CONTROL SUGAR – CONTROL YOUR LIFE!

by Robert Zito 10/12/2015

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My apologies for not writing for a while, my priorities have been focused on expanding nuegreen.com. BUT…

Sometimes you hear something that forces you to speak out. This morning in Dallas, it was the news loop that kept running about a local college football coach that had come back from a quadruple bypass. The news said he had led a healthy lifestyle and he attributed his condition to a family history of heart disease. I was very glad for his successful outcome. He even gave out a good message about listening to your warning signs and not to put off going to the doctor to have them checked out. Now, without knowing his family’s health history, I cannot say for certain that he has a genetic predisposition, but what too many people believe is that heart disease, like obesity, is out of their control.  I was a little saddened for all those who struggle daily, that this again was the message being promoted through the media. The great news is the media has it wrong. It is not out of your control. Genetics may be a precursor, but it is not your fate.

But the story went on with the coach attributing exercise for his fast recovery. Well, I thought maybe he should attribute a little to the doctors who opened up all the major arteries around his heart which allowed his blood to flow properly. It is a common statement among patients to say that they have not had this much energy in years.

What finally got me was the last and most resonating statement that everyone should exercise more. He said that, “obesity is a large problem in America and more people should get active, stop playing video games and they would lose weight. Then I felt really sad.  There again is that incorrect message  – exercise can combat calories and induce weight loss. Let me just say, again – WRONG!  

YOU CANNOT EXERCISE IT ALL AWAY

Where do I start? Oh, STOP EATING SUGAR!  Just, ONE can of soda or sugary drink with 44 grams of sugar has 1.5 times the suggested daily allotment. It’s worse if you are a women and doubles again for a child. But you probably don’t know that because the Sugar Industry in America has fought to keep the percentage number off the nutritional labels. That is right! Go Look! Check your Cereal box, your bread, your salad dressing, your Coke can, your Gatorade.

How are you supposed to know how much sugar is too much?

It’s the big secret the food industry does not want you to know! 

According to the American Heart Association (AHA), the maximum amount of added sugars you should eat in a day are (1):

Men:  150 calories per day (37.5 grams or 9 teaspoons).

Women:  100 calories per day (25 grams or 6 teaspoons).

Children 4-8:  48 calories per day (12 grams or 3 teaspoons).

Teens:  80 calories per day (20 grams or 5 teaspoons).

(The one soft drink alone is above your limit with 11 teaspoons of sugar.) I bet if you added your daily sugar intake you be shocked. Average Adults consumes 22 teaspoons or 88 grams of added sugar and the average child consumes 32 teaspoons of added sugar.  Forbes. The sad truth is we are hurting our children by giving them over 10 times the amount of sugar they should have.

A good source of information is the Movie FED UP . I wanted to see it when it came out in the theaters, but it was in very few cities and I could not find show times when it was to be in Dallas. (It was not for the lack of looking). Go to: www.fedupmovie.com released September 9, 2014 on video

Note: This film addresses the issue of sugar and obesity on the most basic, basic, did I say basic level?  My seven year old son gets it. Still, it is loaded with some alarming facts. One of which… is to what extent the food giants and the sugar industry have gone to cover up just how bad sugar is harming you. Also, how the Sugar Industry used extortion tactics to bully the World Health Organization (WHO), from lowering their recommend level, for the consumption of sugar.

