According to Wikipedia – sugar was first produced from sugarcane plants in Northern India, after the first century. If you’re looking for some healthier choices for sugar substitutes head over to my article on “Safe Keto Sugar Substitutes“. In this article of Poison By Sugar I am going to tell you some scary truths about this sweet poison we consume without even knowing.
The language of sugar
Understanding what sugar is and what it really means. “Sugar free” is frustrating especially when you are trying to stay away from it. I’m here to clarify some of it for you.
When you see “Sugar Free” this is very misleading. It actually means the product has less then .5 grams of that sweet poison we call sugar.
When you see “no added sugar” this means, the product will not have any added sugars but this does not exclude natural sugars.
This one seems pretty self-explanatory but, when you see “reduced or lowered sugar” this means that in comparison to a similar product it has 25% less of the [not so sweet] sugar per serving.
When you see “unsweetened” this product has no added poison..oops I meant sugar or artificial sweetener.
Let’s get into the different types of sugar, not all of them though because each one is its own article.
5 Popular Poisons
Brown Sugar – is just sugar with molasses added to it, to create that golden brown color. Take a look into how molasses is made yup you guessed it with more of that sugary poison.
Caramel – Is a mix of sugars that were heated slowly with a bit of water and it creates that caramel color. When, you see caramel syrups or sauces, they have just added in cream to the sweet crystals of poison.
Corn Syrup – Also referred to as “glucose syrup” which should tell you a lot already. This is made from the starch of corn and contains maltose, there’s that OSE I told you to look for. Number one indication that it is an undercover sugar.
Toffee – is made by caramelizing sugar or molasses with butter and sometimes flour.
Sucrose – is made by mixing glucose and fructose together, which are both forms of sugar. Take notice of the OSE words.
I am adding in this link to YouTube so you can watch the making of all 5 of these popular poisons yourself.
Sweet or not so sweet sugar
I’m not sure there are any benefits from eating sugar, if at all. I can tell you however, that eating sugar has many, many adverse affects.
The first one and most obvious is tooth erosion, decay and cavity. The second one that immediately comes to mind is obesity, which fuels the fire to more life threatening conditions.
Then we take a look at type 2 diabetes, which isn’t that serious but if you do not control your sugar intake it will be. I realize sugar isn’t the only contributing factor to diabetes type 2, but it is a factor non the less. It sits right alongside of obesity which we know, is caused from too much sugar.
Moving up the ladder to coronary heart disease. The role sugar plays in this more life threatening disease stems from bad cholesterol levels, that would be the LDL we talked about in my article “cholesterol & keto“. An excess of sugar causes arterial build up which is what raises your LDL or bad cholesterol. As well as increasing your bad cholesterol levels that sweet poison we call sugar also causes inflammation. These two factors working against the heart causes insulin resistance and high levels of uric acid, resulting in coronary heart disease. How’s that sweet or not so sweet sugar tasting now?
My favorite organ
Moving onto another major organ we depend on is the brain. Which is very important to keep healthy. Too much sugar can make for a very unhappy brain. Memory is just one function the brain provides us with and a very satisfying one when it works properly.
An excess of sugar can make trouble for your memory and because it creates trouble for memory function this is linked to an illness that is more common now then ever before.
Dementia is a debilitating illness affecting the brain and very sad for everyone involved. I used to work with the elderly and witnessed this firsthand.
Imagine spending over 20 years married to the same person, then you start forgetting who they are. All the time spent together and the memories you made together are slowly fading away. Then you’re just a human shell of what used to exist. Now imagine being the one left behind to slowly watch you’re wife or husband deteriorate daily. It feels like the mourning process will never end and you feel guilty wanting it to end.
Research has proven that the build up of proteins in the brain caused by excess sugar increases your chances of developing dementia or Alzheimer.
More sugary goodness
I previously touched on how sugar affects depression in my article of “depression & keto“. Just to add perspective I’m going to remind you with one staggering study. This study showed that 70,000 women with high sugar intake had a significant rise in depression.
When people hear the word addiction, their mind automatically thinks of either alcohol or drug dependency. Not everyone thinks of sugar addictions, though this is a real thing many people joke about. Sugar raises the feel good hormone in your brain much the same as drugs do. Then with an extreme high follows an extreme low. Because we are creatures of habit and we all like to feel good. We try to reach that feel good high again, before you know it we are dependent on that sugary goodness. In this case its that sweet poison that’s now in the majority of our foods at the grocery store. Which, brings me to my next topic.
The “C” word
This one deserves a title all of its own. This is a big scary word that has touched many lives and continues to grow rapidly.
In 2017 the sugar research foundation (SRF) said they had information that links sugar to cancer and have been linking the two together since the 1960’s.
That one little paragraph alone scares me to no end and it should you too. Especially if you’ve ever been witness to or endured a loved one suffer through this horrible disease.
There are many facts, research and test subject studies with rats that back up this factual paragraph. That being said, if you don’t believe me do the research yourself.
I want you to think about how much money surrounds cancer. Think about chemo treatments, medications, surgeries, hospital visits. Now think even bigger, think about the money invested in those “treatments”.
What I’m about to say next might sound insensitive, but this is the world in which we live now. This world is run on money, faces don’t mean anything we are only numbers.
When we think about what we now know about nicotine and alcohol (both contributing factors to cancer). These products are not illegal even though we know they are extremely harmful.
I’m not an advocate of drugs on any level but we are now talking about the healing properties that cannabidiol has. Just talking about it now, when its healing properties have been known for years. For some reason it was made illegal. Cannabidiol specifically has been proven to shrink tumors. Can we see the big picture now?
Growing sugar babies
We’ve talked about how this popular poison affect us in adulthood and even how it affects our children. Now lets talk about how it affects the growing baby inside you.
Eating too much sugar while growing another human is as bad as doing drugs while pregnant. Look at it this way: if smoking cigarettes and marijuana are gateway drugs, how is excessive amounts of sugar not?
This sweet substance so many are addicted to can actually decrease your babies intelligence and memory function, just like a drug can.
When you ingest too much sugar while carrying a baby you can develop what’s called gestational diabetes or even type 2 diabetes both of which can hurt your growing sugar baby. Gestational diabetes can cause your baby to grow too big in the uterus. She or he can get stuck in the birth canal during labor, this can cause birth injuries. It can also cause your baby to be born prematurely. Premature babies often suffer from respiratory problems, because their lungs are not fully developed. Gestational diabetes can also lead to your baby developing type 2 diabetes or becoming obese.
An excess of sugar can also seep into the placenta and increase your growing babies sugar levels. This can affect your babies taste and like an addiction she/he may crave sugar and end up having withdrawal symptoms.
As someone who grew up with asthma, I can tell you it is far from fun. Imagine being able to take a breath in but not be able to let it back out. I can imagine it would be a lot like drowning.
There have been studies in the past that also link asthma to sugar. For one, being over weight and eating too much sugar causes inflammation which in turn can cause breathing problems. Too much fructose which we know is a form of sugar changes your gut health and that affects your lungs. One study showed that pregnant Mothers who drank sugary beverages every other day had children that developed asthma by age seven.
With all this in mind why do we keep consuming this not so sweet sugar. If we can prevent our children and future generations from horrible diseases like cancer, dementia, Alzheimer, depression, addiction, asthma and heart conditions, why do we continue to poison ourselves and our babies?
Please let me know what you think in the comments below.