Health, the Miracle Berry, and Our Relationship to FoodMiraBurst
More and more, we are understanding the implications of our foods and how they support — or hurt — our health. Each day, we are bombarded with a new diet trend. Paleo. Vegan. Whole 30. Keto. It could make your head explode.
Where Diets Agree
Not only do these different diets cite “facts” to support their programs, books, and products, but often they offer contrary advice. But there is one thing they all agree on. Processed sugar is bad. In fact, not only is processed sugar one of the main contributors to chronic illness in the world but it contributes to inflammation and has been likened to cocaine in its addictive qualities.
Artificial Sweeteners Have Not Been the Answer
Today, a whole artificial sweetener industry has grown up around our love-hate relationship with sugar. The FDA has approved five sweeteners to date and one “natural” low-calorie sweetener. But their use is continually questioned by the medical community as far as safety and long-term benefits. Over the decades we have used these sweeteners, Americans keep gaining weight and suffering from type-2 diabetes at a rate never seen before. In fact, diabetes has been called a national crisis.
What the Experts Say
Dr. David Ludwig, an obesity and weight-loss specialist at Boston Children’s Hospital is concerned that the hyper-sweetness of artificial sweeteners has changed the way we view “sweet” and made healthier options such as fruit taste bland. Artificial sweeteners may have us shunning healthy options and are tricking us into no longer associating sweetness with calories. In fact, the San Antonio Heart Study followed participants who drank more than 21 diet drinks per week, finding that they were twice as likely to be obese as those who did not drink diet sod