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Facts About The Human Body
31st August 2017

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Sugar is a Poison & Toxic

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...

 

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.

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To conclude

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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

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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

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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.
Click any of the links below to view more information:

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

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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...

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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.

A quote by Rob Stark/Alamy:

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"Spoonful’s of sugar are likely to lead to spoonful’s of medicine!"

The worst thing you can eat is sugar

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Leading medical and nutrition experts called for a 20-30% reduction in sugar added to packaged and processed foods over the next 3-5 years. The expert group, ‘Action on Sugar’, estimates that this change would result in a reduction of roughly 100 calories each person eats per day, and will eventually assist to reverse the obesity epidemic. The media has picked up on this statement in a huge way, with headlines like ‘Sugar is the ‘new tobacco’, and ‘Sugar is now enemy number one in the western diet. While these headlines sound sensationalist, they are right.
A sickening amount of sugar is added to many processed foods. Some culprits are obvious. There are 9 teaspoons of sugar in a can of regular Coke or Pepsi, but others are surprising. Heinz tomato soup has 4 teaspoons of sugar per serving. Add two slices of white bread to that soup at nearly a teaspoon of sugar, another teaspoon or two in your coffee or tea, and that’s your entire daily sugar allowance. Sugar should comprise no more than 5% of daily energy intake, which is about 6 teaspoons per day for women and 8 teaspoons per day for men. And what is the big deal about sugar? A calorie is a calorie – right? Well, not so much. The calories provided by sugar are void of nutrition.
Action on Sugar (www.actiononsugar.org) states: Added sugar is a very recent phenomenon (circa 150 years) and only occurred when sugar, obtained from sugar cane, beet and corn became very cheap to produce. No other mammal eats added sugar and there is no requirement for added sugar in the human diet. This sugar is a totally unnecessary source of calories, gives no feeling of fullness and is acknowledged to be a major factor in causing obesity and diabetes both in the UK and worldwide.

 
Humans have no dietary requirement for sugar. Dr Aseem Malhotra, the science director of ‘Action on Sugar’, emphasizes that the body does not require carbohydrates from sugar added to foods. Furthermore, high sugar intake may reduce the ability to regulate caloric intake, with consumption of sugar leading to eating more sugar, overeating, and ultimately to weight gain. Added sugar therefore presents a ‘double jeopardy’ of empty caloric intake that triggers further unnecessary consumption.
Dr Malhotra states that sugar is in fact ‘essential to food industry profits and lining the pockets of its co-opted partners’. The sugar/food industry has tremendous power, sponsoring high-profile sporting events, gaining celebrity endorsements, and employing psychological techniques in their ubiquitous advertising. Maliciously, they target children, who are vulnerable to advertising and to giving in to a sweet tooth. The politics of the sugar industry have been covered by this blog in another post. Essential to their tactics is heavy resistance against the scientific links between sugar and obesity.

Sugar Nutrition UK

Sugar Nutrition UK states that ‘the balance of available evidence does not implicate sugar in any of the ‘lifestyle diseases’‘. The American Sugar Association website states that ‘sugar is a healthy part of a diet’. and on top of that, the food industry sponsors scientific research that is biased towards showing no link between sugar and adverse health problems.
Evidence from a past review found that research on sugar-sweetened beverages and obesity is more likely to find no association between the two when funded by the food industry. Clearly, there is a long way to go in fighting against the paradigm of today’s food environment, which is largely dictated by the industry. ‘Action on Sugar’ has some important aims to this end: in addition to reducing sugar in processed foods by 20-30%, they aim to reach a consensus with the food industry that sugar is linked to obesity and other negative health effects, to improve nutritional labelling of added sugar content using a traffic light system, and to ensure that scientific evidence is translated into government policy to reduce sugar. Their full list of aims can be found at the Action on Sugar website, their details are listed at the end of this section.
These aims are likely to be successful, as they are modelled off sodium reduction efforts that have led to an estimated reduction of sodium in packaged foods ‘between 20 and 40%, with a minimum reduction of 6,000 strokes and heart attack deaths per year, and a healthcare saving cost of GBP 1.5 billion, approximately USD $2.5 billion.
What can we do as individuals? The first step is educating oneself, so if you’ve read this far then you’re one step ahead. Always read nutritional labelling on packaged foods carefully to determine how much sugar is in what you’re eating. Katharine Jenner, nutritionist and campaign director of ‘Action on Sugar’ states that you can ‘wean yourself off the white stuff’ by cutting down on using it at home, but the main source of sugar in our diets remains that added during the processing of manufactured food, a simple solution is, don’t eat processed food.
The best thing is to heavily cut down on packaged, processed foods in favour of whole, unprocessed foods. Do this, if not only for your individual health, but to stop supporting an industry that compromises the well-being of the world’s population for financial profit. The worst thing you can do is eat sugar.

SOME THOUGHTS ON TABLE SALT

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TABLE SALT is the common name for Sodium Chloride and consumption should still be kept within safe guidelines.
Too much in your food may cause an increase in blood pressure. It is generally accepted that the daily recommended amount of salt is no more than 6 grams, that’s less than a quarter of one ounce.
Some people have been known to think sodium levels are the same as recommended salt levels. For reference salt is 40% sodium plus 60% chloride. Should people be confused, they could think that 6g of sodium is the recommended dose, they would be wrong, 6g of sodium is in fact 15g of salt, more than twice the daily suggested dose. To work out the amount of salt in sodium use this formula. Salt = Sodium x 2.5. Eating 2.4g of sodium per day, equals 6g of salt, which is the current recommended daily allowance.
It is possible for the body to have low sodium levels, the condition is called Hyponatraemia, it’s also possible to overdose on salt, a condition called Hypernatremia which can in certain circumstances be fatal.

BLOOD PRESSURE

Blood pressure can be linked to many things, one being salt, apart from the salt from the salt shakersaltshaker, a lot of salt is in many oven ready meals. Researchers have found that sugar can also cause blood pressure to increase. Especially when the sugar intake leads to people storing fat, in turn this can cause obesity and cardiovascular problems which can have a further impact on blood pressure.

Life2Moro states it neither agrees or disagrees with the information in this section, the objective is to present a balanced view, providing information on which people can make informed decisions.


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