So a recent study claims to have found the key to reducing the damaging effects of excessive sugar intake. It seems that an enzyme going by the name of glycerol 3-phosphate phosphatase (G3PP) may be able to stop the toxic effects of excessive sugar consumption.
Let’s just leave it there… that says it all really doesn’t it? I mean from a mindset point of view why on earth are we trying to ‘entitle’ people to consume excessive amounts of refined sugars rather than getting to the root of the problem.
We don’t need to be giving the public ‘get out of jail free cards’ with things like this, we need an absolute solution! Yes, I get that this enzyme may have positive implications for the treatment of Diabetes and obesity related illness, but I can’t help but feel that this could be used as a justification for poor eating and drinking habits in years to come.
I agree this is an exciting finding and one that deserves credit. However, excessive sugar consumption isn’t just about the inflammation and ‘toxicity’ it causes in the blood vessels and heart. It’s also much to do with the high volume of empty calories that accompanies it. A lay consumer would be forgiven for thinking the study suggests that in years to come we may all be able to eat as much sugar as we please… but that’s dangerous, and NOT the kind of message we should be putting out there.
I get that some people struggle to resist sugar, that’s an evolutionary process and, to an extent, a lack of restraint. This is fighting fires, but it’s only focusing on one bedroom within the burning house even though the whole thing is clearly ablaze!
The focus of this study, although offering some very useful applications, is a prime example of how we as a species go straight for the treatment rather than prevention! If it saves some lives, brilliant, but the bigger picture extends far beyond this…why can’t we stop people getting into the poor state of health in the first place?
Learn to like wholefoods such as basmati or brown rice, sweet potato, white potato, rolled or steel cut oats (steel cut undergo less processing), good protein sources such as chicken, beef, lean beef mince, white fish and oily fish. And of course, get an abundance of fruit and vegetables to satisfy the sugar yearning, aiming for around 2-3 servings of fruit and 4-5 servings of vegetables per day. As a rule of thumb, make sure your plate is half filled with vegetables at meal time and you won’t go far wrong.
Get a hold on the fundamentals of nutrition such as calorie balance and macronutrient ratios, and the so- called ‘Superstimuli’ that take over our dietary habits (sugar, caffeine and many more) thanks to their ‘reward’ and feel good side-effects.
A pill that mops up high sugar intake toxicity is dangerous. The researchers need to handle this one sensibly and ensure the public health message is clear and defined. Otherwise we could be feeding the obesity epidemic as opposed to helping it!
CRCHUM, (2016). TOO MUCH SUGAR? THERE’S AN ENZYME FOR THAT. Retrieved 21st January, 2016, from http://crchum.chumontreal.qc.ca/en/news-briefs/too-much-sugar-theres-enzyme