I wanted to see it because it has all the leading medical doctors that I have been quoting on the subject of over consumption of sugar and disease, for the past few years. Among a few are (Robert H Lustig MD, Neuroendocrinologist – Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology at University of California, San Francisco, and Director of the Weight Assessment for Teen and Child Health (WATCH) Program at UCSF); (Mark Hyman MD  (Chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine awarded its 2009 Linus Pauling Award for Leadership in Functional Medicine& currently medical editor at the Huffington Post); David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD (pediatrician & endocrinologist at Children’s Hospital, Boston. Holds the position of Professor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Professor in Nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health.); are just a few of many of the highest qualified people who speak out.  All of who will state that:

THERE ARE NOT ENOUGH HOURS IN A DAY TO……

Let’s do the math: 1 gram of sugar equals 4 calories. Walking a 20 minute mile will burn around 58 calories (burning 14.5 grams). I say walk, because a 400 pound child cannot and should not run the mile. An average child is consuming 128 grams of sugar and the more severely obese consume twice that amount. There are not enough hours in the day to ever burn, “through exercise” just the added sugars being consumed.

JUST TELLING KIDS TO BE ACTIVE IS NOT GOING TO HELP THEM!

They need education about diet and nutrition and school’s to take back their food programs from the big food companies who are feeding our future generation sugar loaded garbage. Aerobic Exercise is very important in the growth of new neurons in the brain. It is most important to help protect these kids from brain disorders like Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, depression and schizophrenia later in life. Once they become diabetic, their risk can increase more than 200 percent for getting these disorders. It is the inflammation caused by sugar that does the damage to our organs. Glycation will occur when blood sugar is elevated. Sugar interferes and bonds with proteins that are need by organs such as the brain. In turn, those damaged protein attach to the neurons. Your body recognizes something is wrong and sends out an immune response. (inflammation) Please read Dr. David Perlmutter’s Grain Brain and Dr. Robert H Lustig’s; Fat Chance – Beating the Odds Against Sugar and watch his video The bitter truth about Sugar  to understand the full scope of this epidemic.

When I heard the coach say for people to stop sitting around and eating. I obviously knew he does not understand that this is the effect of the disease. Sugar, and the inflammation that follows, highjacks the hormones and robs you of energy while at the same time inhibits the production of chemicals which tells the brain to turn off the hunger sensation. Not to mention insulin resistance. Also, their microbiome has been hijacked due to the over consumption of sugar. The balance of good and bad bacteria in their guts is completely out of balance which creates a cascading and devastating series of heath issues.

Have you heard the term Skinny – Fat? The Huffington Post is one of many articles quoting studies.

  • 68 percent of the American population is overweight.
  • One-third of kids are overweight or obese in America.
  • If you are a skinny fat person and get diagnosed with diabetes, you have twice the risk of death.
  • Almost 4 out of 10 normal-weight kids are pre-diabetic.
  • Only about 20 percent of children in America are healthy.
  • 8 out of 10 children in America are overweight or have pre-diabetes or Type 2 diabetes.

Too often people think they are healthy because they look fit.  GET YOUR (RESTED) INSULIN LEVEL CHECKED. Doctors always have you fast the night before and then measure for blood sugar. Wrong test. Get measured for your RESTED insulin. That tells you how hard your Pancreas is working. The Pancreas is what produces insulin, regulates blood sugar and can compensate for high blood sugar. Thus a false assumption may be made from the result. Overworking the Pancreas is a not a good thing. Also, read up on Insulin Resistance, it not only shuts down your muscles, but impedes brain function. While you are at the doctor, get tested for Gluten Allergies, too.

A little over one year ago, while reading Dr. Perlmutter’s – Brain Grain, I decided to go Gluten Free. I was already on a low carb eater, but once I cut out Gluten, my life long battle with Dyslexia disappeared in under two weeks. More to come about my Gluten epiphany. Thank you Dr. Perlmutter for helping me understand that the proteins that react to Gluten are different for everyone.  I then spent a lot of time trying to come up with good gluten free options for things like cakes and pizza crusts. But I quickly learned that these flours are even higher on the Glycemic Index. About three month after that I read Dr. William Davis’s second book, Wheat Belly, Total Heath. This helped connect the dots that GRAINS are the true culprit. In the year since I have manged to lose almost all my visceral (belly and kidney) fat, by going grain free. Once off grains I found little hunger cravings and general overall sense of well being was heightened.

