Cassie Platt, in her book “Don’t Quit Sugar: Why sugars are important for your health” emphasises that everyone is better off focusing on a balanced diet and lifestyle rather one riddled with restrictions. Platt is a nutritionist, holding a Master of Human Nutrition and trained in Melbourne, Sydney and New York. Her views echo that of this campaign, to focus on a healthy and balanced lifestyle accompanied with treats rather than viewing foods as either bad or good and living with restrictions.
Throughout her book, Platt shares reasons why you shouldn’t quit sugar some of which include:
- Sugar is an efficient source of energy for our cells
- Our bodies need sugar to power growth, movement, repair and regeneration and importantly brain function.
- Sugar alone isn’t the only reason why you’re unhealthy and doesn’t alone cause weight gain or obesity. There are so many other factors involved e.g. overconsumption of food in general, lack of activity, hormonal issues, genetics and environmental issues.
- Sugar can actually help your well being provided you don’t restrict yourself and enjoy it in moderation.
Platt also alludes that ripe, seasonal fruits are some of the most nutrient-dense, antioxidant-rich foods we can consume. Humans have been eating fruit throughout evolution, there’s no reason we should suddenly question it’s healthiness. Furthermore she advises not to be sacred of natural sweeteners like honey. Unprocessed honey has been found to contain many protective substances which are anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial.
For more information on Cassie Platt, her book and nutrition advice visit her website.
Stay Sweet! CD