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Sugar...ah, honey, honey.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Sugar, ah honey, honey, you are my candy, girl, and you got me wanting you
I just can't believe the loveliness of loving you, I just can't believe it's true,
like the summer sunshine, pour your sweetness over me,
pour your sweetness over me.....
The Archies, Sugar, Sugar

OK, next in the series of let's get rid of something else not good for you....SUGAR. So far, we are hopefully not eating trans-fats, and cutting way back on saturated fats in favor of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. (Read my blog from last week about this for more information.)

This one is BIG. Sugar is way more addictive and harder to kick than cocaine, says Dr. Robert Lustig, a California-based endocrinologist. Sugar consumption causes a reaction in the brain that releases dopamine, the chemical controlling pleasure. So eating sugar makes you feel good. Temporarily!!!

Lustig says his research proves that the sweet stuff causes heart disease and cancer, as well as Type 2 diabetes and obesity.

Americans, on the average eat a THIRD OF A POUND of sugar every single day, which averages to about 130 pounds per year. Sugar is not just in desserts, it is dumped in soft drinks, breads, yogurt, peanut butter, and every kind of sauce including ketchup. High fructose corn syrup (sugar in disguise) is in so many things, it is impossible to list them all. DO NOT EAT CORN SYRUP anymore. READ LABELS.

Kimber Stanhope, a nutritonal biologist at the University of California Davis, says that overconsumption of high-fructose corn syrup (again, sugar in liquid form) seriously increases risk for heart attack and stroke. When a person consumes too much sugary food and drink, the liver converts some of that fructose to fat. This fat can lead to an increase in dangerous LDL cholesterol that clogs your arteries, hence heart attacks and strokes.
Since the 1970s, we were told not to eat so much fat, hence the low fat products now listed everywhere. What did the companies do? They replaced fat with sugar, because taking that fat out of food took out some of the taste. PLEASE READ LABELS.

Lewis Cantley, a Harvard professor and the head of the Beth Israel Deaconess Cancer Center. said "Take the fat out of food, it tastes like cardboard, and the food industry knew that. So they replaced it with sugar." Cantley also said that too much sugar is also linked to many kinds of cancers, including breast and colon cancer. Some tumors even have insulin receptors which actually feed on glucose (converted from sugar into your system).

Here are a few of the benefits of limiting sugar...and there are more:

You are in a better mood. Sugar consumption causes mood swings. It can cause crankiness, depression and anxiety due to rises in adrenaline levels caused by sugar consumption.

Your skin is clearer. Sugar causes pimples, wrinkles and even psoriasis. It also increases the aging process.

Your immune system is stronger. Sugar actually weakens your immune system against viruses. Get a lot of colds? Quit sugar. Sugar inhibits the strength of those good white blood cells.

Reduced risk of cancer. Sugar consumption has been linked to breast, lung, ovarian and prostate cancers. Is it really worth THAT?

You have more energy. Yep, MORE ENERGY. Sugar causes fluctuations with bursts of energy, but when your glucose crashes down, after the sugar wears off, you are lethargic. No sugar makes your energy level even and strong.

YEP, WEIGHT LOSS. Those low fat foods you have been buying without checking the labels, are full of sugar. Read the labels, do not buy stuff with added sugar, and you will lose weight. A teaspoon of sugar is 16.25 calories. I don't even want to think about how many calories a third of a pound of sugar is, what the average American consumption is per day.

What can I use instead? There are actually some good, natural products that are much better for you than refined sugar. Honey, stevia, maple syrup, and NATURAL agave nectar (this one is tricky), molasses, and sorghum syrup. I have used Truvia which is much better than all the other artificial sweeteners, because it is made with stevia, but in researching this article, I found out that it is not just stevia, it is stevia on steroids. I am going to buy plain stevia from now on.

Please join me in limiting your sugar intake.

As a last thought, here are ALL the names used on labels to disguise the fact that they are adding sugar to your diet:

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    emoticon Well put together!! emoticon
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  • L*I*T*A*
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    1821 days ago
    Definitely eye opening. I haven't drank soda for years (and years) but carbs & I go way back! Thanks for sharing. emoticon
    I had forgotten the words to Sugar, Sugar but now...it's in my head LOL. I guess that's better than my mouth! emoticon
    1821 days ago
    Oh, the evils of sugar...remember Dana Carvey doing Church Lady on SAT NITE LIVE? She should have been saying "SUGAR" instead of Satan! And like a drug...there are Pushers everywhere we turn! Every Company is on the bandwagon to sell or push it on us! I do pretty well with Regard to sugar...but a month ago I was having a regular soda a day...then I realized I was wanting more...and felt I needed it...well, being diabetic there's no way...so I kicked it...but let me tell you it was not easy...I gave in a few times but I have been doing great! And I replaced it with mostly water. There are only three sugar free sodas I like and they are non caffeine and I treat them like a treat...one a day and usually as a desert or snack!
    Thanks for the great blog and information!
    Sugar Free Hugs,
    1821 days ago
    It IS harder than heck to give up both sugar and limit salt, but I have had to do both. It . . . takes . . . awhile and determination as well.

