There is evidence that refined sugar is the main contributor to the global obesity epidemic, hypertension, diabetes. Sugar and the manufactures of sugar are now being equated to “tobacco”, a human scourge. Biologically, humans are not designed to consume mass quantizes of refined sugar and we know it increases total cholesterol levels, decreasing HDL (good cholesterol) levels and in the development of diabetes and diabetic precursors, such as “metabolic syndrome”. Refined sugars, along with chemical additives, such as artificial colors and flavors, are also suspected of causing behavioral problems in children and neurologic disorders like ADD and ADHD.
According to figures from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), consumption of various sweeteners, often in calorie-dense foods and drinks, has risen in the United States from an estimated 113 pounds per person in 1966 to 147 pounds in 2001.
Sugar affects people in different ways. Sugar— any sugar, fructose, sucrose, lactose, provides empty (non-nutritive) calories. In the refining process, it is stripped of all its vitamins and minerals. Then, after consuming it, we must use some of these very nutrients to metabolize it. Because it is so addictive and so available it is not easy to remove from our diets. Studies show that rats prefer sugar water over cocaine. Over the last 20 years, the sugar industry has loaded the market place with white refined sugar, it shows up in 80% of the foods on the supermarket shelf – any food in a box or bottle has been loaded with sugar…. like spaghetti sauce, salad dressing, crackers, breads, canned soups and vegetables. It is EVERYWHERE, Starbucks, vending machines, gas stations, fizzy drinks, ice cream parlors, movie theaters.
Refined sugar is often responsible for many common chronic complaints. If you remove it from your diet for just 2-3 weeks, you may be amazed to find that some of your long-standing symptoms will disappear. Energy, joint or muscle pains may improve, headaches may disappear, you may sleep better, and your stomach may no longer rumble and bloat.