Federal dietary guidelines put spotlight on sugar

According to this:

“A newly released set of federal dietary guidelines has brought renewed and timely focus on reducing sugar intake.

For the first time, the guidelines provide a clear recommended limit on added sugar in the diet: No more than 10 percent of our daily energy intake should come from added sugar, which is less than about 10-12 teaspoons per day.

This is a good start, but, unfortunately, industry groups are already working to muddy this simple message.” — ~ Star-Telegram

Government policies on food regulation has already muddied this very “simple” message —

It goes on to say that “The rates of childhood obesity and obesity-related diseases have reached epidemic proportions, with a third of children and two-thirds of adults being overweight or obese.”

food2The obesity rates in this country aren’t happening by accident — Nearly anything at your local supermarket that comes in a package has some level of added sugar. We’ve gone from eating food, to eating food-like substances. Sugar is added to a lot of things in order to cover up the bad taste of many of the preservatives that are also being added (along with other manufactured chemicals).

If one were to try and follow the new Federal Dietary Guidelines, it would be next to nearly impossible to shop at your local Safeway or Walmart store — Items from Tomato Paste to Doritos to even cubes of Whole Butter have added sugar.

Whole foods even have their own sugar just naturally —

The fact that the article would show jars full of candy is indeed telling. You could show nearly any food item and the point on sugar consumption can be made.

“Texas now has the 11th-highest adult obesity rate in the nation.”

Friends from Texas visited last year and were amazed at all of the supposedly healthy people they saw running around our area — Asking how could so many people be so healthy in the same place? — You can’t possibly think that everyone in the Puget Sound area follows the government guidelines to the letter can you? — I thought not.

One of the most important drivers to a lower obesity rate in the area is exercise .. People in the Pacific Northwest get 100’s of times more exercise than those who might be living in the areas of the south. Even in many of the rural areas in Western Washington there are side-walks, and people get out and use them. A notable missing feature in the south are the side-walks in many of the rural areas .. There aren’t any .. Nobody walks — They all pile into the car to drive a block to Sonic or McDonald’s or to the store.

food1Sitting around playing video games all day or watching Oprah isn’t really ever addressed when it comes to dietary guidelines. If one were to take a deeper look into it, we might find that there are any number of things that can cause your health to fail besides just sugar if one were to sit around long enough doing nothing.

Adding to that, we find the schools greatly limiting physical activity on the playground — Kids aren’t allowed to run and play like they used to. Things like Tag and Dodge-Ball are banned in many areas because schools are afraid of being sued as a result of any possible injuries related to a kid tripping and falling (well here’s a bit of news — Kids will trip and fall – it’s what kids do). At the rate that schools are squeezing the recess period, it might not be long before all the kids are able to do is stand around and look at each other (in an obese fashion of course). Playground equipment is also being subject to scrutiny — Being deemed unsafe for kids probably has more to do with being deemed unsafe for the school’s bottom line with regard to insurance premiums than anything else —

Since we are pretty much inundated with sugar in all of our packaged food, the only other real alternative to turn the tide of obesity is exercise — Forget about the sugar – That ship has sailed .. Walking and playing and jumping up and down are some of the best things we can do in order to combat our governments failed food policies.

Community leaders might do well to come up with activities that peak community interest instead of community activities that error in favor of the insurance companies. People are smart — They can figure this stuff out — It isn’t rocket science — But yet here we are, being subjected to failed government policies as they might relate to food (or in this case food-like stuff) with the government blaming the very food it regulates.

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