The Dangers of Sugar and Sweeteners

Sugar – pure, white and deadly! Sugar is everywhere in our food. Naturally occurring in fruits and vegetables, but also added in liberal quantities to processed foods and drinks.

Although it tastes sweet, sugar acts like an acid in the body causing damage to artery walls, interfering with brain chemistry, promoting fat storage and disrupting blood sugar control.

Sugar triggers the pleasure/addiction centres in the brain and the more you eat, the more you want. But sugar is destructive to the health of your body. It disrupts blood sugar control, brain chemistry and leaves an acidic residue called Advanced Glycation End products or AGEs.

These literally age your body, causing damage to the cells structure both internally in the arteries and in your skin’s appearance.

Long term, excess sugar consumption can lead to diabetes, chronic fatigue, candida to name just a few health problems.

The toxins produced in an acidic body reduce the absorption of proteins, minerals and other nutrients. This in turn weakens the ability to produce enzymes, hormones and other chemicals which are needed for cell energy and organ function.

When the body becomes acidic mycotoxins form. One of these is acetaldehyde, which is created from the fermentation of sugar.

Acetaldehyde reduces the absorption of vital nutrients, decreasing your ability to produce enzymes and hormones. Not only does it decrease your ability to produce enzymes, it also destroys them thereby reducing cell energy.

Acetaldehyde destroys neurotransmitters, the chemicals responsible for all nerve impulses.

Acetaldehyde binds to the walls of red blood cells, making them less flexible. This means they are less able to perform their function of getting into the capilleries of the circulatory system to transport oxygen to cells.

Acetaldehyde in the body can reduce your strength and stamina making you feel fatigued, cloud your thinking and affect both brain and nervous system functioning.

Your liver converts Acetaldehyde to alcohol depleting your body of magnesium, sulphur, hydrogen and potassium, thereby reducing cell energy. It can produce the same symptoms as being drunk, making you dizzy or mentally confused.

“Ah, but I use sweeteners” I hear you say. Oh dear!

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Sorry, but artificial sweeteners are just as bad as sugar. They all break down into deadly acids in your body.

One of the most common sweeteners is aspartame. One of it’s ingredients, methyl alcohol, converts into formaldehyde which is a deadly neurotoxin and known carcinogen. (And yes, you’re right formaldehyde is used to embalm dead bodies.)

Formaldehyde turns into formic acid which is the poison that fire ants use! Hmmm, do you begin to wonder what place aspartame has in our food and drinks?

Artificial sweeteners have been shown to cause a wide array of symptoms such as:

headaches – migraines – dizziness – vertigo – seizures – depression – fatigue – palpitations, irritability – insomnia – vision problems – weight gain – joint pain – anxiety attacks – to name just a few!

Artificial sweeteners can also trigger or worsen arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes, fibromyalgia, brain tumours, MS, Parksinons Disease, Alzheimers Disease, systemic lupus, mental retardation, birth defects, thyroid disorders and epilepsy.

Sadly, many people use artificial sweeteners in the (mistaken) belief that it will help them lose weight. Your body simply doesn’t understand chemicals in food or drink. So if something tastes sweet, it assumes that that “something” is sugar and that there is too much sugar in the bloodstream. Your pancreas releases insulin to take the “excess sugar” out of the blood and dump it into fat stores.

If you feel that you really must have a substitute for sugar try stevia or xylitol.

Sugar and sweeteners can get hidden in the most unlikely places and so you have to be vigilant and check EVERYTHING that you buy. I’ve even found aspartame in multivitamin supplements! Most commonly you’ll find them in soft drinks, pop, soda, sauces (both sweet and savoury), cream, ice cream, cereal products, biscuits, cookies, cakes, candy bars and, wait for it, weightwatchers products!

The only real solution to avoiding sugar is to go back to basics and cook from fresh, natural ingredients.

Bread and potatoes increase breast cancer risk by nearly 30 per cent

Women who often eat bread, potatoes and root vegetables increase their chances of developing breast cancer by nearly 30 per cent.

But it’s not because the foods are bad – it’s because they are the most likely to contain cadmium, a toxic metal found in farm fertilizers. Plant-based foods and cereals – including bread and other cereals, potatoes and root vegetables such as turnips and parsnips – retain the highest levels of cadmium, which causes breast cancer.

The risk reached 27 per cent in women who had normal weight, although the overall risk in all women was 21 per cent, say researchers from the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, which reviewed the diet and health of 55,98 women over 12 years.

Levels of cadmium in the body can be reduced by eating whole grains and other vegetables, especially organic, say the researchers.

(Source: Cancer Research, 2012; 72: 1459-66).


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