Sugar Rush: The Bitter Truth

Feb 24, 2017

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We were led to believe that fat is the biggest cause of obesity, heart problems, diabetes and other diet-related conditions. Since the 1970’s, the government has declared war on fat. If you look at the food products in your supermarket, you will find that many products are very often ‘low-fat’ or ‘no-fat’ at all. Unfortunately, that approach has proven to be a mistake. Now more than ever, food-related illnesses are one of the leading causes of death. But is fat really to blame?

Fatty myths

Here’s the catch – if you take the fat out of the food product, it tastes… awful. And an awful-tasting product doesn’t sell very well. So the food industry came up with a solution – they load the products with sugar instead. It can be found in 80% (!) of processed foods, and not just the obvious ones like soda and sweets. Even if you steer clear of chocolate and soft drinks, you are probably still indulging about 40 teaspoons of sugar per day. How? A medium-size bowl of cereal and a glass of juice in the morning is more or less 14 teaspoons of sugar. And what seems like a healthy lunch – a canned cream of tomato soup and some bread –  adds about 3-5 teaspoons to the equation. If you sum it up with an afternoon snack (flavour water and an oats bar – 9 teaspoons) and a dinner (chicken stir-fry with a ready-made lemon & ginger sauce – 20 teaspoons) you can easily see how much you exceed the WHO-recommended daily intake of sugar (9 teaspoons).

Why work with a registered dietitian?

Most people don’t realize how easy it is to jeopardize your dieting efforts just by eating store-bought products. You need to have the basic nutritional knowledge to avoid extra-calorie intake, and most people don’t have that. That is why your best option is to work with your local  registered dietitian – someone who has spent most of their life learning about food and how it affects the body and health. We can teach you to decipher product labels and know the difference between the food that heals and the food that kills.

Find out more about our Batista Weight Loss & Wellness

Our highly qualified weight-loss experts at Batista Weight loss and Wellness: Susan West-Opyoke, RDLD; John Batista, M.D.; Stephanie, M.A; and Valerie, Office Staff, together have decades of experience working with weight loss patients. They are passionate about promoting healthy living through their astonishing customized weight loss programs, which are clinically more developed – thanks to Dr. Batista.

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At Batista Weight loss and Wellness we believe that successful weight loss depends on two factors – the knowledge about how to lose weight and following through on your weight loss plan. Our experts will guide you all throughout the process by providing you with a customized weight loss plan. Regular face-to-face interaction will be a source of additional motivation to achieve your goals!

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If you’re looking to lose weight and get back in shape, our dietitian is here for you. If you have any questions at all, or would like to make an appointment, visit our website or simply contact us.

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