The Truth about SUGAR!

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SUGAR – The Reality Check!

Having too much blood sugar is highly toxic, yet we just can´t seem to get enough of the stuff. The main problem with sugar and processed fructose in particular, is the fact that your liver has a very limited capacity to metabolize it. You can only safely metabolize about six teaspoons of added sugar per day. People who consume 21% or more of their daily calories in the form of sugar are TWICE as likely to die from heart disease compared to those who get seven percent or less or their daily calories from added sugar.

Many studies have shown that high sugar consumption is associated with insulin resistance, but it can do so much more damage. When fructose is turned into fat in the liver, it is expelled as cholesterol particles, however, with an ongoing sugar overload, this fat lodges in the liver, which can cause Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease which can in turn become the instigator of Metabolic Syndrome, Diabetes, obesity, hypertension, dementia, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. Sugar feeds fungus, bacteria, viruses, and other parasites. Consuming refined sugars radically lowers the body’s immune system and leads to food and seasonal allergies.

Instead of eating whole foods -real, natural foods – the contemporary diet typically consists mostly of sugar, highly processed grains and a concoction of toxic chemicals that are anything but food. This kind of food is cheaper and more readily available than anything healthy or natural. A major problem with processed food is that when you look at the label, you have no way of knowing how much of the sugar is natural to the food itself, versus the sugar that was added.

Sugar can become a serious addiction for some, because it causes a massive release of dopamine in the reward center of the brain; up to 8 times more than cocaine! We all have a primeval urge to seek high-energy foods; a dangerous carrot, in hands concerned only with profits, is being dangled under our noses.

sugar_skull_18Cancer is one of the leading causes of death worldwide, predicted to effect 57% of the population by 2020 if current figures continue unabated. It is characterized by uncontrolled growth and multiplication of cells. Insulin is one of the key hormones in regulating this sort of growth and it is believed that constantly elevated insulin levels can contribute significantly to the development of cancer. It has also been shown that the metabolic complications associated with high sugar consumption cause inflammation within the body and this can create an over production of acidic ph mucus, which provides the perfect conditions for cancer to develop and spread. It has been discovered that all cancer suffers have an acidic body ph. Surely, just that one discovery should change how sugar is marketed and approved for use, if the health of the population is of concern and importance to the powers who regulate such consumer awareness and healthy consumption guidelines…yet sugar marketing continues to be pushed relentlessly at us from all angles and under many stealthy guises. Even in smaller amounts, sugar is known to cause a lack of energy, a decreased attention span, mood swings and insatiable cravings for the next sugar high.

Glycation and inflammation from toxic sugars are major factors in the aging of skin, as the collagen that maintains moisture, elasticity and healthy skin suffers the destructive effects of inflammation, glycation and oxidative stress. According to a 2013 report on sugar consumption, up to 40% of U.S. healthcare expenditure is for diseases directly related to the overconsumption of sugar. So how and why has sugar become such an integral and almost un-avoidable part of modern living, when we do not need it to survive, it has no nutritional benefits and it is leaving such an undeniable path of destruction in its wake!majority of processed foods

 

 

Sugar is BIG Business

The American food industry alone spends nearly $7 billion annually advertising its products. The global sugar industry is currently worth approximately €65 billion per year and it’s steadily increasing. About one-quarter of its spending is directed at youth and sugar-heavy products make up the bulk of that spending. This is a very typical scenario in most western countries.

Manufacturers invest big money into finding the perfect “bliss point” for their recipes; the maximum amount of sugar they can add, to make their products even more desirable (addictive) – good for business, but an undeniable risk to health and a blatant disregard of responsibility for public health!

Food companies are going out of their way to promote products with added sugar in them as healthier than they really are. “No added sugar” should be a good kind of guideline to follow while shopping, but often these products are loaded with artificial sweeteners, which can be even higher in calorific value than normal sugar, for example High Fructose Corn Syrup, which is fast making headway in becoming the world’s most used sweetener and can be found added to even the most unlikely of food products. Clinical trials have shown that those who consume HFCS tend to develop higher risk factors for cardiovascular disease within as little as two weeks.

Added sugar is in everything from bread to salad dressing, drinks, breakfast cereals, the majority of even the most savoury foods and even frozen dinners. Most consumers have difficulty understanding the difference between naturally occurring sugars (which give a slow energy release) and added sugars (which spike glucose/insulin levels in the body and put the liver under pressure) on food labelling and even more difficulty deciphering the sugar content of individual portions of food. Many people have no idea about the amount of sugar they are actually consuming and are shocked if they ever manage to discover the truth.

