Sugar

I hear all sorts of opinions about what diet is best. However, I don’t know of any qualified professional or scientific study that encourages people to eat refined sugar. Everyone seems to agree, sugar is bad.

But, why?

Offering no benefit beyond its taste, refined sugars like brown sugar, white sugar, cane sugar, corn syrup and the like wreak havoc on your entire body by speeding aging, weakening the immune system, and making you fatter (to name a few).

Aging is accelerated by sugar through a process called glycation. When this occurs, tissue elasticity reduces to cause skin sagging, dehydration, arterial stiffness, and poor organ function.  Sugar also causes the brain, nervous system, and eyes to age.

White blood cell counts are suppressed (oftentimes for several hours) after sugar consumption. White blood cells are the body’s first line of defense (once past the skin) against an invading virus or bacteria, leaving you susceptible to illness. This is increased with regular sugar consumption. It is like a bunch of little spies on your home front taking out all of your G.I. Joes.

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Ever notice that after you eat sugar, you often experience a rush of energy and good feeling, a “high”, only to be followed by fatigue, irritability, and poor concentration, a “low”? This happens because the simple sugars are quickly absorbed into the blood stream. The pancreas responds by pumping out insulin to stem the onslaught of blood sugar. The insulin goes around shooing the sugars into cells to be stored as, you guessed it, fat.

When the insulin’s job is properly done, you feel low and slow and begin to crave more sugar and the cycle repeats. This is a vicious cycle to get stuck in and can lead to obesity, high blood pressure, cholesterol, and diabetes.

Bottom line: cut out the sugar.

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Mary Jolley is the author of 6 Steps to Eating Green and writes regularly about health, diet and wellness at My Green Diet.

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