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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 Poisonssweet-poison

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.

 

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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?

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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?

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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.

 

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61 thoughts on “Poison By Sugar

  1. Hey

    I really love your motivation. I think more people should be aware of the dangers of sugar. It is an addiction that people overlook simply because it is convenient. If we were aware of everything that we eat, maybe we would make conscious decisions to be more healthy, instead of messing up our own bodies.

    Thank you for the insight, it was really eye opening.
    Mel

    1. Thanks Mel,

      I hope more people benefit from reading this material. I have a hard time dealing with the fact that sugar is poisoning slowly and not many seem to care. Thanks for taking the time to read this.

      Have a great day.

  2. I think this is so true and have for a long time. It seems for me my willpower is low, when it comes to sweets that is for sure. The article is very good Amanda. I am only now trying harder to cut back on sweets due to health.

  3. I think your article is spot on. Sugar, especially simple sugars, are detrimental to the body simply because they’re so broken down that they’re ready energy which if not burned almost literally at the time of consumption, will be stored as fat and things go downhill from there. The problem is we’re becoming increasingly sedentary as a population which only adds fuel to an already burning inferno.

    I believe the only, and the ONLY time sugar should be consumed in a decent quantity is either during or after an intense workout, and I don’t mean a stroll on the treadmill. This is because glycogen levels have already been decreased in the body to the point a sugar replenishment will simply refill the body’s stores. And again, it’s only during these times one should even think of consuming sugar. I received this information from textbooks via the ISSA and NSCA’s Essentials of Strength and Conditioning.

    Any other time during the day, especially if you’re inactive, stay away from sugar.

  4. Thank you for the great read, Amanda. I knew that eating sugar was not healthy, but, didn’t know it could cause so many different health issues and serious ones, too. And it’s strange how eating this “poison” can also affect babies while carrying them.

    I agree with your points – we should take much more care regarding what we eat and get rid of all these unhealthy (sweet) temptations from our homes.
    Thanks again for the info!
    Vesna

  5. I tend to forget how bad sugar is to the human body on a daily basis. Even more, can’t imagine my life without chocolate in it.
    Then again, I would prefer to let it go than to have Diabetes.
    Your article is a wake-up call on so many levels.
    Thank you for reminding me to take better care of my health and thank you for sharing this amazing post.
    Hope you’ll do many more like this one in the future.

    1. Hey Boby,

      I am glad this gave you the kick in the pants you needed, we all do sometimes. Believe it or not, I don’t miss chocolate and I LOVED it and ice cream…but after going on keto…you don’t really miss that stuff. Especially when I realize how miserable I was feeling when I ate that stuff non stop, I blamed my miserable mood on everything else…not realizing it was the sugar and junk I was putting in my body. Once in a while I do fall off the keto wagon and once I start feeling awful again remember why I started.
      Thank you for taking the time to read my article and I will be working on more content soon.

  6. I am happy to read this today because my sugar level rises on daily basis.

    I reallylove the way you outlined the poisonous part I actually read every word to see where it ends I will definitely re-visit your site because I can see you give such great and accurate information.Thanks for your indepth analysis

  7. Yes I agree that when a product says sugar-free, it is misleading. The product itself has natural sugar, if it is stated ‘no added sugar” it sounds right to me. Sugar and artificial sweaterner are things I can avoid easily. I never tough any foods with artificial sweetener, I even don’t consume any particle of sugar for a week easily also. Having no sugar in my foods is my priority concern because I know it is very bad for our health and our teeth. I eat fruits and other foods which already have natural sugar. Yes, if a baby raised with sugary foods, she/he will become addicted to sweet foods and health risk is inevitable. I was raised not to have sugar in my foods, so I don’t need it and I feel happy.
    Good article. Thank you.

  8. Yes, I agree that when a product says sugar-free, it is misleading. The product itself has natural sugar. If a product states “no added sugar”, it sounds right to me. I was raised not to have sugar in my foods, so I don’t feel like I need sugar. I eat fruits and othe foods that already have natural sugar, so I have enough sugar intake. Yes, if a baby is raised to eat sugary foods, then she/he will become addicted to sweet foods. That doesn’t only destroy their teeth but will lead to health risk as well. 

