The average American consumes 22 teaspoonfuls of sugar daily. Total sugar in our diet comes to 130 pounds per person every year. Think of all the sugary drinks, candy, condiments, jams, jellies, cereals, ice cream, yogurt, shakes, cake, cookies, pies, pastries, snacks and fruit juices.
Sugar lacks any nutrients with the exception of calories. It steals vitamins and minerals from us in the process of digestion and absorption.
In large doses, this sweet substance stresses out the pancreas. The is the organ in our body that makes insulin. Insulin serves as a key to open the door to let sugar into our cells. With frequent sugar consumption, insulin no longer works correctly. Sugar cannot get into the cells and begins accumulating on the cells exterior. The patient then becomes diabetic.
This sweetener leads to excess calories in the diet which gets stored as fat by the liver. Accumulation of fat causes hormone abnormalities resulting in obesity, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, kidney failure, blindness, blood vessel blockage and sexual dysfunction.
Everything in our diet is composed of carbohydrate, protein and fat. These food categories are all broken down into sugar. This yields the energy demands for the billions of cells that compose our body. If the sugar is found within produce and consumed as such, this is not a problem. Difficulties arise, when products gets juiced and lose their fiber in the process. In this case, sugars hit the pancreas hard, causing the ejection of high amounts of insulin to try driving the sugar inside the cells. Over the decades, sweet stuff will prematurely age and destroy the body. You may still look good from the outside but hyperglycermia (excess sugar that’s it not being put away properly) is doing insidious damage from the inside out.
- Orange eaten
- Body has to break down fiber
- Absorbs vitamins & minerals from fruit
- Fruit sugar (fructose) is absorbed slowly
- Pancreas happy because sugar confronts it at a leisurely pace
- Junk food consumed, primary ingredient sugar (sucrose)
- Sugar is digested, nutrients stolen from the body to break it down
- Rapidly absorbed into the blood
- Pancreas is drowned with sugar
- Body gets flooded with insulin from pancreas to key sugar inside the cells
- Whatever sugar is not used for energy, stored as fat by the liver
- Fat deposits in the abdomen, buttocks, back, etc.
- Fatty stores lead to abnormal hormone levels
- Accumulation of fat accelerates progression of diseases mentioned above
If the sugar is contained within a piece of produce, it gets broken down slowly in the body. This way, the pancreas doesn’t get overwhelmed. Reason being both fruits and vegetables have fiber that delay the breakdown of sugar. Produce also contains abundant quantities of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins.
Make positive changes with regard to your present behavior, by slowly lowering consumption of products that are chock full of sugary temptations. If you can go cold turkey, more power to you.
There are other names for sugar that food manufacturers use to make us think that they are giving us a “healthier” version of the sweetener. Some of the most common ones are agave nectar, honey, brown sugar, etc. Many of these other names do have trace amounts of vitamins and minerals so the benefit is minimal at best because they still are only sugar.
List of other sugar names are found in the link below:
5 grams is equivalent to 1 teaspoonful of sugar. Read the label to check out the total carbohydrate grams in one serving. Then take this number, divide by 5 to yield the number of teaspoonfuls of sugar per portion.
Check out your cereal, yogurt, almond milk, etc. You will not believe how much sugar is added to these products.
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