After years of extolling low fat as the panacea to prevent heart disease and stroke, the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada has pointed the finger at the real culprit……SUGAR!
Last wee they issued new guidelines aimed at curbing Canadians intake of sugar. http://www.heartandstroke.com/site/c.ikIQLcMWJtE/b.2796497/k.BF8B/Home.htm
Years of promoting low fat diet products has only made Canadians more at risk of heart disease and stroke as those low fat yoghurts, margarines, desserts and 100 calorie snack bars, endorsed with the Heart and Stroke Foundation Logo, are pumped full of fake fats and SUGAR.
And all this time scientific research http://archinte.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1819573 has been singling out sugar as the bad guy with high sugar sodas shown to raise blood pressure and prompt the liver to dump harmful fat into the bloodstream.
Women over 45 are more at risk of heart disease and stroke due to changes already taking place in their bodies during the menopause and panaceas such as HRT have been shown to increase the risks further, with clinical trails on HRT being halted on ethical grounds due to the cardiovascular risks placed on the women involved.
Sugar is addictive, but it is imperative that you give up those high sugar sodas, fake sweetened coffees and sugar laden breakfast cereals immediately if they are part of your daily routine.
On the up side you can forget all the propaganda shaming eggs and butter as the bad guys.
Get up and start your day with oatmeal, berries, and the heart-healthy and filling fats in nuts and seeds or a delicious, heart-healthy, egg based breakfast and you might not miss that 24oz frappaccino at all!
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