Sugar- the next Tobacco

 

Ah sugar, that beautiful white substance that costs next to nothing and makes chocolate and baked goods taste so good, but did you know that sugar is the #1 food that causes heart disease?

Sugar Facts

–          Sugar is made up of two molecules, glucose and fructose. When we ingest sugar and these two molecules separate in our gut, glucose circulates and feeds our muscles and our brain, but fructose goes straight to you liver

–          Too much sugar consumption causes a fatty liver and liver fat causes metabolic diseases

–          Sugar consumption has risen in the past forty years- so has obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease

–          We consume on average 26 teaspoons of sugar a day which equals 40 kilos or 20 bags of sugar a year

–          Sugar is in almost every pre-packaged food item from bread, oatmeal, crackers, soup even frozen dinners

–          4 grams of sugar is equal to 1 teaspoon of sugar

–          Cancer research shows that eating too much sugar increases your risk of cancer and may cause certain cancerous tumors to grow

We used to blame fat for a lot of these conditions, but research shows us that sugar is by far a worse food to eat than fat.

Many people say that too much sugar is in fact toxic to the body.

Consuming too much fructose causes the part of your brain that tells you that you are full to stop working. If your child drinks a Coke, then you go out for fast food, he will not realize he is full and keep eating. Sugar is not only toxic, it is addicting. Some have said it is as addictive as heroine, so it makes it very difficult to reduce your sugar intake.

The food industry knows this and they use it to fund their trillion dollar industry. They want us to crave their foods so we buy more, so they fill them full of cheap, high fructose corn syrup.

Studies have shown that when you take healthy people and you feed them sugar, that within 2 weeks of ingesting more sugar they see an increase in the risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes in the blood.

Researchers now think that Alzheimer’s is really diabetes of the brain.

So how much sugar do you consume on a daily, weekly and yearly basis?

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About the Author

Written by: Shirley Plant
Shirley Plant is a nutritionist and the author of Finally… Food I Can Eat, a dietary guide and cookbook for people with food allergies, and those looking for healthy, tasty recipes. Shirley offers dietary counselling and menu planning through Delicious Alternatives.

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