12,5 million black people were shipped to the Americas from the 1500s to mid 1800s to work on the sugar plantations. Many suffered immensely and died an early death just to please white man's need for this substance. Is it Karma by any chance, since millions of people are today suffering immensely and are also dying an early death – all because of sugar.
The most common names/ structures of Sugar
Below sugars are also found in almost all processed foods
- Sucrose is a mix of fructose and glucose also know as table sugar or most other sugars - brown or white
- Fructose (found in fruits, berries, vegetables) It does NOT spike insulin release, but is stored as fat)
- Glucose (found in fruits, berries, vegetables, honey and
syrups & liquid sources)
- Lactose (found in milk and dairy)
- Maltose (found in malted drinks and beer)
Sugar (almost 100% carbs) and other carbohydrates change name and structure once they enter the body. They are referred to as glucose. At any one time your body has approx 5 grs of glucose in the system which is just a heaped teaspoon of sugar - that's all it needs, that's all it wants.
If you don't eat any sugar or carbs your liver makes it (glucose), this is called Gluconeogenesis. Sugar is toxic to the body and especially the brain, it is also very inflammatory and if eaten in excess can lead to many diseases such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, cancers, high blood pressure (hypertension), in fact almost all diseases known to man. It is also an addictive substance.
Four ounces/ 110grs of carbohydrates in the form of glucose, fructose, sucrose, honey or orange juice can reduce the ability of your white blood cells to destroy foreign invaders by up to 50%. This effect lasts about 5 hours. That's one litre of Coke/ Fanta or Orange Juice. A healthy body starts in the gut, and so does an unhealthy body......... If you consume too much sugar daily, poor health is almost guaranteed.
"We have an epidemic of diabetic in six month old babies. It's the sugar.” Doctor Robert Lustig MD
Sugar has NO nutritional value whatsoever. An over consumption of sugar and especially during a period of time, is likely to cause Insulin Resistance. This is now the Type 2 diabetic stage, but you have been pre-diabetic for many, many years. This will lead to many illnesses and chronic inflammations. This can be reversed by controlling your intake of carbs and sugars. Contact the Clinic for an appointment.
“Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children.” Goldman J et al
Artificial Sugars and Sweeteners
There have been been studies, involving many people, in the last years if drinking diet drinks in fact make you lose weight. Every single study shows the same - you don't.
Many autoimmune diseases are triggered by sugar but also by artificial sugar. In fact one diet drink a day can result in a three fold risk of developing Dementia and Stroke. The liver hasn't had time through evolution to actually know how to deal with these substances so they get lodged in your system
and activate inflammation and disrupt the immune system. This can lead to chronic pain and inflammation, cancer growth and of course autoimmunity diseases. You can get serious thyroid problems, such as Hashimoto's by drinking diet drinks.
One study, on the effects of artificial sweeteners on atherosclerosis (when plaque builds up inside the arteries leading to strokes, heart attacks and even death) , found these drinks create a 35 percent greater risk of metabolic syndrome and a 67 percent increased risk for type 2 diabetes. Sugar as well as artifical sugar are also linked to ADHD and Autism in children. We definately recommend a Hart Ketogenic Plan for these conditions.
Artificial sugar absolutely destroys most part of your healthy gut flora/ bacteria/ microbiota. This is the first port of call for health and avoiding autoimmune diseases.
A list of artificial sugar is coming soon showing the least worst, until then please drink water and just eat real food but avoid sugar/ sweeteners like the plague.