We live today in a society where sugar is commonly accepted and eaten in large quantities. Larger in fact, than ever before in the history of the human race. According to a USDA document which outlines Dietary Trends from 1970-2005, sugar consumption increased by 19% since 1970, coming in at about 140 pounds of sugar per person, per year or 30 teaspoons of sugar per day! And what else is both interesting and scary, corn syrup consumption increased 387% in that time frame!
People today are eating a substance that is wreaking havoc on every part of their health, and what is worse we call those foods with the highest concentrations of sugar – treats. If we change that word slightly, to read “threat“, that I can agree with, as sugar is a threat to every aspect of good health, but it is in no way a treat.
Thus today, we are going straight into the core and getting the real, raw truth about what sugar really does in and to our body, and why if we are serious about good health and longevity, we want to avoid this substance like the plague.
Sugar is a drug that has no nutritional value and is an addictive chemical.
Hence, no wonder that today we have a nation that is addicted to sugar! In fact many experts have come forth, comparing sugar to cocaine, when it comes to its effects on our brain.
Eating sugar, is not just about putting yourself at a higher risk for diabetes type 2 or weight gain. Sugar affects every single system in your body, and none in a positive way.
Sugar causes our pancreas to overwork in its production of insulin, leading to insulin
resistance and other problems, which manifest as the known diabetes type 2.
Sugars acidic effect on the body needs an alkaline substance to neutralize this P.H
imbalance. Calcium is an alkaline mineral, highly abundant in our bones. And so,
calcium is used to neutralize the acidic effects of sugar. This results in bones
becoming weak, porous and eventually osteoporotic due to the withdrawn
The digestion of sugar requires many vitamins, minerals and enzymes to be stripped
from healthy cells. Over time this is taxing on our system, and especially to
those who are already eating poor diets based on empty calorie, nutrient
deficient, processed foods.
Our body never throws away energy, which could be potentially used in the future.
Whenever there is an excess in energy, whether from sugar calories, or protein
calories or fat calories, they all get converted to and stored in fat cells.
Hence, it is no surprise that high sugar diets, lead to weight problems and
Eating sugar makes your immune system slow down to a crawl. In fact, sugar has been
found to almost paralyze the white blood cells responsible for engulfing harmful
invaders like viruses and bacteria for up to around 5 hours and reduces their
ability to work properly by up to 40%.
Sugar raises the serotonin level in our brain. Hence, we can understand why we
“feel good” eating sweets. Through this mechanism, sugars cause the body
to have a chemical high mentally, which results in a lift in mood.
However, the huge problem with this, is that over time the body cuts back
serotonin production, which results in slight to serious depression. Just
by not having a “sugary” substance, one can experience mood swings,
unhappiness, irritability and other negative symptoms.
sugar throws off your natural serotonin balance, and to add to this the brain is
now addicted to getting the serotonin high artificially.