written by Damon Marable
In this day and age the average person is doing detrimental damage to their body, and they are not even aware that they are doing so. What is this bodily harm they are so willing imposing on themselves? The culprit is sugar, or in the case in question, refined sugar. The World Health Organization recommends we should consume less then 6 tsp of sugar each day. More shocking is the fact that it is reported the average American consumes roughly 22.2 tsp of sugar each day; almost four times the recommended amount! The American Heart Association has said that people need to make a distinction between naturally occurring and added, refined sugar when it comes to daily sugar intake. For those that aren’t aware, refined sugar is sugar that has been extracted from natural food, then chemically processed, changed, and bleached to the sugar that we know and use today. When sugar is in its natural food born state, it does contain some nutrients. But once
it’s been extracted and tampered with, it becomes a whole different entity that serves no real nutritional purpose other than to appease the sweet tooth…. And yes, that is a bad thing.
When sugar goes through the refining process, it loses its nutritional value completely. It becomes an empty calorie substance that can no longer be labeled as food. What is left consists of pure, refined carbohydrates. The body cannot utilize this refined carbohydrate unless the depleted proteins, vitamins and minerals are present. Therefore the body is forced to steal these nutrients from other sources in the body. Some examples include: Minerals such as sodium (from salt), potassium and magnesium (from vegetables), and calcium (from the bones and teeth), etc. Basically “paying Peter to pay Paul”.
Consuming excessive amounts of sugar promotes chronic inflammation in your body, elevate LDL cholesterol, can lead to insulin and leptin resistance, and has been linked to diabetes and hypoglycemia. Too much of it also helps promote unhealthy weight gain, tooth and gum decay, increases the blood’s thickness to the point of becoming sticky and glob like, leading to decreased blood flow which makes the heart have to work harder. Here is another fact which is a shocker in itself: refined sugar’s addictive properties are borderline drug-like. It actually has been described as having similar properties as cocaine. Dr. David Reuben, author of Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Nutrition says, “White refined sugar is not a food. It is a pure chemical extracted from plant sources, purer in fact than cocaine, which it resembles in many ways.”
I am not saying that you shouldn’t ever eat something that has refined sugar, because that will actually be quite hard going through life. What I am saying, however, is to definitely be smarter and more thoughtful about what you are eating… and why you are eating it. The best way to cut added sugars out of your diet is to limit processed foods as much as possible, and satisfy your sweet tooth with fruit. Make a practice of this, and you won’t need to spend so much time staring at food labels and counting sugar grams. Remember that what you put into your body reflects what you get out of it, and there is no real point of putting something into you on a regular basis that the body has no use for.