Sugar … don’t you just love it? And it loves you, too, right? Wrong!
Sugar is bad for your body! Period. It lurks in just about every food imaginable and also some unimaginable ones. Did you know potato chips had sugar in them? There is sugar in ketchup, TV dinners, soups, crackers, salad dressing and peanut butter. Sugar abounds in most processed foods. If you want to avoid the bad sugars, stick with foods as close to a la natural as possible. God knew what He was doing when He created our supply of food (Genesis 1:29-30). Our Standard American Diet (SAD) has not been true to the diet God intended for His beloved children.
Sugar stalks us under many aliases: honey, dextrose, fructose (fruit sourced), sucrose (table sugar), corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, sorbitol, fruit juice concentrate, galactose, lactose, polydextrose, mannitol, sorbitol, xylitol, maltodextrin, agave, and turbinado sugar. You know that glass of fruit juice each morning and the cranberry juice you drink for a healthier urinary tract? Both are loaded with
sugar … natural as well as that “added” by the manufacturer. These contribute to the 150 pounds of sugar consumed per year by the average American adult. But, the worst offender, by far, is soda–including diet soda! Drink more pure water.
Not only is sugar bad for your teeth, blood sugar levels, and wardrobe budget, but researchers DiNicolantonio and Lucan, of St. Luke’s Mid America Health Institue and Montefiore Medical Center, respectively, wrote, “Added sugars probably matter more than dietary sodium for hypertension, and fructose in particular may uniquely increase cardiovascular risk by inciting metabolic dysfunction and increasing blood pressure variability, myocardial oxygen demand, heart rate, and inflammation.”
Sugar throws our bodies into an acidic state which creates inflammation, ripens the environment for bacteria growth and causes our immune systems to temporarily shut down. The additional bad news is that MRIs have shown that the same centers in the brain that “light up” after cocaine use shine just as brilliantly after sugar consumption. Both substances cause similar addictive responses.
To add a positive comment, I recently had an “A–ha!” moment concerning sugar. When I removed all unnatural sugar from my diet for three weeks and cut down on the carbohydrates in breads, pasta, and crackers, etc. (they convert to sugar), my body switched to burning fat for energy instead of sugar. Some mornings I awoke to find that I had lost weight during the night because my body was burning fat for energy … and I wasn’t even trying to loose weight.
If you realize sugar is stalking you, put an end to it immediately. Sugar is not your friend. In fact, it could ultimately kill you. Your body is the temple of the Lord. Honor it with the best fuel possible (1 Cor. 6:19).
What are you going to do with the information you have gleaned from this article? What sugary foods and drinks can you exchange for something healthier?