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Is It Time for a Lockdown on Sugar?

Recently, the World Health Organization launched a Stay Healthy At Home Campaign, urging adults to limit their sugar consumption to less than 6 teaspoons a day — the amount of sugar in one small carton of chocolate milk served to school children. The reality is that we are partially responsible for our fragility to the coronavirus. Now, we are hoping for a vaccine and medications to pull us out of this pandemic. But the current crisis reveals how truly vulnerable we are. We have often blamed the victim for having obesity or other diet-related diseases, but these illnesses now affect up to 80% of the world’s population. Our current COVID-19 approach has focused on hiding from the virus and now hoping immunization will set us free. We believe the best idea going forward instead is to strengthen our resistance to COVID and future viruses, with a healthy immune system — which means a healthy lifestyle. Reducing sugar and refined carbohydrates, which together fuel insulin resistance, is an ideal first step.

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