As I was researching this article, I surfed the web and was surprised to find that the majority of the websites that mention sugar say that it is fine toeat in moderation. Most of them say that your body turns all food to glucose regardless of the kind of food eaten, so whether you eat sugar, vegetables, or steak is irrelevant. I was shocked that the health care professionals who wrote these pages could be so short-sighted.
First of all, it is true that your body converts all carbohydrates and proteins to glucose. However, there is an important difference between sugar and those other foods.....meat, fruits, and vegetables all have vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids. Sugar has none of those things to assist in its digestion and absorption. As a result, metabolizing refined sugar puts the body at a severe nutritional disadvantage.
Here are some studies that have been done on sugar and its effects. I don't know how those health care professionals can say that sugar is ok after reading these studies. This is information that has been around for some time, too, and should be well known
First of all, in 1973 the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a study by A. Sanchez et al, "Role of sugars in human neutrophilic phagocytosis", November, 1180-1184, showing that ingesting 100 grams of simple sugar lowers white blood cell activity for up to five hours. He got this result using processed honey, table sugar, and processed orange juice. This translates into a 50% reduction in the ability of white blood cells to engulf bacteria. The immune suppressing effect begins within ten minutes of ingesting the sugar.
Lowered white blood cell activity means your immune system and it's ability to fight infection, is impaired.
The general public believes that the orange juice they buy at the store is healthy. However, once the fresh squeezed juice has been pasteurized, it no longer has any live enzymes, and the vitamin and mineral content has been greatly reduced. In essence, the processing of the juice renders it the same as refined white sugar, because it does not contain the life giving substances which help the natural sugar to be metabolized. Also, when orange juice is commercially prepared, the juice is stored in large vats for up to a year. By that time it is of very low quality because it has no live enxymes, and low amounts of vitamins and minerals. And frankly, it doesn't taste that good. So the industry bolsters the flavor by adding what they call "flavor packs" to the juice to make it palatable enough that you will buy it. To preserve the live enzymes, the juice must be consumed within 20 minutes of being juiced. After that, all live enzymes are dead.
Honey would give the same result unless it is raw, UNHEATED honey. This means that in the processing of the honey, the temperature cannot exceed 96 degrees Fahrenheit, or the live enzymes in the honey will be destroyed as well.
Since most people do not drink fresh squeezed orange juice, or go to the trouble to make sure their honey is unheated during processing, they are feeding their bodies pure sugar without knowing it.
Now think about the amount of sugars that the average person gets in their daily diet.....it's no wonder that so many people are sick these days. Their immune systems are constantly operating below their optimum levels.
Again, in 1976 a study was published in the journal Dental Survey. In this study, J.R. Ringsdorf found that drinking 24 ounces of cola depressed the activity of a kind of white blood cell call a neutrophil that eats bacteria. He found that this reduction in activity lasted for at least five hours. Another good study was in 1977 by J. Bernstein et al. called Depression of lymphocyte transformation following oral glucose ingestion, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Volume 30, page 613.
In 1991, T.W. Jones et al. published an article called Independent effects of youth and poor diabetes control on responses to hypoglycemia in children. It was published in Diabetes, Volume 40, pages 358-63. These researchers found that sugar increases adrenalin, a stimulating hormone secreted by the adrenal glands. It was also found that this adrenalin increase was far more pronounced in children than in adults, which might account for why children often have hyperactivity problems when their diet contains refined sugars.
When sugar is constantly in the diet, the pancreas must constantly produce insulin. When sugar is continually overused, the pancreas eventually wears out and is no longer able to clear sugar from the blood, and diabetes is often the result. This tendency toward diabetes rises severely after menopause. Also, for some people, they have enough insulin but the cells have become insulin-resistant, so they do no absorb the insulin to facilitate absoption of glucose.
Sugar also increases the urinary output of essential vitamins and minerals. According to L. K. Massey in Acute effects of dietary caffeine and sucrose on urinary mineral excretion in healthy adolescents Nutr. Res 8(9): 1988, calcium loss through the urine doubles when a soft drink containing sugar is consumed. Cola drinks containing both caffeine and sugar caused the greatest calcium and bone loss in these subjects.
