Sugar’s Deadly Secrets

Imagine your ancient ancestors…

They were hunter gatherers. How often would they have encountered sugar in their travels? Apart from natural sugars in any fruits, berries and honey the answer is never. Sugar just wasn’t part of their diet. Nature wanted them to take full advantage of any fruit and honey they found, so we never developed any built-in off switch for the fructose component of sugar. High fructose corn syrup is a cheaper, sweeter alternative to sugar which entered mass production in the ’70’s. The body has evolved to shut off your appetite when eating sugar, but with high fructose corn syrup there’s no off switch. The off switch is the production of insulin and leptin which aren’t triggered by corn syrup.

Fast forward to our modern lifestyle and diet…  We have gone from zero added sugar to eating pounds of sugar per week. We are bombarded by sugar every day, it’s incredibly hard to avoid even when you’re trying. Processed foods are notorious for having an overload of sugar – just read the labels carefully. Frequently you will see more than one type of sugar listed. Some examples are:-

  • Galactose – from dairy products
  • Glucose/Dextrose – from honey, fruit and vegetables
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup.
  • Fructose – from fruits and honey
  • Lactose – found in milk (made from glucose and galactose)
  • Maltose – found in barley
  • Saccharose – from sugar cane
  • Sucrose – made from glucose and fructose and from plants

Nature never expected us to consume the massive quantities of sugar we eat today.  So what happens when we get to much sugar in our diet?

Well, lets be frank. Our bodies can only handle 1 teaspoon of sugar in our bloodstream per day. Given that the average glass of unsweetened fruit juice contains the equivalent of 8 teaspoons of sugar, this means we are in serious trouble. If those 8 teaspoons entered our bloodstream unaltered there would only be one outcome – a hyperglycemic coma followed by death. So, why don’t we die?

Our pancreas is our saviour. Our poor pancreas goes into emergency mode  every time we overload with sugar. Eventually we overwork our pancreas and it may stop responding, causing insulin resistance or diabetes.

What does our pancreas do with all that sugar? It converts it into LDL cholesterol (the bad sort) and body fat. This goes a long way to explain why all those “low fat/no fat” foods have not cured obesity. Even worse, low fat foods are often loaded with sugar, making them even more damaging than a higher fat choice.

One glass of unsweetened fruit juice per day will make you gain 5 and half pounds in the course of a year. And it’s not even the calorie count which matters, it’s what the sugar is converted into, for example LDL cholesterol and fat. When you liver’s ability to store fuel (fat) is exceeded the fat gets  stored as body fat.

Beware high insulin levels, they are a predictor of heart disease. The link between heart disease and sugar consumption is established. Sugar causes chronic inflammation of the skin, discolored spots on your skin are advanced glycosylation end-products (AGE) spots, tooth decay, impaired learning performance in children. Sugar is known to “feed” cancer cells, through a process called “anaerobic glycolysis”. Sugar also dampens your immune system because it works so hard to keep your body from dying, your organs don’t get the support they need to work properly.

Obviously it’s not easy to give up sugar. Sugar is addictive. Lab experiments with rats showed the rats preferred sugar to cocaine. Even those already addicted to cocaine preferred to eat sugar.

Sugar has no nutritional value, it’s just empty calories with no fibre, no vitamins, no minerals. In fact is add no benefit at all for your health, worse still your body needs to “borrow” nutrients to metabolize it. It’s a waste of your daily calorie allowance.

Chemical artificial sweetners are not the answer. The harm artificial sweeteners can do would take another series of articles so it won’t be addressed here.  What I can give you now is a solution to help you reduce your sugar consumption.

How to manage your sugar consumption:-
Think before you eat and drink
Avoid processed foods where possible
Read labels and try to buy those with the least sugar added
Drink water instead of sodas or fruit juice

Healthy sugar substitutes are:-
Stevia – from a South American herb
Xylitol – known as birch sugar
Isomalt – from beets
Agave nectar – from the agave plant

This article is written, without scientific jargon, as a layman’s guide to the damage we are doing to our bodies by consuming too much sugar.

Some interesting links are:-
http://www.womentowomen.com/healthyweight/splenda.aspx
http://www.plosone.org/article/info:doi/10.1371/journal.pone.0000698
http://www.healingdaily.com/detoxification-diet/sugar.htm
http://www.beneo-palatinit.com/en/Food_Ingredients/Isomalt/Product_Properties/ISOMALT_Nutritional/


15 Ways to a Healthier New Year.

At this time of year we think about our future and what we would like to achieve in the New Year.  Many of us will have achieving good health and, perhaps, weight loss on our minds.


So it’s time to act on your thoughts and make some beneficial changes, simple things like:-

  1. Stop drinking sodas – drink purified water instead (add a squeeze of fresh lemon juice) or drink green tea with lemon juice.
  2. Drink plenty of water each day – are you hungry or just dehydrated?
  3. Reduce your consumption of bottled fruit juices – make your own.
  4. Reduce your sugar intake (when you stop drinking sodas you’ll get this benefit).  Use only natural sugar substitutes.
  5. Reduce the quantity of processed foods you consume. There are hidden sugars and fats, plus lots of chemical additives you’ll want to avoid. Read labels – if you need a science degree to understand the ingredients you probably shouldn’t eat it.
  6. Reduce your salt intake, use only natural quality salt which is chemical free and contains minerals.
  7. Add flavor with herbs, spices or lemon juice instead of adding salt.
  8. Reduce you fat intake. Consume only healthy fats. Learn more about dietary fats
  9. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Reduce the quantity of meat you consume.  Look at the portions on your plate – make sure vegetables make up 75%.
  10. Make your plate like a rainbow of colors – eat a variety of colorful vegetables.
  11. Use a smaller plate and drink more water.
  12. Learn about Anti Cancer truths
  13. Read about how you can rejuvenate your body at a cellular level.
  14. Learn how an acidic body is bad for you and how to achieve an alkaline body.
  15. Improve your Nutrition Intelligence

Sugar Addiction – Is It Real?

