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SUGAR #1: SUGAR IN THE DIET- I am starting a new series today on Hidden and Added Sugar in Snack Foods which is one of the major factors driving the increases in Obesity and Diabetes around the world. Prior to 1600 AD, sugar was a rare spice and was not a staple in the diet. In the 1600’s and 1700’s Sugar Cane grown on plantations made it possible to use sugar in the diet in candies, cakes, cookies, and pastries. In the 1800’s, beet sugar was developed because Napoleon did not want to buy British sugar. Then in the 1970’s, High Fructose Corn Syrup was developed as a sugar alternative subsidized by the U.S. government and we began to drink colas and eat High Fat/High Sugar snacks of all kinds. Low fat foods in the 1980’s had even more added sugar but the same calories as high fat versions and colas and soft drinks took off with the lower cost of sugars. Sugar addictions due to the drug-like effects of sugar on the Reward Center in the brain became more common and the increases in obesity since 1970 have led to 2/3rd of Americans and Mexicans being overweight or obese and diabetes with obesity became common (DIABESITY) and is predicted to double by 2030 globally including many countries where obesity was uncommon until the last decades when Western Diets and Snack foods were introduced. The solution is to reduce or eliminate high sugar/high fat snacks and substitute low fat protein snacks and Protein-Rich Shakes as part of Balanced Nutrition along with a Healthy Active Lifestyle! Join me next time as we learn about the difference between Natural Sugar and Added Sugars. Stay tuned as I tackle this hot topic!! #drdavidheber #sugar #obesity #diabetes to learn more go to www.drdavidheber.com and www.herbalifenutritioninstitute.com and read PERSONALIZED NUTRITION AND TRANSFORMATION available as an e-book on Amazon.com for $5.49.