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Tooth Decay and Junk Food

People are quitting soda in developed countries. So what do Big Sugar do? Just like Big Tobacco they are now targeting developing countries – that’s where the new profits are.

But what happens to kids in El Salvador and other countries without developed dental care? As this short video shows, it’s quite a disaster for them.

Ditchthecarbs: Tooth Decay and Junk Food

People might argue that all they need to do is brush their teeth immediately after eating a lot of sugar. Well – that antidote sure could help. For the teeth. But what about the rest of the body?

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NZ School Goes LCHF

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How should we help school children avoid the obesity epidemic? Avoiding too much added sugar is a good first step, but is it enough?

A large school in New Zealand is now serving LCHF foods to their students, inspired by among others Professor Grant Schofield.

Worth reading:

Stuff Well & Good: Dilworth’s New Diet a Recipe for Success

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Professor Robert Lustig and Dr. Peter Attia Discuss Sugar, Obesity and Longevity

Here’s a new discussion panel with two of my absolute favorite nutrition experts in the world: Professor Robert Lustig and Dr. Peter Attia.

They talk about sugar, obesity and metabolic syndrome (Lustig) and how to live longer (Attia) among other things. Worth watching if you’re interested in these topics.

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The Naked “No Sugar Added” Juice Scam

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How about this? “No sugar added” on the front of the Naked juice container. The reality? It’s full of sugar – 53 grams or more than 13 teaspoons.

The sad reality is this is not even uncommon. Plenty of juice sellers put “no sugar added” on their boxes, no matter how misleading it is.

Some may say that juice contains “natural” sugar, distilled from fruit. Well the sugar in soda comes from nature too. From corn (in the US) or sugar cane (in Europe).

It’s really not much of a difference – same amount of sugar, same sugar. Except soda does not come with the words “no sugar added” on it.

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“The Personal Responsibility Argument Is Complete and Utter Nonsense”

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If sugar consumption is a huge driver of the obesity and diabetes epidemics, how should we act? Isn’t it all a matter of personal responsibility? No, says cardiologist Dr. Aseem Malhotra:

“To have personal responsibility, you need information and choice, and people have neither,” he says. “Sugar is so prevalent in our environment that it’s unavoidable. The personal responsibility argument is complete and utter nonsense.”

I Quit Sugar: Dr Aseem Malhotra: “Fat’s as likely to make you fat as green vegetables.”

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The Truth About the Australian Sugar Paradox

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Is there an Australian sugar paradox? Did Australians – alone in the world – have an obesity epidemic while eating less sugar?

This is something that two Australian researchers have claimed. But as this great documentary tells us, that claim is highly doubtful. Australians are probably not unique in the world in their tolerance to sugar.

Instead the explanation to the researchers’ imaginative use of statistics is likely more mundane. Incompetence… or money… or both. Here’s the truth about the Australian sugar paradox.

ABC: Analysing the Australian Paradox: Experts Speak out About the Role of Sugar in Our Diets

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The New Gary Taubes Book: The Case Against Sugar

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Gary Taubes is one of the true pioneers of the low-carb movement of the last two decades. His major articles in Science (2001) and The New York Times (2002), followed by the trailblazing book Good Calories, Bad Calories (2007) were hugely influential. After that he’s written a more consumer-friendly and shorter book called Why We Get Fat (2011).

If it was not for these writings this website might not exist, and I could be doing something entirely different and altogether less interesting.

Finally Taubes is now done with his next book, to be published at the end of December this year. Here it is:

Penguin Random House: The Case Against Sugar

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The China Diabetes Explosion

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How come people in Asia can eat a lot of white rice and stay thin and healthy? It’s a common question. But it’s wrong.

Asian people may have been eating white rice for many decades, but the fact is that they are NOT thin and healthy anymore. Instead, diabetes type 2 is exploding in China and India, and in China it is now more common than in the United States.

The rate of diabetes has skyrocketed in China, from less than one percent of the population in 1980 to now at least 10.6 percent.

SCMP: One in three of world’s adults with diabetes is in China, WHO reports

This massive problem is hidden when we look at weight by BMI. Asian people have a lighter build on average than Caucasians. When they hit BMI 23 they may still be considered “normal” weight by Western BMI standards, but they may be skinny fat, with abdominal obesity. And they may already have diabetes type 2.

This is what happens to a population that bases their diet on rice, when you first refine it to white rice and then add sugar and processed Western junk food and 24-hour food availability. And then add sedentary office jobs on top of that.

Lots of sugar into the body, very little sugar out. It’s a perfect recipe for a diabetes disaster.

The solution is fewer carbs, and less often.

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