Did White Bread Make this Bird Fat? Sugar Shocker

Photos - Feb. 3, 2014 007Lately, one of my favorite things to do is watch the ocean waves and sunsets.

But today, I couldn't stop watching a bird that weighs far more than his flying coutnerparts.

This sight is not uncommon in an area where obviously nutritionally illerate- passers-by feed these poor birds scraps of white bread and other processed scraps.. 

White bread or refined starches such as white rice, white pasta and other foods from white flour — act much like sugar once your body starts to digest them. 

In short, as Michael Pollan so eloquently put it in Food Rules: An Eater's Manual,"The whiter the bread, the sooner you'll be dead." Pollan was quoting some cross-cultural grandmotherly advice, which suggests, as he put it, that "as far as the body is concerned, white flour is not much different from sugar."

It's "little more than a shot of glocse," Pollan explains.

Is it any wonder that this bird is overweight — or is it obese? 

By the way, this bird also was somewhat  lazy — it let me get very close before it darted (barely flew) off to a nearby rock.  

On the other hand, his or her fellow birds do lots more  flying and swooping.

So sad that we're harming these poor birds. 

Join the conversation. What do you think? Is this bird fat because we humans made it that way? Post your comment here.

I'm a former sugar-addicted journalist, who reluctantly quit sugar on doctor's orders in 1998. When all 44 of my crippling ailments vanished, I was so thrilled that I began interviewing hundreds of experts worldwide so I could give you the sour scoop about sweets. Fast forward 17 years, and I'm now author of Sugar Shock (Berkley Books, 2006) and Beyond Sugar Shock (Hay House, 2012). The latter gives you a simple, proven plan to easily, effortlessly squash your sugar habit. I'm also a motivational speaker, a certified life coach, a certified health coach, frequent media guest, and Gab with the Gurus host. I'm now planning the first first Sugar World Summit and I'm finishing writing my next book, Crush Your Crazy Carb Cravings™, which will help you easily escape your must-have-junk-food moments.

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