Dangerous Delights: Are They Causing Your Sugar Intake To Spike?

Birthday cakes, Mom’s apple pie, Brownie a la mode, Girl Scout cookies, chocolate candy and even soft drinks. What do they all have in common? They  all have a high percentage of sugar.  And do they taste good? Absolutely. Are they so readily available every where we look? Absolutely. They are quick, fast, cheap and at our finger tips.  Thus, many of us get way  too much sugar. And, we might just be getting addicted to it. It’s not hard to do. But those dangerous delights are causing your sugar intake to take a big leap upwards, and that is not good for your health.

Sugar cravings is basically a term to explain that state of being where the person is not able to control his desire for sugar. He thinks about it, feels he has to have it. It can totally take over his thoughts until he gets it. Many people do not even recognize their sugar cravings for what it is. They just see it as: well, it tastes good, so I want it. The reality of it is: it’s the sugar intake that is talking to their body and wanting more, and more and more.

Think about this: when you have a steak, baked potato and salad for dinner, are you satisfied? Do you ever think of having a second one?  Probably not. It has fueled your body with the nutrients and calories it needs for energy and satisfaction.

When you have that piece of chocolate birthday cake, do you want a 2nd one?  Most of us do. Whether you go for it or not, is immaterial.  It is the wanting of it that will drive you crazy and go for it. That high sugar intake will cause your blood sugar to spike, and then plummet, and then you will look for something to bring you back up again.

There are two hormones affected by your sugar intake. They  are Adrenaline and Serotonin. Adrenalin is released whenever there is a high intensity activity. It uses a lot of energy. So you need to replenish it…and what do we reach for: more sugar. Serotonin is more of a feel good hormone. It is generally released in smaller amounts and exercise is an alternative way of getting it.

Stopping sugar cravings, by limiting your sugar intake, is important if you want to maintain safe sugar levels in your body. Excess sugar can have an adverse affect on your liver, pancreas, and overall health. I do not know of anyone who ever wanted to be a diabetic. Take small, consistent steps to reduce your sugar intake. Your body will thank you.

High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar and Your Health – Sugar, an Unhealthy Necessity

All By Itself, Sugar Can Do You In.

If you enjoy experiencing bigger and better health problems, get, and keep, plenty of sugar in your diet. Eventually it will kill you. It’s not that sugar is all bad. We need it. We need enough to feed the cells in our body. But sugar, in the quantities most of us are consuming these days, lurks in the background as we experience its hedonistic pleasures, quietly chipping away at our vulnerable immune system and opening the door to arthritis, asthma, high blood pressure, heart disease, and multiple sclerosis. Among other, equally serious illnesses.

It’s important to bear in mind the source of the sugar. Fruit has a lot of it. Vegetables have their share of it. Getting too much sugar from fruits and vegetables is a very remote possibility. But these days we’re being inundated with a source of sugar in a form that did not exist forty years ago. This stuff is everywhere! A hundred years ago, the average daily consumption of sugar was a bit less than one-quarter pound a day. Quite a leap up from 1700, when the average person only consumed about 4 pounds all year. Today we’re consuming double that, an average of a half pound of sugar every day! And for this we can thank the premiere discovery of the 70’s. That’s when the Japanese learned how to make high fructose corn syrup. And we’re effectively being forced to consume it whether we want it or not.

Look at the label on just about any processed food item you can pick up in your local market. Anyone doing so will be hard pressed to find a label that fails to list high fructose corn syrup among its ingredients. In the quantities we’re almost compelled to ingest it, this stuff is sheer poison! High Fructose Corn Syrup turns off the body’s regulating system that tells an individual to stop eating. The stuff makes us hungry, even when we’re not! HFCS It raises our uric acid levels, contributing to gout, heart disease, obesity, and hypertension. It’s cheap, it’s sweeter than table sugar, and it’s addictive, making it a marketer’s dream ingredient.

Ever wonder about the epidemic of childhood hypertension? Just about every soda you can think of is absolutely loaded with HFCS. The majority of Americans, and almost all kids, drink a lot of soda. The recommended amount of fructose to be consumed daily is 25 grams. That much fructose can be beneficial. The average can of soda contains 70 grams. How much do your kids drink? Never mind the “Lite” label. Look at the ingredients.

Fructose increases LDL cholesterol levels (the “bad” kind), and lowers HDL levels (the “good” kind). Fructose, in the quantities consumed today, has a multitude of toxic effects, including fatty liver disease, a condition usually associated with excessive alcohol consumption. Now, if you’re not convinced of all this, get off the stuff for about three months and see how much better you feel. Or would you rather indulge and continue to suffer?

