We all know that sugar is a disaster. In some countries there is labelling on food packages saying SUGAR IS BAD. Sugar has been proved to cause disease and death, it has not a single nutrient in it, it actually leads to deficiencies in other nutrients and sugar leads to weight gain.
How is sugar bad for you?
- Sugar leads to obesity
- It causes cardiovascular diseases
- It causes type two diabetes
- It is bad for your teeth and causes decay
- There is only energy in sugar but it is a false energy
- It causes cycles of highs and lows
- Sugar has no proteins, essential fats, vitamins or nutrients
- Sugar can give you cancer
Sugar can be broken down into simple sugars
These two sugars are glucose and fructose. Glucose is found in everything. Our bodies produce glucose. Fructose is not produced by our bodies and our bodies do not need it. Fructose is the problem in that it can only be metabolized by the liver. This is not problematic if we eat small amounts of fructose, such as the fructose that comes from fruit, but when it is added sugar (sweets, junk food) then eating lots of fructose overloads the liver and turns the fructose into fat.
This can lead to all the serious problems caused by sugar. Diabetes, obesity, heart disease and general illness.
Is fruit bad for you?
Fruit is filled with natural sugars and the above does not apply to fruit. It is almost impossible to overeat fructose, even if you have a very high fruit diet.
People who are active can tolerate more sugar than others. If you go to the gym regularly, or are a regular walker or exerciser, the sugar gets burned off by energy. But for people who are sedentary, the fructose from the added sugar becomes fat in the liver.
What happens when fructose overloads the liver?
- You can get nonalcoholic fatty liver disease
- It becomes VLDL Cholesterol
- It makes you ill
Sugar can also cause insulin resistance. If you are resistant to insulin you can get diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Insulin is a very important hormone. It allows blood sugar, glucose, to enter cells from the bloodstream. It tells the cells to start burning glucose instead of fat. Having an excess of glucose in the blood can be poisonous and is one of the reasons for complications of diabetes. Blindness can be one of these complications.
Metabolic dysfunction is when insulin stops working the way it should work. Cells become resistant to insulin, and this is a leading cause behind many disease, specifically diabetes.
Is sugar addictive?
Sugar causes a release of dopamine to the brain. Like a drug, this can be hugely addictive. People who have the susceptibility to addiction easily become addicted to sugar too. It is a vicious cycle. The more sugar you have, the more you want. When you deprive yourself of sugar, your body cries out for it.
The only thing that works for addiction is by abstaining completely. If you are addicted to heroin, you cannot have heroin every second day for example. You have to quit it completely. The same goes with sugar.
How to quit sugar
Have the right attitude. Be determined about your ‘no sugar’ resolution, and stick to it. Stop doing the things that you usually do when you eat sugar. If you watch television and eat sugar, quit television. Or replace the sugary foods with delicious crunchy fresh foods. Change your chair. Instead of lazing on the couch and eating sweets, sit on the other sofa and eat carrots. Go through your cupboards and remove any sugary products. Tell your friends you are quitting and ask them to support you. Replace bad sugars with the good sugars. Eat fruit to get that sugary high. Take your time and be strong. You will soon realize you don’t want or need the sugar and will feel so much better for it.