

How much sugar are you eating?

Even if you don’t add sugar yourself to your food, you are probably eating plenty of it because it is hidden in many foods – and is disguised by up to 61 different names for various forms on food labels. These include common names, such as sucrose, high-fructose corn syrup, barley malt, dextrose, maltose and rice syrup.

We all realise it will be in sweet goods such as biscuits and cakes but did you know it is also in foods such as bread, breakfast bars, fruit yoghurts, ketchup, salad dressing and pasta sauces?

In addition, grain-based foods quickly turn to sugar in your body, meaning foods such as breakfast cereals and anything made with white flour have the same effect as sugar.

A healthy approach

  • Avoid sugar, processed fructose, processed foods and white flour
  • Eat plenty of whole foods, ideally organic, and replace a lot of your grain carbs (such as white flour) with large quantities of vegetables
  • Have good quality protein
  • Eat high-quality healthy fat. (Look out for future blog on fats for more info).