Today seems like a good day to talk about Sugar.
Halloween was a lot of fun for all of us, but today there is a lot of chocolate in everyone’s house and we need to take a good look at what all that sugar can do to us and our children.
Sugar’s effect on your health
The average American consumes an astounding 2-3 pounds of sugar each week, which is not surprising considering that highly refined sugars in the forms of sucrose (table sugar), dextrose (corn sugar), and high-fructose corn syrup are being processed into so many foods such as bread, breakfast cereal, mayonnaise, peanut butter, ketchup, spaghetti sauce, soda, and microwave meals. And Chocolate!
Prior to the turn of the last century (1887-1890), the average consumption was only 5 lbs. per person per year! Cardiovascular disease and cancer was virtually unknown in the early 1900’s.
Sugar depresses the immune system
One of sugar’s major dangers is that it raises the insulin levels, which inhibits the release of growth hormones, which in turn depresses the immune system. This is not something you want to take place if you want to avoid disease.
When you eat sugar, your immune system slows down to a crawl, and that leads to disease and health problems. It doesn’t matter what disease we are talking about, the common cold or cardiovascular disease, or cancer or osteoporosis, the root is always going to be at the cellular and molecular level, and more often than not insulin is going to have its hand in it, if not totally controlling it.
The health dangers from ingesting sugar on an habitual basis are certain. Because sugar is devoid of minerals, vitamins, fiber, and has such a deteriorating effect on the endocrine system, major researchers and major health organizations agree that sugar consumption in America is one of the 3 major causes of degenerative disease.
If you have muscle or joint pain, stay away!
Sugar increases muscle and joint pain and can cause a holiday pattern of inflammation.
What should I do with all my Halloween Candy?
Don’t worry. A little sugar is OK, and dark (>72% cacao) chocolate has even been shown to raise endorphin levels. So eat smart, educate your children, ration the candy, and be aware that what you put into your body has a direct effect on your health.