Category: Diet and Exercise

How The Sugar Mafia Stitched Up Fat

| March 10, 2017 | Comments (0)

The UK’s public health minister, Nicola Blackwood, who is in charge of the Government’s childhood obesity strategy, was given a rough ride when she faced the Commons Health Committee last month. Not surprisingly. One in every three 10-year-olds is now obese or overweight and the UK has one of the highest rates of childhood obesity […]

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Fructose Linked To Liver Disease In Children

| March 6, 2017 | Comments (0)

It has been known for some years that consuming too much fructose, the soft drinks industry’s favourite sweetener, can cause obesity, type 2 diabetes and fatty liver disease. As I explained here, our bodies treat fructose very differently from the way they handle glucose, shunting it directly to the liver, where it gets converted into […]

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More Good Reasons For Avoiding Aspartame

| December 31, 2016 | Comments (0)

The artificial sweetener aspartame can be found in the sugar substitutes Nutra-Sweet, Canderel and Hermesetas, as well as more than 6,000 food products, including diet drinks, low-calorie yoghurts, sugar-free chewing gum and even potato crisps and cooking sauces. It is also used in some medications and nutritional supplements. But, as I explained in my last […]

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Aspartame Artificial Sweetener Can Cause Weight Gain

| December 27, 2016 | Comments (0)

At this time of year, many of us are thinking about New Year Resolutions. And for some, that will include making an effort to lose a few (or more) extra pounds. Swapping sugar for a no-calorie sweetener may seem an obvious step in the right direction. But regular readers of The Real Diabetes Truth will […]

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Cut Out Diet Fizzy Drinks To Lose Weight?

| November 12, 2016 | Comments (0)

With so many people now overweight or obese, it is not surprising that the fizzy drinks market is flooded with ‘diet’ and ‘zero’ versions of popular beverages. But if you think that switching from a sugar-sweetened drink to one of these low-calorie or calorie-free options is going to help you lose weight or control your […]

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Coca Cola And Pepsi Found To Fund 100 US Health Groups

| November 8, 2016 | Comments (0)

Study after study has confirmed that carbonated fizzy drinks, like those manufactured by Coca-Cola and PepsiCo are a major cause of obesity and type 2 diabetes. The World Health Organisation, as well as governments of countries around the globe, have called for sugar-sweetened fizzy drinks to be taxed, as a part of efforts to reduce […]

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How Fructose Can Cause Type 2 Diabetes

| October 25, 2016 | Comments (1)

I have made my thoughts clear several times on The Real Diabetes Truth about the role of sugar, and in particular fructose, in driving the massive global epidemic of type 2 diabetes. A year ago, I wrote here about a study that showed sugar triggers metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance – not because it causes […]

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Wheat Could Be Your Worst Enemy

| August 6, 2016 | Comments (0)

These days, most people in western cultures eat a wheat-based diet. Often, every meal and snack contains wheat in some form or another. In addition to bread, breakfast cereals, pasta and all those other wheat products, thousands of processed foods contain added gluten, a protein complex isolated from wheat. It’s bad news for people with […]

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Real Butter Is Back On The Menu

| August 2, 2016 | Comments (0)

For decades, we were told that butter was bad for us. Like other saturated fats, it was going to clog up our arteries and give us heart attacks. Our television screens carried endless adverts for look-alike spreads that claimed to be healthy alternatives to butter. Most of us were brainwashed by hearing this dogma repeated […]

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Junk Food Sports Sponsorship Damages Children’s Health

| July 30, 2016 | Comments (0)

With Euro 2016, the Rio Olympics and a full calendar of international tennis, cricket and cycling, this is another great summer of sport. Big events like these encourage children to take part in sporting activities and get fit. But they are also massive marketing opportunities for junk food and beverage companies. It has been questioned […]

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Sports Drinks Sector Fights Sugar Tax

| July 26, 2016 | Comments (0)

I wrote here in February this year about the UK government’s plans to introduce a sugar tax, as part of its attempt to tackle the obesity crisis. And sure enough, the tax – which is due to be levied in 2018 – was announced in the March budget speech. But, although this move has been […]

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Seven More Ways To De-Fuse Chronic Inflammation

| July 9, 2016 | Comments (0)

I mentioned in my last blog post how some specific foods could combat chronic inflammation, a condition that underlies type 2 diabetes and causes insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease and a host of other health problems. While diets rich in polyphenol-containing fruits and vegetables have been shown to protect against age-related inflammation and chronic diseases, there […]

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Foods That Fight Chronic Inflammation

| July 5, 2016 | Comments (0)

As I wrote in an earlier post here, type 2 diabetes is a condition that involves chronic inflammation in the body. Not the sort of inflammation you’re aware of, which causes pain, redness and swelling, but a silent, hidden kind of inflammation that can be far more damaging. Chronic inflammation drives insulin resistance, which makes […]

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Junk Food Damages Kidneys Just Like Diabetes

| June 21, 2016 | Comments (0)

One of the commonest complications of having diabetes is damage to the kidneys, known as diabetic nephropathy. The longer you have diabetes, the greater the risk of this condition – 50 per cent of people who have had type 2 diabetes for more than 20 years suffer from it. But it seems that even if […]

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