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The Sugar Sham!

by Jan 6, 2019Blog, Featured Blog32 comments

If Food is Medicine, Refined Sugar is an Overdose!

Sugar was first used by Polynesian seamen chewing on sugar cane stalks for an energy boost during their explorations of Southeast Asia about 3500 years ago.  India developed the process of converting the juice to crystal form about 2500 years ago.  In the 15th century in response to Europe’s intense craving for the addictive substance, the Portuguese, planted huge plantations to grow sugarcane; thus giving rise to the Atlantic slave trade.

Refined sugar is a simple carbohydrate (extracted from sugar cane or sugar beets) with NO nutritional value, and when eaten gives a “short-term” boost of energy.  The body does not need refined sugar. Currently, it is the 3rd leading crop in the world and the number 1 problem in today’s diets with the average American consuming anywhere from a ¼ – ½ lb. per day. There are 0 grams of protein, vitamins, and minerals in refined sugar which while wreaking havoc on our liver, kidneys, heart, and pancreas uses our body’s stored B-vitamins, calcium and magnesium for their digestion to our detriment.  Today, refined sugar is the driving force behind the obesity, dementia, heart disease and diabetes epidemics.

The Harmful Effects of Sugar

– Suppresses the immune system

– Contributes to weight gain and obesity

– Increases the risk of Fatty Liver Disease

– Causes headaches, including migraines

– Contributes to hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, and concentration difficulties

– Causes premature aging, wrinkles, and grey hair

– Causes tooth decay

– Raises harmful cholesterol

– Contributes to diabetes

– Increases the risk of breast, colon and prostate cancer

Medical experts recommend in order to reduce sugar consumption to first recognize that sugar stimulates brain pathways of pleasure, potentially developing a continuous craving for it.  A better approach to a refined sugar-free diet is to consume whole natural foods, such as fruits, vegetables, and dairy because they produce natural sugars and include nutrients and fiber that help stabilize blood sugar levels and metabolism; as these foods travel from the stomach to the gut they expand generating a feeling of fullness.  The American Heart Association recommends that women consume less than 6 teaspoons of sugar daily and men less than 9 teaspoons.

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32 Comments

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    Good article – any recommendations to minimize the refined sugar cravings?

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    • ANDREA BREAUX

      Hi Yvette,
      first, be gentle with yourself; cravings don’t happen overnight, so it will take a while to detach. Many have told me that mindfulness; recognizing that it is a craving that you are experiencing and sitting with that knowledge is the first step. The longer you don’t respond to the desire the better. Gradually you reach the point where you’ve lost interest and now you are beginning to detach. Also, a good rule of thumb is to make sure you are not thirsty, often times you think that you are hungry, yet it’s your thirst that needs to be quenched. And, keep healthy snacks on hand. My go-to is always the green apple because it’s flavor can be so intense that it’s almost distracting, and its fiber density gives a feeling of fullness for a prolonged period of time.

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    Informative article, Andrea. Thanks for sharing. If you think in the future you may offer your readers resources for further reading, Sugar Busters by Steward, Bethea, Andrews and Balart is a real eye-opener on the deleterious effects of sugar in humans.

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    • Andrea Breaux

      Hi Robin,
      Thanks for the resource. I’m advocating for a national public health campaign about the deadly effects of sugar, much like the “quit smoking” campaigns of the 1970s which led to a steep drop in smoking in the U.S.

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    So happy to read this blog. I need to keep this posted in the kitchen as a constant encouragement to reduce my sugar intake. I will pass this blog along to family members.

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    • Andrea

      Thanks so much, Melody. Sugar is an addictive substance that takes determination to eliminate from one’s diet, so baby steps such as eliminating sugar to your coffee might be a good place to start. Don’t overload with cream though! And, be kind to yourself, this is hard work.

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    Targeting the vulnerable:

    “Food-related companies almost exclusively target advertising for nutritionally
    poor products to Hispanic and Black consumers, and Hispanic and Black
    children and teens view large numbers of these ads. The most highly
    targeted categories – fast-food, candy, sugary drinks, and snacks – consist
    of products that are high in sugar, fat, sodium, and calories; represent the
    majority of empty calories in young peoples’ diets; and directly contribute to
    diet-related diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. These
    same diseases disproportionately affect communities of color. In 2017 as in
    2013, food-related marketing continues to disproportionately target youth
    of color with harmful products and contributes to health disparities affecting
    their communities.”

    Increasing disparities in unhealthy food advertising targeted to Hispanic and Black youth
    UConn Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity / Council on Black Health / Salud America
    http://uconnruddcenter.org/files/Pdfs/TargetedMarketingReport2019.pdf

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    • Andrea

      Hi Dave,
      Thanks for your diligent research regarding targeted marketing. Time magazine just came out with an article, Some Cancers are rising in Millennials. Obesity might be the reason why.” It is an urgent issue. In the coming weeks, several blogs will focus on information that can help move people away from sugar, which in my opinion is a weapon of mass destruction, especially for the populations you describe. Let’s keep the conversation going. Thanks again

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      Andrea

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