There are all kinds of perspectives nowadays, when it comes to eating a healthy diet. Some people are going vegan, others paleo and still others raw food or gluten-free. Then there are those who are going through different harsh detox regimens to rid their body of toxins. Though vegan is extremely healthy, if done right vegans live up to seven years longer, paleo has taken a hit lately. There is currently no scientific evidence that it is healthier for you. Besides those who are allergic to it, eating gluten-free doesn’t mean you are healthier. As for detox diets, no scientific evidence to date proves that they are effective. The body itself has a sophisticated toxin cleansing system, mainly through the liver and kidneys. There aren’t any special foods you can take to boost their already stellar productivity. So taking part in a Spartan diet is not only torture, there seems to be little benefit. In fact, the single best health decision you can make is cutting down on sugar.
NPR recently reported that the average American consumes three times the recommended intake, 22 teaspoons of sugar per day. Meanwhile, there is a growing pile of evidence that suggests sugar is one of the single worst things for us to consume. Recently, a report in BMJ Open Heart stated that a diet high in sugar raises the risk of high blood pressure. Those who eat the most sugar double their risk of dying from cardiovascular disease, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. For women, The American Heart Association (AMA) recommends consuming no more than six teaspoons of sugar a day, a total of about 100 calories. For men nine teaspoons per day is recommended, about 150 calories. This is out of a 2,000 calorie diet. Natural sugars from fruits and vegetables were not included in the AMA’s evaluation. Instead of Spartan torture diets, find ways to cut down on sugar and processed foods, and make sure at least two-thirds of each meal are fruits and vegetables. With that, you will be eating a very healthy diet. If you want to stick to it, work in a reasonable treat now and then too.