It’s been a while since I busted one of these posts out & so I figured I’d pop a caffeine pill, hop on my anti-bad-nutrition-advice-moped, & take you all on a joy ride. This video makes a few claims that I’d like to address and even a few that I agree with.
I’m not gonna list every quote from this clip that I want to address. The list below are my thoughts to the video as it played, responding to whatever Adam brings something up.
- Fat is a necessary macronutrient; cut that out and you will die. Carbs can be cut out entirely and you will still live.
2. I don’t doubt that the sugar industry played some part in demonizing fat, the scientific community also needs to be held accountable because they didn’t question the bad science/incorrectly drew conclusions from good science. It wasn’t until relatively recently we learned of the importance of fat.
3. Sugar can absolutely lead to obesity. But so can literally any other food/calorie source. The problem is how much we are eating, not what, regarding obesity.
4. Sugar is not more addictive than cocaine. To paraphrase Lyle McDonald, until I see someone out on the corner to support their sugar fix, sugar is not “more addictive than cocaine.” Food addiction is a multilayered issue, rooted more in psychology and an individual’s relationship with food overall rather than some chemical reaction someone has to something that tastes good to them. Again, until someone loses their family and their career over pure, white sugar, likening sugar to drug addiction is insulting to those who struggle with real drug issues and ignores the root issues of people who have trouble with managing their food intake.
5. Adam touches upon the issue of food addiction again by mentioning how adding sugar makes food taste good. In case you couldn’t tell, adding a metric crap ton of sugar raises the calorie content which in turn leads to more caloric intake. By making high calorie foods taste good, it got people to eat more of it. More calories in the food + increased food intake overall = more calorie intake = obesity. This is related to food addiction because generally the foods people claim to be addicted to are tasty foods, which are high in calories. These calories can come from sugar or added fat, BOTH of which are added to foods to increase the tasty factor; if you think this is surprising, you must not have noticed how people have started. to add cheese & bacon to everything. Guess how much pure sugar is in cheese and bacon. Guess how much sugar is added when you deep fry something.
6. Ironically, dropping and vilifying fat intake probably did help the increase in heart disease. Not because an increase in sugar per se is a problem, but because of the importance of it to the human body. Remember, you will die without fat. The increased presence of added sugar in foods probably led to a rise in obesity, but that is through an increase in calories, not because sugar is inherently bad on its own.
7. Adam brings up Paula Deen; I dislike Paula. I dislike her a lot. Not just because of her past controversy, but because she got diabetes from her recipes yet still pushed her high calorie recipes. This is the equivalent of a tobacco rep falling to lung cancer, hiding it, and then still selling it; she wouldn’t even let her family eat her food.
8. Ultimately, you can eat any food you want and still lose weight. You should base your food choices off personal preference, your ability to adhere to a caloric budget, and how “healthy” that food is; demonizing sugar to encourage fat intake ignores the actual problem (too many calories) and is a bit hypocritical. The best diet is the diet you can stick you.
HUNGRY FOR MORE? Science has no calories, so try fitting this into your diet.
- “it seems reasonable to suggest that energy intake, not dietary composition, determines weight loss, and intervention efforts should focus on total energy restriction to promote weight reduction.” (http://m.jn.nutrition.org/content/135/10/2387.full?related-urls=yes&legid=nutrition%3B135%2F10%2F2387)
- SUGAR ADDICTION: The current findings indicate that sugary foods contribute minimally to ‘food dependence’ and increased risk of weight gain. Instead, they are consistent with the current scientific notion that food energy density, and the unique individual experience of eating, plays an important role in determining the reward value of food and promoting excessive energy intake.
- Eating dependence and weight gain; no human evidence for a ‘sugar-addiction’ model of overweight. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/315416670_Eating_dependence_and_weight_gain_no_human_evidence_for_a_’sugar-addiction’_model_of_overweight [accessed Jul 25, 2017].
- “In overweight or obese individuals who are dieting for the purpose of weight reduction, low-fat diets are as efficacious as other weight-reducing diets for achieving sustained weight loss, but not more so.” (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/12760443/?i=6&from=%2F14744846%2Frelated)
- FOOD ADDICTION: This is a good article showing the complexity of food addiction and how much more complicated it is than simply saying, “Since sugar lights up the same pathways in the brain as cocaine does, sugar = cocaine.” Seriously, do you know how many things light up the *pleasure* centers of the brain? Sex lights up the same pathways; you gonna give that up? http://twin.sci-hub.bz/71a9817be9e09fe1e3efaa87868ffdd4/finlayson2017.pdf