Don’t you just hate it when you sit down on a park bench where someone has spilt some coke, and it’s super sticky??? Yuck!
Or when you’ve been eating a glazed bun and your fingers get that tacky feeling… Have you ever thought about what that is?
Most of you will say, “it’s the sugar, sweetie!” – and you’d be right! But have you really thought it through? That sticky bun or drink that is loaded with sugar is going into your body. After that it gets digested into the blood stream. The body has an intricate hormonal system which will get straight to work metabolising that elevated blood sugar level. Along with insuline there are many other hormones to do this job.
The reason it’s so important to maintain the narrow acceptable blood sugar level can be easily understood by thinking about your sticky-bun fingers. That tackiness that sugar feels like on your skin is the reaction of the sugar with proteins. This exact same reaction is happening in your blood after that soda drink! The “sticky” blood reeks havoc on the delicate tissues and cells. It causes damage and can lead to some pretty horrendous outcomes. Depending on what gets hit, it can lead to heart attack, stroke, diabetes, liver damage etc. Nothing is immune to damage once the sugar level is elevated past what it should be.
Another critical impact is that the sugar molecules ‘stick’ to the white blood cells which greatly handicaps them from fighting infections. Research shows that immunity is decreased for a period of time after a sugary drink or food!
Granted, the body will do all it can to bring down that sugar level, but think about the cost in the mean time. If you need another reason to knock the cravings of your sweet tooth – think carefully about this. It’s pretty horrendous. Sugar is deemed by some to be a toxin, and there’s a good argument there, in my opinion.
Especially with your children, this is such a crucial time for them to learn habits. The children who haven’t developed the need for sugar absolutely do not miss it. When we went sugar-free it was a massive change.
If I’m honest, the biggest problem was me changing my attitudes and habits. Kids will eat what you feed them. Please take a few minutes to think about this.
I have no doubt you are truly sweet enough – even without sugar