What can we safely drink? What will keep our blood sugar steady and not cause damage? How about artificial sweeteners? Dr Verburgh tells me that diet drinks are a no no.
Artificial sweeteners are not good for us, in fact they actually, wait for it, make us put on weight. How is that? Diet drinks contain virtually no calories so logically they should help us lose weight, not gain it.
Well, aspartame for example causes metabolic changes. Sugar is removed from the blood and stored as fat. Studies have also shown that artificial sweeteners increase the risk of type 2 diabetes. Dieters and healthy eaters are unlikely to wish that on themselves.
In Japan where very few soft or diet drinks are consumed, people tend to have a longer and healthier life than in America where consumption is rife. Of course, there are also other lifestyle reasons why this happens. However, consuming these heavily advertised over flavoured drinks plays a big part in some countries having a poor health and longevity record.
I've been watching Wimbledon this week and have just finished watching the match between Nadal and Kyrgios. I had to google the Australian's name because I had never heard of him. He just kept on playing great tennis in the face of whatever was thrown at him. Kyrgios was heroically fearless and single minded. For a nineteen year old that shows incredible control over the secret internal voice that would have him believe he couldn't do it. Even his mother thought he didn't stand a chance against the genius of Rafa.
Keeping to the food hourglass principles is as simple as making great decisions every day. Whatever life throws at you, don't give up. Practice makes you into a winner. The prize is a longer, healthier, and hopefully happier life. Now isn't that better than some old piece of plate?! :)