Oh my goodness….sugar is so tasty and everything containing sugar is so tasty….no doubt about it.
I was in a situation the other day where we were invited to an “ice-cream” function where you could have any and all flavors of ice-cream, toppings etc….. and as much as you wanted. I NEVER eat “conventional” treats like this but it was so hard to resist. I had two scoops of ice cream, one was Cookies n’Cream and the second was Rocky Road. I was in a sugar heaven. It was so darn tasty, I said to my sister who was with me at the time, that I totally understand how people could become addicted to this stuff.
Becoming a sugar addict is as easy as one, two, three.
Sugar is pervasive in our food supply. If you are eating anything altered from it’s original form…it’s likely to have sugar in it…in some form or another. There is sugar in ketchup, salad dressings, refined carbohydrates, condiments, junk food, desert type foods etc.
Go to your cupboards and refrigerator and read the labels of foods you would not expect any sugar to show on the label and….ta da….sugar.
It’s not good that sugar has taken the front and center of our daily diet. Even if we think we aren’t eating sugar, we are. The only way to avoid sugar is to eat an entirely whole food diet with everything made from scratch with your own hands and whole ingredients.
With the rise in sugar consumption in society, there is a rise in disease. For the purpose of this post, I relate sugar to cancer.
Cancer cells feed on sugar and turn into well fertilized cells that rapidly multiply and become tumors.
Studies show, without a doubt, that cancer cells breakdown sugar and stimulate tumor growth. This is called the Warburg effect. The research reveals that “hyperactive sugar consumption of cancer cells leads to a vicious cycle of continued stimulation of cancer development and growth”. Cancer cells breakdown sugar more than regular cells do, turning glucose into lactic acid, which has been linked to tumor growth.
Here are some basic sugar facts I’ve taken from an article in Natural News.
- Consuming added sugars or any sugars added in the preparation of foods, which may include sucrose, high fructose corn syrup and others, in the diet is something to be cautious about. People in the US/Canada consume about 66 pounds of sugar per person, each year, on average.
- The AMA suggests women should not exceed 6 teaspoons or 25 grams of added sugar per day, while 9 teaspoons or 38 grams is the limit for men. The World Health Organization suggests adults and children lessen their daily intake of sugar to not more than 10% of their daily energy. (1 tablespoon of ketchup contains approximately 5 grams of sugar…1/2 cup of standard vanilla ice cream has about 13 grams of sugar and most people would serve themselves more than 1/2 cup). See how quickly you can exceed the safe limits of this “white death” as it’s known in health circles.
- Eating high sugar foods is not good for your physical body. As well as cancer fertilizer, sugar also slows down cognitive functions, ages skin more rapidly, stokes obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and even stunts your appetite for healthier foods making you reach for more sugary foods. Sugar also speeds up cell oxidation increasing risk of liver and kidney failure and eye health is affected too.
Sugar is bad for us. There is no doubt. Studies all show the same results.
We need to STOP eating sugar. Or consciously try to count your sugar grams per day and try to keep it in the healthy range mentioned above.
It’s like putting fertilizer and water on your front lawn. The grass grows greener and faster….similar to sugar on a damaged cell. Rapid expansion.
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”.