How often have you heard yourself say “If you behave, you can get a sweetie”? When it comes to bringing up children, very few, if any, parents can deny using bribery in some form or another. But just how bad is that sweet reward forto your children?
Sugar is Making Us Sick
For many years, it has been agreed that we get fat because we eat more calories than we burn. A new school of thought argues that it’s the sweet stuff in our food which is mostre to blame for the obesity and diabetes epidemics of today. Sugar is also being blamed for contributing to heart disease, cancer, stroke, high blood pressure and even dementia.
While it may be challenging to eliminate sugar from our diets completely, it is a good idea to at least reduce our input and treat sugar in the same way as we do drinking and smoking.
How Did We Get Hooked?
Combining the introduction of beet sugar and the Industrial Revolution of the 19th century led to lowering the costs of manufacturing sweets, ice- cream, cold drinks and chocolate. Thus, the explosive consumption of sugar began. In the 1930’s fruit juice (which is full of sugar) became a staple of our diets.
In the 1940’s sugary cereals turned breakfast into dessert! The greatest hook came in the form of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS): it is cheaper and sweeter than sugar and is present in every processed food and sugar-sweetened drink.
What makes high fructose corn syrup so addictive is the chemical process used to manufacture it. The naturally bound together glucose and fructose get separated, allowing the fructose to mainline directly into your body for that sugar rush. Unfortunately, it goes straight to your liver, which reacts by producing fat– lipogenesis, or fatty liver. This, in turn, leads to pre-diabetes and Type 2 diabetes.
As if that wasn’t harmful enough, chemical contaminants and toxins used during engineering end up in the HFCS and therefore in our food. Purging sugar from your diet is the single best thing you can do for your health.
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