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Nov 28

What happens if you eat too much sugar? Be afraid!

The results are in and it’s not pretty.  Actually, the evidence has been building for the last 300 years and the results are that we, as a society, are getting fatter and fatter and sicker and sicker.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what’s going on here.

We have a collective sweet tooth.  We like sugar in everything!  I’m no exception.  If it’s prepared, it probably already has sugar, but just in case, I would add more.  Sugar in spaghetti sauce, sugar on oatmeal, sugar in coffee, sugar and cinnamon on toast.  Even sugar on fruit which is pretty much mostly sugar already.

Why do we like sugar so much?  For some reason, we think it tastes good.  And once we start eating it, we become addicted.  We crave it and we have to have it.

What is so bad about sugar?sugar

“Sugar takes a devastating toll on your health. In fact, excessive sugar consumption may be the largest factor underlying obesity and chronic disease in America.

The single largest source of calories for Americans comes from sugar. Just take a look at the sugar consumption trends of the past 300 years:

  • In 1700, the average person consumed about 4 pounds of sugar per year.
  • In 1800, the average person consumed about 18 pounds of sugar per year.
  • In 1900, individual consumption had risen to 90 pounds of sugar per year.
  • In 2009, more than 50 percent of all Americans consume one-half pound of sugar PER DAY—translating to a whopping 180 pounds of sugar per year!

Sugar is loaded into your soft drinks, fruit juices, sports drinks, and hidden in almost all processed foods—from bologna to pretzels to Worcestershire sauce to cheese spread. And now most infant formula has the sugar equivalent of one can of Coca-Cola, so babies are being metabolically poisoned from day one of taking formula” (source:  mercola.com).

hfcs2Not all sugar is alike

Table sugar is sucrose, which is a combination of fructose and glucose.  Our bodies are designed to run on glucose.  Unfortunately, much of the sugar consumed today is in the form of fructose.  High fructose corn syrup (HFCS) is usually 55% fructose and 45% glucose as compared to the 50/50 split of sucrose.

It doesn’t seem like that would be a significant difference, however, due to the quantity of fructose being consumed, the negative effects are much more profound.

If you’re drinking soda, be aware that the fructose in HFCS goes straight to your liver.  It is also turned into fat and is deposited in all the places where you don’t want it; your thighs, hips, and belly.  The fructose also turns off your body’s appetite control system, which results in you eating more.

Suicide by Sugar

Dr. Nancy Appleton has written a book titled “Suicide by Sugar” in which she lists 143 reasons sugar ruins your health.  It’s available on Amazon.

Here are just a few examples from her list:

24.  Sugar can cause premature aging.

25.  Sugar can lead to alcoholism.

26.  Sugar can cause tooth decay.

27.  Sugar can lead to obesity.

28.  Sugar increases the risk of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

29.  Sugar can cause gastric or duodenal ulcers.

61.  Sugar intake is associated with the development of Parkinson’s disease.

62.  Sugar can increase the size of the liver by making the liver cells divide.

73.  Sugar can adversely affect children’s grades in school.

74.  Sugar can cause depression.

75.  Sugar increases the risk of gastric cancer.

What can you do starting NOW?hfcs

Be on the continuous lookout for High Fructose Corn Syrup and eliminate it from your diet.  Shoot for a goal of 25 grams of fructose per day.  Keep in mind that fruit contains fructose too, so you can easily exceed the 25 grams by eating fruit.  For instance, a medium banana has 7.1 grams of fructose, 1/4 cup of raisins has 12.3 grams, and a medium peach has 5.9 grams.

Since fructose is not identified on food labels, a good rule of thumb would be to divide the total sugar in half.  For example, a regular can of Coke has 16 grams of sugar, so 8 of those would be fructose.

There’s one other thing that you want to be aware of.  Even though HFCS is clearly something you want to avoid, it is not as bad as artificial sweeteners, which damage your health even more rapidly than HFCS.

So, for example, if you have to choose between soda sweetened with HFCS (regular soda) or artificial sweeteners (diet soda), choose HFCS.

Also, start cutting down on candy, cake, cookies, chocolate, and all the things that you know are full of sugar.  If you need to add a sweetener, one of the best and safest sweeteners is the herb stevia.

What’s next?sugar less

I know that it can be very confusing to know what to eat and what not to eat.  However, there are some things that are clear and that most health experts agree on.  One of those is that sugar is bad for you and that artificial sweeteners are worse.

The best thing you can do for yourself is to cut down on your sugar consumption.  If you’re brave, you can go cold turkey and give up sweets.

Also, why not find someone who will be on your side, who will have your back and give you the answers and encouragement that you need?  Find a Health Coach.  I happen to know one who would love to work with you.  Click here to schedule an appointment or call me for more information.

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Here’s to you!

Please leave me a comment below.  I’d love to hear from you.

Alice

 

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  1. Damien Parsons

    Fantastic article on sugar! This really puts in perspective what the real causes of health problems are. We cause our own health problems from over doing everything. It seems the biggest issue humans ever face is “moderation”.

    We discover something, and blow it out of proportion.

    I keep reminding myself to cut down on sugar intake, but now I can be certain to do so more. I’ll also refer several people to this so they too can grasp what happens if you eat too much sugar.
    Living a successful lifestyle starts with a healthy lifestyle, and your advice is brilliant for this.

    Keep up this awesome work, and never think you’re not impacting lives in a positive way, because you are!

    1. Alice

      Damien, thanks so much for your kind words. If one person cuts down on their sugar consumption based on this article, it will be well worth writing. Sometimes we just have to hear something many times before we take action.

      1. Damien Parsons

        Or hearing the right information.

        The facts on what it can do are great, but for me was the increase of consumption over the years that caught my attention. Phenomenal numbers and the increase of health issues really coincide with this.

        I’m glad you point out that not all sugars are the same. With this said, we have to understand this clearly when we read the labels of food. Very Deceiving!

        Total sugars and added sugars are completely different, and the numbers written are not a clear statement of the amounts. Recently I read that groups are trying to enforce proper labeling of sugars. Have you looked into this? I recommend if you haven’t.

        1. Alice

          Hi Damien. I have read that the FDA is considering adding a line under “Sugars” that would be “Added Sugars”, however there is no evidence that this would provide any benefit to the consumer. In fact, it would probably confuse people even more.

          I personally don’t see the benefit. Whether it’s inherent to the product or added, it’s still sugar and it needs to be considered further. A high number would be a reason to look at the ingredients to find out where it comes from. That’s where we would find out if it’s HFCS or cane sugar or other sugars.

          Thanks so much for pointing that out. It’s a really great point and you are up on your information. Keep those comments coming!

  2. elizabeth

    Great read very informative

    1. Alice

      Thanks, Elizabeth. I hope you’ll be back for more great information!

  3. Peggy Menke

    Hello, Alice. Very informative, you have pointed out a lot of things that I didn’t know. Thank you for sharing! Peggy

    1. Alice

      Hi Peggy,
      Unfortunately, most of us aren’t aware of the damage that sugar causes to our bodies. I wish I could take back the years and years of eating chocolate and candy. I can tell you that I would have less cavities in my teeth as well as better health over the years. Better late than never!

  4. john

    I had no idea sugar was such a deadly poison. This article really opens eyes to the health crisis we face. It’s only going to get worse with this next generation, I’m afraid.

    1. Alice

      Thanks for your insightful comment, John. I think that more and more of us are becoming aware of the health crisis and are starting to do something about it. That’s why I wanted to be a Health Coach… so that we can turn things around for the next generation. We have to all do our part to get this information into everybody’s hands.

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