By Jenny Brown
Do you take time to read the labels of refined products you plan to eat!
Some of us might spend time making sure that trans-fats have been eliminated from processed products, but many people aren’t aware that in order to make the product taste good without the fats, the food manufacturers add sugar!! Sugar is loaded into your soft drinks, fruit juices, sports drinks, and hidden in almost all processed foods—from Tomato sauce to pretzels to Worcestershire sauce to cheese spread. And now some infant formula has the sugar equivalent of one can of Coca-Cola, so babies are being metabolically poisoned from day one if taking formula!!
Food Manufacturers really don’t want to inform you that there is a whole lot of sugar in their processed products because that would eliminate those “crazy label reading customers” as potential buyers. So they disguise this fact by using scientific sounding names like sorghum or corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup or fructose or lactose or dextrose or sucrose or sucralose or galactose ….. all enough to make you comatose!!!
Now I do confess that I’m not a paragon of virtue when it comes to sweetness, but it does pain me when our gardener and other casual labourers we have hired insist on having 3 teaspoons of sugar in their coffee! Many people I know (including family members) are quite happy to down a can of cola that probably contains up to 10 teaspoons of sugar – and they do this more than once a day!
If you saw someone in a restaurant adding that much sugar to his coffee, wouldn’t you think he was crazy?
Did you know that just consuming one can of soda a day increases your risk of diabetes by 85% and can cut 11 to 20 years off your life?
A study done at the American College of Neuropsycopharmacology (see if you can pronounce that after two cans of soda!) found that sugar gives the same brain reaction as morphine, cocaine and nicotine.
To put it another way, sugar is addictive!
Sugar and Diabetes:
As we eat more refined foods, this causes sugar to very quickly enter the blood, thus requiring more insulin to transport it into the cells. If not enough insulin is produced, or if the insulin present is not sufficiently effective, the elevated blood glucose levels that normally follow a “high carb” and “high sugar” meal subsequently do not fall in the normal pattern.
This occurs because glucose cannot enter the target cells in the liver, muscles, and fat for storage or conversion to usable energy. This is why a highly refined diet is particularly troublesome for anyone with a blood sugar imbalance such as diabetes.
So what are the other negative effects of eating sugar?
From a vast number of Medical Journals and other scientific publications
Nancy Appleton, PhD, contributes in her book “Lick the Sugar Habit” an extensive list of the many ways sugar can ruin your health.
Here are just a few facts we would rather not know:
sugar damages teeth, feeds bacteria, yeast and fungus
All sugars provide quickly absorbed calories that must be rapidly converted into hard fats in order to prevent the toxic effect that “sweet” overload would otherwise have on our bodies.
Sugar interferes with Vitamin C transport
Depletes the immune system and impairs our defences against infectious diseases
Sugar can produce a significant rise in total cholesterol, triglycerides and bad cholesterol and a decrease in good cholesterol
All sugars, including honey, brown sugar, corn syrup, fructose, etc…. have the same detrimental effects on our health as do hard fats - they make platelets (a blood component, which helps with the clotting of blood) more sticky,
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Sugar interferes with insulin function
Upsets the mineral relationships in our body causing chromium and copper deficiencies
Interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium contributing to osteoporosis
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Sugar causes crankiness in children and is the main contributing factor for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.
Sugar can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline, hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating
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Sugar can cause many problems with the gastrointestinal tract including: an acidic digestive tract, indigestion, malabsorption in patients with functional bowel disease, increased risk of Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis
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Sugar is to cancer cells as fertilizer is to plants!
Sugar has been connected with the development of cancer of the breast, ovaries, prostate, rectum, pancreas, biliary tract, lung, gallbladder and stomach!
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Sugar causes us to age fast!
Sugar speeds up ageing by causing a loss of tissue elasticity and function. The single most important factor that accelerates aging is insulin, which is triggered by sugar.
Sugar can make your skin age by changing the structure of collagen.
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Under no circumstances substitute fake sugar and think it’s the answer!
Aspartame will turn you into a zombie because the methanol in aspartame converts to formaldehyde at 84 degree F (the body’s temperature is 37 C) – read Pat Quill’s story below
Sucralose (Splenda) is derived from chlorine and is best used in your swimming pool. It is NOT a sugar, despite its sugar-like name and deceptive marketing slogan, “made from sugar.” It’s a chlorinated artificial sweetener in line with aspartame and saccharin, with detrimental health effects to match.
The reality is that these fake sugars do not eliminate sugar cravings; they actually increase them. A study proved that a person’s risk for obesity went up 41% for each daily can of diet soda.
Sugar alcohols like xylitol, glycerol, sorbitol, maltitol, mannitol, and erythritol are neither sugars nor alcohols but are becoming increasingly popular as sweeteners. They are incompletely absorbed from your small intestine, for the most part, so they provide fewer calories than sugar but often cause problems with bloating, diarrhea and flatulence.
Dextrose, fructose and glucose are all monosaccharides, known as simple sugars. The primary difference between them is how your body metabolizes them. Glucose and dextrose are essentially the same sugar. However, food manufacturers usually use the term “dextrose” in their ingredient list.
What is considered a healthy alternative to sugar?
