The Harmful Effects of Sugar Consumption

Author: Ian C. Langtree
Published: 2010/11/03 - Updated: 2022/08/20
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Synopsis: Understanding the differences between types of sugars and their effects on the human body. Any form of sugar in excess weakens the immune system, causes inflammation in the body, and increases the risk for severe health conditions such as metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer. Artificial sweeteners, such as sucralose, cyclamate, aspartame, and saccharin, are highly controversial, and many, especially aspartame, have been directly linked to neurological disorders and other serious problems.

Natural Sugar

Sugar is the generic name for sweet-tasting, soluble carbohydrates, many of which are used in food. Simple sugars, called monosaccharides, include glucose, fructose, and galactose. Compound sugars, also called disaccharides or double sugars, are molecules made of two bonded monosaccharides; common examples are sucrose (glucose and fructose), lactose (glucose and galactose), and maltose (two molecules of glucose). White sugar is a refined form of sucrose. In the body, compound sugars are hydrolyzed into simple sugars.

Main Digest

With the various forms of sugar available, such as table sugar, high-fructose corn syrup, agave, and honey, understanding the differences between sugars and their effects on the body is not all sweet. Dr. Isaac Eliaz has some insightful news about these effects, providing those who already have diabetes, those at risk, and those who need to become better equipped with the tools to stay healthy this holiday season.

Any form of sugar in excess weakens the immune system, causes inflammation in the body, and increases the risk for serious health conditions such as metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease, and cancer.

When American individuals consumed only 5 lbs. of sugar per year, before the 1900s, incidences of cancer, diabetes, and heart disease were rare. It is estimated that the average American consumes more than 135 lbs. of sugar annually! So what is the most healthful sweetener to use in moderation, and which should you avoid?

Natural Sugar

Forms of sugar that are not processed are better choices than highly processed and refined sugars for several reasons.

Highly refined sugars produce much higher blood glucose levels than unprocessed or unrefined sugars. They also lack trace nutrients that can still be found in unrefined, more natural sugars.

Highly refined sugars are complicated for the body to process and deplete your nutrient reserves as your body struggles to re-balance itself after ingesting these chemicals.

Raw, unprocessed honey contains various antioxidants, enzymes, and trace amounts of vitamins such as thiamine and niacin.

Studies have also shown it to have anti-tumor potential, and some research suggests that consuming local, raw honey before the spring can help blunt seasonal allergies. Raw honey contains an enzyme that makes it much easier to digest than regular sugar, lowering its effects on blood glucose levels.

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Image of a sugarcane field. Sugarcane is a tall, perennial grass (in the genus Saccharum, tribe Andropogoneae) used for sugar production. The plants are 2 to 6 m (6 to 20 ft) tall with stout, jointed, fibrous stalks rich in sucrose.
Image of a sugarcane field. Sugarcane is a tall, perennial grass (in the genus Saccharum, tribe Andropogoneae) used for sugar production. The plants are 2 to 6 m (6 to 20 ft) tall with stout, jointed, fibrous stalks rich in sucrose.
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Healthy Alternatives

The stevia plant is native to South America and is extremely sweet in comparison to table sugar. Stevioside and rebaudioside are the natural compounds in stevia that create a sweet taste but contain much fewer calories than sugar. It is important to buy the dried herb or ground green stevia, not the white stevia, as this is a tell-tale sign of bleaching and processing.

Artificial sweeteners, such as sucralose, cyclamate, aspartame, and saccharin are highly controversial, and many, especially aspartame have been directly linked to neurological disorders and other serious problems. These chemicals can wreak serious havoc on the body and should be avoided completely.

Supplements

For those who are sensitive to certain types of sugars or sweeteners, have diabetes or metabolic syndrome, and need to maintain healthy insulin levels, Dr. Eliaz developed an integrative metabolic formula to support healthy blood sugar levels. Integrating the results of scientific research with the principles of Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, this supplement effectively supports a healthy metabolism and blood sugar response. It combines with a unique alginate complex that supports healthy sugar absorption, blood insulin levels, and cholesterol.

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