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Sugar - The American Fix

by Mark Anthony

Sugar has developed itself into a market of desire. We always want what we shouldn't have. Everywhere you look, sugar always preys on the emotions for it's sales. You will never see an advertisement trying to sell you sugar because it's good for you.


Now the retailers do try to hide the sugar. They will tell you all the other qualities of a product like; fat free, cholesterol free, or gluten free, just to keep your mind off of the high sugar content that is so bad for us. The other ways they will try to hide the sugar is in a number of different names like, corn syrup, agave nectar, beet sugar, dextrose, fructose, sucrose, and the list goes on with over 50 different names.


It really doesn't matter if your looking at sugar, or honey, or agave nectar, or maple syrup, it's all sugar, and it's all bad for you. In fact, honey has 20% more calories than sugar and as been known to have the highest rates of pesticides. High fructose corn syrup is the increasingly larger portion of sodas and processed foods. It packs more calories and health problems into us and more profit into food processing companies.


Some health experts argue that the issue is bigger than mere calories. The theory goes like this: The body processes the fructose in high fructose corn syrup differently than it does old-fashioned cane or beet sugar, which in turn alters the way metabolic-regulating hormones function. It also forces the liver to kick more fat out into the bloodstream. The end result is that our bodies are essentially tricked into wanting to eat more and at the same time, we are storing more fat.


In the last 20 years, based on gross production figures, we have increased sugar consumption in the U.S. by another 26 pounds to an average of 135 lbs. of sugar per person per year! Prior to the turn of the century, the average consumption was only 5 lbs. per person per year!


There is no nutritional value in sugars whatsoever and there are only harmful results occurring from the consumption of sugar, It actually robs the body of nutrition, because it takes much more of our bodies resources to digest the empty calories. Sugar robs our body of chromium, copper, magnesium, and calcium. You see, Sugar can suppress the immune system so your body can't function normally.


Sugar is one of the most addictive substances on the planet. In a study with mice, one group of mice were addicted to cocaine and another group was addicted to sugar. When faced with walking over burning hot coals, the the cocaine addicted mice would not walk over the coals, but the sugar addicted mice would.


We all know about the massive problem with diabetes. which kills over 3.2 million people a year. But beyond that, sugar in all forms is linked to a great number of sicknesses and disease.
Sugar causes kidney damage. Sugar increase the risk of coronary heart disease
Sugar causes hypoglycemia. Sugar causes hypertension. Sugar causes food allergies.
Sugar increases risk of blood clots and strokes. Sugar also contributes to hyperactivity, anxiety, depression, concentration difficulties, crankiness and mood swings.
This is just a fraction of the sickness and diseases that are directly related to Sugar. There are surmounting evidences from Universities all over the world as to the devastating effects that sugar has on the body.


Obesity and overweight have a huge spotlight in the world today and the United States has the biggest changes of any country on the plant. And it's all related to lifestyles.


Statistically:
Overweight numbers have not changed much over the last 40 years:
Overweight Age Brackets:
18-29 years old: had the biggest increase from 20% up to 28%
30-44 years old: Overweight went down from 32% down to 31%
45-64 years old: Overweight went down from 38% down to 34%
65+ years old: Has stayed unchanged

 

But Now for the alarming Obesity Rate:
18-29 years old: Obesity has gone up from 9% up to 23%
33-44 years old: Obesity has gone up from 15% up to 35%
45-64 years old: Obesity has gone up from 19% up to 41%
65+ years old: Obesity rate has gone up from 20% to 30%

 

This is absolutely astounding that we are excelling at such a high rate into the obesity categories. It's the overweight people who are getting obese and then were adding more people getting into the overweight category to replace them. And one of the biggest causes is the overconsumption of sugar. These are just statistical facts.


We all know that sugar is one of the main causes of weight gain and obesity. If you just look at the simple labels when it comes to calories, sugars are second only to oil.

You see excess weight comes from excess sugars, excess fats, and excess calories, and 1 tablespoon of sugar contains 45 calories, Agave nectar is even higher at 60 calories, and honey is at 65 calories per tablespoon. That's a huge amount of calories for a little tablespoon of food. And comparatively look at an orange which only has 60 calories for the whole orange. Sugars have over 10 times more calories by volume than most any other other non refined products.

 

Even with all the facts presented in front of us, we continue to consume sugars in record numbers. Rather it be because of a lack of willpower, or ignorance to the problem, it is continuing to kill millions of people every year because of the lifestyle decisions we are making. Why?

Emory University Medical School along with dozens of other validating studies have projected claims that the sugar high you get is not just effecting your physical dependency, it also develops an emotional depression. this emotional depression triggers your desire to consume more sugar and the cycle continues. This trend has been found in both people who are overweight and normal weight people. Dr. Charles Raison and others have shown how is has the same addictive effects that a alcoholic and even a addictive gambler would have. It is a related aspect into the emotional drive and not just the physical dependancy.


This is why is is a far more difficult health issue. It's a multi-dependency drug. The other major factor in this roadblock to a healthier lifestyle is that it is not considered to be a physical or emotional addiction, therefore, keeping sugar as simple weakness or not a physical health problem whatsoever, it is really difficult to treat any dependency without acknowledging that is is a problem in the first place.

And the government is not helping the situation, they have actually been supporting the sugar industry for years. According to the USDA Farm Bill Forum, the government pays for every pound of sugar that is produced at an alarming rate. The government pays 18.0 cents per pound for every single pound of raw cane sugar on the market, and 22.9 cents per pound for every pound of refined beet sugar on the market. This is absolutely horrifying to think that we, as a nation, support such an unhealthy product as sugar.


With all the concerns of health care, our focus is never on the prevention. If we were to quit spend these billions of dollars for all the sugar on the market, the sugar products would be more expensive, and people would be eating a lot less of it. This would result in a lot less sickness and disease and in reality eliminate the need for any health care.

 

There are many ways to produce sugar free desserts and treats. So instead of having a sugar snack or dessert, go sugar free or even better, go for the fresh fruit for your sweet treat.

 

This is Mark Anthony, saying, "Live Better, Eat Vegan" and Eat Sugar Free!
www.chefmarkanthony.com

 

 

Sources: Here are some of the sources that I use. When I am researching elements, I generally try to find a number of backings and not just one. When it comes to the statistics, you will notice that I often use a range or apx. # because of the range of different results from different sources.

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