Soft Drinks Increase Thirst!

Soft drinks contain caffeine, a mild diuretic that makes you urinate more, thereby eliminating water from your body. Most also contain about 55 mg of salt and when you take in salt and excrete water, you get thirstier. The reason why soft drinks contains so much sugar is because they have to mask the taste of the salt… the soft drink companies have discovered the perfect concoction to make you want to drink more. This is their business strategy. Unfortunately, it’s an unethical strategy that is slowly killing customers.

“Low Fat” = High Sugar

low-fat-high-sugarRational nutrition was abdicated when we were convinced we needed processed foods to help to cope with the stresses of modern living. The low-fat craze has been particularly harmful, because when the food industry removed the fat, they had to put lots more sugar in to make their food products palatable and keep sales at a premium. By removing fat and adding sugar, the processed food industry has created a springboard for a massive increase in disease.

Sugar is Sugar

Types of sugarDespite their different colours and flavours and some sugars being promoted as more healthy than others, the nutritional value of different kinds of sugars is very similar. Sugar is sugar, whether white, brown, raw or syrup. One teaspoon (4g) of any has around 68 kilojoules (16 Calories). The only real difference is the percentage of Glucose/Fructose that each has:

Granulated Sugar

1 cup = 720 cal.

50% glucose,  50% fructose

Agave Nectar

1 cup = 960 cal.

20% dextrose, 80% fructose

Honey

1 cup = 960 cal.

40% glucose,  60% fructose

Molasses

1 cup = 960 cal.

50% glucose,  50% fructose

Brown Sugar

1 cup = 720 cal.

50% glucose,  50% fructose.

Turbinado

1 cup = 720 cal.

50% glucose,  50% fructose.

Maple Syrup

1 cup = 800 cal.

50% glucose,  50% fructose.

Date Sugar

1 cup = 480 cal.       

70% glucose,  20%water

Artificial sweeteners like Nutra-Sweet and Equal, are made with Aspartame, which is made up of three chemicals: aspartic acid, phenylalanine, and methanol.

Aspartame is added to many foods and accounts for over 75 percent of the adverse reactions to food additives reported to the FDA. Many of these reactions are very serious, including seizures and death. Too much aspartate in the brain kills certain neurons by triggering excessive amounts of free radicals, which kill the cells. Methanol is a highly toxic poison which breaks down into formaldehyde in the body. Formaldehyde is a deadly neurotoxin. An EPA assessment of methanol states that methanol “is considered a cumulative poison due to the low rate of excretion once it is absorbed.

The Healthier Alternatives

Barley Malt Syrup is produced by sprouting barley grains in water to generate enzymes that convert the starch in the barley into simpler sugars. It has a GI of around 42 and is rich in nutrients.

Molasses is an unrefined sweetener, which is a byproduct of sugar production with a GI of around 55. It is highly nutritious, containing a range of vitamins and minerals including iron, calcium, magnesium, potassium and vitamin B6.

Stevia was approved by the EU in 2011 but has been used around the world for at least 1500 years. It comes from the leaf the stevia plant. Stevia has no calories and is considered to be a natural, safe alternative to things like aspartame or saccharin.

Yacon is a natural sweetener derived from a root vegetable from Peru. It comes in the form of flakes or syrup. Yacon has a Glycemic Index of just 1! It is high in fibre and contains natural prebiotics and fructo-oligosaccharides which nourish intestinal bacteria.

Coconut Sugar is known by many names, including coconut palm sugar and coconut nectar. It has a low glycemic index (around 35) and is very tasty.

Xylitol is a natural sugar-based sweetener typically made from birch sap, and is actually a form of crystalline sugar alcohol. Xylitol has an incredibly low glycemic index – around 7 – and in addition, has two-thirds of the calories of sugar and is kind to teeth.

The Solutions!

There are several things you can do to start remedying the current sugar-fueled health crisis:

1 . Educate yourselves and your family about the dangers of sugar to health.

2 . Eat and promote a more balanced, healthy diet, concentrating on natural, unprocessed, unsweetened foods and partake in plenty of exercise.

3 . Choose more natural and healthier sweetening options and drastically reduce the intake of added sugars.

4 . Petition for clearer labeling on foods, a greater choice in natural foods in supermarkets and more ethical advertising

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