The holidays are rapidly approaching and the rumors of Patty’s pastries are coming fast. We’re talking candies, cookies, cakes, pies, ice cream, and the list continues.
Yummy… the sweet taste of scrumptious desserts made with a hefty portion of sugar.
Stop! Let’s talk about all this sugar and how it actually causes more harm to the human body than ever imaged.
Did you know that sugar is a small molecule, an unnatural part of our metabolism? What about the fact that our bodies do not produce it? In fact, sugar serves no real purpose in our blood cells except for maybe a small portion to our liver cells. When we eat a large amount of sugar or fructose, it gets absorbed by the liver, changes to fats and then secreted into the blood.
The word of God is enriched with an abundance of healing power information. The moment we discipline ourselves to receive His word daily we must also have enough faith to cast out sicknesses and believe in the manifestation of His promises.
And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. Matthew 9:35
Sometimes when we choose not to discipline ourselves or govern the food and drink intake then we are hurting ourselves. There are five basic yet crucial problems fortified by over indulging in sugar: Cancer, Diabetes, Obesity, Tooth Decay, and Sugar Addiction.
Refine carbohydrates such as white sugar, white flour, high fructose corn syrup, and soft drinks are the kind of sugars that nourishes tumors and fuels cancer cell growth. Substituting sugar sweetened drinks for water, unsweetened teas, vegetable juices and other sugar-free fluids are healthy choices. Reconsider eating fresh fruits instead of drinking sugar enhanced fruit juices.
Although some may think of cancer as a contagious disease, alone it isn’t. However, sometimes coupled with contagious viruses, it can lead to the growth of cancer such as Hepatitis B or C, and HPV.
- Hepatitis B or C viruses can be transmitted through sexual intercourse or infected IV needles can cause liver cancer.
- Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a sexually transmitted infection and can cause cervical cancer and other forms of cancer.
Diabetes are placed in two categories: Type 1 Diabetes and Type 2 Diabetes.
Type 1 Diabetes in an insulin-dependent form of severe diabetes. It takes place when the body’s immune system attacks part of its own pancreas. In other words, if the immune system falsely recognizes the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas as foreign, it destroys them. This type of disease is more common among children and teenagers and if untreated, the high level of blood sugar can hurt the eyes, kidneys, nerves, and the heart. With that being said, it may also lead to coma and death.
Treatment for the disease requires daily insulin injections but to maintain a healthy life one should also consider nutritional foods, physical activities, and lowering stress levels. Furthermore, there are two important conditions diabetics needs to know. Hypoglycemia and hyperglycemia are conditions that can occur when the blood sugar level significantly fluctuates daily.
Hypoglycemia happens when too much insulin enters the body and burns too much glucose. When that happens, your blood sugar can drop to a dangerously low level. On the other hand, hyperglycemia happens when too little insulin is taken. This lack of energy weakens the body and the blood sugar can increase to a dangerously high level.
Type 2 Diabetes or Onset Diabetes develops among adults as early as age 35. However, studies are showing a growing number of younger people developing this disease. This type of diabetes is a non-insulin dependent diabetes. Treatment focuses on diet and exercise. If blood sugar levels are still high, oral medications are used to help the body use its own insulin more efficiently. In some cases, insulin injections are necessary.
Obesity is generally caused by over eating high calories, sugar, saturated fats in food and not enough physical activities. Another problem is the high sugar content of sweetened beverages.
Did you know that 2 out of 3 adults and 1 out of 3 children in the United States are overweight? One of the major contributors to this cause is the consumption of sugary drinks. Check out how fast calories can add up. A 20-ounce soda contains 15-18 teaspoons of sugar which is equivalent to 240 calories.
Suppose only three of these 20-ounce soft drinks are consumed daily. The result would be 740 calories a day and 5,040 calories a week. Without any nutritional benefits it turns into body fat. The only ones benefiting are the beverage companies in the US. They spent about $3.2 billion promoting carbonated beverages in 2006, with nearly half one billion dollars of that marketing targeting children ages 2–17.
We should all make a conscience effort to make healthier food and drink choices.
4. Tooth Decay
High levels of sugar consumption increases tooth decay caused by bacteria. Bacteria is a substance that nourishes on sugars from food, drinks and is found on the teeth as plaque. Plaque produces acids that plague through the enamel on the teeth. Saliva contains minerals such as calcium and phosphates to help neutralize the acid and repair the teeth.
Fluoride is another mineral that helps repair weakened enamel. Limiting the sugar intake is vital to fixing the damage. Chewing sugarless gum helps to increase the flow of saliva. Eating more fibrous vegetables and fruits are good ways to salivate. Dairy products such as cheese and yogurt contains calcium and phosphates to strengthen the teeth.
5. Sugar Addiction
Sugar is a brain stimulus and can be habit forming. Once you get a dose of it, your body will continue to crave for more. Each time the dosages becomes larger, the effect is similar to the cravings induced by addictive drugs like cocaine and nicotine and not to mention alcohol. Sugar is uniquely fattening, primarily due to its high content of fructose and a massive amount of dopamine released in an area of the brain called the Nucleus Accumbens.
Sugar addiction could be an even harder habit to break. For one reason, it is more accessible than amphetamines or alcohol.
Sugar can also have other negative effects on the human body such as weight gain, headaches, hormone imbalances and sugar rushes. However, eating less sugary foods and drinks, exercising, and drinking plenty of pure water will maintain a healthy body.