Dangers of Sugar Intake
As I was researching this article, I surfed the web and was surprised to find that the majority of the websites that mention sugar say that it is fine to eat in moderation. Most of them say that your body turns all food to glucose regardless of the kind of food eaten, so whether you eat sugar, vegetables, or steak is irrelevant. I was shocked that the health care professionals who wrote these pages could be so short-sighted.
First of all, it is true that your body converts all foods to glucose. However, there is an important difference between sugar and those other foods.....meat, fruits, and vegetables all have vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids. Sugar has none of those things to assist in its digestion and absorption. As a result, metabolizing refined sugar puts the body at a severe nutritional disadvantage.
First of all, in 1973 the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a study by A. Sanchez et al, "Role of sugars in human neutrophilic phagocytosis", November, 1180-1184, showing that ingesting 100 grams of simple sugar lowers white blood cell activity for up to five hours. He got this result using processed honey, table sugar, and processed orange juice. This translates into a 50% reduction in the ability of white blood cells to engulf bacteria. The immune suppressing effect begins within ten minutes of ingesting the sugar.
Lowered white blood cell activity means your immune system and it's ability to fight infection, is impaired.
The general public believes that the orange juice they buy at the store is healthy....however, once the fresh squeezed juice has been pasteurized, it no longer has any live enzymes, and the vitamin and mineral content has been greatly reduced. In essence, the processing of the juice renders it the same as refined white sugar, because it does not contain the lifegiving substances which help the natural sugar to be metabolized. Also, when orange juice is commercially prepared, the juice is stored in large vats for up to a year. By that time it is of very low quality because it has no live enxymes, and low amounts of vitamins and minerals. And frankly, it doesn't taste that good. So the industry bolsters the flavor by adding what they call "flavor packs" to the juice to make it palatable enough that you will buy it. To preserve the live enzymes, the juice must be consumed within 20 minutes of being juiced. After that, all live enzymes are dead.
Honey would give the same result unless it is raw, UNHEATED honey. This means that in the processing of the honey, the temperature cannot exceed 96 degrees fahrenheit, or the live enzymes in the honey will be destroyed as well.
Since most people do not drink fresh squeezed orange juice, or go to the trouble to make sure their honey is unheated during processing, they are feeding their bodies pure sugar without knowing it.
Now think about the amount of sugars that the average person gets in their daily diet.....it's no wonder that so many people are sick these days. Their immune systems are constantly operating below their optimum levels.
Again, in 1976 a study was published in the journal Dental Survey. In this study, J.R. Ringsdorf found that drinking 24 ounces of cola depressed the activity of a kind of white blood cell call a neutrophil that eats bacteria. He found that this reduction in activity lasted for at least five hours. Another good study was in 1977 by J. Bernstein et al. called Depression of lymphocyte transformation following oral glucose ingestion, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Volume 30, page 613.
In 1991, T.W. Jones et al. published an article called Independent effects of youth and poor diabetes control on responses to hypoglycemia in children. It was published in Diabetes, Volume 40, pages 358-63. These researchers found that sugar increases adrenalin, a stimulating hormone secreted by the adrenal glands. It was also found that this adrenalin increase was far more pronounced in children than in adults, which might account for why children often have hyperactivity problems when their diet contains refined sugars.
When sugar is constantly in the diet, the pancreas must constantly produce insulin. When sugar is continually overused, the pancreas eventually wears out and is no longer able to clear sugar from the blood, and diabetes is often the result. This tendency toward diabetes rises severely after menopause. Also, for some people, they have enough insulin but the cells have become insulin-resistant, so they do no absorb the insulin to facilitate absoption of glucose.
Sugar also increases the urinary output of essential vitamins and minerals. According to L. K. Massey in Acute effects of dietary caffeine and sucrose on urinary mineral excretion in healthy adolescents Nutr. Res 8(9): 1988, calcium loss through the urine doubles when a soft drink containing sugar is consumed. Cola drinks containing both caffeine and sugar caused the greatest calcium and bone loss in these subjects.
White, refined sugar
is also bleached with calcium hypochlorite. Calcium hypochlorite is
used instead of chlorine bleach because it has more chloride available
in its chemical structure. Other uses for calcium hypochlorite are
disinfection of swimming pools, the manufacture of chloroform, in
bathroom cleaning and disinfection products, as a bleaching powder to
bleach cotton and linens, and in weedkillers (1). It's not
something you want to be ingesting in your body.
