Sugar – the devil’s food

by drpaul

After the Jesuits’ introduction of sugar in 1751, sugar became less expensive to produce (thanks in large part to slavery), and sugar/sweetener consumption has risen steadily (per person/per year):

sugar

  • 1821:     10 lbs.
  • 1880:     38 lbs.
  • 1970:  119 lbs.
  • 1990:  132 lbs.
  • 2007:  158 lbs.

It’s contained in many, many foods; it wreaks havoc with many of the body’s physiologic systems and plays a central role in the current heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and obesity epidemics. The culprit: plain old sugar, and its thinly disguised evil cousin, high fructose corn syrup.  Yes, they will kill you. Maybe not overnight, but over time, sugar and corn syrup-derived sweeteners will erode your health, leading to many fatal diseases.

Sugar is a super-concentrated, unnatural food – the fact that it comes from something natural doesn’t make it natural to the body (gasoline comes from something very natural – oil – and is therefore essentially a natural product, but you wouldn’t want to eat it).

In the past 75 years, our modern industrial culture has seen a unique convergence of many negative lifestyle factors that have lead to a dramatic increase in ‘lifestyle behavior diseases’ which include heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity, senile dementia, and cancer (yes, cancer is a lifestyle disease, not a genetic one as is commonly believed). This “Perfect Storm” of disease-producing lifestyle behavior choices includes the following:

  • A decrease in the intake of micro-nutrients and trace elements within our food supply due to commercial farming practices utilizing year-round growth cycles and nitrogen-based petrochemical fertilizers, creating epidemic nutritional deficiencies or malnutrition within modern industrial nations, as well as food processing methods that strip nearly all nutrients from our food.
  • An increase in toxicity of our food supply due to the use of chemical pesticides and herbicides in combination with modern food processing techniques utilizing chemical additives, and preservatives.
  • An increase in consumption of food that has been processed to the point where there is little to no nutritive value.
  • A pronounced decrease in physical activity levels unprecedented in the history of mankind.

 

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Blood Sugar – Understanding the Effects of the Modern Diet on Blood Sugar Levels

by admin

The typical modern diet and activity level creates regular occurrences of unhealthy blood sugar levels in your body.  Blood sugar is a term used to describe the amount of the sugar glucose that is in currently in your blood.  Glucose is the primary sugar, or carbohydrate, in your body.

When you eat food, nutrients are absorbed from your food by your digestive system.  They are then transmitted to all of your bodies’ tissues through your blood.  Your body uses a series of mechanisms to keep the concentration of sugar (and other substances) in your blood within certain ranges.

Certain organs, such as your brain, run almost exclusively on glucose.  So your body keeps blood sugar levels from dropping below a certain threshold, or level.  However, your body also strives to keep glucose from rising to levels that are too high.  See a chart of the range where your body keeps your blood sugar levels here. 

High Blood Sugar Levels

Clinically, constant spikes in your blood sugar damage your body.  There are both short-term and long-term effects of high blood sugar.  A single, sharp rise in blood sugar will create a large insulin release, preventing fat burning, promoting fat storage, and also will result in fatigue and fuzzy-headedness.  Constant, chronic high blood sugar levels are the defining characteristic of Type II Diabetes.

Related Resources:

Why Gourmet Cupcakes Are Evil

KidsHealth.org: When Blood Sugar Gets Too High

National Diabetes Information Clearinghouse: What is Diabetes?

Blood Sugar Stability

Reuters on Curbing Diabetes