Here in this article, I would like to show you that Sugar is anything but Natural.
Some say "stay with sugar, you know what it is" and it's true that we need to keep away from the perils of Aspartame, Sucralose and other Synthetic Sweeteners that have bitter consequences to our health.
I intend to show you it is not good to Sugar because Sugar-Sweet can become Sour when it comes to our health. The Sugar Habit can be overpowering I know, as someone who got acutely anemic at the age of 30 - never liked sugar much before and got addicted to Peppermint TicTacs, finding them refreshing I lost my appetite for food most of the time. And it was the concentrated sugar content that kept me on them. This concentrated sugar would continually pick my mood level up and drop it down - I did not know
what was happening to me!
I THOUGHT I WOULD INCLUDE THIS POST BECAUSE OF THE
AFFECTS OF SUGAR ON OUR BRAIN AND MOOD LEVEL
IF THAT IS ALRIGHT WITH YOU?
Everywhere, these days, there's SUGAR in everything almost
and it's a Culprit that deserves our contempt if we wish to protect our Health
- mentally, physically and emotionally - especially our kids.
It is not fair to see some kids obese and unhealthy even before they grow up
It is not right to see Health Stores marketing 'Organic Sugar' in the name of health.
Friends, that is a sneeky compromize. Anything for the Dollar!
ALL Synthetic Sweeteners are comprised OR adulterated with Nasty Chemicals
and Sugar is not far behind them because it goes through a Unnatural Process that actually
changes it into a chemical. This takes place in the separation and crystallization
of all sugars - the so-called raw sugar and brown sugar included.
Sugar Cane will not be of any benefit to your health
whatsoever because the nutrients are all stripped away leaving you nothing
but empty calories.
What Eating Too Much Sugar Does to Your Brain
David DiSalvo from Neuronarrative
Overeating, poor memory formation, learning disorders, depression — all have been linked in recent research to the over-consumption of sugar. And these linkages point to a problem that is only beginning to be better understood: what our chronic intake of added sugar is doing to our brains.
While a healthy diet would contain a significant amount of naturally occurring sugar (in fruits and grains, for example), the problem is that we're chronically consuming much more added sugar in processed foods, often in the rapidly absorbed form of fructose.
That's an important clarification because our brains need sugar every day to function. Brain cells require two times the energy needed by all the other cells in the body; roughly 10% of our total daily energy requirements. This energy is derived from glucose (blood sugar), the gasoline of our brains. Sugar (naturally occurring in food) is not the brain's enemy—
added sugar is.
Research indicates that a diet high in added sugar reduces the production of a brain chemical known as brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). Without BDNF, our brains can't form new memories and we can't learn (or remember) much of anything. Levels of BDNF are particularly low in people with an impaired glucose metabolism—diabetics and pre-diabetics—and as the amount of BDNF decreases, sugar metabolism worsens.
David DiSalvo is a science and technology writer working at the intersection of cognition and culture. He is the author of three book titles on brain health and he is frequently interviewed about science and technology topics, including appearances on NBC Nightly News and
CNN Headline News.
The Added Sugar David referring to is cane sugar in candy, added to tea and coffee, sugar granuels (white sugar, raw sugar and brown sugar) we have on our breakfast and in cakes and biscuits etc excessive fruit juice intake and high fructose corn syrup that is added to commercial drinks sold in supermarkets and most snack foods these days.
THAT'S A LOT!!!
In the 1950’s Dr. William Coda Martin launched a battle against the refined sugars present in foods and drinks. So the knowledge of the adverse effects of sugar on health reaches as far back as then. In 1957 he explained how toxic food substances affect our mind and body adversely. The importance of these truths have been ignored for years by Governments, the Medical Profession and Education ever since apart from advice to diabetics and dieters.
What about the following important issues?
Why Sugar Is Toxic To The Body
Dr. Martin classified refined sugar as a poison because it has been depleted of its life forces, vitamins and minerals. "What is left consists of pure, refined carbohydrates. The body cannot utilize this refined starch and carbohydrate unless the depleted proteins, vitamins and minerals are present. Nature supplies these elements in each plant in quantities sufficient to metabolize the carbohydrate in that particular plant. There is no excess for other added carbohydrates. Incomplete carbohydrate metabolism results in the formation of 'toxic metabolite' such as pyruvic acid and abnormal sugars containing five carbon atoms. Pyruvic acid accumulates in the brain and nervous system and the abnormal sugars in the red blood cells.These toxic metabolites interfere with the respiration of the cells. They cannot get sufficient oxygen to survive and function normally. In time, some of the cells die. This interferes with the function of a part of the body and is the beginning of degenerative disease."
