Is Sugar Bad for You?
|Contents of this article:|
| Page 1:
|| The Sugar versus Drugs controversy
Is Sugar more harmful than Drugs?
The History of Sugar
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||The reason Sugar is such a Problem
Sugar is Hidden in your Food
The Damage too much Sugar can cause
It is made by refining it down to pure sucrose (sugar). Interestingly, the raw material that is extracted from the plant does have some vitamins, minerals, proteins, enzymes and other beneficial nutrients. However, during the man-made processing, these are all stripped away to just leave the basic concentrated substance called sucrose.
The human body can't easily handle this unnatural substance. This is especially so in the rather large quantities that is now commonly eaten in today's society.
Sugar is addictive. Did you know that the average American now consumes approximately 115 lbs. of sugar per year. This is every man, woman and child on average. This is quite staggering. A few hundred years ago this product didn't exist and the human body did not come across sucrose in large quantities.
Drugs and other narcotics bring absolute devastation to the lives they touch. This can be in the form of crime, violence, pain and the individual trauma that it can have on a person's body.
As widespread as the drug problem is, in reality it still badly affects only a relative minority of most societies. Even though this effect is usually catastrophic.
It has controversially been stated that the use of sugar in such large quantities has a much bigger impact on more people's lives than harmful drugs.
Whilst we think this may have made headline news to create more publicity about the harmful affects of too much sugar, it may have some basis in truth if you look at the big picture.
We think the facts about excess sugar consumption should not be compared to the harm drugs do. The facts about sugar should just be disclosed on their own merits which are already shocking enough. I guess writers were simply trying to get people to realise the impact sugar has by using these shock tactics.
Anyway, here is why reports suggest that sugar does more damage than any other poison, drug or narcotic:
(1) It is considered a "food" and ingested in such massive quantities, and
(2) The damaging effects begin early, from the day a baby is born and is fed sugar in its formula. Even mothers milk is contaminated with it if the mother eats sugar, and
(3) Practically 95% of people are addicted to it to some degree or other.
Question: At what point does a substance that can be good for us, actually become harmful?
Answer: In simple terms - the Quantity consumed.
To try to explain this, here is a dramatic illustration of what this means:
Most of us realise that the venom of a rattlesnake, a cobra, water moccasin, coral, and other venomous snakes can be deadly to the human body.
In fact there are some snakes whose bite is so deadly it can cause death within a matter of seconds.
Nevertheless, even snake venom, deadly as it is, has been used for therapeutic, medical purposes when used in very tiny quantities.
The same has occurred with many chemicals over the years including arsenic and mercury etc. This is because:
In small quantities, some chemicals act as a stimulant.
A slightly larger amount becomes a sedative.
A larger quantity becomes a poison and can kill you.
So think about where sugar may fall on the above scale of quantity consumed...
Sugar had been around in small quantities for several thousand years. However, it was practically unknown and formed an insignificant part of the average diet in the Classical civilizations of Egypt, Greece and Rome.
The Greeks (who had a word for nearly everything) did not even have a word for sugar. Even in medieval Europe it was practically unknown and then only a rare delicacy in the royal courts.
During the last major Crusade that ended in 1204 some of the Christian Crusaders were introduced to the sugar used by the Saracens.
The Moors when invading and colonizing the southern part of Spain grew sugar cane on Spanish soil and refined sugar.
When Spain drove out the Moors, it inherited some of the sugarcane plantations. It was during this time that Christendom took its first big bite of the forbidden fruit and liked it.
Then sugar plantations were created and it's history become deeply and shamefully entwined with the slave trade...
Why is it that sugar can be so devastating to our health?
One reason is that it is pure chemical and by refining, it has been stripped of all the natural food nutrition that it originally had in the plant itself.
Interestingly, heroin and sugar are arrived at by very similar processes of refinement.
In producing heroin, the opium is first extracted from the poppy. The opium is then refined into morphine.
The "mad" chemists then went to work on morphine and further refined it into heroin. At the time they proclaimed they had "discovered" a wonderful new pain-killer that was non-addictive. If only they knew...
Similarly, sugar is first pressed as a juice from the cane (or beet) and refined into molasses. Then it is refined into brown sugar, and finally into white crystals (with the chemical formula ). At this point it is an alien chemical to the human system.