Sugar is a drug that’s refined from sugarcane. And while we have a “war on drugs”, our taxpayer dollars actually subsidize the sugar industry, making refined white sugar cheap and widely available to the entire population so that everyone can be equally hooked. – Mike Adams

These are the words of Mike Adams, also known as the Health Ranger, and I couldn’t have said it better myself. Many people find the sugar vs. sugar-free discussion a very controversial one. While there are health activists who compare it to poison and the most addictive drug on earth, there are many who dismiss these claims – not surprising, seeing as the sugar industry generates more than $100 Billion per year.

While it is true that sugar provides energy to the body it has also been scientifically proven that it is the cause of various health issues. Especially in today’s culture, considering that the average person in a Western Culture consumes nearly 90 kg of sugar per annum, compared to the 2 kg consumed per annum in the 1700’s. It’s no wonder that childhood obesity and early onset diabetes has become a common feature in our society. In 1890 only 3 people out of every 100 000 suffered from diabetes compared to 2015 where 8 000 out of every 100 000 people suffer from this detrimental disease.

  1. So what exactly do we know about sugar? Here are some of the important things to consider before you enjoy your next candy bar or carbonated drink:
    In 2008 a study proved that excess fructose that is not burned immediately can lead to leptin resistance. According to Dr Joseph Mercola:
    “Fructose also tricks the body into gaining weight by fooling your metabolism (it turns off the appetite-control system). Fructose does not appropriately stimulate insulin, which in turn does not suppress ghrelin (the “hunger hormone”) and doesn’t stimulate leptin (the “satiety hormone”), which together results in your eating more and developing insulin resistance.” This process also suppresses the immune system.
  2. A different study in 2009 found that glucose can lead the aging of your body cells which can lead to wrinkles and chronic diseases of the body and brain.
  3. Bad bacteria loves sugar, especially cancer with its anaerobic respiratory mechanism which basically feeds it.
  4. Sugar can lead to the decline in tissue elasticity in your body.

Interestingly enough, Dr Serge Ahmed of Bordeaux, France, proved that sugar is one of the most addictive substances out there. He conducted a study in which he used rats for the experiment.

Basically our body becomes addicted to the dopamine high one experiences after your body registers a sugar intake or ‘sugar rush’ as so many people call it. If you cut off your supply of sugar then you experience withdrawal (which will pass after 2 or 3 days) but the low feelings you experience during this time usually wins and then the sugar cycle starts from the beginning.

Another reason to reconsider your sugar intake is that the body can only break down complex carbohydrates found in whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables into glucose. Refined sugar is not broken down by the body and stored immediately whereas complex carbs have a slow release effect which allows the body to absorb nutrients and stimulate insulin production. If you struggle with a sweet tooth then opt for Lekker Sweets instead of your usual sugar bombs. Did you know that diabetic desserts, unlike unicorns, actually exist? There really is no excuse to stick to an unhealthy diet these days.

There are plenty of studies out there that explains the exact impact of sugar on our westernised diets, I encourage you to read up about it as much as possible. If you have any concerns or questions, please leave a comment below – we would love to hear from you!

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