Sugar is messing up our insides

How can something that tastes so good be so bad?  We have all heard the talk, sugar is bad for you. Could they be right, could sugar really be toxic and the cause of so many problems?

We eat fruit that has natural fructose, but this is different because we are getting lots of nutrients plus fiber at the same time which does not have the same effect as processed sugar.

Obesity, type 2 diabetes and heart disease are at all time highs in the US.  That’s 1 out of every 3 adults is obese, not to mention the bad stats on heart disease.  It never used to be this way.  Food manufacturers have increased the amount of fructose in our sugar, that’s what makes sugar so sweet. They have created a high fructose corn syrup­­­­, that is cheaper to manufacture and is used in more and more mass produced cheap sweet treats and sodas since the 70’s.  It helps product stay on the shelves longer but it is also this fructose that does damage to our body.

For those trying to lose weight, sugar is causing your leptin signal to become off kilter. The leptin hormone tells your brain that you are full. Sugar messes up that signal so your brain does not get the message. You tend to eat more than you should and thus gain weight.  It causes your pancreas to work hard to produce insulin in order to regulate the sugar in our bloodstream. The more sugar the harder the pancreas has to works. This overworking of the pancreas is what causes obesity and even diabetes, and a host of other issues.

It is really hard to get away from sugar or high fructose corn syrup if you are not carefully reading these food labels.  Sugar is now added to almost all processed foods.  HFCS is more addictive than normal white sugar, and is sweeter so it is definitely causing more insulin spikes than normal sugar.

HFCS is made up of 55% fructose and 45% glucose. The fructose is unbound and splits off and goes directly into your liver and produces fats like triglycerides and cholesterol.  While sugar is split 50% fructose and 50% glucose  and is completely bound and will not split off and cause the same damage.

HFCS is not natural, but is genetically modified, and  contains glyphosate (roundup pesticides).  This leads to our toxic overload when it comes to diseases like Cancer, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Alzheimers. The high heat process of making HFCS means there is no nutritional benefit left from corn.

HFCS is what is causing our digestive imbalances, IBS and leaky gut syndrome where undigested proteins enter our bloodstream and cause inflammation and damage over time.

As students that are taking our health into our own hands, we need to avoid the high fructose corn syrup and even products whose first couple of ingredients are cane sugar whether organic or not.  We need to send a message with our purchasing dollars that we don’t want high fructose in our food.  If we stop buying they will eventually stop making.

Now is there any question that sugar is BAD news?