NOW....let's talk about HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP.....uscd as
sweetener in soda pop and is in almost any processed food you can find
on the shelf today.
High fructose corn syrup is a liver toxin. It is
metabolized in the body the same way alcohol is metabolized. Now,
alcohol is metabolized by the brain, and so you get effects that you
can recognize, we call it intoxication. Effects like impaired judgment,
slowed response time, impaired motor function, etc. But fructrose
is not metabolized by the brain, so you don't notice that is affecting
your body the same way alcohol is. Drinking a can of soda does
the same thing to your liver that drinking a can of beer does.
And you are allowing your kids to drink this every day. You may
be a person who doesn't believe in drinking because it destroys
your body, but the soda is destroying your body just as much.
When the fructose breaks down in your body, it causes fatty
liver disease which raises your cholesterol, and it actually
deactivates a substance in your body that prevents high blood pressure,
so you get hypertension and high blood pressure, and then you become
insulin resistant and develop diabetes. As long as you ingest
anything containing fructose or sucrose (table sugar) you will be
unable to cure yourself of high blood pressure, heart disease or
diabetes. It also causes kidney disease which contributes to
diabetes and high blood presure as well. The small blood vessels
in the kidney become damaged and even though you might be taking
something to lower your blood pressure, because of the kidney damage
your heart has to continue to pump the blood through at a higher
pressure. The kidney also starts to retain sodium as a result of the
damage. So you see, drinking sodas must stop if you want to be
Drinking fructose raises Uric acid levels, which also
increases diabetes and high blood pressure. Uric acid levels
should be between 3 and 5.5 mg/dl in the blood.
NOW...If you want to continue to drink sodas, but think you
will get by with drinking artificially sweetened sodas, ASPARTAME is a
NEUROLOGICAL TOXIN. So you have the choice of using a liver toxin
(sugar) or a neurotoxin (utrasweet)...or you could just give up
soda. There is the option of purchasing Zevia soda from the
health food store if you don't mind spending a little more money than
for regular soda.
Eating whole fruits does not cause the same problem as high
fructose corn syrup and table sugar, because the fruits contain
vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which help metabolize the
fructose, and the fiber in the fruit slows down the absorption of
While high fructose corn syrup is the number one food
substance which creates the metabolic syndrome of diabetes, high blood
presure, liver disease, kidney disease, and vascular disease, the
number two food substance is the yeast used to make BEER.
Some of the other effects of sugar on the body are:
of candida yeast organism
*Increases chronic fatigue
*Can trigger binge eating in those with bulima
*Increases PMS symptoms
*Increases hyperactivity in about 50% of children
*Increases tooth decay
*Increases anxiety and irritability
*Can increase or intensify symptoms of anxiety and panic in
*Can make it difficult to lose weight because of constantly high
insulin levels, which causes the body to store excess carbs
Watch this 7 part video explaining the dangers from a
Sugar is easily replaced
in the diet by an herb called stevia. The whole herb or the
or powdered extract can be used. This herb is 200 times more
than sugar, but it has NO CALORIES, and does NOT raise blood
It was introduced to Europe by the Spanish Conquistidors in the 16th
and was used extensively in Europe for decades with no known side
before it was outlawed by the EU. It has been used for hundreds
years in Brazil. It is a truly natural dietary supplement.
It can be used in hot or cold foods, and can be cooked with. It
no aftertaste, and is non-carcinogenic. It is a lifesaver for
for it helps regulate blood sugar. My second choice for a swetner
would be Xylitol. It has very few calories and has a negligible
effect on blood sugar.
sugarless gum? It contains the sweetner Xylitol. You can
buy this white powdered sweetner and use in instead of sugar, and it is
quite good, even prevents tooth decay. I use this to sweeten my
tea, my morning oatmeal, or to bake low-carb banana bread. YUM!
I hope you will choose
to increase your family's level of health by not using sugar, and not
the sugar industry by buying sugar or products containing sugar.
By the way, some ads may appear on this page that will take
you to websites that try to convince you that high fructose corn syrup
is not all that bad for you. I have no control over these
ads. Don't believe them!
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