    Good article.

    1. Thats amazing Mary, you should be very proud.  There are not many people that could stand as strong as you and that is great.  Thank you for your comment, I really appreciate it.  Keto on girl!

  9. Hey!

    I think this topic is really important and many people are forgetting how dangerous sugar can be, let’s face it, you can come across with sugar so easily. I personally try to avoid sugar. I’ll notice immediately some pimples on my face or body when I have eaten some sugary treats. Thank you for this great post!

  10. Seriously, sugar free is not sugar free? I’ve never doubted this.
    I’m trying for a while to cut back on sugar, trying to be more healthy, but I always believed that it was the heart I had to protect from the sugar. I never thought about the brain.
    Especially since when I don’t feel well, I usually go for something sweet.
    Thank you for the information. I appreciate it more than you think. 🙂

    1. Your most welcome Jenny,

      It’s no wonder a lot of us suffer from sugar related diseases, we never really had a chance once everything became less fat and replaced with sugar.

      Be well

  11. Amanda…..you are right on about the unhealthy effects of every form of sugar. It ranks up there along with fried foods, refined grains, fast foods, saturated fats, and processed meats…..as the worst thing you can possibly eat for your health and well being! Thank you for this wealth of info and I have bookmarked your site for future reference.

    1. Thank you Terry,

      I think sometimes we forget that what we put in affects us in many ways. The hike in diseases and health problems blew up after replacing fats with sugar, but no one seemed to take notice. I sometimes feel like we are slowly being poisoned because of how many products have sugar in them, it’s hard to find meat these day that doesn’t have sugar in it.

  12. Great post Amanda and a great reminder. I am gradually weaning myself now and I fine the further away I am from it, the better I feel. It is great to read these blogs to make people aware of the so many dangers it has. I remind myself that it is empty calories with nothing only crap in it. The taste is often deceiving but the more I listen to my body when I have it, the more I do not want it. Thanks for sharing.

    1. This is great to hear Phyllis,

      You wait until your completely rid of it, its amazing the difference. Eventually it won’t even taste good…after not eating sugar for so long, your taste buds change.

      Be well

  13. This article is really informative and educative. I’m generally aware that too much sugar is not good for the body but I do not know it has a lot of effects like this. Sugar is a common addiction which people do not give any preference. I think a lot of people has to read this article and see what the effect of the sugar they are consuming. I will rebroadcast this article, this is an awesome post.

  14. Hi Amanda and thanks for your article. I run a health blog myself and I know how many hours of research you have to go through before this article gets published. For other people it’s just a four minute read and move one, but for us, bloggers it’s very time consuming hard work and I appreciate your time spend on this article.

    As far as sugar goes, yes we know it’s bad but everything we eat contains natural sugar. I could find any alternatives in your post. So what should we consume instead of sugar. Those artificial sweeteners that cause cancer?

    I think everything is ok in moderation. Even a little sugar won’t hurt, just don’t go overboard.

    Please let me know what do you think. Thanks again and cheers 

    1. Hey David,

      Thank you for taking the time to acknowledge the work that goes into blogging.  Well for me I used stevia to get me through those cravings, but now I am working on another article about artificial sweeteners and the affects they have on us.  I guess it comes down to cause and affect…I can tell personally by the way I feel when I consume sugar and when I don’t what my answer is.

      I just don’t consume sugar at all anymore nor do I consume the substitute.  My taste buds have changed and I really don’t crave it anymore.  

      There are many sugar substitutes and I guess its up to you personally, but just  a few off the top of my head are monkfruit and truvia.

  15. Ouch! This is a tough read when you look at the negative impact sugar has on our bodies. I did Sugar-Free February last year and since then I have been making an effort to decrease my sugar intake overall. I like chocolate (mostly dark chocolate) so I still have this occasionally. However, yes reading this article and seeing how many illnesses sugar is linked to is quite eye-opening and sobering. When did you first realise the negative impact of sugar and start adjusting your diet accordingly?

