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Jerusalem’s 10th Israel Medical Conference Promotes Disease Prevention

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While in the past, Israel Medical Conferences have discussed the advances in hospitals and patient care, the most recent conference held seminars on the importance of healthy eating, regular exercise, and reducing sugar from your diet to prevent disease.

Experts talked about the reasons why sugar is so addictive and why it's difficult to stay away from - especially if you come from a low-income background.

According to the Hadassah metabolism expert, the centers in the brain that react to cocaine are the same ones that react to sugar, which “makes us feel hungry so we want more. Artificial flavors in food make people more addicted to sugar, which is pushed by a strong industrial lobby. Very few people realize the dangers of sugar.”…

As 75% of food we eat comes readymade from companies, the responsibility for high amounts of salt and sugar in the diet is that of industry.

The excess salt does not come from the saltshaker on the table, said Schor.

The lack of food security for many low-income pregnant women and new mothers is very worrisome, said Yael Amad-Tulov of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, who is involved with giving grants to 5,000 such women around the country.

“Single-family women in fertile ages are poorer than men. It’s hard for them to pay for the costs during pregnancy. We can’t solve the problem, but we will start with those who live in poverty and are getting payments from the National Insurance Institute.”

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