White, refined sugar is also bleached with calcium hypochlorite. Calcium hypochlorite is used instead of chlorine bleach because it has more chloride available in its chemical structure. Other uses for calcium hypochlorite are disinfection of swimming pools, the manufacture of chloroform, in bathroom cleaning and disinfection products, as a bleaching powder to bleach cotton and linens, and in weedkillers (1). It's not something you want to be ingesting in your body.
NOW....let's talk about HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP.....used as sweetener in soda pop and is in almost any processed food you can find on the shelf today.
High fructose corn syrup is a liver toxin. It is metabolized in the body the same way alcohol is metabolized. Now, alcohol is metabolized by the brain, and so you get effects that you can recognize, we call it intoxication. Effects like impaired judgment, slowed response time, impaired motor function, etc. But fructose is not metabolized by the brain, so you don't notice that it is affecting your body the same way alcohol is. Drinking a can of soda does the same thing to your liver that drinking a can of beer does. And you are allowing your kids to drink this every day. You may be a person who doesn't believe in drinking because it destroys your body, but the soda is destroying your body just as much.
When the fructose breaks down in your body, it causes fatty liver disease which raises your cholesterol, and it actually deactivates a substance in your body that prevents high blood pressure, so you get hypertension and high blood pressure, and then you become insulin resistant and develop diabetes. As long as you ingest anything containing fructose or sucrose (table sugar) you will be unable to cure yourself of high blood pressure, heart disease or diabetes. It also causes kidney disease which contributes to diabetes and high blood presure as well. The small blood vessels in the kidney become damaged and even though you might be taking something to lower your blood pressure, because of the kidney damage your heart has to continue to pump the blood through at a higher pressure. The kidney also starts to retain sodium as a result of the damage. So you see, drinking sodas must stop if you want to be really health.
Drinking fructose raises Uric acid levels, which also increases diabetes and high blood pressure. Uric acid levels should be between 3 and 5.5 mg/dl in the blood.
NOW...If you want to continue to drink sodas, but think you will get by with drinking artificially sweetened sodas, ASPARTAME is a NEUROLOGICAL TOXIN. So you have the choice of using a liver toxin (sugar) or a neurotoxin (utrasweet)...or you could just give up soda. There is the option of purchasing Zevia soda from the health food store if you don't mind spending a little more money than for regular soda.
Eating whole fruits does not cause the same problem as high fructose corn syrup and table sugar, because the fruits contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which help metabolize the fructose, and the fiber in the fruit slows down the absorption of glucose.
While high fructose corn syrup is the number one food substance which creates the metabolic syndrome of diabetes, high blood pressure, liver disease, kidney disease, and vascular disease, the number two food substance is the yeast used to make BEER.
Some of the other effects of sugar on the body are:
*Increases overgrowth of candida yeast organism *Increases chronic fatigue *Can trigger binge eating in those with bulima *Increases PMS symptoms *Increases hyperactivity in about 50% of children *Increases tooth decay *Increases anxiety and irritability *Can increase or intensify symptoms of anxiety and panic in susceptible women *Can make it difficult to lose weight because of constantly high insulin levels, which causes the body to store excess carbs as fat.
Watch this 7 part video explaining the dangers from a medical standpoint
Sugar is easily replaced in the diet by an herb called stevia. The whole herb or the liquid or powdered extract can be used. This herb is 200 times more sweet than sugar, but it has NO CALORIES, and does NOT raise blood sugar. It was introduced to Europe by the Spanish Conquistidors in the 16th century, and was used extensively in Europe for decades with no known side effects, before it was outlawed by the EU. It has been used for hundreds of years in Brazil. It is a truly natural dietary supplement. It can be used in hot or cold foods, and can be cooked with. It has no aftertaste, and is non-carcinogenic. It is a lifesaver for diabetics, for it helps regulate blood sugar. My second choice for a swetener would be Xylitol. It has very few calories and has a negligible effect on blood sugar.
Ever chewed sugarless gum? It contains the sweetener Xylitol. You can buy this white powdered sweetener and use in instead of sugar, and it is quite good, even prevents tooth decay. I use this to sweeten my tea, my morning oatmeal, or to bake low-carb banana bread. YUM!
I hope you will choose to increase your family's level of health by not using sugar, and not supporting the sugar industry by buying sugar or products containing sugar.
By the way, some ads may appear on this page that will take you to websites that try to convince you that high fructose corn syrup is not all that bad for you. I have no control over these ads. Don't believe them!