Dangers of Sugar Intake

Submitted by yobe on Fri, 03/13/2009 - 12:25pm.

As I was researching this article, I surfed the web and was surprised to find that the majority of the websites that mention sugar say that it is fine to eat in moderation. Most of them say that your body turns all food to glucose regardless of the kind of food eaten, so whether you eat sugar, vegetables, or steak is irrelevant. I was shocked that the health care professionals who wrote these pages could be so short-sighted.

First of all, it is true that your body converts all foods to glucose. However, there is an important difference between sugar and those other foods.....meat, fruits, and vegetables all have vitamins, minerals, enzymes, and amino acids. Sugar has none of those things to assist in its digestion and absorption. As a result, metabolizing refined sugar puts the body at a severe nutritional disadvantage.

Here are some studies that have been done on sugar and its effects. I don't know how those health care professionals can say that sugar is ok after reading these studies. This is information that has been around for some time, too, and should be well known.

First of all, in 1973 the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a study by A. Sanchez et al, "Role of sugars in human neutrophilic phagocytosis", November, 1180-1184, showing that ingesting 100 grams of simple sugar lowers white blood cell activity for up to five hours. He got this result using processed honey, table sugar, and processed orange juice. This translates into a 50% reduction in the ability of white blood cells to engulf bacteria. The immune suppressing effect begins within ten minutes of ingesting the sugar.

Lowered white blood cell activity means your immune system and it's ability to fight infection, is impaired.

The general public believes that the orange juice they buy at the store is healthy....however, once the fresh squeezed juice has been pasteurized, it no longer has any live enzymes, and the vitamin and mineral content has been greatly reduced. In essence, the processing of the juice renders it the same as refined white sugar, because it does not contain the lifegiving substances which help the natural sugar to be metabolized.

Honey would give the same result unless it is raw, UNHEATED honey. This means that in the processing of the honey, the temperature cannot exceed 96 degrees fahrenheit, or the live enzymes in the honey will be destroyed as well.

Since most people do not drink fresh squeezed orange juice, or go to the trouble to make sure their honey is unheated during processing, they are feeding their bodies pure sugar without knowing it.

Now think about the amount of sugars that the average person gets in their daily diet.....it's no wonder that so many people are sick these days. Their immune systems are constantly operating below their optimum levels.

Again, in 1976 a study was published in the journal Dental Survey. In this study, J.R. Ringsdorf found that drinking 24 ounces of cola depressed the activity of a kind of white blood cell call a neutrophil that eats bacteria. He found that this reduction in activity lasted for at least five hours. Another good study was in 1977 by J. Bernstein et al. called Depression of lymphocyte transformation following oral glucose ingestion, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Volume 30, page 613.

In 1991, T.W. Jones et al. published an article called Independent effects of youth and poor diabetes control on responses to hypoglycemia in children. It was published in Diabetes, Volume 40, pages 358-63. These researchers found that sugar increases adrenalin, a stimulating hormone secreted by the adrenal glands. It was also found that this adrenalin increase was far more pronounced in children than in adults, which might account for why children often have hyperactivity problems when their diet contains refined sugars.

When sugar is constantly in the diet, the pancreas must constantly produce insulin. When sugar is continually overused, the pancreas eventually wears out and is no longer able to clear sugar from the blood, and diabetes is often the result. This tendency toward diabetes rises severely after menopause. Also, for some people, they have enough insulin but the cells have become insulin-resistant, so they do no absorb the insulin to facilitate absoption of glucose.

Sugar also increases the urinary output of essential vitamins and minerals. According to L. K. Massey in Acute effects of dietary caffeine and sucrose on urinary mineral excretion in healthy adolescents Nutr. Res 8(9): 1988, calcium loss through the urine doubles when a soft drink containing sugar is consumed. Cola drinks containing both caffeine and sugar caused the greatest calcium and bone loss in these subjects.

White, refined sugar is also bleached with Chlorine Bleach, a substance that many people are sensitive to. Chlorine, when it combines with organic compounds, converts to Dioxin, a lethal chemical. No one should ever consume any substances that have been exposed to chlorine or chlorine bleach, nor use paper products that have been bleached.

Some of the other effects of sugar on the body are:

*Increases overgrowth of candida yeast organism

*Increases chronic fatigue

*Can trigger binge eating in those with bulima

*Increases PMS symptoms

*Increases hyperactivity in about 50% of children

*Increases tooth decay

*Increases anxiety and irritability

*Can increase or intensify symptoms of anxiety and panic in susceptible women

*Can make it difficult to lose weight because of constantly high insulin levels, which causes the body to store excess carbs as fat.


Sugar is easily replaced in the diet by an herb called stevia. The whole herb or the liquid or powdered extract can be used. This herb is 200 times more sweet than sugar, but it has NO CALORIES, and does NOT raise blood sugar. It was introduced to Europe by the Spanish Conquistidors in the 16th century, and was used extensively in Europe for decades with no known side effects, before it was outlawed by the EU. It has been used for hundreds of years in Brazil. It is a truly natural dietary supplement. It can be used in hot or cold foods, and can be cooked with. It has no aftertaste, and is non-carcinogenic. It is a lifesaver for diabetics, for it helps regulate blood sugar.

I hope you will choose to increase your family's level of health by not using sugar, and not supporting the sugar industry by buying sugar or products containing sugar.

By Judie C. Rall - Posted on 29 June 2006 Source: unhinderedliving.com

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Submitted by yobe on Fri, 03/13/2009 - 12:25pm.