    1. It is hard to read and to write, and until I started the keto lifestyle I kind of just shrugged it off too.  After living the keto lifestyle for almost two years now I realize how much better I feel without sugar and an excess of carbs running through my body.  It didn’t take that long for me to see the difference though, more like a month…

      I have fallen back to old ways a couple times and as soon as I start getting really bad heartburn and retaining fluid as well as my blood pressure going back up I quickly go back to the keto lifestyle.  This is what works for me personally.

  16. Wow! There is a lot of information packed in here. I totally agree sugar is a killer. I have dealt with cancer myself and sugar is one of the first things I cut out for myself. 

    Being a personal trainer, I’ve always advocated that sugar should be the last thing in one’s diet. 

    When I was young my Dad used to buy us candy every day. It was a hard habit to break. 

    I am still dealing with repercussions of cancer, but am glad to say I will never go near sugar again. 

    Good for you for bringing light to this terrible product!

    1. Good for you!  Sugar is a hard habit to break, congrats for combating Cancer and I’m sure things will be moving forward for you.  

  17. I loved the article. I didn’t know all that about sugar. I went through a scare with diabetes being diagnosed about 5 years ago as pre-diabetic. I refuse to do meds so I had an entire lifestyle change which included my diet and exercising. I think I was drinking a Coke a day. Yes, I did cut out the sugar. Have you personally used the Good Fat bars? 

    1. Thank you, glad to hear you took action right away a lot of people don’t until it’s too late.  Yea I have tried the bars and I think they are a nice treat but I find the more you eat sweet tasting things the more you want them, so be careful.

  18. It’s scary to think about how much sugar there is in everything. And I admit it, I still eat sugary things. Like you said, it’s addictive! What’s the best way to break out of the cycle? 

    I used to be plant-based and I used to think that the sugar from fruit and grains was ok because it was natural. Now I know that I probably was eating myself right into diabetes. (Not saying all plant-based people do that, but I certainly was. And I felt it.) 

    Now I’m more aware about what has sugar and what doesn’t. But it’s still hard to break out of that addiction. I know sugar is probably the #1 cause of everything detrimental to our health (especially when combined with fat…like donuts, for example), which should be reason enough to stay away. But why is it so hard??

    1. Its so hard Christina because it is an addiction and overcoming any addiction is hard but worth it!  Its different for many people on how they can get clear of it, for me I just didn’t eat anymore sugar….then I worked on the carbs which is just another sugar in disguise.  So for some its cold turkey for others its weening them selves off slowly, whatever works for you but in the end its best just to kick it to the curb before it does you.

  19. Hi,

    Thank you for making me more aware of some of the dangers of sugar! I admit to being a bit of a sugar addict, now and again I need that sugar rush…but I am pleased to say that I do it less and less now.

    I do believe still that natural sugars found in fruit or veg for example are less harmful to our health.

    I have learnt a lot from reading your post and will think again next time I feel the need to reach for some caramel.

    Thank you.

    1. Yes Louise they are less harmful but if you choose to live a keto lifestyle they are still sugar and it will not allow you to reach ketosis if you eat them.

  20. I love sugar, I love sugar so much, even with the fact that I know it is harmful. My only reasonable way of helping myself, is trying to take it within the permitted amount per day. 

    I know I should work on my love for sugar, before it puts me in trouble. 

    You are rattling my boat again, as usual, with your saying no to norm. I thought natural sugars are harmless? You mentioned that we should look out for them. 

    1. I used to love sugar too but my health is more important to me, I have three young children that need me to be healthy and to be an example to keep them healthy.

      I mean to rattle your boat,  you’re worth it too you know!  Sugar is sugar in any form…

  21. Good afternoon Amanda,

    Yes, you are right. Sugar is a danger and our modern society is addicted to it. It is more addictive than cocaine. For many years we are bombarded with wrong information. The AHA is still insisting on having their “healthy labels”, that is low fat but high sugar. No wonder so many people have heart problems. Recently there was a Harvard professor who proclaimed that coconut fat is bad, just imagine.

    My Mother got the 1972 book written by John Yudkin. Pure, white and deadly: the problem of sugar.

    Many years have passed since then and we are still not wiser.

