Sugar … The Death Star of our Diet

Posted: June 7, 2013 in Healthy Eating
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Today, I want to get down to business about something that I feel must be addressed, and that is none other than sugar. This wonderfully sweet body toxin was eaten in very small portions for most of recorded history, and only became readily available on a large scale over the last 150-200 years. It’s hard to believe the inroads that sugar has made into the diet of the everyday person in such a short amount of time.

It’s staggering to think that data from 2003 (and not much has improved since then), stated that is not uncommon for people to intake over 140 pounds of sugar per year! That same report contrasted this tidbit with the fact that we only eat about 25 pounds of dark leafy green vegetables per year. The research is truly revealing about where we have headed as a nation, and our complete lack of concern for what is put in one’s body.

Most people fumble through their day, never realizing the ramifications of the insanely large amount of sweet destruction that is going on in their bodies. Let’s start with the biological chaos that sugar causes right after consumption. Your body must shift its focus from its normal functions to its new dilemma, which is finding a way to handle this sudden rush of sugar. Beyond this, if there is valuable food that has recently entered the digestive system, it’s rendered all but biologically useless. The sugar ferments the food, causing it to rot inside your stomach or small intestines. Do you think this might lead to some gastric discomfort?

Now let’s discuss what sugar does to your immunity. Vitamin C and sugar compete for the same biological pathway, and sugar is burned at such a metabolic rate that it supplants the Vitamin C for extended periods of time. The result is an immune system that is not adequately provided for in a nutritional sense, and one that must combat the siege of sugar that is trying to overtake it. Still think that Vitamin Water is a good health choice? Even Coca-Cola (linked to Vitamin Water) stated that consumers should do more work researching a product before believing its advertisement’s claims.

I could spend all day talking about insulin and diabetes, but I probably don’t need to. More youths than ever are being diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Eat the sugar, pay the price, and it could be one that lasts a lifetime. You can make the difference in your own health and the health of those around you. Believe in your ability to make the right choices now!


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