November 07, 2017
Sugar is a chemical combination of Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen; it is a large group of carbohydrates that are soluble in water, and sweet to the taste. Depending on how the Carbon, Hydrogen and Oxygen are combined or uncombined, we get sucrose (cane or beet sugar), glucose or dextrose (grape sugar), maltose (malt sugar), fructose, levulose (honey or fruit sugar), lactose (milk sugar), etc.
Sugar has no vitamins or minerals so has no health benefits, it contains 16 calories per teaspoon but contains none of the B vitamins, chromium, magnesium, zinc or other trace minerals that the body needs in order to digest and metabolise it, therefore it robs you of your vitamins and minerals that are necessary for other body functions.
Your body could be using these nutrients for more important purposes such as fighting infections, warding off allergies, or just plain energy.
Sugar has an effect on your immune system, studies show that there is a reduction in antibody production when people have as little as 18 grams of sugar, about as much as what you’d find in half a can of soda. These antibodies are needed to fight foreign invaders. Eating just 3 oz of sugar can result in a 50% reduction of the ability of the white blood cells to kill viruses and bacteria for up to five hours.
Sugar also has effects such as:
Minerals are important for body functions and when these become imbalanced and fluctuate for too long disease occurs.
Sugar is everywhere, which is why I advise to not eat processed foods, as there is hidden sugar. Some of the things you will find it in are:
Sugar can be disguised by manufacturers under different names such as:
Please note that artificial sugars as a substitute is not a healthy option.
I recommend a herb called “stevia” that isn’t sugar but gives the sweet taste, but sometimes the aftertaste can be bad. Other good substitutes are pure unfiltered honey, pure maple sugar, or date sugar. They are sweet and seem to be well tolerated and have a greater nutritional value.
When you eat too much sugar it gives you that initial rush with an increase in your blood sugar level, after being temporarily energised the initial rush drops dramatically and so does your blood sugar level. Your moods change with the sugar change, you go from being happy and awake to being down and irritated. This rebound effect can occur within 1 hour of eating sugar. It is estimated that up to 30% of depressed patients show some sensitivity to sugar.
When you eat sugar it makes your body excrete chromium which is used to help your body build calorie-burning lean tissue. Equally when you are deficient in chromium your body craves sugar, which then sugar depletes your body’s chromium supplies, and the cycle continues.
Instead of eating something sweet when you crave sugar eat protein instead to beat the cycle. Sugar is like a drug that you are addicted to, you have to be weaned off and will suffer withdrawal symptoms.
To start kicking the sugar habits get your chromium here.
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