Affects of Sugar on the Body
AFFECTS OF SUGAR ON THE BODY….and what to do about it.
By Sharon Murphy
Consumers are being told the biggest lie in history. The effects of sugar are being denied and the addiction rate is not even a blip on the radar. Sugar is 8 times more addictive than cocaine according to research unearthed in documentary FED UP by Stephanie . Americans are reaching, in epidemic proportions, a health crisis situation. Diet related diseases are the greatest cause of death in the U.S. In the last 50 years the number of people affected by diabetes, heart disease and obesity, especially in children and teens, have amplified dramatically.
This begs the question: How much sugar is OK? The answer: For women its 6 teaspoons and for men 9 per day.
Today, whether from soda, snacks, cereal, pasta, bread or other packaged foods, Americans each eat the equivalent of 22 teaspoons of sugar a day (teens get 34!), adding up to over 70 pounds of sugar per person, per year. And in just 32 ounces of soda, you (or your teen) can easily consume at least a quarter pound of sugar a day.
According to Rachel K. Johnson, lead author of a paper published in the American Heart Association (AHA) journal Circulation, too much sugar not only makes Americans fat, but also is a key culprit in diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. The typical American high-sugar diet is also a major factor in the development of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease as well.
Sugar raises blood glucose, triggers abnormal insulin surges, and makes us hungry and fat. It also reduces HDL cholesterol (the “good” kind), skyrockets triglycerides, converts the less-harmful large LDL particles to the much more harmful: small LDL particles. These contribute greatly to inflammation in the body.
The food industry knows the earlier they introduce foods high in sugar to consumers the more likely they will have a customer for life.
The chemical reaction in your brain counter balances your will power and exercise. We were told that if we exercised we would burn calories. To burn off a regular size serving of cake a child would have to bike for 1 hr and 15 minutes; 1 cookie would take 20 minutes of jogging; 1 medium order of fries would take 1 hr and 20 minutes of swimming to burn off those calories. Most of us when confronted with those facts would not put down the cookie.
Universities, the FDA and the USDA are financially connected to the Food Industry and the Sugar Association. Lobbyists are paid to keep their bosses in business making lots of money. They are not willing to give up funding that would negatively impact their benefactors.
“Lite” became the solution to eating fat. Americans were told that fat makes you fat. All of these “lite” diet foods appeared that were “fat free”. But Americans are not healthier or slimmer because the fat has been removed. Once you remove the fat it tastes like nothing. So the food industry added sugar in the form of High Fructose Corn Syrup. Its cheep and readily available. It is a concentrated form of sugar that our bodies cannot process so it turns it into fat cells. Now all corn, unless it is organic, is Genetically Modified. That means it is sprayed down with pesticides to remove any unwanted weeds that would interfere with yielding the maximum amount of crops. Those pesticides don’t go away. Even when food is highly treated traces remain and find their way into our bodies.
The fundamental problem no one is talking about or willing to admit is that our food is making us sick.
Here are a few SOLUTIONS:
1) Reduce and eventually stop drinking all sugared drinks: colas, bottled flavored water, tea. Read the labels!!! Beer and alcohol put pounds on that are hard to lose.
2) Drink ½ your body weight in water per day. If you weigh 150# you would drink
75 ounces of water/day. That’s less than an 8 oz glass every hour.
3) Use maple syrup, honey or real Stevia. Granulated Stevia is processed beyond recognition.
4) Check out the LOW GLYCEMIN INDEX/LOAD – this tells you which foods have the
5) Read the labels!!! The sugar industry and the food industry do NOT want you to know
how much sugar is in their products. Be smart not sick!!!!
6) Be patient. We gain weight over a long period of time…losing it will take a while.
Take the 21 day challenge: Stop using any kind of sugar for just 21 days….3 weeks.
What’s 3 weeks out of your life if it will help you become healthier?
After 3 weeks go back to using sugar just like you did. You will be amazed at how sweet things are!!! Your taste buds will have started to adjust and so will your brain.
7) Educate yourself. Here are some Websites and documentaries to start you off:
In Search of Balance
The Human Experiment