Dying a Sweet Death

It is no longer a secret or even a shock to most people that refined sugar causes weight gain and is one of the leading causes of obesity in the world. Sugar is also extremely addictive (causing feeling of highs and lows in the body similar to most drugs).  And the negative side effects are just as bad as drugs, if not worse.

Americans, truly, don’t realize how much sugar they are consuming in one day.  Most soft drinks, juices and even some “health” drinks have anywhere between 5-10 teaspoons of sugar in each 8 oz. serving. Can you imagine putting 8 oz. of water in a cup and then adding 10 teaspoons of white sugar and then drinking it? Well this is exactly what you are doing when you drink any kind of soft drink, juice and most other drinks on the market today.

 It’s not just drinks that are loaded with sugar.  Most cereals and packaged foods have sugar (or some form of sugar) listed as the first or second ingredient (which means it is the ingredient in the highest quantity).

The following words on a nutritional label mean “sugar” and should probably be avoided:

• Corn Sweetener, Corn syrup, or corn syrup solids, Dehydrated Cane Juice, Dextrin, Dextrose, Fructose,Fruit Juice Concentrate, Glucose, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Honey, Lactose, Maltodextrin, Malt syrup,Maltose, Maple syrup, Molasses, Raw sugar, Rice Syrup, Saccharose, Sucrose, Syrup, Treacle, Turbinado Sugar, Xylose

What Problems are Caused by Sugar Consumption?

  • Sugar is highly acid forming.  This means that sugar consumption throws off your pH balance so that your blood and other important become more acidic. The more acidic your body becomes, the greater the likelihood for disease to flourish.
  • The consumption of sugar suppresses the immune system almost instantly, lowering the body’s natural defenses and making it less capable of fighting harmful pathogens.
  • Sugar upsets the body’s chemistry. Sugar consumption increases the rate at which you excrete calcium. And since there is no calcium in the sugar you are eating, your body must forfeit its own calcium reserves, like those of your bones and tissues in order to process the sugar. So eating sugar on a regular basis (every day) can lead to porous bones and therefore osteoporosis,

You Can Change Quickly

Fortunately for those looking for a lean, defined body, once you stop eating sugar, your addiction will quickly disappear.  People who are “on” sugar crave it all the time.  People who are “off” sugar, don’t even miss it.  Weaning yourself off sugar and sugar containing products will cause a drastic and immediate change in your weight.  The first few days may be a bit of a “detox” (just like a drug) but these symptoms quickly disappear (and so do the pounds!)