Monday, 20th November 2017
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SUGAR

Refined sugar is an anti-nutrient. Sugar in excess is stored as fat.

Let me ask you a question? Would you survive longer on a diet of just water or on a diet of water and refined sugar? You would survive longer on just water. Sound impossible?

Five sailors were ship wrecked in 1793 . The ship was filled with sugar, thus giving the marooned five a diet of sugar and water. When they were finally picked up nine days later, they were in a wasted condition due to starvation.

This story intrigued French physiologist François Magendie who conducted a series of experiments in which he fed dogs a diet of sugar. All of the dogs died. Magendie proved that as a steady diet, refined sugar is worse than nothing.

But how can sugar be worse than nothing? Refined sugar is an anti-nutrient. It starts out as sugar cane and then goes through an extensive refining process that destroys all of the enzymes, fibre, vitamins and minerals. What you’re left with are empty calories.

The problem is that your body needs the very enzymes, fibre, vitamins and minerals that were taken out in the refining process in order to metabolize sugar and use it as energy. So it takes those nutrients from your own body. So while you are enjoying that chocolate bar remember, sugar is draining vital nutrients from your body, like a sweet parasite. And it gets worse…

Sugar creates false hunger (as a result of the insulin rush and then ensuing plummet in your blood sugar levels), which makes you overeat. This means a constant struggle with your weight in which you never seem to achieve your ideal size.

Sugar promotes aging (due to the advanced glycation end products that occur when insulin levels are consistently elevated as a result of eating too much sugar). Sugar has even been dubbed the negative fountain of youth.

Sugar weakens your bones making you vulnerable for , and weakens your teeth making you vulnerable for cavities (both due to the calcium being pulled from your bones and teeth in order for your body to process sugar).

Sugar in excess is stored as fat (after your liver has no more room to store it, sugar is converted to fat and deposited on your belly, thighs, hips and the backs of your arms). Sugar can impair brain functioning (as a result of depleted B-vitamin production).

The average modern person consumes 46 teaspoons of sugar every day. That comes out to roughly 175 pounds of sugar each year and it’s no wonder, since the sugar industry is big business, they sneak sugar into any product they can.

Go through the foods in your home and you’ll see that sugar has been added to everything from ketchup and spaghetti sauce, to crackers, oatmeal, peanut butter and even “healthy” items like most weight loss bars.

So … Where does this all leave you? You are in a unique position!

Your personal judgment determines the foods that you eat and the foods that you avoid. Approach sugar with new eyes. While all other foods offer you caloric energy PLUS some nutritional benefit, sugar doesn’t. Sugar is simply caloric energy with a sweet habit forming taste, and a hoard of health risks.

Use your judgment wisely and limit your sugar consumption - you’ll love the benefits of low sugar living.


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If you’re still not convinced of the danger of sugar here are more ailments linked to its overconsumption:

• varicose veins,
• constipation,
• hormonal imbalances,
• ADD and ADHD,
• increased emotional instability,
• depressed immune system,
• increased risk of cancer and degenerative diseases.

While you’re checking out nutrition labels for sugar content, be on the lookout for the following names that all describe sugar:

• Sucrose
• High fructose corn syrup
• Fructose
• Lactose
• Organic sugar
• Maltose
• Dextrose
• Glucose



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