Sugar Isn’t So Sweet After All
In the 1800s, the average American ate about 10 pounds of sugar per year. Today, individual consumption of sugar has skyrocketed, especially with the increase in low-fat or fat-free products which contain large amounts of “hidden” sugar. Today the average American consumes about 160 pounds of sugar per person, per year!
It’s no wonder that diabetes is one of the fastest-growing diseases with more than 2,000 people being diagnosed daily. According to the American Diabetes Association, in the U.S., approximately 16 million people have diabetes. The incidence of diabetes has increased six-fold since 1930. The risk for heart disease and stroke increases tremendously when a person has diabetes.
But I Don’t Eat Sugar!
You may not buy it intentionally, but sugar is everywhere! Of course you already knew sugar is in cookies, ice cream, candy, and pop. But did you know it’s the number-one food additive hidden in salad dressings, mayonnaise, peanut butter, pickles, canned fruits and vegetables, breads, crackers, ketchups, spaghetti sauce, soups, cereals, luncheon meats, pizza, and juices?
You may not recognize that a product has sugar in it because of its many different names. Raw, natural, yellow D, cane sugar, brown sugar, caramel, corn fructose, corn sweetener, corn syrup, dextrose, high fructose corn syrup, and white sugar are all sucrose.
They can all become addictive and are empty calories. Consider that the average American eats about 20 or more teaspoons per day. That total is the amount of sugar only. It doesn’t take into consideration the amount of processed carbohydrates like white bread and pasta which turn to sugar in the body.
How Can We Eat That Much Sugar?
For example, my friend and teacher, Dr. Michael Dobbins shows how we can easily get 3-5 cups of sugar in the daily average American diet:
Breakfast: Cereal, white toast, orange juice and banana: 1 cup sugar.
Lunch: Yogurt with fruit, baked potato, white bread and chicken: 3/4 cup sugar.
3:00 snack: candy bar and soda: 1 1/2 cup sugar.
Dinner: Pasta, white bread, soda: 1 3/4 cup sugar.
Three cups of sugar translates to about 24 teaspoons of sugar. But did you realize that one can of soda alone can contain between 10 to 14 teaspoons of sugar?
Soft drinks also pull vital minerals from the bones and cause an imbalance of phosphorus and calcium in the body which eventually can be responsible for the stiffening of joints and limbs in arthritic conditions. Our teenagers are drinking more soft drinks than ever. That’s why our young people are starting to develop health and weight problems much earlier in life. I’m shocked at the number of young people who have come into my office with arthritis, diabetes, and weight problems.
Simple sugars like those found in fruit are good. In its natural form, sugar cane is a rich source of vitamins and minerals. But simple sugars which have been processed from sugar cane, beets or fruits and even further refined are dangerous. Let’s look at several reasons why.
How Sugar Is Refined
Sugar cane stalks are cut, crushed, washed, boiled, steamed, and then crystallized. Finally, they are filtered, cleaned and decolorized. Lime, acids and bleaching agents are added until it becomes the white, “pure” substance we recognize as sugar. This product is so different from its original form that our bodies don’t even recognize refined sugar as a food! No wonder it can give us a tummy ache!
Refined sugar excess upsets the mineral balance in your body. Processed white sugar depletes precious vitamins, minerals, fibers and enzymes, so the body depletes its own store of these minerals and coenzymes in order to metabolize the sugar. Minerals that we need to handle sugar are chromium, magnesium and manganese. To make matters worse, many of these minerals, and especially chromium, are deficient in much of America’s not-so-rich soil. The result of a chromium deficiency? Continual cravings for—you guessed it—more sugar!
I recommend people take nutritional supplements such as the one I sell called Cataplex GTF Chromium and Zinc Liver Chelate, or even my MediHerb, Gymnema, which help them not crave sugar while they are changing their diet.
Sugar Is Not a Health Food
Years ago, I read that after drinking a can of soda, our immune system is depressed for the next 6-8 hours!
And eating a diet high in refined white sugar can also make you look and feel older, age faster, and cause dandruff, wrinkles, and skin problems!
It’s important to know that sugar is at the root of our fatigue as well as most degenerative diseases. Here are some ways sugar ruins our health; for a longer list, see my book, Why Eat Like Jesus Ate?
1. Suppress the immune system.
2. Upset the body’s mineral balance.
3. Cause hyperactivity, anxiety, concentration difficulties, and
crankiness in children.
4. Cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
5. Adversely affect children’s school grades.
6. Produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
7. Contribute to a weakened defense against bacterial infection.
8. Cause kidney damage.
9. Reduce helpful high density cholesterol (HDLs).
10. Promote an elevation of harmful cholesterol (LDLs).
11. Lead to chromium deficiency.
12. Cause copper deficiency.
13. Interfere with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
14. Lead to cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, and rectum.
15. Cause colon cancer, with an increased risk in women.
16. Be a risk factor in gall bladder cancer.
17. Increase fasting levels of blood glucose.
18. Weaken eyesight.
19. Cause hypoglycemia.
20. Increase risk of asthma
While the sugar industry denies that sugar is hazardous to human health, I’m looking forward to the day when foods will be labeled according to what they do to us. Here’s one for sugar: “This is a diabetes-inducing, fat-storing, and disease- producing substance. Eating this food may make you crave sweets, increase your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and make you fat!”
Check back next week for part two, the truth about artificial sweeteners.
Adapted from the book, Why Eat Like Jesus Ate? By Lorrie Medford Copyright 2011 All rights reserved.
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