Refined sugar is lethal when ingested by humans because it provides only that which nutritionists describe as "empty" calories. It lacks the natural minerals which are present in the sugar beet or cane.
In addition, sugar is worse than nothing because it drains and leaches the body of precious vitamins and minerals through the demand its digestion, detoxification and elimination makes upon one's entire system. So essential is balance to our bodies that we have many ways to provide against the sudden shock of a heavy intake of sugar” it actually draws from our reserves of these vital nutrients depleting them over time (abbreviated).
SUGAR AND MENTAL HEALTH
In the Dark Ages, troubled souls were rarely locked up for going off their rocker. Such confinement began in the
Age of Enlightenment, after sugar made the transition from apothecary's prescription to candymaker's confection. "The great confinement of the insane", as one historian calls it,10 began in the late 17th century, after sugar consumption in Britain had zoomed in 200 years from a pinch or two in a barrel of beer, here and there, to more than two million pounds per year. By that time, physicians in London had begun to observe and record terminal physical signs and symptoms of the "sugar blues".
Meanwhile, when sugar eaters did not manifest obvious terminal physical symptoms and the physicians were professionally bewildered, patients were no longer pronounced bewitched, but mad, insane, emotionally disturbed. Laziness, fatigue, parental displeasure-any one problem was sufficient cause for people under twenty-five
to be locked up in the first Parisian mental hospitals.
Initially, when the General Hospital was established in Paris by royal decree, one per cent of the city's population was locked up. From that time until the 20 century, as the consumption of sugar went up and up-especially in the cities-so did the number of people who were put away in the General Hospital.
Three hundred years later, the "emotionally disturbed" can be turned into walking automatons,
their brains controlled with psychoactive drugs.
Today, pioneers of orthomolecular psychiatry, such as Dr. Abram Hoffer, Dr. Allan Cott, Dr. A. Cherkin as well as Dr. Linus Pauling, have confirmed that mental illness is a myth and that emotional disturbance can be the first symptom of the obvious inability of the human system to handle the stress of sugar dependency.
In Orthomolecular Psychiatry, Dr. Pauling writes: "The functioning of the brain and nervous tissue is more sensitively dependent on the rate of chemical reactions than the functioning of other organs and tissues.
I believe that mental disease is for the most part caused by abnormal reaction rates, as determined by genetic constitution and diet”.
Extracts from Sugar Blues, © 1975 by William Dufty
It’s late in the day friends, that’s why these Issues are now being addressed by dedicated professional researchers and scientists. You can be sure that most general practitioners and specialists will remain ignorant for some time.
Is Sugar Toxic? Insane But True Things
by Jedha Dening Nutritionist (MNutr.Bssc)
People are consuming astronomical amounts of sugar
Compared to 100 years ago we now consume more than 100% more sugar. Going from a mere 10 pounds per person per year, to an estimated 130-180 pounds per person per year! That statistic is incredible but believable. Sugar is hidden in so many modern foods, so most of the time it is being consumed unknowingly. All of those common processed and packaged food are made from refined carbohydrates that convert into sugar in your body.
Sugar is equivalent to cocaine
Eric Stice, a neuro scientist, studies how sugar affects the brain. As if we didn’t know already but sugar is highly, highly addictive! In fact you may be surprised to know that it activates the brain in the same way as cocaine. It is literally as addictive as this highly potent drug! And just like a drug, the more sugar we eat, the more we build up a dependence, it blunts the response in our brain so we need to eat more and more and more.
Consumption of sugar is also linked to mental/emotional conditions of the brain such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, ADD/ADHD, bipolar, cognitive disorders and many others. It causes chemical reactions in both our bodies and our brain as Eric Stice clearly shows in his studies.
Sugar is a killer
So is sugar toxic? Well according to the definitions given above, yes sugar is highly toxic!
Although we might like to think we can get away with eating it, our bodies do not lie. And the millions of people’s bodies around the world suffering from illness do not lie!
Sugar has been linked in many studies by many researchers all around the world to the development of heart disease, obesity, hypertension, type 2 diabetes, cancer, and even death! Certainly it’s not always the whole picture, but it is one of the largest contributors.
Lewis Cantly, a cancer researcher, has been studying sugar as a main contributer to the rise in cancer. He says that this is because insulin causes so many adverse affects to cells in the body. Eating sugar equals increased insulin! So limiting our sugar intake decreases our chances of contracting cancer. Refer to the paragraph above where it states how the cells don’t get enough oxygen to function. And in the video below Dr Cantly shows how sugar feeds cancer cells.
