The Bitter-Sweet on Sugar

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The Bitter-Sweet on Sugar

Don’t be fooled – if a food product label says its low fat, it’s gonna be laden with sugar to give it some taste. Why would that matter?

Sugar is known to have many undesirable effects in the body.

The Effects of Sugar

It is known that sugar:

  •   makes kids go crazy*
  •   causes overgrowth of unfriendly gut bacteria and yeast
  •   sparks inflammation in the body
  •   causes damage to blood vessels at high blood concentration
  •   depresses immune function for several hours after consuming **
  •   demands hormones to regulate (causing long term hormone disruption)
  •   is linked to obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and many other chronic illnesses
  •   causes tooth decay
  •   is addictive and creates cravings
  •   is toxic in high concentrations
  •   causes mood and energy swings
  •   causes skin problems (due to hormone dysregulation)

This is a short list of the havoc that sugar can cause in the body.

*Studies done have shown that sugar does NOT cause hyperactivity in children. However, most parents know this is simply a load of rubbish – if you’re not sure about this, observe children at a party after they eat cake and sweets – you won’t have to wait too long! I’m really not sure why this is refuted scientifically when anecdotal evidence is so compelling

**White blood cells are depressed for several hours after consuming sugar – that makes the body susceptible to

 

How much sugar do we eat?

Amount eaten per year – look at these stats on how much sugar the average American eats:

In 1700, the average person consumed about 4 pounds of sugar per year. (1.8 kg)
In 1800, the average person consumed about 18 pounds of sugar per year. (8 kg)
In 1900, individual consumption had risen to 90 pounds of sugar per year. (41 Kg)
In 2009, more than 50 percent of all Americans consume one-half pound of sugar PER DAY—translating to a whopping 180 pounds of sugar per year! (250mg per day, 81 kg per year!)

In his Food Revolution TV series, Jamie Oliver demonstrated the amount of sugar consumed by bringing in a truck laden with sugar – it is a shocking realisation

 

Sugar is natural therefore its ok, right?

Wrong! Sugar is a highly processed substance . Think of the raw foods sugar is made from. The two most common are beets or sugar cane. The sugar we all use is not at all recognisable from its original source – that in itself could be reason enough not to use it! In this sugar series I will be discussing some alternatives that might be more palatable for long term health.

 

Until then

Stay healthy

 

 

 

 

 

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