SUGAR IS A POISON & TOXIC
The definition of TOXIC is something poisonous, harmful or bad.
A bold statement!...
My research on sugar took me to many websites and interesting magazines, I was shocked to read information explaining how sugar was a poison and toxic. As with all the information on this website, I spend many hours researching different opinions and statements, together with reading research papers and different government policies on many subjects before writing any of the sections on this website. It was the shocking statements by many people that prompted me to write a section on sugar and carbohydrates.
I MUST POINT OUT...
I must point out, there are seriously differing opinions, questions, on how sugars, which are carbohydrates, impact out bodies.
The content of this section is not my opinion nor any recommendation, I am providing information, allowing people to use their own judgement and make informed decisions. The information in this section is based on many websites, books, magazines and reports by eminent researchers.
SO, LET’S BEGIN...
Sugar and Blood Pressure. While researching sugar I found no direct evidence that sugar causes blood pressure to increase, however reading more, it became apparent that eating too much sugar and a sedentary life can lead to conditions that will raise blood pressure and possibly be the cause of other medical conditions.
This section on sugars, provides information that may help manage blood pressure and change your views on diet and lifestyle.
Fructose, Glucose and Sucrose
Fructose, Glucose and Sucrose are all carbohydrates, in today’s world they are all known as sugar. Your tongue can’t quite tell any difference between fructose, glucose and sucrose, however there’s no doubt, your body can. That’s where unwanted medical conditions can start to change the structure of the body and your quality of life.
Around half of people’s daily sugar intake comes from many sources, the main source is coming from energy drinks and most soft drinks. Too much sugar can cause the brain to release endogenous opioids. Although the endogenous opioid system is used for pain management, opioids also targets an area of the brain linked to “Reward Releasing Dopamine” which is a neurotransmitter regulating emotion, cognition and the feelings of pleasure. Without us being aware, the brain sees sugar as important, and needs to be repeated again and again, this can be the start of an addiction to sugar.
When sugar from any source is consumed, it travels through the digestive system into the blood stream and the brain. This causes the brain to activate the release of endogenous opioids and dopamine neurotransmitters, these are linked to the brains pleasure system which gives people a surge of pleasure and euphoria from sugary drinks and other sugar laden products.
When we eat table sugar
When we eat table sugar, apart from the excess insulin which can affect the circulatory system, our bodies break sugar down into glucose and fructose.
- Fructose, apart from a very small amount, is not really produced by our body, fructose is metabolised (changed) by the liver, changed into glycogen which is a molecule produced and stored mainly in the liver. Glycogen is a term that describes how the body stores glucose for future use.
- It’s the store of glycogen that is used to control blood sugar levels and other parts of the body.
- There is a hormone called glucagon, very similar to the spelling glycogen, however glucagon has the opposite effect on the body compared to insulin, both insulin and glucagon are hormones that need to work together to keep blood sugars at the correct levels.
- However, glucagon has a different impact on people with diabetes, it can be responsible for raising blood sugar levels too high. More about diabetes, especially type 2 will be in the members section, suggesting ways to manage type 2 diabetes, and how glucagon impacts type 1 diabetes in a different way.
- Fructose which is sugar is all carbohydrate, (Carbs) plus there are zero essential elements in carbs, however it’s carbs that give you energy, your body consumes carbs from foods, your body converts carbs into glucose which is the source of energy.
- Like many things in life there’s two sides to most discussions, this also applies to carbohydrates, there are two types of carbs, these are referred to as, simple and complex carbs. Simple carbs come in cereals with added sugar, white bread, sugary snacks etc. it’s these simple carbs that go straight into the bold stream causing your blood sugar to spike and accumulate fat around the body.
- Complex carbs are different in the way, unlike simple carbs that virtually go straight into the bloodstream, complex carbs take a lot longer to be broken down into glucose, resulting in drip feeding the bloodstream with glucose that gives longer term energy and less spikes in blood sugar.
- Complex carbs are in many foods such as barley, oats, green vegetables, sweet potatoes, beans, peas and more. There is much more ongoing information about carbs, diet, obesity, genetics, physical activity and inactivity in the members section.
To conclude, one thing is for sure, sugar doesn’t contain any nutrients, plus many doctors claim that evidence is increasingly showing that sugar is a ‘Risk Factor’ not only for blood pressure but for many other diseases, especially Type 2 diabetes.
Sucrose is more commonly known as table sugar which comes from sugar cane. The sugar cane is picked, shredded and crushed to remove the natural juice, it’s then boiled which causes it to thicken, once it cools down it leaves rich molasses crystals.
- It is then spun at high speed which removes the molasses leaving the white crystals of sugar we see on our table. Sucrose (Table Sugar) is also a simple sugar which is a carbohydrate.
- One of the differences between sucrose and fructose is the way the body breaks it down, once sucrose gets into the bloodstream it activates the release of insulin from the pancreas, unlike fructose which doesn’t have the same reaction from the pancreas.
