Mary Poppins at Fault for Skyrocketing Diabetes Epidemic

So it appears I was wrong when I blamed the Archies entirely for our love affair with sugar.  Astute readers were quick to point out that we had other influences.  How could I have forgotten Sugar Shack by the Fireballs?  But probably the most onerous omission is none other than Mary Poppins and “A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Medicine Go Down.”  And, if you consume plenty of sugar you are going to be buying lots of expensive of medicine for sure.

My patients always complain I am such a negative Nellie. I guess I need to stop reading research and going to medical meetings.

Remember the “Fat Meeting?”??

Remember looking in your cupboard for “oses”? 

It appears that sugars such as fructose, high fructose corn syrup and sucrose are truly evil.  And these sugars are found in almost all of our foods so we are continuously consuming them. 

Here are the facts Ma’am:  (Just the facts.)

Sucrose, Fructose and High Fructose Corn Syrup cause:

  • Liver toxicity
  • Every cell in your body to prematurely age
  • Your brain to trick you into increasing total food consumption
  • Increases in Triglycerides
  • Increases in LDL Cholesterol
  • Increases in fat that is stored around your organs
  • Insulin de-sensitivity resulting in diabetes
  • Increases in Apo-B (a marker for heart disease)

Let me make it simple.

And once again I am reminded of a song to hum while you read this. 

Let’s start at the very beginning.  A very good place to start.  When you read you begin with ABC. When you sing you begin with Do, Re, Mi.

When you gain weight you begin with fructose, HFCS and sucrose.  

Yes Maria Von Trapp aka Julie Andrews aka Mary Poppins,

Sugar makes you fat and sick. 

So, once again WD is here to rain on your parade. 

No, even though I want to sing “raindrops on kittens” I am going to refrain. No, I am not going to sing the refrain.   But, “these are a few of our favorite things,” aren’t they?

And thus we have the “Sound of Obesity” in America.  

In future Blogs I will provide”Hints from Heloise” on how to clean the sugars out of your house and body. 

Luv (without sugar on it),



Blog by Glenna Moe Kansas City Dietitian   


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