Monday, November 28, 2011

"The Bitter Truth"

All my life I've been a huge fan of eating sweet! I remember me being a child and eating up all of the chocolate I was given at almost the same instant moment. Not that I was given sweets that often. I grew up in the times when our country was ruled by communism and we all were poor and limited in our choice. There were bananas & oranges once a year, around Christmas (or rather New year, as we were forbidden to celebrate Christmas or relate to it), and our parents were able to buy a limited amount of those foods. I loved them, I guess, mostly for this reason. Not that the case with the chocolate was the same. At home we had it more regularly and also my Mom used to prepare a
special version of homemade liquid chocolate. She's a great cook and, despite the low supply at the time, was able to prepare delicious desserts.
Unlike some people, my taste for sweet stayed and even grew up stronger during the years. There were points in my life when I was eating a chocolate a day (sometimes more). Then, at some point in my early 30s, during a yearly medical checkups, I was told that my blood sugar is so high that if I don't take serious measures I'll end up having a diabetics. The reasons for the sugar in my blood they said could be found the fact that I was working under constant stress or/and my daily high consumption of sweets. I couldn't do anything about the stress at the time, as I loved what I was doing. But the sweets... With a heavy heart I kissed goodbye to the chocolate and indeed hadn't eaten it for a few years. When my blood sugar got normalized, btw, I started treating myself to sweets occasionally. When cooking I was using brown sugar, thinking I was doing good to my health. Then I read somewhere that brown sugar is in fact the same white sugar, just coloured with molasses. I did some test at home with all kind of brown sugar sold in Bulgaria and finally was convinced that it's exactly the truth, at least with what's in our shops. Then I started replacing refined sugar with honey and/or fructose. A, and yes, I'm a big fan of fresh juices as well. Was always drinking those with the thought that I'm contributing much to my well-being and good health. Until before a few days, when a friend recommended me to listen to a lecture named "Sugar: The Bitter Truth" by Robert H. Lusting, MD, UCSF Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Endocrinology, and one of the leading experts on sugar in the world.
As this video has shaken and changed my view on sugars forever, I could only recommend it to you. Spare an hour and a half and watch it, it's worthy all the way through and might even save your life as well as the lives of your loved ones!


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