- Again, like fructose, sucrose is converted into glucose, any excess is stored in the liver, referred to as glycogen. If the storage space in the liver is exceeded, it is then stored as fat in tissue causing obesity, the increase in risk of type 2 diabetes and other medical complications.
Obesity and Sugar
Although there are many foods that can cause a person to be obese, sugar comes high, if not at the top of the list. Many studies have taken place over recent years. Researchers have found substantial links between a high sugar diet and people classed as obese. There is also evidence that people classed as obese when questioned by doctors and diet specialists, give inaccurate levels of their consumption of sugar.
I’ve also discovered evidence that obese people have no idea how much they’re eating, resulting in eating too much food which can add to existing obesity. Some researchers report what seems a logical answer, saying people who eat sugar take in more calories, than they burn off in their daily life, lack of exercise or physical activity. More about obesity in the section “Managing Weight”.
Diabetes and Obesity
Diabetes and Obesity can go hand in hand, people who are classed as obese put their body’s in a state that stops the ability to manage insulin, which controls blood sugar levels and could lead to Type 2 Diabetes. To make things worse, sugar as mentioned has an impact on how the body manages insulin resistance and blood sugar levels.
An increase in sugar levels can cause spiking hunger, which in turn causes the body to crave more sugary carbohydrates. It’s a vicious circle that needs to be broken. More about diabetes and sugar in the separate section on “Diabetes.”
Sugar and Cancer
As explained above too much sugar and a sedentary life may lead to gaining weight and obesity. Research has asked the question, “Is there a link between sugars and the development of cancer?” Medical research has shown that an excess level of sugar in the diet, can cause obesity and being overweight which can increase your chances of developing cancer.
The most common are breast cancer and cancer of the large intestine, most commonly known as bowel cancer. I have made this brief reference to cancer as hypertension (High Blood Pressure) can have a detrimental effect on cancer treatments. There are many websites that are dedicated to cancer, these are just a few of the excellent websites you may wish to visit.
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What are Sugars?
Sugars are carbohydrates required by the body for energy. The are different types of sugars, the most common, are referred to as:
(1) Simple Sugars also called “Simple Carbohydrates” contain sucrose which is made up of fructose and glucose. In everyday life, sucrose is known as table sugar.
(2) Complex Sugars make a big difference to weight loss compared to simple sugars. Complex sugars take longer to breakdown, releasing sugar slowly into the bloodstream, allowing time for people to burn them up before they change to fat. Simple sugars breakup quickly and a cause weight gain.
If you’re curious, the subject of sugars is endless and so interesting, do some research, you’ll find, “A disaccharide is a double sugar formed when two Monosaccharides, which are Simple Sugars are joined together by Glycosidic Linkage, good luck.
Carbohydrates are a hot topic discussed daily by people wanting a better diet, managing weight, managing side effects of carbohydrates etc. and what carbs should I eat? Before I continue, lets recap on what carbohydrates do for your body.
- Carbohydrates provide the main nutrients required by the body.
- Carbohydrates provide around 50% of the calories needed by the body.
- Carbohydrates are the main source of fuel, providing the body with energy.
- Carbohydrates are changed into glucose, by the digestive system, also referred to as blood sugar.
- Carbohydrates are needed to give you energy for physical activity.
- Carbohydrates are needed to maintain brain function and organs.
- Carbohydrates also play an important role in the small and large bowel (The Intestines) and removing waste from the body.
- Carbohydrates also breakdown fatty acids and play a part in preventing “Ketosis”. A Ketogenic diet is covered separately in this section.
The information below takes a different view and differs from the information above. Please read carefully, and remember Carbohydrates are sugars, referred to as simple and complex. The difference between a simple and complex carbohydrates is in how quickly they are digested and absorbed into the bloodstream.
A brief synopsis...
Sugar contains zero essential elements in people’s diet. Sugar causes many dental problems. Sugar in beverages such a tea and coffee etc. can raise blood pressure. A diet high in sugar, not just added sugar, may also stimulate the liver, which can release harmful fats into the bloodstream. These conditions initiated from sugar have been known to increase the chances of cardiovascular disease.
- Added sugar is a poison, added sugar is said to be one of the worst ingredients in the Western diet, it’s also considered extremely toxic.
- Added sugar can also contribute to many serious health conditions and disease.
- Added sugar is considered harmful to the human body and can be a cause of inflammation, weight gain and hypertension.
- Drinking beverages that has added sugar can raise blood pressure.
- A diet high in sugar has been known to stimulate the liver resulting in the liver releasing dangerous fats into the blood stream.
- Added sugar to your diet could result in your liver and all cells becoming resistant to insulin. There is a condition called Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) which puts people at risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes.
- Insulin is a hormone that assists your body to use sugar (glucose) for energy as well as to store glucose for future use. If your cells become resistant to insulin, the is a possibility it could lead to Type 2 diabetes. More about diabetes in a separate section.
- A scientist has argued, sugar is as dangerous as cocaine and tobacco!
- Sugar as mentioned can cause problems with dental hygiene, sugar provides the energy that’s easily digested by bad bacteria in the mouth.