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U.S. study links sugar, heart disease deaths

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By LINDSEY TANNER

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I am taking this with a grain of salt.

Yes, I am sure they have found that lots of Americans have heart problems and that lots of Americans ingest a lot of sugar. However, I bet if they check, they will also find a distinct lack of fresh, green, leafy vegetables in the American diet.

You are probably thinking I just drug that out of left field. No folks. Nutritional science is immensely complicated. Green leafy vegetables contain chromium, a mineral which assists insulin in regulating your glucose levels. Not enough chromium and you need a hell of a lot more insulin to keep up.

But sadly my words will be taken by most Americans as a suggestion to hit the local all-you-can-eat restaurant salad bar and eat that wilted garbage topped with all the other crap its surrounded by.

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There is a New York Times article that goes into considerable detail regarding the deleterious health effects of refined sugar consumption: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/magazine/mag-17Sugar-t.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Apropos of the above comment, if people are not getting enough green, leafy vegetables in their diet wouldn't simply eliminating sugar in their diets eliminate the harm sugar can do, in a more direct fashion?

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wouldn't simply eliminating sugar in their diets eliminate the harm sugar can do, in a more direct fashion?

Yeah. If one ignores the reality that the overwhelming majority of Americans will never reduce their sugar intake to recommended amounts and the fact that eating fresh, green, leafy vegetables is necessary for other things anyway.

Why would anyone speak against simply eating fresh, green, leafy vegetables? Its more than half the battle. Reducing sugar intake at the same time is great and all, but New York cannot even pass a measure to reduce cola sizes without a storm of protest, as if anyone was barred from buy two large sodas if they wanted their sugar/caffeine daily overdose. Fact is the entire food industry is stacked against Americans reducing their sugar intake enough. For Americans to get to recommend levels of anything, it will take a dietary sea change, like cooking all one's own food and maybe even becoming a vegetarian.

Excuse me for not being a starry eyed dreamer.

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I advise the "eat whatever you feel like and accept the consequences" diet....because that is the case.

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