Also, read Dr. David Perlmutter’s – Brain Maker. It compiles noted research data from the past 20 years, and illustrates just how powerful the effect of gut bacteria has on your overall health.

A special thanks to:                                                                                                                              FED UP experts: Kelly D. Brownell, Ph.D; Pres. Bill Clinton; Senator Tom Harkin; Dr. Mark Hyman; Dr. David Kessler; Risa Lavizzo-Mourey; Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Dr. Robert Lustig; Michael Pollan; Margo Wootan; Michele Simon, JD, MPH, Eat Drink Politics; Katie Couric & Laurie David

Also, !!!!!  : for making all my points

IS SUGAR TOXIC?……………………………………………………. IT’S NOT A QUESTION ANYMORE!

We would like to re-post this information about sugar as a reminder for parents not to go overboard on that Easter candy. Learn why sugar was substituted for fat in processed foods. Also, see the correlation of sugar to diseases such as Hypertension, Diabetes, Obesity, Gout and Metabolic Syndrome.

COMING MAY 9th, 2014    FED UP

This film received a lot of attention at the Sundance Film Festival, it focuses on the sugar industry and its effect on the health of Americans. Experts Dr. Lustig, Dr. Kessler, Dr. Hyman and Dr. Ludwig all speak to this epidemic. Narrated by Katie Couric.

Is Sugar Toxic?
Is Sugar Toxic? 4/2012
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Is Sugar Toxic? 8/2012
Sugar the Bitter Truth Dr. Robert H. Lustig
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
original pub 4/3/2012 last revised 4/8/2014

Please remember It All Adds Up. Take steps to reduce your sugar consumption. Beginning to educate yourself and understand how it effects your body. Please watch the 60 Minutes segment that aired a few months ago: Is Sugar Toxic? It is a great introduction to Dr. Robert H. Lustig, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology: Sugar the Bitter Truth.

Understand just how bad Fructose and Sucrose are for our bodies.

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A single bond links Fructose and Glucose to form Sucrose

Here are some Facts:

  • Adult women consume 335 more calories than just 10 years ago.
  • Sucrose is Fructose linked to Glucose.
  • All Calories are NOT equal
  • 100% of the calories from Fructose pass into the liver compared to 20% for Glucose.
  • The Liver is the only organ in our body that can process Fructose.
  • 30% of all Fructose consumed is converted into fat.  Glucose is almost none.
  • Fructose is (by definition) a toxin to your system.

For any parent who has handed their child a 20 ounce bottle of Gatorade, this is a must watch.  You need to understand that it is the equivalent of 5 servings for a child and contains 50% sucrose.

You may also view these videos in Nuegreen.com’s  Video library.

Do “All Natural” Fat Blockers Work?

____________________________________________________________________________________By Robert Zito

weight loss supplementsThere has been much talk lately over All Natural, Fat Blocking Supplements and if they work. White Kidney Bean Extract, Garcinia Cambogia with HCA, Green Coffee Bean Extract with CGA, Sea Buckthorn, Raspberry Ketones and several Teas containing EGCG & Gallic Acid, all aid the body’s ability to blast fat.  They work in a number of different and effective ways to promote weight loss. White Kidney Bean Extract works by blocking Starches from being broken down into sugar chains that then get absorbed into the blood stream and eventually stored as fat.  HCA and GCA are acids that work in the Liver to interrupt De Novo Lipogenisis, which is the conversion of Citrate, (a byproduct of ATP in the mitochondria) by certain enzymes (ACL, ACC, FAS) to fat. Several Teas have been found to contain Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and Gallic Acid, which helps your body burn glucose and slows the release of sugars into the blood stream. One thing is for certain, the science is there to show exactly how they work.  Please use the links below to view several Dr. Oz video demonstrations on how each of these products work.

