Sugar a Sweet Poison - Effects of Sugar on Your Health and Moods

The Bay of Bengal is considered the most likely place that sugar cane originated from.

It is a perenial grass of the genus Saccharum.

Sugar cane syrup was used in India for centuries and did not replace honey untill the 3rd century.

Sugar cane spread rapidly from India to Malaysia, Indonesia and Europe by around the 13th century but did not replace honey till the 18th century.

Raw sugar is 98% sucrose and the remaining 2% consists of Ash and water. Ash consists of calcium, magnesium, potasium and iron.

Raw sugar provides carbohydrate (5g per teaspoon) and energy (67kj per teaspoon) and does not contain fat, cholesterol, protein or sodium.

Raw sugar is considered to be nutritionally superior to other sugars but this notion is incorrect.

Despite the numerous warnings by health practitioners of the ill effects of sugar, a huge majority of the population is still consuming large amounts of sugar daily.

Most people have heard how sugar affects their health yet still consume it.

 


Sugar cane - sweet poison




a teaspoonful

 

For obese individuals, consuming even a teaspoon of sugar a day would cause metabolic imbalances that contributes to obesity.

Only 1 teaspoon of sugar sets the immune system back 3½ hours, creates fatigue, adrenal weakness, triggers a rise in blood sugar, feeds internal parasites, leads to Crohn's disease and I believe accelerates cancer cells using glucose as fuel.

Just like other simple carbohydrates sugar helps to create cavities in your teeth, is highly addictive and changes behaviour in children and adults.

Large amounts of sugar daily contributes to an immune system that is constantly operating below par.



Because sugar is robbed of all nutrients the body must borrow missing vitamins and minerals from its own tissues and creates havoc with the immune system which contributes to diseases such as obesity, tooth decay, damage to the pancreas, premature aging, osteoporosis, hyperactivity in children and weakening of eyesight. Sugar contributes to the risk of heart disease and autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, asthma, and multiple sclerosis - this in addition to many other ailments.

For many years I had an abscess on my back tooth and by drinking Yellow Dock tea (which stabalizes blood sugar and detox's the blood) I saved myself from having a root canal, yet as soon as I have sugar up pops the abscess, so now I stay off sugar and have had no abscess occurances.

Sugar is certainly to be avoided, not only by the obese and those with health challenges but by healthy individuals as well.

Sugar includes glucose, fructose (in fruits) lactose (in milk), sucrose (in table sugar), maltose or malts (in rice malt and honey), jam (contains concentrated juice, which is high in fruit sugar), maple syrup, corn syrup, palm sugar (traditionally used in macrobiotic cooking), and the very deceiving organic brown or raw sugar, which is not all that different from white sugar.

Nancy Appleton PhD[1], clinical nutritionist, has compiled a list of 146 reasons on 'how sugar is ruining your health' in her book "Lick the Sugar Habit".

Here are some of them:
  • Sugar can decrease growth hormone (the key to staying youthful and lean)
  • Sugar feeds cancer
  • Sugar increases cholesterol
  • Sugar can weaken eyesight
  • Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children
  • Sugar can interfere with the absorption of protein
  • Sugar causes food allergies
  • Sugar contributes to diabetes
  • Sugar can contribute to eczema in children
  • Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease
  • Sugar can impair the structure of DNA
  • Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children
  • Sugar contributes to the reduction in defense against bacterial infection (infectious diseases)
  • Sugar greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections)
  • Sugar contributes to osteoporosis

The body converts sugar into 5 times more fat in the bloodstream than it does starch.

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), a 5000 year-old wisdom of self-contained knowledge of healing, we all need sweetness in our life. We need six tastes: sweet, sour, salty, astringent, bitter and pungent to stimulate the taste buds on our tongue at main meals, in order to experience satisfaction.

Good substitutes for sugar is natural fruits which contain high nutrients and fibre, natural antibiotic free unheated and unfiltered honey in moderation, raw molasses or Stevia a herb that you can use the leaf or buy it in powdered form.

Brown sugar is not better for health than white sugar - brown sugar is simply white granulated sugar with dyes and chemicals added.

As far back as 1957 in his article published in the Michigan Organic News, Dr. William Coda Martin [2][3] classified sugar as a poison because it is stripped of life forces, vitamins and minerals: What is left consists of pure, refined carbohydrates. Incomplete carbohydrate metabolism results in the formation of “toxic metabolite” such as pyruvic acid. This interferes with the function of a part of the body and is the beginning of degenerative disease.

Eating too many refined carbohydrates like bread, wheat pasta, biscuits and cakes causes sugar cravings.

 


Stevia - a healthy sweetener





a choice between poison and healthy food?

 

One way of overcoming sugar cravings is to fast on vegetable juices and vegetable broth for 3 days and cleanse the bowel with an Epsom salts flush which consists of 1 tablespoon of Epsom salts in a small glass of warm water stir well drink it quickly in one draught and then drink 2 litres of natural pure water straight after. This must be done on an empty stomach first thing in the morning or at least without having food for a minimum of 4 hours.

After the 3rd day I suggest staying off sugar and refined carbohydrates such as bread, biscuits and cakes and use brown rice which I believe is more of a protein than a carbohydrate.

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Make sure you read the labels on your foods as there are many hidden sugars in canned foods and processed foods.

The more sugar you eat the more you will crave it and using it as a comfort food in times of stress or depression will only make things worse as blood sugar levels raise and then plummet resulting in further cravings within a few hours and then mood swings and depression occur.

When blood sugar levels become low when a person goes for too long without food is generally a time most people will reach out for a chocolate bar for a quick fix.

To avoid your blood sugar dropping eat every few hours some nuts (such as almonds, walnuts or Brazil nuts), seeds, fruit, dried fruit (such as raisins, dried cranberries, dried peaches) or vegetables (such as carrot sticks, cherry tomatoes, cucumber slices). These foods will provide fiber, vitamins and nutrients and at the same time will keep your blood sugar from dropping.

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References

 [#]SourceTitle and link to resource if available
[1]  Nancy AppletonNutrition and Health website
[2]   Michigan Organic News, March 1957, p. 3.When is a food a food and when is it a poison?
[3]  Global Healing CenterRefined Sugar - The Sweetest poison of All...
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