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Sugar a sweet poison

Pure white and deadly

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Natural sugar cane

The phrase 'pure white and deadly' has been around for a long time and few people seemed to care until it's too late, but others are awakening and dropping it from their diet.

But why?

We instinctively know that sweet things are safe to eat as in nature sweet foods are safe to eat and mothers may notice that babies will readily eat sweets, but it takes about 15 attempts before the baby will eat savoury foods. This is because we instinctively trust sweet foods, but in nature we eat them with the fibre.

Sugar is a modern food additive that has no nutritional value and is not required for our survival.  Before sugar was introduced archaeological evidence from skeletal remains showed the teeth of Europeans were very good, but after sugar was introduced, tooth decay rapidly became widespread.

History of Sugar

Sugar originated in India. When Alexander the Great invaded India in 325 BC, he found a crude, dark brown substance called jaggery, (gur), which is still used today. Jaggery spread to Japan and China; then to the Middle East. From there, European crusaders took it to the Canary Islands where it was planted and harvested by slaves.  It was from here that Christopher Columbus took sugarcane to Europe. Europeans processed all the goodness out of natural sugar, leaving only the super-sweet, artificially white crystals, which have since become popular throughout the world. Currently, Brazil has the highest per capita production of sugar.

Sugar Refining

Sugar is extracted from sugar beet or, more often, from sugarcane. Sugarcane is a variety of grass that thrives in tropical climates and can grow as high as twenty feet. After harvesting, the cane is shredded and crushed to extract the juice. This is clarified with lime, to remove impurities, and the residue is boiled – until a mixture of crystals and syrup is formed.

These are separated into:

  • Syrup or molasses, which is further refined into treacle and golden syrup.
  • Crystals of ‘raw sugar’. This is the brown sugar preferred by naturalists and health food advocates. This ‘raw sugar’ is already ninety-six percent sucrose. The other four percent is only water, inverted sucrose, dirt, and sugar lice. This raw sugar is then cleaned and polished, giving white crystals that are completely devoid of health-giving nutrients.

Sugar Addiction

John Oliver spells out the problem
of sugar and sugar marketing.

Whenever we consume any substance, the body must make internal adjustments, in order to break it down into its usable components, and to eliminate toxic elements. Certain enzymes are manufactured, hormone secretions are altered, and there are changes in organs – such as: the liver and in the composition of the blood. Every time a substance is taken, the same cycle of internal chemical reactions takes place, and continued use reinforces this cycle.

With addictive drugs, like alcohol or even caffeine, this pathway becomes fixed and there are permanent changes in body chemistry, such that we must take this drug in order to maintain normal bodily activity. If we stop, then the body sends a sharp protest to the brain; and we experience intense desire or craving for that drug. We may experience pain and illness, as the drug pathway breaks down, and a new internal balance is established.

This is not only true of heroin, but also of sugar. Although we do not think of it as such, sugar is a drug; and most people are sugar addicts. There is not only sugar in your tea or in sweets, but also in jams, fizzy drinks, cakes, pastries, baby foods, and most canned products – from puddings, to meat, and vegetables. Try to cut out sugar from your life and see how soon the craving begins.

"Newly unearthed documents reveal that a sugar industry trade group initiated and paid for the studies, examined drafts and laid out a clear objective to protect sugar’s reputation in the public eye." ~ StatNews

White Sugar vs Carbohydrates

Carbohydrates are our source of energy and are an essential part of our diet. White sugar is also a carbohydrate, but is not our only source of energy. Honey, fruit, vegetables; and all grains, especially rice, contain natural sugar – together with many other vital elements essential for health. The tragedy is that we eat more sugar, which has taste and energy-value but nothing else, and less of these other carbohydrate foods, and so deprive ourselves of important nutrients.

Then, we suffer from malnutrition, as a result of addiction to sugar. The level of sugar in our blood must be kept constant. This requires expenditure of energy and work by the body. When we eat natural carbohydrates, these substances are gradually, and slowly, broken down by the processes of digestion, and then enter the blood stream. The level does not rise excessively and can be easily handled by the body. If we bombard our system with excess sugar, we quickly raise our blood glucose level.

This places a demand and stress on the body making  the pancreas release more insulin, and at just the right time. A healthy body copes with this situation, with no trouble at all. However, constant use of large amounts of refined sugar, eventually, causes the body to become unbalanced and diseased; often with diabetes or other degenerative disease.

Sugar is added to most processed foods including bread, cereals, crunchy snacks and desserts, soft drinks, juices, salad dressings and sauces, and then we add sugar to our tea or coffee and may use it to sweeten many raw and whole foods as well. Then there are all our sweet treats and desserts.

Sugar in metabolised by the body and stored as fat,
so if you want to lose weight, don't eat sugar.

Listen to this interview with Dr Robert Lustig which played on Radio NZ on Saturday August 10th 2013.

Prevention is better than cure

Excess sugar plays a key role in diabetes, heart disease, arthritis and many other diseases so we suggest that you become aware of just how much sugar you use daily; the number of spoons of sugar in each cup of tea, how many sweets, how much cake, how much sugar, in its hidden forms. Add up the amount and ask yourself whether you are indulging yourself or not. Some people do not care about their health, until it is too late. Then, when they contract diabetes, or some other disease, they repent and seek help.

Sugar the Bitter Truth

Dr Robert Lustig is a professor of paediatrics at the University of California who's been studying the effects of sugar on appetite and the human body. He reckons sugar is toxic and addictive and is linked to a host of the world's health problems.

This popular video with over 3.7 million views, provides an overview relating sugar in regard to diet, nutrition, energy use, diet and activities. Some parts of the video are technical and the discussion is mostly about fructose which is sweeter than sugar but not as commonly used in New Zealand.

The key points are that sugar equals fat and is a primary cause of heart disease and obesity. Soft drinks contain about 30% sugar which is metabolized like fat, so eating sugar is the same as eating fat.  The only safe sugars are those we get from eating fruit and vegetables and from the digestion of whole grains.

The Sugar Research Foundation, known today as the Sugar Association, paid Harvard scientists to publish a 1967 review of research on sugar, fat and heart disease. The studies used in the review were handpicked by the sugar group, and the article, which was published in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, minimized the link between sugar and heart health and cast aspersions on the role of saturated fat. In other words the SRF lied to deceive the public with falsified scientific evidence.   New York Times

The bottom line

Some of the most insidious uses of sugar as an additive are in baby and infant formulas which undermine a child's health and are implicated in attention deficit disorders as well as other mental problems.

The kale shake recommended in the video above is not recommended for long term use and it's best cooked.

Kale can taste disgusting in a smoothie, but it does wonders for weight loss. When you have the right ingredients, and if you blend it well, (do not juice as you need the fibre) a kale smoothie can be quite yummy.

Here are the ingredients, just dump them in and blend well:

1 cup kale
1 cup berries
1 banana
1 cup soy or rice milk
3/4 cup apple juice
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
cinnamon/spice to taste
Note; you can substitute other leafy green vegetables for variety and remember; you're not juicing, you are making a purée then eating the entire food and not just the juice.

Sugar undermines what is is to be human and helps to enforce our suffering, but artificial sweeteners also make you fat!!.

References
http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/sugar-problem/refined-sugar-the-sweetest-poison-of-all
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/17/magazine/mag-17Sugar-t.html
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/foodanddrink/healthyeating/9987825/Sweet-poison-why-sugar-is-ruining-our-health.html
http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/05/02/is-sugar-toxic.aspx
http://cheatykitchen.com/index.php/2011/02/03/kale-smoothie-for-weight-loss/
JAMA Internal Medicine

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