May 1st, 2013
Is Sugar Really Toxic to Our Bodies?
April 3, 2013 Tooth Decay
Sugar is a very addictive substance. It triggers the release of endorphins in our brain. Using a CAT scan, you can easily target the release of these chemicals, every time a person eats sugar. The result is almost instant. Studies have proven that people who eat excessive amounts of sugar on a regular basis, develop a resistance to these chemical releases. In other words, people who normally eat a lot of sugar, end up having to eat more of it, in order to have the same effect or reach a sugar high. With so many pre-manufactured foods in our society, it is very easy for people to become addicted and overdosed to sugar.
People who eat more manufactured foods bought from the store, are more likely to become addicted. It is a lot easier to start drinking sugary drinks than it is to stop. I have an aunt, who became seriously addicted to soda, and gained a lot of weight as a result. She recently switched over to diet soda, in order to get the sugar cravings satisfied without the calories. (I don’t think diet soda is any better, personally).
People become addicted to the chemical releases caused by sugar, the same way that they become addicted to meth or cocaine. People can actually crave sugar if they have not felt the sugar rush releasing for quite some time.
Both Sugar and Cocaine Can Eventually Kill You
Since the 1970’s, the government has come out with new laws to limit the amount of fat present in the foods we buy. Unfortunately, it has not helped us out a lot. Well, people have stopped consuming as much fat, but they have actually only replaced fat with sugar. The bottom line is that fats don’t make you fat, but sugars do.
Sugar can be traced to increase in Type II diabetes and heart disease. Sugar can also increase your blood pressure and cause tumors to grow much faster.
In a report published by Dr. Robert Loustick and the American Heart Association, he recommends that men consume less than 150 cal of sugar per day, and that women consume only 100 cal worth of sugar. Since there are 4 cal in a gram, and 4 grams in a teaspoon, this means that you should only consume 7 to 9 teaspoons of sugar a day. Initially, this seems like a lot of sugar. But think about the things we eat on a daily basis. This morning, I had 1.5 servings of raisin bran. Without realizing it, I ate 32 grams of sugar in the raisin bran and 10 grams of sugar in the milk! This was the equivalent of nearly 11 teaspons of sugar in one large bowl of cereal. For the most part, cereal companies have been doing their part to brainwash people into thinking that cereal is healthy. (Yeah, about as healthy as giving your kids cigarettes with a morning cup of coffee!)
The worst thing about sugar is that our liver converts some of it into unhealthy fat that can clog our arteries. Also, our bodies tend to become desensitized to the effects of sugar over time. As our bodies become desensitized to the effects of sugar, our cravings for it increase and we have to eat more of it to get the same effect.
In addition, sugar causes tooth decay. It it bad for the teeth. Bad teeth is a good manifestation of deteriorating health. If we want to prevent cavities and cure tooth decay, minimizing sugar from our diet should be our priority.
Personally, I have realized that sugar affects me. It makes it harder for me to concentrate. It makes me unable to think through problems. When I eat a lot of it, it weakens my immune system, and often results in being directly responsible for giving me strep throat. If we want to take control of our health, we need to be more responsible with the things that we eat. One of the most often overlooked areas, is the amount of sugar we take into our bodies on a daily basis.