By Aaron Lambert
We’ve all heard it. We are all aware of it to one degree or another. Even so, let’s just hear it one more time: We Americans eat too much sugar. Old, young, male or female, it doesn’t matter. Sugar is present everywhere in the diets of most people. Go ahead and read the ingredients of the packaged goods in your house. It might be listed under the name high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), evaporated cane juice or fruit juice, but it’s still sugar. Sugar is added in one form or another to breads, cereals, soda, canned goods, baked goods, pre-made meals, processed meat, ketchup and sports drinks. Even if you drink natural fruit juice, you’re drinking pure fructose (a sugar).
The estimates of sugar consumption range from 170 to 220 pounds per person per year. That is an enormous amount, considering that adults should have only about two teaspoons of sugar in their blood at any one time. We have all heard the reports about the epidemics of diabetes and obesity. Children as young as eight years old are now being diagnosed with diabetes type II. Diabetes II is a dangerous chronic illness that generally results from the over-consumption of sugar. In effect, the pancreas burns out and the body can no longer produce enough insulin, which is needed to get sugar into your cells. Obesity, too, is a growing problem. The consumption of so much sugar provides the body with more calories than it needs, and so it stores the excess as fat. Both obesity and diabetes II increase the probability of incurring additional chronic health problems such as cardiovascular disease.
By Amanda Fey, ND
Metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions that occur together, significantly increasing risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes. As obesity reaches epidemic levels in the US, this dangerous condition, also known as Syndrome X, is affecting a growing number of people. According to the American Heart Association, up to 25 percent of the US adult population is thought to suffer from metabolic syndrome. The good news is, if you have metabolic syndrome or any of the components of metabolic syndrome, you have the opportunity to make therapeutic lifestyle changes and reverse your risk of developing these serious diseases.
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Trees are such a ubiquitous part of our local landscape that it is all too easy to forget their essential involvement in our lives. It was for this reason that the first Arbor Day was celebrated in 1872. Each state chooses the date for this holiday to coincide with the optimal season for tree planting. In New York, Arbor Day is celebrated on the last Friday in April, which this year falls on April 27. While it is largely overshadowed by Earth Da...