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Excess Sugar Linked to Alzheimer's: Study Finds a 'Tipping Point'

In a stunning revelation, Fox News reports that a new study shows that Alzheimer’s disease could be caused by excess sugar. The featured study found that “excess glucose damages a vital enzyme involved with inflammation response to the early stage of the disease,” Fox News said.

Today, an average American consumes about 32 teaspoons of sugar per day. What’s disturbing is that experts say your body can safely metabolizeonly about 6 teaspoons of added sugar a day — which means that, Alzheimer’s aside, we are setting ourselves up for chronic health problems including diabetes, heart disease and even cancer.

While most people view sugary foods as tasty, satisfying and irresistible treats, I believe they can more accurately be described as toxic, addicting and deadly. What's even more disturbing is that people are consuming excessive sugar in the form of fructose or high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS), much of which is hidden in the form of processed foods and drinks.

Sugar, in its natural form, is not inherently bad — in moderation. As a general recommendation, I advise you to keep your total fructose consumption below 25 grams per day, including that from whole fruit. But don’t switch to artificial sweeteners as a method to cut back on sugar, particularly aspartame and sucralose, as they come with a whole new set of health problems that are much worse than sugar.

If you have sugar cravings that seem uncontrollable, try a form of psychological acupuncture called the Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), a simple and effective strategy to help control your emotional food cravings.