Thursday, 12 April 2012

A Close Relationship With Sugar

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Sugar is an anti-nutrient that harms our health in a number of ways.
Sugar is a white, addictive, powder-like substance that results in harmful physiological and psychological changes in its users. Unfortunately, this innocent white little substance is becoming a major worldwide health problem and most people don’t even realize it.

Refined sugar is lethal for human consumption because it has been depleted of its life forces, vitamins and minerals, rendering it “empty”.
in the refining process everything of food value has been removed except the carbohydrates-pure calories, without vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, enzymes or any of the other elements that make up food. nutrition experts say that white sugar is extremely harmful, possibly as harmful as a drug.

Through heating and mechanical and chemical processing, all vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats, enzymes and indeed every nutrient is removed until only the sugar remains. Sugar cane and sugar beets are first harvested and then chopped into small pieces, squeezing out the juice, which is then mixed with water. This liquid is then heated, and lime is added.
Moisture is boiled away, and the remaining fluid is pumped into vacuum pans to concentrate the juice. By this time, the liquid is starting to crystallize, and is ready to be placed into a centrifuge machine where any remaining residues (like molasses) are spun away. The crystals are then dissolved by heating to the boiling point and passed through charcoal filters.

After the crystals condense, they are bleached snow-white usually by the use of pork or cattle bones. During the refining process, 64 food elements are destroyed. All the potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron, manganese, phosphate, and sulfate are removed. The A, D, and B, vitamins are destroyed.

Refined sugar contains no fiber, no minerals, no proteins, no fats, no enzymes, only empty calories. What happens when you eat a refined carbohydrate like sugar? Your body must borrow vital nutrients from healthy cells to metabolize the incomplete food. Calcium, sodium, potassium and magnesium are taken from various parts of the body to make use of the sugar. Many times, so much calcium is used to neutralize the effects of sugar that the bones become osteoporotic due to the withdrawn calcium.

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Junk food during pregnancy may increase the risk of miscarriage.
Find out where sugar is hiding:
We do not have to consume white, refined sugar to be consuming sugar. Sugar includes glucose, fructose (as in fruit sugar), lactose (as in milk), sucrose (as in table sugar), maltose or malts (as in rice malt and honey), jam (contains concentrated juice, which is high in fruit sugar), maple syrup, corn syrup, palm sugar (traditionally used in macrobiotic cooking), and the very deceiving organic brown sugar, which is not all that different from white sugar. Even alcohol is a sugar. All of these sugars are problematic in many different ways.

When it comes to convenience and packaged foods, let the ingredients label be your guide, and be aware that just because something boasts that it is low in carbs or a "diet" food, doesn’t mean it’s free of sugar.
Candy - Chocolate bars, hard candies, mints and gums
Soft drinks - Sodas, flavored drinks with a low percentage of juice as opposed to sugar content
White bread - Made with white flour, this starchy food has to be fortified to give the appearance of a healthy food
White rice - High in starch and natural sugars
Olios - Margarine, butter, shortening, and other spreads
Alcohol - Beer, wine, and hard liquors
Fast foods - Staples like hot dogs and burgers, French fries, fried chicken and other foods traditionally fried in fattening oils and olios.

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 Sugar-laden soft drink.
Sugar is to be avoided'? Definitely!
Despite the numerous warnings by health authorities of the ill effects of sugar, the majority of the population is still consuming sugar on a daily basis in some form or other.

Sugar makes the blood very thick and sticky, inhibiting much of the blood flow into the minute capillaries that supply our gums and teeth with vital nutrients. Therefore, we wind up with diseased gums and starving teeth.
Sugar contributes to diabetes.
Sugar can decrease growth hormone (the key to staying youthful and lean)
Sugar feeds cancer. Sugar consumption along with refined grains is associated with the increase breast cancer, and cancers of the colon and stomach.
Sugar increases cholesterol, sugar can weaken eyesight
Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children
Sugar can interfere with the absorption of protein.
Sugar causes food allergies
Sugar can contribute to eczema in children
Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease
Sugar can impair the structure of DNA
Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children
Sugar contributes to the reduction in defense against bacterial infection (infectious diseases)
Sugar greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections)
Sugar contributes to osteoporosis
Cancer of the Pancreas - Eating lots of sugar and sugar -sweetened foods and sugar laden soft drinks could increase a person's likelihood of developing cancer of the pancreas.
Sugar is linked to premature births. High sugar consumption of pregnant young females has been observed to lead to premature births and children that are small for their gestational age at delivery.
Eating sugar can make you feel weak and tired; it zaps your energy.
Eating too many refined sugars disturbs the normal sleep cycle.

With lots of proven reasons why sugar is bad for us, is there perhaps one single reason as to why we might need it? The only interesting thing about sugar is that it tastes good and makes us temporarily feel good.

Stevia, an herb, is a chemical-free sugar alternative with zero calories. If you crave something sweet and caffeinated, go for herbal tea, fresh fruit juice or milk shake instead. And if you need a quick but healthy energy boost at work, why not grab a handful of fresh grapes or strawberries? In the long run, slow-burning complex carbohydrates like fruits and vegetables will give you more energy anyway.
To improve eating habits consume calories that will prove beneficial to your body and experiment with well-thought out replacements. For a sweet snack, enjoy some fruit instead of candy or bake using honey, molasses, or stevia leave powder in the place of sugar. Replace soda with water or other non sugar drinks. 
Removing sugar from your diet is a good step toward better health and a longer life. 

4 comments:

  1. SubhanAllah, you are very right except on the last paragraph. Recommending drinking a diet soda or eating stevia is horrid advice considering that saccharin(the core ingredient in sweet n low and other such things, as well as what makes diet soda sweet) is 10x's worse for you than sugar ever could be.

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  2. someone needed to write on this... kudos, great work! :)

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  3. omg!!!! this is scary!!!!!!!! i love sweet stuff n to b honest im addicted to it. :(

    Silla

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  4. @Um Dayo: I agree with you diet soda is also bad for ones health... :)

    @quartertoinsane: Thank you... :)

    @Farsilla: Try to limit sugar intake... :)

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