    Thank you for the information. makes me more resolved than ever to avoid sugar!
    1821 days ago
    Great Blog!
    1822 days ago
  • no profile photo JEANNETTE59
    emoticon Jane!

    I'm going to venture a guess that the next installment will be on that sneaky rascal sodium. It is truly amazing where it shows up. Once again it is a substance that our bodies need, but not in the quantities that are being consumed. And of course there is the added challenge of balancing sodium and potassium levels.

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    1822 days ago
    Sugar is VERY addictive.
    1822 days ago
    Great summary!
    I haven't eaten sugar or sweeteners for a long time,
    and now all fruits taste wonderfully sweet - without all the adverse effects of sugar.
    1822 days ago
    This is great information for us, Jane-- Thank you!
    Just wish the great scientists of the world would create a healthy sugar!--
    --- Shredded wheat remains on the healthy list. LOL Ha.
    1822 days ago
  • PHOENIX1949
    1822 days ago
    Sugar is very addictive for me, and I'm working hard on cutting way back on it. Thanks for this great list reinforcing the benefits of limiting sugar consumption!
    1822 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10895053
    Thanks for sharing and I've always loved that "Sugar, Sugar" song! And yes, it is soooo addicting! In many forms!! One of my main problems! I feel so much better when I can leave it alone for several days!!
    1822 days ago
    Thanks for sharing all the great information I knew some of this, but not all. I stick to honey or stevia, also. Sitting here humming the song, ha ha. Now I have to go check the label on my peanut butter.........
    1822 days ago
    Jane, I love that song! Thank you for a great blog. Yes I am cutting back on all my sugar intake. Sugar can controle us in every way, emoticon
    1822 days ago
  • no profile photo CD16110307
    I'm cutting way back myself. emoticon
    1822 days ago
    This is a very informative blog, lots of reason for not earing sugar. Love the list of hidden sugars. I am a sugar addict and this is a blog I am going to save.
    1822 days ago
    Very profound and interesting and a jillion reasons why NOT to eat (or drink the stuff) .......... thanks for posting a Marvelous Blog! ....... (I am going to be on the watch!)
    1822 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    I have given up chocolate for the most part, still eat it once in a great while and I have lost 5 lbs just from giving up some sugar in my life. I don't drink soda, don't eat a lot of bread so I try to limit my consumption anyway, but the chocolate thing is really interesting. The less I ate, the less I craved it. I have a place in my refridgerator that I keep my chocolate and is has not been a temptation at all.
    Great blog! Thanks for sharing. Hope your knee's are healing with each passing day!
    1822 days ago
    I recognized the song from your title, but somehow never knew the rest of the words! Who knew that it could be applied to our struggle today!!!??!!
    1822 days ago
    What a great blog, Jane. It's so true. Sugar is even referred to as the original "gateway drug" because it leads to so many other bad food habits.

    Thanks for writing this. Now I can't stop singing that darn song! LOL

    1822 days ago
    Did you know you can grow your own stevia? A woman in my class has done that before. Then dry it like an herb and grind it up. I don't think it can be used in everything but I think I'm going to try it this summer.

    Also, have you heard of a type of sugar called Sucanat - short for Sugar Cane Natural? It's pure sugar cane juice that is dried and made into a powder - completely natural. It retains some of it's molasses taste. It's pretty expensive - you can buy it at Whole Foods. I've had it in a couple of recipes and it's very good. I was going to buy some the last time I was at Whole Foods but my husband, who is coming along with me on this healthy living journey rather reluctantly, nearly had a heart attack. I'll have to get it when I shop alone next time! I believe it has a stronger flavor than sugar and/or brown sugar so you don't need quite as much.
    1822 days ago
  • ELP14586
    I love honey
    1822 days ago
    Thanks for the info, and my workout song of the day....Sugar by The Archies.
    1822 days ago
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