Type 2 Diabetes, High Blood Sugar Levels and Oral Health!

Type 2 diabetics can develop a host of oral health issues if steps are not taken to prevent them. Periodontal or gum disease is a common complication of type 2 diabetes, as high blood sugar levels raise the risk of developing this problem, and the problem in turn often raises blood sugar levels. Glucose is excreted into your saliva when your blood sugar level is high… this may contribute further to you having cavities. You can develop tooth decay from these high blood sugar levels, not because you eat too many sweet foods.

Fortunately, preventing periodontal disease can be fairly easy with good oral care.

Dry mouth is another common side effect of diabetes and can be supremely annoying, especially at night. It can also promote tooth decay, as the lack of saliva leaves your teeth unprotected from acids and bacteria, which would otherwise be diluted. A humidifier can help at night, as can cutting out caffeine, alcohol and tobacco in the hours leading up to bedtime. During the day you can sip water or sugarless drinks to keep your mouth from feeling dry.

Hard candy or chewing gum sweetened with xylitol can also decrease dry mouth. Xylitol is a type of carbohydrate that will not be broken down completely by your body, and thus has little to no effect on your blood sugar levels. Xylitol can also decrease plaque on your teeth, meaning better oral health and less risk of periodontal disease. Some studies show that Xylitol actually increases bone density and promotes collagen growth, leading to better jaw and teeth health.

Sugar-free chewing gum is also a good way to promote dental health without increasing blood sugar, and can increase saliva in your mouth as well. Chewing gums containing magnolia bark can also help eliminate bad breath provided the gum is chewed for at least five minutes. Diabetics often have a sharp smell to their breath that is difficult to mask.

Sugar free candy containing licorice root can kill bacteria that causes tooth decay without adversely affecting blood sugar levels. So can certain beverages, such as oolong tea or cranberry juice; reducing acid as well as making it harder for unattached bacteria to stick to plaque already present in your mouth. Cranberry juice should be drunk in very small servings as the natural sugar can cause a spike in your blood sugar levels.

Its also wise for type 2 diabetes to see their dentist regularly… also ask for advice about your dental hygiene so you can minimize any risk of damage. Don’t forget to tell your dentist you have type 2 diabetes.

Ahh the Sweet Stuff, How Are You Getting Your Sugar Fix?

Don’t shoot the messenger here, but this one is SO important. But firstly lets eliminate a common point of confusion. There is glucose that is manufactured in the body, which is ever present in the blood and essential as the brain wouldn’t function without it.

Then there is Glucose/Sugar, which is taken externally. This includes: lactose, which is milk sugar; maltose which is malt sugar; dextrose or ‘corn sugar’; fructose, which is fruit sugar; sucrose, which is refined sugar; honey; syrup; caramel and the list goes on. The point being that they are all considered sugar.

Westerners love sugar

Sugar consumption has exploded over recent years. A century ago you would be lucky to consume 2-3kg per annum. Fast forward to today and the average person eats more sugar than their own body weight per annum! Don’t believe me? Start looking at the ingredients you eat, from the tomato ketchup to the canned beans. They even cure a lot of meat in sugar these days. Make no mistake, sugar is insidious and is used in almost everything you buy in the commercial supermarkets these days. They wouldn’t be able to store food without it.

But here’s the thing, sugar itself is not harmful if taken in small doses. I’m the first to agree a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down on occasion, just not a shovel full!

Why is sugar a problem?

Sugar is depleted of any nutritional value, with no vitamins or minerals.What you have is a pure refined carbohydrate or what is considered an ’empty calorie’. What makes matters worse, refined carbohydrates put additional demands on the digestive system. In order to be digested it leaches from the body’s reserves, which includes its proteins, vitamins and minerals.

When you eat food the way nature intended, the natural proteins, vitamins and minerals are present along with the carbohydrate. This makes metabolizing a smooth process, as there is no excess carbohydrate. But humans have gone and dramatically tipped the balance.

Not only are you putting demands on the body but you are also putting demands on the endocrine system, making the pancreas secret more insulin to try and control your blood sugar levels. This is a sure way to gain weight as well as contributing towards degenerative disease over time.

Cutting sugar out is not as simple as stopping a teaspoon in your daily cupper. Start to assess how much you are having on a daily basis, and as all you sweet toothed chocoholics know, sugar is very addictive – just try stopping it for a month!

If you want to fast track your health, sugar has got to go.

  • The average person consumes more than their body weight in sugar per year.
  • Sugar is depleted of any nutritional value.
  • Too much sugar in your daily diet puts undue stress on the body over time.