Why Sugar is Not Good for You

Highly refined and bleached product

White sugar, or sucrose, is a highly refined and bleached product from sugar cane and sugar beets. Sucrose is glucose that is bonded to fructose in the refining process that makes refined white sugar. This product has gone in and out of favour in the past, and today is mostly out of favour as a cause of disease. The problem is that it is highly addictive because of its sweetness (the fructose bond is twice as sweet as glucose alone) and it is in almost every manufactured food you can buy in the grocery store.

Why Sugar is Not Good for You

Why Sugar is Not Good for You

High-fructose corn syrup was established in the United States in the early 1970s as a replacement for the refined sugar at that time, portrayed as evil and bad for you. High-fructose corn syrup was labelled as healthier than sugar and it had a lower cost since it was made from corn, that would help food containing it be more affordable.

Refined sugar (glucose bonded with fructose), and high-fructose corn syrup, put too much fructose in your bloodstream and causes your liver to become over-burdened. Primitive man only had berries, fruits, and wild honey, if he could get it, as the sweet things in the food supply that was available to him. Our bodies evolved with that as its norm in all the aeons of humankind. A primitive man absorbed his fructose in the liver and because he ate so little of it, it caused no problem in his body. It also was not pure but came in fruits, which also had fibre, vitamins and minerals to offset the fructose.

With the advent of sugar cane refining, and later sugar beets, history was changed and now anyone could consume any amount of sugar if he could afford it. Blood sugar levels rose and the body released insulin to help the cells absorb sugar into the bloodstream as high amounts of fructose over-loaded the liver and the pancreas. Humans started to feel the effects and different diseases affected people who ate too much-refined sugar. Other systems in the body were pulled into the problems with high blood sugar and spawned new illness.

Sugar consumption takes a massive toll on your health and causes obesity and chronic disease. High amounts of fructose are the major cause of non–alcohol related fatty liver. It also raises uric acid levels in the blood which causes puts stress on your kidneys, raises your blood pressure and causes chronic inflammation that then causes other diseases. The best thing to do is to avoid all processed foods and watch your fruit intake until you have levelled out the amount of fructose in your diet. If you have developed any of the diseases caused by sugar consumption either directly or indirectly as a result of inflammation, heart disease, for instance, you may not be able to control your health without being prescribed medicine for the rest of your life.

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