Stevia is a highly sweet herb derived from the leaf of the South American stevia plant, which is completely safe (in its natural form).
Lo han (or luohanguo) is another natural sweetener, but derived from a fruit.
Honey is about 53 percent fructose but is completely natural in its raw form and has many health benefits when used in moderation, including as many antioxidants as spinach.
How can you keep your blood sugar stable?
Apart from the help from AIM as mentioned above, you can keep your blood sugar stable by including protein with every meal. If you know about quinoa, the incredible grain from Peru which is a complete protein, you can include that in your diet and you’ll be getting plenty of fiber as well.
Remember, if it had a face or a mother it has no fiber!
If you use fruit as a substitute for sugar it will help curtail your sugar cravings.
It should now be crystal clear just how damaging sugar is. You simply cannot achieve your highest degree of health and vitality if you are consuming a significant amount of it. So if you are still “using” my advice to you is ……
DO NOT STAY AS SWEET AS YOU ARE!!!
From: Pat Quill – Ireland
AS-PAR-TAME, THAT’S SOME NAME. YOU TASTE DELICIOUS …
BUT YOU’RE ASPAR-VICIOUS!!!
O.K., I know its not prize winning poetry, nor even Edward Lear but hey, I’m glad that the fuzzy brain is clearing and I’m able to write anything again. Where to begin with this rather long and dreary tale? I guess it must go back to about 5 years ago when I went from never having a headache (except due to a bad hangover!) to ever increasing head aches. Mentioned this to my health guru, sweet sister of mine Jenny Brown, and she advised that she had recently heard that this could be caused by Aspartame, an artificial sweetener which is prevalent in numerous products. So I gave it a try, cut out the Diet drinks, and voila – lost the headaches.
Fast forward to end of July last year. I signed up with WEIGHT WATCHERS here in Dublin. Now let me say at the outset that I have nothing but praise for the organisation and their very balanced and sensible diet regime. I embraced it wholeheartedly and was totally thrilled with the new slimline me and the fact that I never ever felt hungry on their plan. However, I went the whole hog – pardon the inappropriate metaphor – and bought all of the diabetic jams, sugar free yoghurts, sugar free chewing gums, wonderful little low point value sweets sold by W.W., and loads and loads of Diet drinks to compensate for the lack of alcohol!! Achieved my goal weight and happily flew out to C.T., for my 5 months in the sun. During this period I was still trying to adhere to the sensible eating plan (not always successfully as evidenced by the very snug fit to most of my clothing on my return to Ireland) and drinking loads of Diet Coke after a game of golf instead of a beer or 3. However I began to notice frequent dizzy spells. Went to see a local Dr. in C.T. and I guess he was another bald guy having a bad hair day as he made me feel like a hypochondriac woman. So left it until I returned to Ireland. The dizziness increased, headaches began, my ears felt frequently blocked, and I was having problems with my balance. So I saw my local G.P., and he said he thought I had vertigo. Prescribed Stemetil – finished the course, no change. Something stronger called Cerc 16 – finished that, symptoms were by now worse. I told my G.P. that I was now having trouble going for my daily brisk walk as had to focus mightily on just walking a straight line, I was also finding it difficult in getting the correct words out when I talked as telling a joke was almost beyond me, AND (unkindest cut of all) my golf game had deserted me as a golf swing requires balance, putting means bending over (whoops) and just walking the fairway without weaving from side to side was now very difficult.
To cut a very long (and by now totally boring to all of you) story shorter – I was booked in to see a neurosurgeon as the symptoms were all pointing at something like MS, or a brain tumour. Saw the neuro, who gave me a very thorough examination, pronounced himself somewhat baffled, but at least gave me the good news that I had nothing like the aforementioned nasties. SO – where to from here?
Help arrived in the form of a timely email from Saint Jen who casually remarked “I guess its stupid to even think you might be taking Aspartame again but those little W.W., liquorice sweets you brought over from Ireland contain them and it might have escaped your notice”. Click – the little man in my mind who turns on the light managed to fight his way through the fog and mist and new horizons opened up to this dizzy dame. I went onto the web, typed ‘aspartame’ into the search section and got back so many hits and web sites that I didn’t know where to begin. Aspartame undergoes a chemical reaction in the body and this can cause an amazing variety of side effects, including mimicking MS, and sundry other horrid things.
I am not for one moment suggesting that it would affect everyone in the way it affected me and thousands of others world wide. But if you do find yourself presenting with baffling symptoms take the 60 day abstinence test that web sites suggest and see if ridding your system of the toxin makes a difference to your general sense of well being. Lets face it we imbibe numerous harmful substances on a daily basis unknowingly – why on earth add to the toxic build up deliberately?!
To sum it up – Aspartame is totally toxic and should never have been passed by the American Food and Drug Association. However, money talks, big money shouts, and Monsanto (the manufacturers of Aspartame) had money that would deafen one. Lets be among the many who open ears by boycotting the product.
ADDENDUM: Its now 2010 –I had to re-read this because I couldn’t even remember how bad I was. The symptoms don’t clear up overnight, but once you stop taking Aspartame the improvements you need to experience should show within a few weeks.