Killing You Softly

Roberta Flack tells us that “[He] is killing me softly with his song.” But I say, sugar is killing you softly with its sweetness. This is especially true for refined sugar.

There are other foods that also my be killing you softly. These are mainly packaged foods that contain GMO (genetically modified organisms) ingredients like soy, corn, and canola oil.

“When you’re lost in the wild, eating a handful of unknown berries or a mysterious mushroom can kill you, but there’s nothing you can eat or drink that will dramatically or permanently improve your health. Poisons are real; the Fountain of Youth isn’t.

The same principle applies in the grocery store: what not to eat can be more important than what to eat. The single most important way for many people to quickly improve their health is to subtract unhealthy foods, not to add healthy foods. Eating broccoli does not ‘cancel out’ devouring three slices of pizza.

Top on this list are industrial foods (sugar, vegetable oils) as well as the seed-based crops they’re made out of (cereal grains, legumes). Think of these as slow-acting poisons when consumed in large quantities.”

—John Durant from The Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health


Most of the industrialized nations have banned GMO foods. Except, of course, the United States, which is dominated by the political and economic greed of companies like Monsanto. They won’t even allow labeling of GMO foods. In fact, they want to pass a law which prohibits labeling of GMO foods.

Sorry, I do eat some foods with sugar. It can hardly be avoided, especially when you taste the delicious cookies and tarts that my wife makes.

Books by John Durant

The Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health

John Durant

In The Paleo Manifesto: Ancient Wisdom for Lifelong Health, John Durant argues for an evolutionary – and revolutionary – approach to health. All animals, human or otherwise, thrive when they mimic key elements of life in their natural habitat. From diet to movement to sleep, thi… [Read More…]

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