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Best Health - - NUTRITION -

EX­PERTS WORRY SUGAR WILL KILL YOU SOONER Sch­midt is wor­ried about all the bad things sugar is do­ing to our bod­ies, which is how she be­came lead in­ves­ti­ga­tor for UCSF’s Su­garS­cience re­search site, de­vel­oped as an “au­thor­i­ta­tive source for the sci­en­tific ev­i­dence about sugar and its im­pact on health.” Here, she ex­plains some of her con­cerns.

With all the neg­a­tive health news about sugar, should we switch to some­thing else?

The ev­i­dence is stack­ing up against sac­cha­rine, su­cralose and as­par­tame. Some re­search shows ar­ti­fi­cial sweet­en­ers dam­age the mi­cro­biome in the gut. They’re also as­so­ci­ated with weight gain and glu­cose in­tol­er­ance – the two things peo­ple use them to pre­vent. Based on what we know, I wouldn’t con­sume these prod­ucts – or give them to my kids.

How do you keep added sugar from seep­ing into your own diet?

I just don’t have it around the house. Take all that stuff out of your en­vi­ron­ment. Once you start cut­ting back, you’ll lose your sweet tooth. It’s a palate phe­nom­e­non, and it doesn’t take long. You’ll no­tice that you can sud­denly taste the nat­u­ral sweet­ness in un­pro­cessed food, and you’ll start to find pro­cessed prod­ucts cloy­ing and un­pleas­ant.

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