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.