Tag Archives | Sugar

Stuffy Nose, Headaches, and Honey

Why Am I So Stuffy? “I’ve always been congested,” starts this week’s first House Call question. “My digestion is great, but my nose is always stuffy. I have two dogs, so I’m thinking that might be the culprit, but I think it might be allergies.” Congestion, stuffiness, runny nose, post nasal drip, sinus problems … […]

Sugar, Soy, and the Flu

Fructose vs. Glucose Our first question comes from Sue. “I have found that there is a difference in my body and in my brain between how fructose and glucose are metabolized and their addictive components. Can you talk about the differences between these two sugars?” It all starts with one word: insulin. Glucose, in the […]

Fatty Liver is More Dangerous than You Might Realize. Here’s How to Heal It

“My doctor says I have a fatty liver and I should stay away from fat,” writes this week’s house call. “Are high-fat foods the culprit here? Any tips to help with a fatty liver?” Indeed, your doctor is right to feel concern: Fatty liver is a dangerous yet misunderstood disease. In America, it affects 90 […]

Why You Should Ditch Artificial Sweeteners

“I know you’re not big on sugar and frequently tell people to cut down on it,” writes this week’s House Call. “But what about artificial sweeteners? Can I use those instead?” Sadly, the answer is emphatically no. Human, animal, experimental, and other studies show artificial sweeteners can be just as bad and maybe even worse […]

4 Steps to Detoxify Your Kitchen

Your body is not the only thing that needs a good detox once in a while.  When I mention detoxification, you probably think about something your body does to lose weight, support your liver, and generally feel and look better. Strange as it sounds, your kitchen could also use a good detox! Most likely, the […]

Is High Fructose Corn Syrup Really that Bad for You?

High-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is an insidious chemical that has crept into our food supply over the past few decades. Today HFCS represents1 more than 40 percent of caloric sweeteners added to foods and beverages. HFCS can contain anywhere from 55 to 90 percent fructose and is derived from corn, a heavily subsidized (read: cheap) […]

Why Did Saturated Fat Get a Bad Rep?

Even today, as new studies emerge showing saturated fat does not cause heart disease, you’ll occasionally find a misguided journalist incorrectly lump it with trans fat or use “artery clogging” to describe saturated fat. The tiding is slowly changing. One recent meta-analysis in the Annals of Internal Medicine concluded “current evidence does not clearly support […]

Killing Your Sex Drive One Bite at a Time: 5 Surprising Ways Sugar Lowers Libido

Our hormones don’t operate in a vacuum. They are interconnected, performing like a big musical symphony. When one becomes out of balance, others are sure to follow. Sex hormones, healthy blood sugar, and insulin balance are more intimately linked than you might think. Spikes in insulin, and the insulin resistance that results from eating too […]

Top 10 Big Ideas: How to Detox from Sugar

Here’s the not-so-sweet truth. We are killings ourselves by consuming truckloads of hidden sugar. Sugar is the New Fat Despite 40 years of Americans being brainwashed into thinking that fat is bad, it turns out it’s sugar, not fat, that makes you sick and overweight. The facts are in, the science is beyond question. Sugar […]

Why Overeating Doesn’t Make You Fat

In my last blog post, “Are You Overweight? Do You Feel Like Crap?” you learned that food addiction — a genuine biological addiction to sugar, flour and processed foods — drives our overeating behavior. And it makes us have FLC Syndrome, which means we “Feel Like Crap.” It’s quite simple: eat crap = feel like […]

Eggs Don’t Cause Heart Attacks — Sugar Does

It’s over. The debate is settled. It’s sugar, not fat, that causes heart attacks. Oops. Fifty years of doctors’ advice and government eating guidelines have been wrong. We’ve been told to swap eggs for Cheerios. But that recommendation is dead wrong. In fact, it’s very likely that this bad advice has killed millions of Americans. […]

Confession of a Food Addict

It’s true. I admit it. I am a food addict. I used to eat Grape Nuts and ice cream for breakfast. I invented Oreo cookie ice cream. When I was a kid in the 1970s, I would come home from school and get a giant bowl of vanilla cream and a bag of Oreo cookies. […]