Health to Glow Episode 6


This week Mel and I are talking sugar.

Now before you get your knickers in a knot and start removing all trace elements of the sweet stuff from your diets – there are some sugars that nourish and support you.

Choosing the, “all or nothing approach” is

-drastically boring

-drastically difficult

-drastically unrealistic

..and won’t make you the poster child for healthy eating.

While I live by a ‘low sugar’ lifestyle. 

I eat fruit…

and I don’t damn its fructose content.

There is a bunch of other stuff happening in that morsel of a blueberry, apple or orange you are devouring than sugar itself. These all have a massive impact on how your body digests and uses the sugar contained in it.

Indeed, contrary to popular opinion there is no significant evidence that fructose is the evil fattening toxin that people are claiming it to be. And for one more good read – take a look here – sugar is not fattening. 


Perhaps the most ‘dangerous’ aspect of sugar is its ability to lead to overconsumption. Period.

But I would wager that not many people can down a watermelon in one sitting. Or would want to for that matter.

Drinking soft drink laced with sugar or a large fructose sweetened beverage won’t keep your appetite at bay. Generally, when someone adds a wholesome form of sugar (as in fruit) into their diet, they will reduce their food consumption elsewhere.

The moral of the story is once again – listen to your body- and don’t believe everything you read.

..Oh and take a look at the ‘crap’ sugar Mel and I are ranting on about in the film. Far too often this sweetener is being recommended because it’s ‘LOW G.I’. Regardless, it is pure fructose at its best…

..Above and beyond this rant…your thoughts on sugars?

Has reducing them in your life helped or hindered you?





3 thoughts on “Health to Glow Episode 6

  1. Hey there!
    Great blog with some really great recipes I can’t wait to try:D

    I have been living refined sugar free for almost 2 years now.
    When I do consume something with added sweetness, I limit it primarily to Agave, Maple Syrup or raw honey. Under all circumstances I try to never exceed the amount recommended by the American Heart Association…100 cal or 6 tsp/day for women or 150 cal or 9 tsp/day for men.

    In response to your statement:
    “Indeed, contrary to popular opinion there is no significant evidence that fructose is the evil fattening toxin that people are claiming it to be. And for one more good read – take a look here – sugar is not fattening….”

    I wanted to point out the work of Dr. Robert Lustig. He is actually a physician with a background in biochemistry and molecular science. He and his colleagues have vetted the entire molecular pathway of fructose and sugar in the body.

    Here is a link to an excellent article written by Mark Bittman of the NYTimes food column: where Bittman talks about Dr. Lustigs’ work including his groundbreaking and scathing indictment on sugar…The Bitter Truth (about sugar).

    What is perfectly clear, from the most recent scientific evidence about the effects of fructose, especially high fructose corn syrup, HFCS, and sugar, is the extremely detrimental effects high fructose consumption exacts on the body…over the course of time.

    We now know the increase in HFCS in the Western diet is the leading cause of chronic diseases like cancer, metabolic syndrome, dementia, polycystic ovary disease, fatty liver disease, diabetes, gout and high blood pressure…phew!

    In fact, Dr. Lustig clearly illustrates the entire metabolic pathway of fructose, which only happens in the LIVER! The reason why sweeteners like Agave (70-100% fructose) are considered Low Glycemic is because fructose is not recognized by normal insulin pathways.

    Worse, the evidence clearly demonstrates how soft drinks and juices are almost the equivalent of drinking a beer because it effect the liver just like alcohol! When someone gives a child a coke or juice, it is almost exactly like handing that child a Bud!

    The saving grace in all of this is fiber. So though I may consume an entire watermelon at one sitting (doubtful cause fiber is filling) the fructose in fruit is attached to cellulose aka the plant cell wall, where much of it actually gets carried out of the body after 22 feet of travel through the intestine. Additionally, fruit is relatively rare in nature and usually requires quite a bit of effort to eat, involving tree climbing, bramble thwacking, peeling, chewing etc. This is in radical contrast to refined sugars like cane (which I wont eat because it is still chopped by hand) and HFCS which is of course made from corn, pumped into tanks, then added to every processed food one can think of!

    So, great blog…keep living sugar free and definitely check out the work of Dr. Robert Lustig…it will change your life!

    For more health and wellness information check out:

    Regards, Nurse Courtney

    Although your opinion regarding Just wanted to direct you to the work of Dr. Robert Lustig. He is the head of the

    • Thanks Courtney.

      I have read quite a lot of Lustig’s work and feel a lot of it has been put out of context in regards to sugar! This has now led us to be all massive SUGAR phobes. Like carbs and fat – sugar can be eaten in moderation providing it is whole and natural. While some argue that sugar is sugar, I firmly believe this is NOT the case.

      You are spot on when talking about fructose vs. sugar itself. Particularly artificial fructose, such as Agave, vs. the natural fructose present in fruit.
      Thanks for your lengthy words!

      Keep it up.

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