Did you know that the average American consumes 150-170 pounds of (refined) sugar annually? Date back 100 years ago the average American only consumed about 4 pounds/year. If you go even further back to 400 years simple sugar didn’t exist to man or woman. Some say that this statistic is one of the main reasons why about 60% of the U.S. population is obese or overweight.
Let’s take a look on the effects of sugar –
When you consume processed sugars without adequate amounts of quality fats, proteins, vitamins, and enzymes, your blood sugar levels become elevated.
This causes your body to release insulin, a hormone that reduces blood sugar levels. The result is a horrible sugar crash which is called hypoglycemic. Now, the body must do something immediately, because if not, your brain will run out of blood sugar to operate on and you’ll go into a coma. This emergency situation results in the release of cortisol, which is a powerful hormone.
In the midst of all this, most people respond to the hypoglycemic, or low-blood sugar state by drinking coffee or soda, or eating something sweet.
While you stuff your face trying to regain your normal blood sugar, cortisol has triggered the release of stored glycogen from the liver to quickly raise your blood sugar levels again.
This results in an inflow of sugar from the liver and whatever sweet things you ate or drank, starting the process over again.
Many ride this roller coaster everyday. This create a major problem because after awhile your body becomes insensitive to insulin (the first sign being the fat around your mid-section). This is a result in what’s called Syndrome X, and is the first major step to becoming diabetic.
That’s not even the worst part. If you keep this up, sooner then later your adrenal glands will become over worked. They become exhausted from producing excessive cortisol.
When the hormonal system becomes disturbed and unbalanced due to stress of eating refined sugars, a numerous of other pathological conditions manifest – degenerative disease, allergies, obesity, alcoholism, drug addiction, depression and behavioral problems.
The chances of acquiring one of the following diseases or side effects skyrockets:
- Kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Coronary heart disease
- Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and (ADHD)
- Behavior problems
- Violent tendencies
- Overgrowth of Candida, yeast and fungi
- Cancer (tumors are enormous sugar absorbers)
- Bone loss – osteoporosis
- Tooth decay
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Food intolerance
- Numerous psychological disorders, such as schizophrenia
- Neurological disorders and associated pain syndromes
- Colon cancer
- Diseases of malnutrition
Artificial Sweeteners Aren’t the Answer
Aspartame has resulted in more complaints to the FDA due to side effects than any food additive ever approved in FDA history.
An artificial sweetener tells your taste buds that, sweet stuff has arrived. When the artificially sweetened drink or food reaches the small intestine, the receptors find no nutrition. A message is sent back to your brain saying, “We’ve been tricked” – there’s no nutrition here. So in response to that your brain sends another signal to keep eating because we need nutrition to process all this fake crap.
Some artificial sweeteners have also been found by researchers to be neurotoxins that can change the chemistry of your brain and nervous system.
Sugar Alternatives that you should use instead:
Honey, Stevia, Fruit, and Vegetables
Honey: No unprocessed, unfiltered, or pasteurized honey. You can’t miss the all-natural kind. It has chunks of bees wax in it. It is very supportive of your immune system. Use in moderation, and avoid cooking with honey as it’s not stable at high heat.
Stevia: Stevia is a herb and is about 1000 times sweeter than sugar. Additionally, it’s been known to assist in balancing blood sugar levels, making it ideal for anyone coming off of caffeinated beverages or weaning themselves from sweets.
Fruit: It’s best to eat in-season.
Below ground vegetables: By adding properly cooked or, when possible, raw under-ground vegetables, you often get a beautiful natural sweetness to salads and other foods.
I know this seems like a burden but your body will thank you for supporting it will higher quality foods. Don’t be stubborn, there’s only one of you. Treat yourself right. Without further or do –
Food Manufacturers know there’s an increased awareness with regard to negative health effects of sugar. To throw you off they use big words to hide total sugar content.
Look for –ose at the end of words. An example would be sucrose, maltose, dextrose, fructose, galactose, arobinose, ribose, xylose, deoxyribose, lactose, trehalose and like that.
Quite often you’ll see five or six types of sugar in one product. That’s where the problem starts.
Another one to watch are juice products. The word to watch for is concentrate. Don’t fall for the hype of “freshly juiced.”
There you have it. I hope it wasn’t too much but if you didn’t know now your informed.