Sugar – The Good and the Bad

February 16, 2013 Nutrition

sugarAlthough sweets are said to cheer us up when we are sad, the effects of refined sugar on our health can be disastrous. Studies carried out in Korea on men and women showed that a high glucose level in blood (greater than 140 mg/dL) increases the risk of cancer. In men the strongest association between a high glucose level and cancer was for pancreatic cancer and significant links were also found for cancer of the liver colon/rectum or esophagus. In women the most predominant cancers associated with sugar were of the liver and cervix.

 Nevertheless, the effects of sugar on our body are numerous and most of them really scary. Nancy Appleton, PhD and G.N. Jacobs identified 143 ways in which sugar can affect our health “Suicide by Sugar”. Here are just a few:

- It reduces the body’s ability to defend against bacterial infection.

It causes a decline in tissue elasticity and function.

– It interferes with the body’s absorption of calcium and magnesium.

It can lead to acidity of the digestive tract.

– It can cause premature aging.

– It can cause tooth decay and periodontal disease.

– It can be the cause gastric or duodenal ulcers.

– It can cause arthritis.

– It can cause varicose veins.

– It can increase cholesterol.

It can cause appendicitis.

It intake is associated with the development of Parkinson’s disease.

– It can cause pathological changes in the kidney.

– It destroys a digestive enzyme, which makes digestion more difficult.

– It can decrease testosterone production.

– It can cause cancer of the rectum.

– It can damage the pancreas.

You can see all the possible effects of sugar consumption here.

But let’s also have a brief look on how our body works: our cells need energy. Oxygen and carbon – sugars or carbohydrates – combine to create cellular energy: ATP (Adenosine Triphosphate). The digestion process separates the food into simple elements – in case of sugars, in glucose or fructose, which is combined with oxygen, resulting cellular energy. When we consume complex sugars the body is left with an excess of sugar. This excess of sugar has two negative effects: activates fungi in order to eliminate the unwanted sugar and causes excessive acidosis.

The good news is there is also healthy sugar: that contained by fruits is essential to get the energy we need. This is the good sugar, which cleans our lymphatic system. More clearly, regarding the myth that the sugars in the fruits “feed” fungi, this only applies to overly ripe fruit and indeed to fermented food, like cheese or bread and complex sugars in general. So, stay as far away as possible from complex sugars and don’t avoid fruits, which can make us healthier and more energetic!

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