Sugar has many names and comes in many different forms.
|White granulated sugar
||Fruit juice concentrate
||Milk sugar – lactose
|Raw (Turbinado) Sugar
||Bread, cereal, pasta,
||White rice, white potato
||Chips, chocolate, lollies
||High fructose corn syrup
Sugar is sugar, whether it is white, brown, or raw. Even natural sugars in abundance can harm your health and delay or prevent healing. Most likely you have heard your parents or grandparents say things like:
‘Everything in moderation’
‘A little bit won’t hurt’
‘Eliminating any food group is dangerous’
‘Nothing wrong with a sweet tooth’
‘It’s fuel for the brain’
‘He or she’s active, they’ll burn it off’
But the truth is that the majority of people in Western civilizations are consuming well above the recommended daily intake for ‘free’ sugar.
The term ‘Added’ sugar is used to describe added sugars such as sucrose, fructose, dextrose, lactose, and sugar syrups such as glucose syrup. The term ‘Free’ sugar extends this definition to include sugars that are naturally present in honey, fruit juice, and fruit juice concentrates. In 2015 the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a recommendation that both adults and children reduce their intake of free sugars to less than 10% of total dietary energy to help reduce the impact of obesity, dental caries, and non-communicable disease.
An Australian Health Survey: Consumption of added sugars, 2011-2012 revealed the following:
- Australians consumed an average of 60 grams of free sugars per day (equivalent to 14 teaspoons of white sugar. That’s over 5100 teaspoons per year, almost 22kg.)
- Teenage males consumed the most free sugar at an average of 92 grams per day. The top 10% consumed up to 160 grams or 38 tsp per day.
- Just over half of all Australians aged 2 years and over exceeded the recommended limits.
The Effects of Sugar?
- Cavities – Rotting teeth
- Damage to all systems of the body: Gastrointestinal, lymphatic/immune, integumentary, musculoskeletal, central nervous system, cardiovascular, digestive, endocrine, renal/urinary
- Sugar is not a food group. It contains no nutrients, no protein, no healthy fats, no enzymes, no vitamins, and no minerals.
- May cause bloating, diarrhea, and flatulence
- May lead to inflammation and toxicity within the liver
- May lead to non-alcoholic fatty liver disease
- May increase ‘bad’ cholesterol and triglycerides
- May contribute to Leptin resistance which in turn can lead to weight gain, cravings, and sleep disturbances
- Promotes premature ageing
- Triggers weight gain
- Feeds cancer cells
- May cause insulin resistance, a stepping stone towards metabolic syndrome and diabetes
- Studies have shown that people who consume large quantities of sugar are at greater risk of getting cancer
- Sugar is highly addictive
- Sugar is a leading contributor to the obesity crisis
- Artificial sweeteners are even worse and may cause a wide range of symptoms: Headache, sleep problems, hallucination, memory loss, nausea and vomiting, dizziness, hives, mood disturbances, rash, fatigue and weakness, diarrhea, and joint pain, just to name a few
Our skilled practitioners can teach you Reduction Strategies and how to use ‘Rainbow Bridges’ to overcome sugar cravings and addiction