Sweet Poison

Our love affair with sugar is addictive, debilitating but utterly delicious and we can't resist the lure of a sugary treat. Our expanding waistlines and deteriorating health lies in one culprit - sugar! 

It’s NOT the fat... It’s SUGAR which raises cholesterol and brings on heart disease. The evidence is mounting that sugar may be one of the leading drivers of heart disease by the harmful effects of fructose on metabolism. Heart disease was a relative rarity in the 1920s, but is now effecting us at a frightening rate alongside type 2 diabetes and strokes. 

In 1972, a British scientist raised the alarm that sugar (not fat) was the greatest danger to our health. His findings were ridiculed and his reputation ruined. But how did we get it so wrong for so long? 

Sugar in some form is naturally present in many foods but makes it's way into just about everything we eat. However it contains no proteins, nutrients, enzymes or healthy fats. 

If it ends in 'OSE' its sugar! There are many types of simple sugars (monosaccarides) like glucose, fructose, and galactose. Then there are also more complex forms ( disaccharides) like sucrose, maltose, and lactose. 

Some of the dangers of consuming sugar 

• Feeds candida
• Promotes wrinkling and ageing skin
• Makes your blood acidic
• Can lead to osteoporosis.
• Rots your teeth
• Raises your blood sugar level
• Contributes to obesity
• Is addictive (almost as much as drugs) • Can create the urge to binge 

• Provides 'empty calories' with no nutritional value • Contributes to diabetes
• Robs your body of minerals.
• Robs you of energy 

• Contributes to heart problems • Can cause cancer
• Contributes to ulcers
• Can cause gallstones 

• Contributes to adrenal fatigue
• Can suppress your immune system
• Raises the level of neurotransmitters called serotonin
• Weakens eyesight
• Sugar can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar levels). 

• Can contribute to eczema
• Can cause arthritis 

Overloading the liver with fructose can cause non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and due to its harmful effects on metabolism, may contribute to cancer. Sugar causes massive dopamine release in the brain, it is highly addictive. 

Sugar is a leading contributor to obesity in both children and adults due to the effects of sugar on hormones and the brain, it dramatically increases the risk of becoming overweight or obese. 

Cup of sweet tea and a sticky bun anyone? 

For a fascinating article on this subject written by Kathy Pearson see www.countryside-lavie.com/article/2016/04/05/addicted-sugar 

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