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February Shape Magazine Suggests Shaking Sugar Habit & Quotes Me

Posted Dec 18 2008 8:13pm

A small article entitled "Shake the Sugar Habit," in the February issue of Shape magazine (on p. 135) includes a quote from me about the value of keeping a food diary to see how ingesting sweets affects you.

The short article by veteran journalist Lorie A. Parch spotlights a point I repeatedly emphasize -- that your consumption of sweeteners may be linked to your headaches, fatigue and mood swings, depending upon your sensitivity.

Art_lorieparch_1 Parch (whose photo appears at left) quotes me: "After the [sugar] high, for many people, comes the low. And you can get really low."

The writer Parch continues, paraphrasing me: "If you find yourself feeling moody, note that in your diary. Seeing the effects of eating sweets will motivate you to steer clear of them more often."

By the way, the article features a tantalizing photo of three brownies (!), with the caption, "Feeling grumpy? Cut out sweets!"

I'm not too enamored of the idea of a photo of enticing desserts (to "torture" readers), but I applaud Shape magazine for tackling this important issue.

Incidentally, reporter Lorie A. Parch writes a bunch of interesting health stories so you may want to keep a lookout for future stories from her.

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