I decided to post a article about the effects that sugar has on our health since this seems to be a major issue on food nutrition topics. Also since myself and close friends of mine sometimes have issues with controlling sugar consumption, I thought it would be best for all of us to learn a little bit about it.
Americans are swallowing 22 teaspoons of sugar each day, and 2-3 pounds each week, and it’s time to cut way back, the American Heart Association says. By comparison, most women should be getting no more than 6 teaspoons a day, or 100 calories, of added sugar — the sweeteners and syrups that are added to foods during processing, preparation or at the table. For most men, the recommended limit is 9 teaspoons, or 150 calories, the heart group says.
Soft drinks are the biggest culprit
The biggest culprits for the glut of sugar? Soft drinks by far, followed by candy, cakes, cookies and pies.With about 8 teaspoons of added sugar, a regular 12-ounce soft drink will put most women over the recommended daily limit.
Sugar is stripped of all nutrients, the body must `borrow` missing vitamins and minerals required to metabolize sugar from its own tissues. Sugar damages health over time. Sugar is the chief culprit in many diseases and degenerative conditions; it creates havoc with the immune system and contributes to diseases such as obesity, tooth decay, damage to the pancreas, premature aging, osteoporosis, hyperactivity in children and weakening of eyesight. It contributes to the risk of heart disease and autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, asthma, and multiple sclerosis
Insulin also promotes the storage of fat, so excessively eating foods high in sugar make way for rapid weight gain and elevated triglycerides, both of which have been linked to cardiovascular disease.
Sucrose (table sugar), dextrose (corn sugar), and high-fructose corn syrup are processed into just about every item we buy from stores, giving rise to obesity, depression, poor circulation, dull skin, and other ill-health effects. It goes into packaged cereals, sandwich spreads, ketchup, spaghetti sauce, and most microwavable items.
1. Sugar can suppress the immune system.
2. Sugar upsets the minerals in the body.
3. Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children.
4. Sugar produces a significant rise in triglycerides, a leading cause of heart disease.
5. Sugar contributes to the reduction in defense against bacterial infection.
6. Sugar can cause kidney damage.
7. Sugar reduces high density lipoproteins.
8. Sugar leads to chromium deficiency.
9. Sugar leads to cancer of the breast, ovaries, intestines, prostate and rectum.
10. Sugar consumption is the top cause of type II diabetes, as it increases levels of glucose and
11. Sugar causes copper deficiency.
12. Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
13. Sugar raises the level of neurotransmitters called serotonin
14. Sugar weakens eyesight.
15. Sugar can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels).
16. Sugar can produce an acidic stomach.
17. Sugar can raise adrenalin levels in children.
18. Sugar malabsorption is frequent in patients with functional bowel disease.
19. Sugar consumption can cause aging.
20. Sugar consumption can lead to alcoholism.
TIPS TO CUT DOWN ON SUGAR INTAKE
- Eat whole unprocessed foods with nothing added, e.g., whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, fresh fruits and vegetables, and unprocessed meat, poultry, and fish.
- Read all labels! Become familiar with the different names for sugar and make the decision to leave those with sugars on the shelf. Beware of those “fat-free” foods, that may be laden with sugar.
- Eliminate soft drinks, sugared fruit juices, and baked goods made with sugar.
- Replace refined sugars with brown rice syrup, stevia, or maple syrup.
- The best way to get sugar out of the diet? DO NOT HAVE IT IN THE HOUSE!