Another study by Kimber Stanhope, a nutritional biologist, shows that participants consuming sugar had increased blood levels of LDL cholesterol (the bad stuff), and cardiovascular disease. This can happen in just 2 weeks of increased sugar intake, so imagine what years can do to our cholesterol and heart condition.
Why Sugar Makes Us Sleepy – And Protein Wakes Us Up
By Jonah Lehrer
Consider the orexin system. Secreted by a small cluster of neurons in the hypothalamus, orexin is a neuropeptide that regulates an astonishing array of mental properties, from sleepiness to hunger. People with chronically low levels of orexin suffer from narcolepsy and obesity; many also have cataplexy, which occurs when the experience of strong emotions triggers a sudden weakening of skeletal muscles. (Laughter makes them go limp.) Studies have shown that injecting mice with orexin increases metabolism, largely because it makes the animals more active. The reverse is also true: low levels of orexin make people feel rundown and tired. This helps explain the mechanics of sleep deprivation, as keeping monkeys awake for extended periods all but silences their orexin cells. (However, studies show that the exhaustion can be quickly cured with an injection of the peptide.) In many respects, orexin acts like an internal gas pedal, as even slight twitches in the system can dramatically shift levels of activity.
The reason the orexin system is so important is that it links the needs of the body to the desires of the mind. Several studies have demonstrated that the intake of sugar can decrease the activity of orexin cells, which is probably why we want to nap after a carb heavy lunch. This phenomenon also begins to explain the downward spiral of obesity triggered by our warped modern diet. Because we eat lots of refined sugars, washing down Twinkies with cans of Coke, we continually reduce levels of orexin in the brain, which then reduces levels of physical activity. In other words, we get fat and sleepy simultaneously.
However, not every food has such perverse consequences. It’s long been recognized that meals high in protein are both more filling and less exhausting, which is why we’re always being told to snack on almonds and follow the Zone Diet, with its balance of carbs, protein and fat. (This study, for instance, found that protein rich breakfasts significantly improved cognitive performance.) Although the biological mechanism behind this dietary wisdom has always been unclear, that’s beginning to change – we finally understand why consuming protein can be an effective weight loss tool. The answer returns us to orexin.
According to a new paper in Neuron led by scientists at the University of Cambridge, consuming foods high in protein can increase the activity of orexin neurons. This, in turn, leads to increased wakefullness and bodily activity, helping us burn off the calories we just consumed.
Sugar disturbs hormonal balance.
Sugar excess can set you up for insomnia.
Sugar creates spikes in your Insulin levels.
Sugar is 1 Atom away in chemistry structure to Cocaine.
Sugar intake elevates stress Cortisol levels.
Sugar daily intake is prematurely Aging like smoking.
Sugar adversely affects our Vision like too much TV
Sugar contributes to inflammation like coffee.
Sugar affects our memory like margarine does.
Sugar can sabotage your body and cause fat storage.
Sugar can set you up for Lethargy and Fatigue.
Sugar intake is more than mischievous it's dangerous!
Artificial Sugars are not a solution - don't opt for 10x worse.
Sugar is a legal drug without boundaries.
Sugar can impair our DNA function.
So as we can see, Sugar is no friend to have after-all when it comes to sweet comfort foods.
Not so sweet - Not so comforting.
What other ways does this friend/foe effect our health, need more Info?
That's OK, go to my SUGAR FACTS page.
I have easy to understand Info collated into separate lists for
Women - Mothers and Babies - Children - Aging Factors - Elderly
It was a lot of work. You will also find YouTube videos there!
IGNORANCE IS NOT BLISS
But Do Avoid Artificial Sweeteners - Don't Opt for Them!
Artificial Sweeteners and Excessive Sodium lead to Kidney Function Decline, Weight Gain, Diabetes, Cancer, and Heart Disease.
According to studies of 3,000 women over an 11-year period, excessive intake of sodium and sweetened beverages correlate with kidney function. In a second study, women who drank two or more servings per day of artificially sweetened soda doubled their odds of kidney function decline.
Scientific studies have linked artificial sweeteners and/or diet soda to weight gain, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease.
As a society, we disregard these possible dangers to the detriment of our health. We have grown accustomed to the intense saltiness of restaurant meals and processed foods, and the intense artificial sweetness of Aspartame, Acesulfame K, and Sucralose. By cutting these harmful substances out of our diets, we can begin to enjoy the more subtle flavors of natural whole foods, and benefit our kidneys in the process.
JOEL FUHRMAN, M.D
This Post is originally from my profession health site
Sugar is Not Natural, Affect on Our Mood and Brain