A few weeks ago, I bought a pound of peach gummies from my local bulk products farm store. They are in a plastic box with lid. After hubby goes to bed, that’s usually when I’m on the computer and like to do some snacking. I remembered that I had gotten the gummies. Normally I have some restraint, but this time I ate the whole amount! I noticed that my throat hurt a bit and I had a buzz. At this point, I realized that maybe it’s time I listened to my body and curtail the sugar habit.
Yes, sugar is addictive and habit forming. Refined sugar that is. According to the USDA, Americans each consume over 150 POUNDS of sugar in a year. That’s 31 bags of sugar!(5 pound bags!).
Refined sugar in any significant quantities is toxic to many human bodies(from “Sugar Busters”). Refined sugar didn’t exist until 500 AD(honey was the sweetener). Already in 1647, Dr. Thomas Willis wrote of his observations on diabetes and the negative effects of sugar. In 1976, William Dufty wrote a book called “Sugar Blues” and stated that diabetes and other diseases grew significantly as refined sugar consumption increased.
David Gillespie who wrote “Sweet Poison” states that “you are breaking an addiction, so you need to stop consuming all sources of the addictive substance. They are all hard to give up because they are addictive – but they are all easy to give up once you understand what you are doing and why.” “Your palate adjusts significantly and quickly when you delete sugar. You can suddenly experience a whole range of flavours that either you didn’t know existed before or were muted by the presence of sugar. One thing people often remark on after they’ve been weaned off sugar for a month or so is that suddenly they can smell it. They can tell you where the confectionary aisle or the breakfast cereal aisle is in a strange supermarket by smell alone.”
Studies show there is a correlation of fructose to fatty liver disease as well as to appetite stimulation, gout, diabetes, memory loss and obesity.
David Gillespie also states, “how many of our organs sugar systematically destroys without symptoms until it is too late. First the liver, then the pancreas, then the kidneys, and ultimately the heart”
I don’t know about you, but after reading this, I finally realized that if I am to achieve optimum health, I would have to drastically cut down my sugar intake. But where to start?
1 teaspoon of sugar = 4 grams of sugar.
I started looking, really looking, at the ingredients of the foods I ate…and some were real shockers…for example, my favorite yoghurt…well, 31 grams of sugar…7 1/2 teaspoons of sugar? I drink a lot of hot tea in the winter and usually have a teaspoon of sugar in each one…
For today, look at the ingredients of the foods you eat…some are going to shock you..(one was those juice drinks…I used to let my daughter drink them, thinking they were an ok alternative…I publicly apologize to her now…my ignorance probably caused a lot of hers and my teeth problems over the years).
I’ll return tomorrow with Part 2…
til next time…Eva