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By Meagan Riley Grant
I’ve never been one to overthink eating. I believe in making healthy choices and I try to listen to my body. I’m happy to eat quinoa and kale regularly but eat a grilled cheese just as often. I’ve never wasted my big New Year’s Resolution on diet related hopes and dreams but this year, for the first time, I did. My resolution was to start asking more from my food. Noticing my middle age aches and pains more often I wanted to start taking my vitamins through my meals. More than just filling my belly, I want my calories to deliver health benefits in a marked way. So, with diet and food choices on the brain, I was eager to hear what Dr. Lustig had to say about sugar, processed food, obesity, and disease.
I wasn’t alone. The Mill Valley Community Center was packed and I found it fascinating that this topic was so overwhelmingly popular, especially, as Dr. Lustig pointed out, that speaking in Marin was like preaching to the choir. But perhaps it is because we are so health conscious here that we filled the rafters eager to hear what he had to say. While we already know, “sugar is bad,” last I left off, it was just about empty calories and tooth decay. However recently, new science has revealed that sugar can be closely connected to a host of other very serious health issues on a national crisis level. Sugar’s overuse in our food is wearing our bodies down and creating an epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes. Based on scientific findings with real patients, Dr. Lustig’s presentation was compelling, convincing and a bit alarming. We walked away from the evening more then just a little bit nervous about the possible damaging effects of sugar on our bodies.
As my life has gotten busier and I’ve reluctantly relied more and more on convenience foods that come prepared, packaged and ready to go, sugar, in all of it’s guises, is sneaking into my family’s diet despite my best efforts to keep us healthy. Food companies, not shockingly, have found, the more sugar an item has, the more consumers like it, the more they want and thus the more it sells.
While it’s easy to listen to a talk like this and get angry with the “evil” food companies, they are in the business of pleasing customers and if we as customers are blasé about what we are eating then we will continue to find more additives and sweeteners in what we crave and purchase. ConAgra and Nabisco are not our mothers and as such, are certainly not going to tell us to eat our vegetables. With the information before us, it’s up to us to make our own smart choices, just like our mothers always taught us to.