Today the average American consumes 2 to 3 pounds of sugar each week or many teaspoons per day. Before the 1900s, the average consumption was only 5 pounds per year. Just in the last 20 years, the average US consumption has risen from 26 pounds per annum to 135 pounds.
To feel the benefits of cutting down on sugar, you should be limiting yourself to no more than 6 teaspoons of sugar per day!
Sugar has been observed to aggravate asthma, move mood swings, provoke personality changes, muster mental illness, nourish nervous disorders, deliver diabetes, hurry heart disease, grow gallstones, hasten hypertension and lead to arthritis
We need to know
- Sugar is nothing more than empty calories.
- Sugar has no nutritional value.
Sugar contains none of the essential nutrients
While it does provide us with a sudden energy boost, this is just a quick fix as the calories in sugar are soon burned by the body. This means that you will need more sugar more often in order to maintain your energy level. And since sugar is so high in calories, the more of it that you eat, the more weight you will gain. Unless you remain extremely active, your body simply can’t keep up with the caloric conversion required when you consume large amounts of sugar.
But sugar has other health detrimental effects on the body
• One of the most serious is the development of diabetes. As sugar is consumed, it raises the glucose levels in your blood, triggering the release of insulin. Glucose levels where too high can result in serious conditions such as blindness, loss of circulation and diabetic coma. The effects of diabetes are so serious that stabilizing blood glucose cannot be emphasized enough.
• Insulin also promotes the storage of fat so that when you take in lots of sugar you are making way for rapid weight gain and elevated triglyceride levels, both of which have been linked to cardiovascular disease.
• Sugar depresses the immune system and upsets the body’s mineral balance.
• Sugar can be responsible for hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, concentration difficulties and grumpiness in children while contributing to eczema
• Sugar can reduce good cholesterol and increase bad cholesterol.
• Sugar can increase the growth of Candida and other yeast infections.
• Sugar interferes with the absorption of calcium and magnesium and can contribute to osteoporosis.
• Sugar can promote tooth decay and lead to periodontal disease.
• Sugar can cause headaches
, including migraines
• Sugar can cause depression.
And the list goes on and on
Of the over 4 million cancer patients being treated in the US, most are advised to eat good foods. There is a saying that “sugar feeds cancer”. If cancer therapies attempted to regulate blood-sugar levels through diet, supplements, exercise, medication when necessary, gradual weight loss and stress reduction, this would result in the starvation of the cancer cells and the boosting of the immune system.
Cutting back on sugar can be difficult as many sources of sugar are actually hidden
The obvious culprits such as candy, cake, cookies and soda are easy enough to avoid or limit but there is sugar in almost all packaged food including ketchup and canned fruit. Change to natural, fresh foods as much as possible and avoid processed, packaged and convenience items.
And very importantly, the 6 teaspoons of sugar you allow yourself should be brown unrefined sugar. Did you know that white, refined sugar is bleached with chlorine bleach (a substance that many people are sensitive to)? Chlorine when combined with organic compounds converts to Dioxin, a lethal chemical.
If you really cannot give up sugar, then Stevia is a safe and natural alternative.