Sugar does seem to be addictive.  It’s certainly very hard to give it up.

Your body learns fast that sugar means energy. A lot of energy running through the system translates into a good overall mood. Unfortunately, the good mood lasts just as long as the amount of sugar in your blood stays above a certain level. Once the amount of sugar drops below that particular level, the mood changes and the body starts craving the next sugar fix that will make everything feel good again. In this respect, sugar seems to operate just like any other psychoactive substance like adrenaline. Your body can get high on all these substances and will react adversely if it doesn’t get it’s fix – that’s an addiction.  An innocent addiction? Perhaps, but the swings can impact on your pancreas’ ability to produce insulin, increasing your risk of getting diabetes.


The Sugar Addicts’ Diet focuses on breaking the addiction to sugar in order to prevent the mood swings that prompt the addict to reach out for one more sugary treat. These mood swings are hard to resist and the promise of the next fix is so tempting that many people have no idea they’re hooked on something that is not healthy. Truth be known, most addicts don’t want to face reality and understand the truth about their addiction and many people hooked on sugar or adrenalin have absolutely no idea that they’re using a substance to prop up their moods.

This diet is largely based on the Glycemic Index approach because its purpose is to weed out the sugary foods and replace them with foods belonging to a lower Glycemic Index that release their sugar content slowly into the bloodstream and do not trigger the rush. The basic idea is to identify hidden sugar in the foods you eat. Many people don’t know that it’s not just sweets or soft drinks that contain sugar, but also a lot of sauces, dips, yogurts and ready-to-eat foods have enough sugar in them to cause the mood swings.

Processed foods have sugar disguised under various names, like:-

  • Glucose
  • Fructose
  • Dextrose
  • Lactose
  • Maltose
  • Sucrose
  • Any kind of syrup

It’s pretty easy to figure that this diet is more of a lifestyle choice than a proper diet. Of course you will lose weight by avoiding the foods rich in sugar, but we cannot be sure if this is the best way to go for a committed user. If you want to lose a certain number of pounds in a certain number of weeks, then you’re probably better off choosing another eating plan because nobody knows how fast you can lose weight under this one. Still, as a long-term maintenance solution, this eating plan is a good idea, especially for those who are used to eating a lot of sweets and are afraid that all those lost pounds will come back.

What are some things you can do to control your sugar intake?

Use a natural sugar substitute – very easy to do – read up on Isomalt – Isomalt Information

Be aware of the Glycemic Index of the food you are consuming – just do a little research – download a Glycemic Index Chart Free GI Chart

Cut out sugar completely – very difficult to do – get some help to Kick Your Sugar Cravings


Choose to Slow Your Aging Process

Is it really possible?  The good news is YES!  HOW?

  • By providing your body with the proper nourishment – read more in our Information Series – Cell Rejuvenation for Optimal Health
  • By providing your body with proper hydration – read more about getting proper hydration Hexagon Water
  • By kicking your sugar cravings – find out more How to Control Your Sugar Intake

It’s Pure, White, Addictive and Deadly.

And just like heroin it’s extremely bad for your health.  What is It?  SUGAR!

We have fallen for the sugar deception – because sugar contains:-

  • no nutrition value

  • no fiber

  • no minerals

  • no vitamins

  • no enzymes

  • only empty calories.

So to metabolize sugar your body must borrow vital nutrients from it’s own stores. Over consumption of sugar also causes an acidic body, along with a list of health problems.

Constant surges of insulin from years of sugar consumption can exhaust your pancreas’ ability to produce insulin, increasing your risk of getting diabetes. Another condition, known as insulin resistance, may also develop, where your body becomes so accustomed to continuous insulin surges that the insulin loses its power to reduce blood sugar levels.

It’s not only diabetics who have to be concerned about sugar intake. Sugar can be totally devastating to your health for many reasons, including the following summary:-

  • Dampening your immune function
  • Making you fat
  • Causing yeast overgrowth
  • Causing chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Causing premature aging
  • Feeding cancer cells
  • Causing tooth decay
  • Causing hyperactivity in children
  • Increasing your risk of cardiovascular disease

Sugar addiction is real and it’s very hard to give up completely, some doctors liken sugar addition to heroin addition.

So what are the alternatives to sugar? Some are highly controversial. There are chemical based sugar substitutes which may have an unpleasant aftertaste and cannot be consumed by everyone (e.g. those with phenylketonuria).  Of course, I would not even think of recommending a chemical based product.

There is one I do recommend:-

ISOMALT – a natural product made from beet plants.  Isomalt is suitable for everyone, including diabetics, children, pregnant women.

Isomalt:-

  • Has half the calories of sugar (4g of sugar has 16kcal – Isomalt has 8kcal)
  • Has no strange aftertaste
  • Has a glycemic index (GI) of 2 (compared to sugars GI of 68)
  • Actually prevents tooth decay by reducing plaque formation
  • Functions as a prebiotic to promote friendly bacteria in the gut
  • Promotes healthy bowel movements
  • Actually reduces the risks of several types of cancer
  • Enhances the taste of food
  • Is suitable for use in baking at high temperatures
  • Helps extend the shelf life of baked goods

So why not do yourself a favor and replace sugar with Isomalt.

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