Just in time for the holiday season is today’s blog about sugar! Back in my college days, part of the requirement for my degree was to take two semesters of College English. The Sophomore English class was called Research Writing, and one of the requirements was to write a research paper and present it to the class. Since writing wasn’t my dream at the time, I figured I would use this opportunity to write about health, since this was becoming a great interest to me. It was around the year 2000 when I started reading about alternative natural health. But my interest to research weight loss in an effort to find the diet that works has been an interest of mine since the early 90s. Perhaps in a future weight loss blog I’ll expound more on that in since our theme is geared in the direction of weight management.
For my English research paper I chose to write on a little not so known sweet herb called Stevia. But my quick dismay, I was not able to find enough resources to satisfy the class requirements on Stevia alone, so I decided to start with the negative effects of sugar. This is the original paper written for my English class back in the spring semester of 2002, so remember that the data is primarily from before that time, and today things have escalated into a worse problem then back then. Only minor editing was done while in order to convert the paper into blog form.
The Truth About Sugar & Sweeteners Part 1
The Average Consumption of sugar in the United States jumped from 6 tablespoons a day in the mid-1980s to 16 tablespoons a day in the mid-1990s. That’s an enormous increase in consumption of sugar every day! The average American now consumes 150 pounds of sugar a year.
This is possible because one Coke, Pepsi, or soft drink contains about 10 teaspoons of sugar, and many kids drink three to five a day. Most of do not add sugar to our food at home. However, most of our foods in the grocery stores are just packed full of sugar. Manufacturers change the ingredient names to hide the sugar content in these foods. Sugar is replaced with terms such as “corn syrup,” “dextrose,” or “glucose.” Foods such as cereals, ketchup, salad dressing, canned fruit, and fruit juices to name a few, tend to have a high amount sugar in them.
Many people believe that a little sugar won’t hurt them. Yet continuing to eat unhealthy amounts of sugar over and over can render serious results. The first two to mention is Diabetes and Hyperglycemia – low blood sugar. Eating too much sugar (such as cookies, sodas, pies, etc.) the hormone insulin is produced from the pancreas, which in turn lowers blood sugar levels. This makes it hard for the body to use glucose, which is used to produce energy. As a result, people may become shaky and light-headed due to the low blood sugar. (What You Don’t Know May Be Killing You, Dr. Don Culbert, M.D., Published by Siloam Press, Lake Mary, FL.) <Page 109>
Sugar is also one of the major causes of obesity. One can be on a low-fat diet, and yet still find themselves gaining weight. One key note here is that low-fat diets are not the answer, and actually low-fat products tend to have more sugar and carbs than higher fat. It can be as simple as popping breath mints all day long. The sugar from the breath mints, or other sources, tells the pancreas to produce insulin—a signal that says to the body, “Store Fat! Store Fat!” Increased insulin causes low blood sugar levels, which causes a craving for sugar, and so the cycle continues. (More times than not it’s actually increased blood sugar that causes the body to store fat over eating actual fat. Keep in mind that good fats are a necessary part of the diet; furthermore, I firmly believe that these low-fat diets are unhealthy.)
Yet another problem with sugar is that it weakens the immune system by affecting the T cells, which protect us against viruses. It temporarily impairs the B cells, which produce antibodies. It also impairs white blood cells called phagocytes, which protect us from bacteria. Eating 100 grams of simple carbohydrates (such as a few cookies, a large piece of cake or a few doughnuts) can reduce the ability of white blood cells to engulf and destroy microorganisms by 50 percent. This makes us more prone to bacterial and viral infections. This is an important consideration when serious viruses are going around. Not a good idea when a severe virus like Ebola is going around. (Page 110)
Sugar is also associated with behavioral problems. There’s a strong link between excessive sugar intake and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Our kids are becoming sugar-holics, and some authorities have even linked sugar with criminal behavior. They believe that when the sugar high comes down, they become grumpy, irritable and sometimes violent. Grumpiness and meanness are commonly seen when the blood sugar is too low or when one is hypoglycemic (page 111). Dr. William G. Crook kept a record of 182 children with ADHD over a five-year period. He noticed three out of four children improved significantly when their diets were changed. They were sensitive to an average of three dietary ingredients, and the main ones, he said, are sugar, food coloring and milk. (http://www.mendosa.com/overload.htm, page 1, 4/18/02, by Rick Mendosa)
“Sugar can lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies and osteoporosis—because it creates an acidic environment. The pH in our tissues decreases, and the body screams out, “Give me calcium!” If we do not have adequate calcium in our diets, our body may pull it from the bone to balance the pH, and we may develop osteoporosis.” Dr. Colbert. Unfortunately, it is next to impossible to get enough calcium in our diet today, so the vast majority of the population is calcium deficient, and if you think running to the store and buying a calcium supplement will fix the problem, most simply do not work.
As you will see mentioned repeatedly in our blogs, anytime the body lacks nutrients it will cause you to want to eat. Every wonder why you are not satisfied after a big meal? One of the reasons is malnutrition. First of all, our food lacks the nutrients we need, and on top of that we consume things like too much sugar and carbonated drinks that both rob us of nutrients and prevent proper absorption as well!
If nutrient deficiencies were not bad enough, yeast (candida albicans) is yet another problem because yeast loves sugar. Most people have some yeast in their intestines, but when we take in a great amount of sugar we become a little yeast factory, even to the extent of our abdomen swelling up. Yeast infections, experienced by women, are compounded by high intakes of sugar. A caution to the men reading this is don’t put your guard down too quick on this, because both men and women have a stomach, a small and large intestine, and the intestines is yeast’s breeding ground. In men, an over growth of yeast shows up in other ways such as skin fungus and jock itch.
Another problem yet, is that sugar is highly addictive. Many people start with eating a little cookie, and before long the entire box of cookies has been devoured. They can’t control their craving. The Bible places the drunkard and the glutton in the same category. “Do not carouse with drunkards and gluttons, for they are on their way to poverty” (Proverbs 23:20-21). Not only that, but their health suffers also as a result of this form of lifestyle.
“The addiction becomes obvious,” says Dr. Colbert in his book, “when I put someone on a low-carbohydrate diet, treating them for yeast overgrowth. They often go through sugar withdrawals, becoming irritable and cranky.”
So what do we do then? If sugar is so bad, then perhaps the answer is artificial sweeteners, right? On the contrary! There are many dangers associated with the FDA endorsed Aspartame. In part two of our series on sugar and artificial sweeteners, we are going to take a closer look at this dangerous additive in “sugar free” foods being labelled as “safe” for diabetics and people who are trying to limit their sugar intake.
It is also important to mention here that some sugar is okay, but too many people today get way too much sugar either because the food industry adds it to almost everything, or people deliberately eat too many sweets. Either way, a healthy choice would be what you might get from unprocessed foods found in nature.
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