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Fructose linked to Glucose forms Sucrose

The real question is… Why do we need the supplements?  The answer is Fructose. Since the early 70’s it has been added to everything we eat. You may also have heard of High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS) and Sucrose. Sucrose is simply Fructose bonded to a Glucose molecule and separates as soon as it enters the stomach and enters the Blood stream as Fructose.  Fructose is a toxin. Glucose is a sugar our bodies will accept with only about 20% of which enters the liver and is converted to Glycogen. Our bodies are designed to safely process Gylcogen and only a small percentage ever gets converted to fat. Fructose on the other hand, cannot be used by any other organ in the body and 100 percent of it winds up in the Liver. It produces dangerous byproducts such as Uric Acid which is known to cause Gout and is now linked to Hypertension. It causes a high increase in the amount of Small Dense LDL in the blood stream, which triples the odds of Coronary Heart Disease. Also, your body will store 30% more calories from Fructose, as fat. This is now seen as a big problem, 5 times the amount of Fructose entering the Liver and more of it being stored as fat.

breadlabelTo avoid all of these foods would be nearly impossible. Go down any grocery store bread aisle and you will find some form of Fructose in 95% of the items. That simple treat can turn out to be 5 times worse than you thought. If you only had a few indulgences a week on an otherwise healthy diet, you’re likely to still be adding on the pounds. To compound the problem, foods have been stripped of fiber. Fiber slows the absorption of sugar, without it you are receiving a big dosage, faster. Fast food is worse than you think. Watch Sugar the Bitter Truth, by Dr. Robert H. Lustig MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology. He points out the fact that there are only 7 items at McDonalds that do not contain HFCS. But since watching his video I have been informed by www.fructosefreeblog.com  that their Sausage Patty may be HFCS free, but it does contain dried corn syrup.  Use this link to find out How Much Fructose Is In Your Food.

Contrary to what the billion dollar, weight loss industry will have you believe, the recipe for losing weight is simple. Know how many calories you need to consume each day.  Follow this formula!                       (Body Weight) x 12 = (Your ideal calorie intake)

To lose weight you should only need to reduce 200 calories.  Much more than that and your body will attempt to combat starvation by increasing storage. So the formula for weight loss is:                                   [(Body Weight) x 12] – 200 cal = Weight Loss

Two other things you need to know. Fructose tricks your body’s insulin response, which is how your brain knows that you’ve consumed calories. This is why you can drink a 150 calorie soft drink and your body is still hungry. Also, the calories in the Formula need to be as Fructose free as possible, because the Liver converts 5 times more of it to fat.

As you can see, we do need a little help to lose weight. All your best effort may not be enough. The average women, now consumes 335 more calories than just 10 years ago. Compounding the problem is the increased presence of Fructose, making weight loss extremely challenging. There are now millions of people who will attest to the success from enlisting these individual supplements. I myself took the combination approach. That is, I used a small amount of each supplement daily and attacked the problem from all sides. Please read my testimonial on the Nuegreen.com website. Also, find out the Top 5, Best Things You Can Do to Lose Weight at www.thenuegreendiet.com.

Everyone here at Nuegreen hopes that this information will help you in your effort to lose weight safely and responsibly. Please see our new Weight Loss category to find many of the items we offer. Feel free to email us at info@nuegreen.com if you would like to know more about these supplements.

Best Teas for Weight Loss pt-1     Best Teas for Weight Loss pt-2
3 Teas to Shrink Your Waist
Garcinia Cambogia pt-1     Garcinia Cambogia pt-2     Garcinia Cambogia pt-3
White Kidney Bean Extract
Green Coffee Burn Fat pt-1     Green Coffee Burn Fat pt-2
Green Coffee Bean pt-1     Green Coffee Bean pt-2     Green Coffee Bean pt-3
Green Coffee Bean pt-4     Green Coffee Bean pt-5
Raspberry Ketone Extract
Sea Buckthorn Omega 7 pt-1     Sea Buckthorn Omega 7 pt-2