Fat doesn’t make us fat. Carbs make us fat and they are addictive – seriously!

Carbohydrates breakdown into sugar (glucose).  Sugar appears to have taken over as this country’s biggest “drug” problem.  Sugar is highly addictive.

The following quotes are from Dr. Robert Lustig, professor of pediatrics at UC San Francisco:

“… the war on drugs has taken a back seat, but not because it has been won. Rather, because a different war has cluttered the headlines — the war on obesity.  And a substance even more insidious, I would argue, has supplanted cocaine and heroin.  The object of our current affliction is sugar. Who could have imagined that something so innocent, so delicious, so irresistible — just one glucose molecule (not so sweet) plus one fructose molecule (very sweet) — could propel America toward economic deterioration and medical collapse?”

“The brain’s pleasure center, called the nucleus accumbens, is essential for our survival as a species… Turn off pleasure, and you turn off the will to live…  But long-term stimulation of the pleasure center drives the process of  addiction… When you consume any substance of abuse, including sugar, the nucleus accumbens receives a dopamine signal, from which you experience pleasure.  And so you consume more.  The problem is that with prolonged exposure, the signal attenuates, gets weaker.  So you have to consume more to get the same  effect — (this is called) tolerance.

And  if you pull back on the substance, you go into withdrawal.  Tolerance and withdrawal constitute addiction.  And make no mistake, sugar is addictive.”

“As we have spent the last 30 years pursuing sugar for pleasure, we have become most decidedly unhappy. Our society  has lost sight of the difference.  Coca-Cola’s most recent marketing tagline is “Open Happiness.”  Couldn’t be further from the truth.  As our obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, cancer, and dementia rates continue to skyrocket due to our sugar over-consumption, the idea that a bottle of Coke holds the key to happiness is nothing short of pulp propaganda.”

And keep in mind, when reading the above quotes, that we’re not just talking about the sugar in candy, pop, cookies, and cakes.  Carbohydrates such as pasta, corn, rice, breads, fruit juice and cereals also break down into sugar in our blood stream.

So does this mean that you can never ever eat these foods again?  No.  But if you have issues with your weight i.e. too much body fat (or diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, gout, etc etc etc) you should seriously consider cutting way way back.   Get the bulk of your carbs from mostly veggies, a few whole fruits, quality whole grains like quinoa and healthy nuts, beans and seeds.

The above quotes come from a recent blog by Dr Mercola.  Well worth reading so I’ve linked it below.  Once there, check out the great graphic (poster) called “Carbs are Killing You!”  Quite illuminating.

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2012/03/10/the-most-unhappy-of-pleasures-this-is-your-brain-on-sugar.aspx?e_cid=20120310_DNL_art_2

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