Big news–(modern) sugar is bad for us

SugarIsBadForUsIn a media roundup of important health ‘news’ of 2014, science confirms that we have way too much sugar in our diet.

This is particularly true when it comes to ‘added’ sugars, not announced but hidden away in everything from salad dressings, to all kinds of canned, packaged, frozen and processed foods, breakfast cereals, you name it.

Since excessive sugar (especially high fructose corn syrup) has been found to be a major cause of obesity, diabetes, tooth decay, neurological damage and other modern illnesses, the World Health Organization (WHO) calls for a sharp reduction in the amount of added or ‘free’ sugars in the typical diet.

Sugar accounts for 15 percent of the average American’s daily calorie intake.

WHO recommends that number be reduced to no more than 5 percent–less than what’s found in a single soft drink.

Interestingly, a book called Sugar, the Curse of Civilization, written by J.I Rodale many years ago, said, “Sugar is a drug… The practice of eating sugar results in robbing the body of its vitamin B.

It is that portion of the vitamin B called thiamine which is most destroyed. Thiamine is one of the most important vitamins for good health.

It is necessary for growth and the smooth functioning of the digestive tract. It plays a big part in nerve health that is called the ‘morale’ vitamin.”

Rodale said that thiamine is stolen from our bodies by these robber foods—white sugar, synthetic sugar, white flour, prepared cereals and many other refined and processed foods.

If you eat carbohydrates in natural forms you do not experience thiamine deficiency because the thiamine to digest sugar and starch is present in the natural food. Refined white sugar is merely the junk that remains after all the B vitamins have been removed from it.

As Rodale explains, when you eat white sugar in candies, cakes, pies, ice cream and soft drinks, you are presenting your digestive tract with large quantities of sugar to be digested, and no thiamine and other B vitamins to facilitate the process.

In order to handle this unnatural  onslaught, the body must steal thiamine from other processes and from its storage places in the liver, kidney and heart.

“Natural sugars, as they occur in fruit and sugar cane, have with them the full assortment of B vitamins that are necessary for the assimilation of the sugars, and their use for the body.

Those who like a soft drink now and then would be better off paying a bit more for Mexican soft drinks, sweetened with cane sugar. American soft drinks are loaded with cheap aspartame and high fructose corn syrup. Raw cane sugar, honey and pure maple syrup are much better choices for other sweeteners.

But keep in mind that too much sugar—in any form—can be harmful to bodily processes.

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