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The Sugar – Insulin Connection to Dyslipidemia and Cardiovascular Disease
Jul 25th, 2012 by Dennis McInerney

I have always been a believer that excess dietary sugar was the underlying cause of dyslipidemia and heart disease and not dietary fat as claimed by the American Heart Association (AHA). A study published in JAMA, April 21, 2010—Vol 303, No. 15 titled “Caloric Sweetener Consumption and Dyslipidemia Among US Adults” validates my belief. This study assessed the association between consumption of added sugars and blood lipid levels in US adults. It was a cross-sectional study among US adults (n=6113) from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 1999-2006. The participants were grouped by intake of added sugars as a percentage of total calories.
 
        •     Less than 5% of total calories [reference group]
        •     5% – less than 10% of total calories
        •     10% – less than 17.5% of total calories
        •     17.5% – less than 25% of total calories
        •     ≥25% of total calories
 
The study results showed a linear trend decrease in HDL-Cholesterol, increase in LDL-Cholesterol and increase in triglycerides as added sugars increased as a percentage of total calories. The study concluded that “there was a statistically significant correlation between dietary added sugars and blood lipid levels among US adults.”

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Do You Have A Nutritional Deficit?
Jul 5th, 2012 by Dennis McInerney

Nutritional Wellbeing is a matter of Supply and Demand.

For many individual, nutritional demand has become greater than the diminished supply of  essential nutrients we get from our diet. The quantity and quality of the nutrients we get from our food is determined by the soil it is grown in, the processing it goes through and the emotional desire we have for a given food. Today, the soils in which we grow our fruits and vegetables are depleted of many essential minerals.  We consume more and more processed foods that are lacking in the nutrients they once had.  And we make food choices that tend toward fast and convenient foods which often provide empty calories high in fat and concentrated carbohydrates.

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A Common Sense Approach to Weight Management
Jan 21st, 2012 by Dennis McInerney

Weight management has been and continues to be a never ending challenge for many Americans. This is evidenced by the fact that 66% of adult Americans are overweight with 31% percent being obese (1). In addition, childhood obesity in the United States has more than tripled in the past two decades. The three big contributors to weight gain are the excess consumption sugar, processed food and fast food. Prior to 1900, the average amount of sugar consumed by Americans was 5 pounds per person per year (2). By 1997, the average amount of sugar consumption rose to 154 pounds per person per year and continues to grow (3). Our busy lives find us seeking quick meals in the form of processed food and fast food. Couple this with chronic stress and a sedentary lifestyle and you have a recipe for obesity. Chronic diseases such as insulin resistance, Type II Diabetes and heart disease can be directly linked to obesity. Approximately 25 million Americans have Type II Diabetes and 100 million people are estimated to be insulin resistant. Obesity is truly an American epidemic .

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