What sugar does:
Sugar is a chemical combination of Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen and refers to a large group of carbohydrates that are soluble in water, sweet to the taste and either directly or indirectly fermentable. Depending on how the Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen are combined or uncombined, we get sucrose (cane or beet sugar), glucose or dextrose (grape sugar), maltose (malt sugar), fructose, levulose (honey or fruit sugar), lactose (milk sugar), etc.
Sugar is virtually devoid of any key vitamins and minerals. Sugar contains 16 calories per teaspoon but has no B vitamins, chromium, magnesium, zinc or other trace minerals that the body needs to digest and metabolize it. Thus, to fully move the sugar through your digestive system, your body has to take B vitamins and other trace minerals from the healthy the food you eat, or from vitamins and minerals that your body is storing for future use. As a result, the sugar essentially robs your body of these beneficial nutrients. . Your body could be using these nutrients for more important purposes such as fighting infections, warding off allergies, or just plain energy.
Sugar gums up the immune system. Your immune system is made up of numerous antibodies who act like Pacman and attack foreign invaders. Medical studies have found that antibody production drops after people have as little as 18 grams of sugar, about as much as you’d find in half of a can of regular soda. Sugar interferes with the cells of the immune system. Eating just 3 oz. of sugar can result in a 50% reduction of the ability of the white blood cells to gobble up and kill viruses and bacteria for up to five hours.
Ingesting sugar can cause a significant rise in triglycerides, cause kidney damage, reduce helpful high density fats (lipoproteins) and promote and elevation of the harmful low density fats and all those problems associated with vitamin deficiencies.
Due to the need to use up your body’s minerals, eating sugar can cause a chromium deficiency, copper deficiency, and can interfere with absorption of calcium and magnesium. An imbalance which can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, concentration difficulties.
People need a calcium-magnesium ration of 10 to 4. Sugar causes the phosphorus and calcium levels to either decrease or increase. If one increases the other decreases and vice versa. Researchers have found that ingesting sugar increases the rate at which we excrete calcium. It pulls the calcium from our bones and tissues.
Minerals are essential to many bodily functions. They are important for bones and teeth, helping to maintain the correct acidity of the blood, have specific functions in the transmission of nerve impulse and others are important in the process of digestion.
Homeostasis is the wonderful balance in the body. It involves a continual fine-tuning of the body chemistry. The vitamins and minerals are always fluctuating a little. This is normal. However, when the fluctuations become too great for too long, disease creeps in.
Do I really eat that much sugar?
Be sure to read labels. Sugar is everywhere in sodas, cakes, ice cream, and even salad dressings.
Sugar is also used to feed animals prior to slaughter as it improves the flavor and color of cured meat.
Sugar is added to hamburgers sold in restaurants to reduce shrinkage.
The breading of many prepared foods contains sugar.
Before salmon is canned, it is often glazed with a sugar solution.
Some fast-food restaurants sell poultry that has been injected with a flavorful honey solution.
Sugar is used in the processing of luncheon meats, bacon, and canned meats.
Sugar if found in such unlikely items as bouillon cubes and dry-roasted nuts.
Sugar if found in beer, wine and other alcoholic beverages.
Sugar is often added to the syrup in canned fruits.
Peanut butter and many dry cereals (even corn flakes) contain sugar.
Some salt contains sugar.
Ketchup contains sugar. Etc. etc. etc.
Ask your local fast food restaurant for a list of ingredient in their food. Even the “wholesome” breakfast of eggs, sausage and hash browns contain sugar.
Realize that food manufacturers have wised up to public shunning sugar and are using other names for it
Sugar may also be disguised with an alias such as corn syrup, cornstarch or high fructose corn syrup. Does high fructose corn syrup, which is put in many “healthy” alternatives to soda pop, sound healthy? It is actually corn treated with an acid to make a sugar.
Note: Be cautious when using substitutes for sugar – artificial sweeteners. Many of these contain aspartame, found in NutraSweet or Equal, which has been associated with dizziness, headaches, heart palpitations, flushed feelings, seizures, blurred vision, and depression. For more information on Aspartame read an article.
There has also been, in the past, statements made about Saccharin and its link to cancer. However, that was recently changed. For more information see Saccharin article.
Stevia is an herb not a sweetener that gives one the impression of sweetness.
How do I feel if I’m eating too much sugar?
Simple sugars can increase your blood sugar level, which may make you feel temporarily energized, but after the initial rush, blood sugar drops sharply. When you overload with sugar, your blood sugar shifts, you go from being up and happy to down and irritable.
While a sweet treat may temporarily boost your mood, the lift doesn’t last. Some people notice a rebound effect and feel a little tired an hour or more after eating something sweet. This slump is especially pronounced in people who are depressed to begin with. It is estimated that up to 30 % of depressed patients show some sensitivity to sugar.
Sugar makes your body excrete chromium, and chromium is a mineral that helps your body build calorie-burning lean tissue. Chromium deficiency has been associated with sugar cravings, sugar then depletes you body’s supplies of chromium even further. When you eat sweets, you just want to eat more of everything.
When you crave something sweet, eat protein. You may have to wean off sugar like people come off drugs, putting less and less in the foods commonly consumed. Cakes don’t have to be as sweet as they are. Make birthday cakes from scratch with half the sweetener.
What can sugar “do for me?
Check an article by the author of “Lick the Sugar Habit” called
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