    Regards, Taetske

  22. Many people do not understand the full meaning and the implications of the inscription on goods concerning sugar content. I heard of a case where a diabetic patient was taking a beverage that had the inscription “sugar free”,for over a year and it aggravate his condition. 

    Thanks for taking time to explain the differences between these words. 

    I appreciate 

  23. The dangers involved in sugar consumption is being highlighted more everyday. However, most if us have spent years taking this convenient poison, and it’s pretty difficult to pull away suddenly. I did enjoy your article, I wish you also gave us alternative sweetness than just sugar. What do you recommend, do we stay off sweeteners as a whole?

    1. Hey Louis,

      Funny you should say that as I have written a whole article on safe sugar substitutes.  Some people are able to quite sugar cold turkey but others may need a buffer so to speak just be aware that even if you’re eating sugar substitutes your still giving your brain that stimulation from the sweet taste…so it may just be masking the problem.  Some people can ween themselves off it slowly in which the sweeteners would come in handy, it all depends on what your end goal is I guess, if its just to be healthier and not hit ketosis then I think you would be fine replacing the sugar for a substitute but if you’re goal is to hit ketosis you might be better off to kick the habit all together.

  24. This is an informative article on the effects that traditional sugar can have on you and even your unborn baby. It includes all the different forms of sugars and their efffects. However, I eat mostly fruits and I am the healthiest I have ever been so natural sugars are fine for most people that have already corrected their blood sugar levels.

    1. Yes I think you’re right Jon but for some one who wants to reach Ketosis the sugar in fruit would not allow it, because your body would use that sugar as fuel…

  25. Great post and good info.

    It is known that sugar can be deadly, that is why I’m trying to eat at least as possible, my father in law has diabetes thanks to the sugar so that is a warning to my wife and I. 

    But as I see around, many people still don’t realize the dangers of it. 

    Thanks for sharing à post like this, so maybe they realize which kind of poison  sugar is. 

    Thanks for sharing it with us! 

    1. Well I hope the world realizes it before its too late, some just don’t care until it directly affects them.  Living in de’Nile (denial) is not just a river in Africa =P

  26. Thanks for reminding me of not only the damage that sugar does to us but also its pervasiveness both naturally and as an additive. I find that it’s alarming to read the product labels on a large number of ‘savoury’ products that contain surprisingly high percentages in the “carbohydrates (of which sugars)” category.

    It is chilling to read of the effects of sugar and of the power of the sugar industry, which apparently paid scientists in the 1960s to play down the link between sugar and heart disease and promote saturated fat as the culprit instead. This originates from a peer reviewed paper “Sugar Industry and Coronary Heart Disease Research: A Historical Analysis of Internal Industry Documents” (Journal of American Medical Association Nov 2016 – authors: Cristin E. Kearns, DDS, MBA; Laura A. Schmidt, PhD, MSW, MPH; Stanton A. Glantz, PhD)

    1. YES!  I read that Mark!  It’s insane!  So “for the people” really isn’t “for the people”….

  27. Hi Amanda,

    Since my childhood, I fond of sweet food very much. I have heard, sugar helps to increase the fertility of our brain and glucose is beneficial for the body. But I am simply surprised to read your review at first. It was not in my imagination indeed that sugar caused so much harm to the human body. I must share this article with my family members and friends.
    Thank you sincerely for the rich and valuable reviews at all.

    Regards
    Ranao

  28. Dear Amanda!

    You are right on with your comments and facts regarding sugar and “sugar-like” substances. Every time I come across a bottle of “soft drink”, I check sugar content in grams per serving. It is really disturbing to see Snapple and Sunkist (and others) concoct the drinks that load bodies with 40-60grams of sugar. I would like to have such drinks announced as “criminal” or dangerous for humanity. Yet it is allowed to continue, no shaming of companies that make such fluids…. Up is down and down is up these days.

    And, you are also on spot regarding illegal and legal food, plants. How is it that natures own is outlawed or significantly limited but well documented poisons allowed to be purchased without serious limitations.

    Thank you for providing valuable information regarding various sugars – made become more aware of my own eating food and drink habits!

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