The Sweet Truth



Today the average American consumes 150 pounds of sugar a year compared to 12 pounds 200 years ago. That is a 1500 percent increase. If you do the math it is 52 teaspoons of sugar a day. I don't know about you, but I can not imagine sitting down and eating 52 teaspoons of sugar. But that is exactly what is happening on a daily basis.

It takes an approximately 400 to 500 generations for the body to physically adapt to such a drastic change to the diet. Presently our bodies are simply not built to handle it. This causes an array of health conditions. Obesity is the most obvious health condition. Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in America. The leading cause of obesity is sugar consumption.

Some of the other health conditions associated with excessive consumption of sugar are: hyperactivity in children, high blood pressure, allergies, cardiovascular disease, eczema, learning disabilities, dental cavities, atherosclerosis, anxiety, adult onset diabetes (in both adults and children), eating disorders and countless others.

Many people are aware of their over-consumption of sugar and try to cut back. The problem that arises is the hidden sources of sugar. There are many names for sugar, and many people don't realize this sweet deception. Manufacturers are clever at disguising sugar under many different names. It is important to become familiar with the different names of sugar products so that when you shop you can recognize them on food labels. Here are a few that you can familiarize yourself with:

Barley Malt

Beet Sugar

Brown Sugar

Cane Sugar

Corn Syrup

Diastic Malt

Ethyl Maltol

Fructose

Gluclose

Dextran

Dextrose

Diastase

Honey

Lactose Malt Syrup

Maltodextrin

Maltose

Mannitol Molasses

Raw Sugar Sorbitol

Sorghum Syrup

Sucrose

Xylitol

Sugar hinders the body's immune system and subjects people to infections and allergies. Sugar promotes an acidic environment in the body. An acidic system predisposes the body to many chronic health conditions and may lead to diseases such as cancer. Cancer thrives in an acidic pH environment. Cancer tumors exhibit a more acidic pH. It is crucial that people learn to regulate blood-glucose levels to promote an alkaline ph environment in the body. This can be accomplished through lifestyle changes, such diet,(as consuming sugar sparingly), exercise, weight loss and stress reduction.

Another effective tool to reduce the sugar overload to the bloodstream is to understand and use the glycemic index. The glycemic index gives you an idea how certain carbohydrates impact the body. Some carbohydrates are release more slowly into the bloodstream than others. To learn more about the glycemic idex, please check out: www.glycemicindex.com